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The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, designed by Frank Gehry, will open in the Saadiyat Cultural District, on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. Curators for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, currently under development, focus on collecting research for potential exhibitions and acquisitions programs. Knowledge of modern and contemporary art is essential, and an interest in the Middle East is preferred.


The Art Services and Preparation (ASAP) department is responsible for all aspects of exhibition planning and installation. Its work includes preparatory drawings of exhibitions that detail construction, layout, and material specifications as well as assistance with transportation, installation, and final exhibition inspection. ASAP also locates and retrieves artworks for other museum departments, in addition to performing its own periodic inventories.


The Conservation department is responsible for the treatment, safety, and maintenance of the museum’s vast collection of artworks, ranging from Impressionist paintings to Minimalist sculptures. A background in art conservation is not required for this internship.


Curators are responsible for the collection, exhibition, and interpretation of artworks. Drawing upon art-historical expertise, the curators decide what artworks to acquire for the museum's permanent collection and work with the conservators and registrars to oversee their proper care and maintenance. They research or oversee research of these artworks, maintain detailed records on them, and interpret them for the public through exhibitions and publications. As exhibition organizers of both artworks in the permanent collection and works on loan from other institutions or private collections, the curators have wide-ranging responsibilities: they conceive of the theme of an exhibition, select the artworks, secure loans as needed, determine the placement and presentation of the artworks, prepare wall texts and other didactics, and work with Education to develop public programs such as lectures and symposia. Curators also work with the Publishing and Digital Media department to produce collection and exhibition catalogues, and with the Interactive department to produce website content. Finally, curators cultivate and maintain relationships with artists, galleries, and colleagues at other institutions, as well as trustees, acquisition-committee members, and other donors and supporters of the museum.


In 2006, the Guggenheim Museum became the first modern and contemporary art museum in the West to establish a curatorial program dedicated to Asian art. Since then, the Asian Art curatorial team lead by Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, Alexandra Munroe, has organized Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe; Anish Kapoor: Memory; The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989; Being Singular Plural: Moving Images from India; Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity; and Gutai: Splendid Playground. Curators working within this program are responsible for the intellectual and strategic development of the Guggenheim’s exhibitions, collections, and educational initiatives dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across Asia, as well as Asian-born artists working outside the region.


The Development department is responsible for raising a significant part of the museum’s budget through contributions, memberships, grants, and sponsorships. The department has several branches: Individual, Institutional, Corporate, Special Events, and Operations.

Individual Development cultivates individual donors through personal relationships, events, and written communication. Interns will work on researching prospects, assist in planning and facilitating events, and communicate with donors. In addition, they will assist with processing and handling contributions from the museum’s largest donor base. Applicants should have strong communication skills, as well as a passion for customer service and events.

There are two areas under the larger Individual Development umbrella that accept internship applications: Individual Membership and Major Gifts. Interns in the former work with general members, patrons, and young collectors (professionals ages 21–40). Major Gifts interns will assist with cultivating high-level donors within specific Affinity Groups and Committees (Photography Council, International Director's Council, Collections Council, Education Committee, and Friends of Conservation), as well as through exhibition funding and special projects.

The Institutional Development team raises funds from foundation and government sources to support general operations, exhibitions, education and public programs, conservation, capital projects, and the library and archives, among other areas of activity at the Guggenheim. Focus is placed on written proposals and reports, so strong writing skills are imperative.

Corporate Development builds partnerships with various corporations through sponsorships and memberships. They work closely with corporations to develop innovative local and global partnerships, and offer customized platforms that allow partners to provide their employees and clients exclusive access into the Guggenheim experience.

The Special Events team is responsible for the planning, coordination, and administration of various fundraising and rental events at the museum and off-site, including receptions, parties, galas, and exhibition openings.

The Development Operations team supports the work of the entire Development department through its database and filing system, research projects, list and mailing management, event administrative support, financial processing, donor stewardship and recognition, and statistical and analytical reporting. Candidates with a financial, research, or administrative background or interest might consider an internship with this branch of Development.


The Directors' Office has a dual function: the Museum Director’s Office is responsible for the overall direction and administration of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, establishment of goals, and the planning and development of policies for the museum; the Foundation Director’s Office manages the museum within the scope of the Guggenheim Foundation, including its relationship with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project.


The Education department offers placements in the development, implementation, and administration of programs for a range of museum audiences including adults, schools, families, children, and general gallery visitors, as well as across a variety of learning interests including art, history, literature, art/museum education, film, and new media. Program areas include Learning Through Art; School, Youth, & Family Programs; Public Programs; Adult & Access Programs; and Internships.


The Public Programs staff is responsible for the design, management, implementation and evaluation of a wide variety of learning experiences for adults including scholarly lectures/panels, artist talks, thematic symposia, private tours, literature readings, film screenings, workshops, and site specific performances. The programs are often closely tied to the changing exhibition schedule, the permanent collection, and the Frank Lloyd Wright building and seek to draw a diverse audience of general museum visitors, students/scholars, artists and art world professionals.


The Exhibition Design department designs and oversees the installation of exhibitions in all Guggenheim museums and outside venues for traveling exhibitions. The department is a repository for architectural information: museum drawings and models, and a library of maquettes of the collection. The department works with curators to determine the layout of exhibitions and designs aspects necessary for the installation of artwork. Interns in this department usually come from an architecture background and must be fluent in 3D-imaging software such as CAD or Vectorworks. Please note: when applying, candidates should submit a design portfolio or small visual sample of work.


The Exhibition Management and Collections department oversees the planning and effective execution of exhibitions as well as exhibitions that travel to non-Guggenheim sites.


The Facilities and Office Services (F&OS) departments provide the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation with a cross-departmental approach to the management of facilities and office services. F&OS is responsible for all aspects of Facilities Management, Property Management, Capital Planning, Office Management, Space Planning, Mail Services, and Inter-Office Transportation. Interns may be asked to assist with special projects for both the Facilities department and Office Services department. Applicants should have a strong interest in architecture, facilities management, and space planning. Prior knowledge of AutoCAD or other drafting programs is preferred.


The Finance department is responsible for the planning, control, and administration of the financial operations of the museum.


Global Communications guides the branding, marketing, and communications strategy for the Guggenheim Foundation including Special Projects and SRGM, and supports the efforts of the network museums. The department leads efforts to cohesively position, convey and protect the Guggenheim's strong international image and reputation to a diverse range of constituencies including: the media, Trustees, staff, members, visitors, and prospective visitors worldwide.


The Human Resources department is responsible for the recruitment and hiring of all staff, evaluation of compensation, and administration of all health benefit programs and the retirement plan. The HR department also develops and implements museum policies and procedures, provides employee relations guidance to managers and staff, and oversees the annual performance appraisal process. In addition, the department is responsible for compliance with all federal and state employment legislation.


Interns in this department are exposed to and assist with all areas of website management including design, editing, and content production. Interns will also be involved with special projects and exhibition-related initiatives such as exhibition sites, gallery touch screens, and mobile apps. Ideal candidates will have academic coursework in Art History, English, or related fields, as well as coursework in web design or development. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, basic HTML/CSS, and Microsoft Office Suite is required.


The library consists of published resources focused on modern and contemporary art, architecture, and photography, with an emphasis on the museum’s international collections and exhibitions, and serves the research needs of museum staff. The archives contains primary-source documentation that reflects the museum’s history, exhibitions, and collections, and is open to museum staff and qualified researchers. Library and Archives staff are responsible for the maintenance and management of the archives and library holdings. Ideal candidates will be in pursuit of, or hold a Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences. Candidates who have taken coursework in cataloging, rare books, library services, archival management, and/or digital preservation are also encouraged to apply.


The Marketing department is responsible for creating and maintaining museum, exhibition and program brand awareness and identity, as well as for building audiences and supporting revenue generation both onsite and online through paid advertising, media sponsorships, social networking sites, and no cost collaborative promotions with partners.


The Media and Public Relations department is responsible for the transmission of information to both the press and the public. Intern responsibilities include creating press materials, communicating with the media, maintaining press files, and assisting during media previews and other public-relations events. The Press Office also maintains a press archive and circulates relevant clips internally.


The Photography department is responsible for photography of all art objects in the Guggenheim’s collections. The museum’s photographers also create architectural views of the Frank Lloyd Wright building, photograph installation views of all exhibitions shown at the Guggenheim, New York and take on a variety of special projects, often related to the Guggenheim’s exhibition program. All current photography is created digitally and the department also manages a substantial archive of historic Guggenheim images on film. Interns in this department will need to be fluent in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom image handling software. Candidates with experience in photography archiving and digital asset management will also be considered.


The Guggenheim is unique among American museums for its ability to simultaneously publish books and catalogues in several languages. The Publishing and Digital Media department designs and edits exhibition catalogues and collection books of the highest quality and scholarship, and working with international distributors, it insures their availability in bookstores on every continent.


The Registrar department is responsible for the maintenance of records relating to the collections of the museum, and oversees the movement, packing, transportation, and storage of objects in the museum’s collections. The Registrar department communicates with all exhibition lenders and oversees all loan agreements, developing and implementing policies and procedures pertaining to the acquisition, management, and disposition of collections. The Registrar department also handles arrangements for accessions, loans, shipping, customs, and insurance.


The Retail Business and E-Commerce department is responsible for operating on-site retail stores as well as an online presence. Candidates with interest or experience in design, architecture, merchandizing, product development, and marketing in addition to candidates with coursework in business or arts administration are all encouraged to apply. Knowledge of Excel, Photoshop, InDesign, and/or Google Analytics is preferable.


Visitor Services oversees the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s admissions operations, visitor information, visitor research, visitor survey reporting and analysis, and the annual attendance projection. The department welcomes approximately one million attendees each year—members, individuals, students, seniors, families, groups, and more; it is a global spectrum that continues to grow. The intern will be part of a team that collaborates with departments such as Education, Graphic Design, Marketing, and Security, providing the finest visitor experience to museum-goers, while upholding a world-renowned reputation. Intern responsibilities include helping monitor the phone lines and e-mail correspondence, conducting visitor experience surveys, and managing their own project focused on enhancing visitor experience across multiple functions. The intern will also have the opportunity to attend select meetings with senior staff and assist the box office with Works & Process performances or public programs (in the fall and spring). Candidates who have a strong desire to immerse themselves in the daily operations of a museum, are confident in maintaining brand standards, and are interested in reporting on audience or visitation trends are encouraged to apply.