Basque Internship Departments 2024

Advancement Department

The Advancement department is responsible for cultivating donor relationships and raising a significant part of the museum’s budget through contributions made by individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Intern placements are offered in a range of program areas including Corporate, Individual Giving, Development Operations, and Special Events.

  • Corporate Development (Advancement Department)

Corporate Development builds relationships with various corporations through sponsorships and memberships. This team works closely with these corporations to develop innovative local and global collaborations and offer customized opportunities for partners to advance their business objectives while providing employees and clients with exclusive access to the Guggenheim experience.

  • Individual Giving (Advancement Department)

Individual Giving interns assist with cultivating high-level donors within the Affinity Groups and Committees (Collections Council, Photography Council, International Director’s Council, Latin American Circle, Middle Eastern Circle, Asian Art Circle, Education Committee, along with the premium memberships of Patrons Circle and Young Collectors Council), as well as through exhibition funding and special projects. Interns help to research prospective donors, assist in planning and facilitating events, draft letters, and proposals, maintain donor records, and communicate with and steward donors.

  • Development Operations (Advancement Department)

The Development Operations team supports the work of the entire Advancement 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 are encouraged to apply.

  • Special Events (Advancement Department)

The Special Events team designs, manages, and implements museum events including fundraising events, high-level donor events, exhibition openings, rentals, and location shoots. The Special Events intern assists in on-site event production, supports prospect research and fundraising strategy, and helps operationalize event programming. Interns also aids in administrative tasks including communication to event guests and is invited to join client site visits and cross-departmental production meetings. This role requires interns to be present on-site at the Guggenheim Museum, including some evenings, for events such as the Guggenheim International Gala, Young Collectors Council Party, and Learning Through Art Benefit, as well as receptions, dinners, and private viewings of exhibitions.


Curators are responsible for the collection, exhibition, and interpretation of artworks with the goal of providing expanded insights into the diverse practices of modern and contemporary artists. Interns in this department may assist with the planning of exhibitions and related publications, website content, and programming. Interns may also conduct research on collection artworks and prospective acquisitions. Ideal candidates should demonstrate an interest in modern and contemporary art and have excellent research and writing skills.

Communications and Marketing Department

Communications guides the branding, marketing, and communications strategy for the Guggenheim Foundation, including special projects, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and supports the efforts of the network museums by leveraging traditional and digital media to promote exhibitions, programs, and other initiatives. 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, both locally and worldwide and through in-person as well as digital interactions. Intern placements are offered in a range of program areas including Communications and Public Relations, and Marketing.

  • Communications and Public Relations (Communications Department)

The Communications 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 circulates relevant clips internally.

  • Marketing (Communications Department)

The Marketing department is responsible for reinforcing the Guggenheim brand identity and promoting public awareness of the museum, its exhibitions, and its programs. Core department efforts include research, advertising, social media, email marketing, and outreach. Interns will utilize Photoshop and InDesign, and gain experience using sophisticated digital marketing tools including Sprout Social and Marketing Cloud. Applicants should be strong multitaskers. Ideal candidates should demonstrate an interest in communications and art.

Education Department

The Education department provides innovative and inclusive learning opportunities for diverse museum visitors across all age groups. Through collaboration with artists, scholars, and cultural practitioners, the team creates meaningful in-person and online experiences. The Education department is dedicated to forging paths that lead to a more inclusive and diverse institution by valuing the lived experience of our multi-generational audiences, providing opportunities for our visitors to nurture their curiosity, offering a sense of belonging through partnerships, and producing visionary content that supports our collection and community. Intern placements are offered in a range of program areas including Academic Engagement, Interpretation and Access, and School, Youth, and Family.

  • Academic Engagement (Education Department)

Academic Engagement supports undergraduate and graduate students with varied interests, bringing them together with faculty to learn from and connect with the Guggenheim’s staff, collection, and unique architecture. Through the museum’s Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion plan, the department is committed to amplifying the voices of, training, and mentoring young adults from a range of disciplinary, cultural, economic, social, and educational backgrounds. Academic Engagement offers online and on-site programs that provide experiential learning, encourage student experimentation, and support curricular goals.

  • Interpretation and Access (Education Department)

Interpretation and Access is committed to providing experiences that engage multiple senses by integrating verbal description, conversation, and creative practice through content on our digital platforms and on-site. The department offers individualized programs that serve visitors with disabilities and develop content with a universal design framework. Access programs include the Mind’s Eye program for participants who are blind or have low vision. In addition, Interpretation and Access partners with organizations to provide individualized tours for groups and American Sign Language interpreters for public programs.

  • School, Youth, and Family (Education Department)

School, Youth, and Family programming offers young learners an opportunity to begin a lifelong relationship with art, museums, and their own creative potential. Programming includes Learning Through Art (LTA) artist-in-residency school partnerships, free museum visits for all New York City public school classes, and educator workshops that build trust and partnership with classroom teachers in order to best serve their unique student needs. In addition, the GuggTeens initiative allows high school students to strengthen their unique perspective, agency, and skills while working alongside museum professionals across the institution. The department also collaborates with community partners to bridge important connections with the museum’s local and international audiences. Programming is geared towards intergenerational groups and includes in-gallery drop-in activities and small group gallery tours.

Exhibition Design Department

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, including 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 (website or PDF).