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Frequently Asked Questions

You don't need prior experience or specific knowledge of art or art history to apply—just an interest in learning about museum careers and great works of art.

School-Year High School Internships are open to any student who is in grade 10 or 11 on the application deadline date and who either resides in or attends a high school or home school in New York City.

Summer High School Internships are open to any student who is completing grade 10 or 11 on the application deadline date and either resides in or attends a high school or home school in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut the spring before the internship begins.

Eligible applicants:

  • have not completed another internship at The Met;
  • are available to attend all sessions of the internship program; and
  • have the consent of a parent/guardian to apply for this program.
  • Yes! After they have submitted all required paperwork and successfully completed the internship, interns receive a $1,100 stipend paid in one installment. Please note: In New York state, persons under 18 years of age must show an employment certificate, also known as working papers, before they may begin work. Interns must produce this document by the start of the program in order to receive payment. For more information, please visit the New York State Department of Labor.

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    Being a high school intern provides many benefits during the program and beyond:

    • Professional skills and behaviors
    • In-depth knowledge of museum professions
    • Behind-the-scenes views of the Museum's inner workings
    • Practice in a museum profession under the guidance of a Met staff member
    • Exploration of your own interests in the context of the Museum
    • Opportunities to network with peers and museum professionals
    • Opportunities to participate in Career Labs, interactive workshops led by arts, museum, and creative professionals

    We don't just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our interns, our work, and our communities. We are interested in interns with diverse backgrounds and interests, who are excited about sharing their skills and ideas with other teens, Museum staff, and the communities the Museum serves. We are looking for teens who will benefit from what the program can offer (see the answer to "What's in it for me?" above), but who will bring their unique perspectives and strengths. You do not need experience or specific knowledge of art or art history, but should be enthusiastic about learning—about museum careers, great works of art, and everything else The Met has to offer.

    We encourage you to apply using our online application system. If you are unable to use this system or need assistance accessing the application and completing it, please contact or 212-650-2330 for assistance.

    • Using the online application, create a login for our application system. Use an email address you can check regularly; communications regarding your application will be sent to this email.
    • Begin to complete the application form online.
    • You may consider asking a friend, teacher, parent, or guardian help you edit your application before submitting it. 
    • You may submit your application any time before the application deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.
    • Finish your application form and click Submit on the last page.
    • Use the application system to request one letter of recommendation. The recommendation must be from a teacher, school administrator, or another adult (who is not related to you), who can write about why you would be a great intern at The Met. For example, you could ask a coach, mentor, the leader of an after-school program or activity, or a supervisor from a previous internship or work experience. 
    • Make certain your recommender uploads their letter to the application system before the application deadline. Late recommendations will not be accepted.
    • The application system will allow you to see whether or not your recommender's letter has been submitted, but you will not be able to see the letter itself. If your recommender has any trouble uploading their letter, please ask them to email us at or call us at 212-650-2330.
    • After you’ve completed and submitted your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that it has been received.

    You will receive an email (at the email address you use to log in to the application system) when you submit your online application. You will also receive an email at the same address when each of your recommenders uploads a letter of recommendation for you to the application system. You can also log in to the application system at any time to check whether or not your recommendation letters have been uploaded.

    • Selected interviewees will be invited to join us for an in-person, group interview of 10–15 candidates.
    • You will receive a list of date and time options from which you will select a date and time to come in for your interview.
    • You will participate in a group activity and respond to a series of questions.
    • We will give you further detailed instructions prior to interview date.
    • Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate any requests for video interviews.
    • Only invited candidates will be asked to attend an in-person interview.

    No. If you are accepted into the internship program, it is your responsibility to arrange your own housing and accommodations.

    We do not accept late applications. We hope you will consider applying for this program in the future if you are still eligible or join us for one of our other programs or events for teens. We also encourage you to apply for one of our Internships for College or Graduate Students in the future.

    We welcome you to join us for one of our other programs or events for teens. We also encourage you to apply for one of our Internships for College and Graduate Students in the future.