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School-Year High School Internships

The Met High School Internship Program offers paid opportunities for students who are two to three years from graduating high school (in grade 10 and 11) or obtaining their High School Equivalency, and who, on the application deadline date, either reside in or attend a high school or home school in New York City. This program allows students to connect with art, museums, and creative professionals as they develop professional skills, network, and gain work experience.

This internship is not limited to young people who have a passion for art! The High School Internship Program allows you to connect one-on-one and in small cohorts with Museum professionals in a number of related fields, including editorial, marketing, social media, education, scientific research, conservation, and more. During your time at The Met, you will have the chance to find the intersection of your interests as you gain insights from peers and professionals.

We are committed to addressing diversity in arts, museums, and creative careers. We are seeking interns with diverse backgrounds and interests who are excited about sharing their skills and ideas. Students who are members of groups that are historically underrepresented in these fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

We are committed to considering all qualified individuals and ensuring that everyone can participate in this application process. If you need additional accommodations or an alternative format to successfully submit your application, please contact highschoolinterns@metmuseum.org.

Upon completion of the program, High School Interns receive a stipend commensurate with New York State minimum wage law.

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School Year 2023–2024

Application available: September 15, 2023

Deadline: October 27, 2023, 6 pm ET

Mandatory program dates:

  • Accepted intern and family reception: Saturday, January 13, 2024, 1–3 pm (interns must be accompanied by one parent or guardian)
  • Bootcamp: Saturday, January 27, 10 am–5 pm
  • Departmental placement: 40 hours total. Approximately 2 to 4 hours per week from February 12 to June 14. Exact schedule will be arranged based on the availability of the intern and the departmental placement supervisor. (You will enter information about your availability on the application.)
  • Teen Fridays: attend three Fridays: February 16, March 1, March 15, April 5, April 19, and May 3, 4:30–6:30 pm
  • Bimonthly check-ins: Saturday, February 24, and Saturday, April 27, 1–3 pm
  • Teens Take The Met!: Friday, May 17, 2024, 4–8 pm
  • Final event planning meeting: Saturday, June 1, 1–3 pm
  • Final event and celebration: Friday, June 14, 5:30–7:30 pm

Apply online now. Deadline: October 27, 2023, 6 pm ET

Please see Frequently Asked Questions to help answer any additional questions or concerns you might have.

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 highschoolinterns@metmuseum.org or 212-650-2330 for assistance.

The internship consists of:

  • Bootcamp: Eight hours of trainings and workshops to prepare interns for the internship.
  • Departmental placements: Each intern spends 40 hours of the internship observing, assisting, and being supervised and mentored by a staff member in one of the Museum's departments. The placement is chosen according to the intern's interests and experience. (See Departmental Placement Descriptions for additional information.)
  • Career Labs: Curators, educators, designers, conservators, and other staff discuss their professional paths and roles at the Museum and lead workshops that help interns try out an element of their work.
  • Mid-semester check-in: A four-hour session for interns to learn from each other's experiences and begin planning the final event.
  • Teens Take The Met!: Met High School interns come together to work The Met's big spring teen night, when teens drop in for numerous activities across the Museum, including art making, performances, music, and more. Interns help with wayfinding, assisting partners and teens with check-in, event coverage via social media, and facilitating various art-making activities. In addition, they help by preparing and sorting art-making materials or creating teen-inspired posters. At the event they'll also find out what they can do at over forty other New York City cultural and community organizations.
  • Final event planning meeting: A two-hour session for interns to plan and create the final event.
  • Final event: Interns present an event to share the insights, experiences, and skills gained through their departmental placements with fellow interns and invited guests in interactive ways.

Any student who:

  • is in grade 10 or 11 and either resides in or attends a high school or home school in New York City;
  • has not completed another paid or unpaid internship at The Met;
  • is available to attend all sessions of the internship program; and
  • has the consent of a parent/guardian to apply for this program.

Connect your career interests with art and careers at the Museum. You don't need prior experience or specific knowledge of art or art history to apply—just a desire and commitment to bridge your passions to the diverse career opportunities and art at The Met!

We don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our interns, our work, and our communities. We are seeking interns with diverse backgrounds and interests, who are excited about sharing their skills, thoughts, and ideas.