Students majoring in Art and Art History gain invaluable experience by working as interns in the museums, galleries, auction houses, graphic design and photography studios, advertising and publishing companies, and other art-related businesses in metropolitan New York, and beyond.
In doing so, students can test their hand in professions in which they are considering careers and learn first-hand how professionals in the art world developed their areas of expertise. Serve as a Studio Assistant to a professional artist and learn how they balance the work of running a studio with their work as curators, writers, and educators.
Recent internship venues:
|Philips de Pury & Company||The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Christie’s Auction House||The Guggenheim Museum|
|The Rubin Museum of Art||The Children’s Museum of Manhattan|
|Bronx River Art Center||The Frick Collection|
|The Jewish Museum||El Museo del Barrio|
|Redbook||Essence Magazine/Time Warner Inc|
|Rachel Ray Show||Paul Kasmin Gallery|
|David Zwirner Gallery||Bloomingdale’s|
|Betty Krulik Fine Arts, Ltd||Godel & Co. Fine Art|
|Derek Eller Gallery||Times Square Alliance|
|Sanctuary for Families||Free Arts NYC|
|Condé Nast Publications||MTV|
|Teen Vogue||Parents Magazine|
|US Weekly Magazine||National Geographic Traveler|
|The Martha Stewart Show||Knoll Textiles|
Studio assistantships in the studios of artists, photographers and designers:
Matt Mullican, Stan Gaz, Viviane Silvera, Jo-Wood Brown, Robert Polidori Studio, Ellie Ga, Tim Steele, Katy Martin, Melanie Baker, Aaron Wexler, Jason Woodside
Hear it from our students:
My experience studying in Florence, Italy at SACI was one of incredible value to both my academic and personal growth. Being able to immerse myself in a foreign culture with unfamiliar customs bolstered my sense of confidence and intellectual abilities.
“My internship at Benrubi Gallery in the gallery district in Chelsea placed me in a real work environment where I earned credit toward my photography degree and prepared me for a career after graduation.
Jordan Gelber graduated with a double major in Art/Graphic Design and Communication Arts. She had an internship at Victory Two Multimedia before launching her own business Starbaby Enterprises of New York City. “My art and design teachers really helped shape me into the entrepreneur and woman I am today, I thank them for their time, patience, and support in cultivating my creativity….”
In the fall of my junior year, Professor Adrienne Bell helped me to secure an internship with Jo Wood-Brown, a multi-media artist; I helped her to research lectures that she gave at galleries throughout the city and I assisted her with personal studio projects for her upcoming exhibitions. After the semester was over, I not only gained a mentor-student relationship but also a special and important friendship that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Without Marymount Manhattan, I would never have had such a life-changing experience.
“During my time at Marymount Manhattan, I was able to complete four internships. The first was at Free Arts NYC, followed by the Antiquities Department at Christie’s, then the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and finally, The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum. The hands-on experiences and the combined support from my Art History professors at Marymount and my internship supervisors gave me a strong base on which to begin my career. I was offered a paid position in the Education Department at the Guggenheim after my internship and am now considering graduate school to further my education in the field.”
After graduating in 2014 with a BA in Comm Arts, and having taken Professor Rachel Brandoff’s Art Therapy class my last semester, I wanted a to pursue a career in the field. After I graduated, I went back to MMC, taking courses in both psychology and studio art in order to attain the pre-requisites for graduate school. With the support of the psychology and art professors this last year and a half has been the most enjoyable educational experience of my life.
MMC fostered my passion for art therapy and provided me with a road map to a successful future. I will be attending the Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy and Creativity Development at Pratt Institute to begin by studies in fall 2015!
“I still cannot believe that I have had this amazing experience. I remember the first day like it was yesterday. Walking into the Conde Nast building on August 22nd was the beginning of a brilliant experience that I will never forget. Successful people surrounded me as I stood on the elevator waiting to reach my destination. I read all of the businesses on each floor as the numbers reached higher to Teen Vogue. Finally the elevator stopped ant the 10th floor. The doors opened and I nervously but excitingly entered….On my right side were the doors to Allure Magazine, to my left the beautiful glass doors of TEEN VOGUE. This began my journey of the most nerve wracking, but brilliant internship yet.”
The faculty at MMC have always supported me, allowing me to shape my education both inside and outside of the classroom. As an undergraduate, I completed three internships, a teaching assistantship, and studied abroad in London, Belgium, and Italy.
“Working at Pier 59 Studios has given me valuable technical knowledge of digital equipment as well as business knowledge. My understanding of the commercial photography business has broadened from working with clients and my co-workers to help projects flow smoothly. Above all I value the relationships and connections I have created that will continue to help me after my internship is complete.”
“When I started my internship in the American Paintings Department at Christie’s, I was overcome by the scene that had played out in front of me as I sat in my first sale. My immediate reaction was quickly emailed over to Professor Adrienne Bell, who had helped me to secure the internship. She gleefully shared the same excitement. When I graduated, I was offered a paid internship at Godel & Co., another prestigious American Art gallery in New York. I chose Marymount Manhattan College because they understood the value of a small community that fostered intimate relationships between students and educators. I would have never had this kind of success had it not been for the environment that was provided by the College and the prestigious educators they employ.”
“Some days it was overwhelming…at my internship with Cosmo, I learned more than I ever could have imagined. I developed more skills in InDesign and Photoshop. I got very excited when the designers asked me to change or place photos in the layouts, because I got to see my work printed in the magazines. France Salvosa, senior designer, who designs the beauty pages would ask me to go through the beauty stills and find products that she wants to use in her layouts. Racheal Moore, senior designer, who designs the fashion pages would ask me to scan fashion ideas and place them in her folder on the server. My overall experience at Cosmo was amazing. Everyone treated me with respect, and would always say thank you after I did anything for them. Cosmo has definitely inspired me to work in the magazine business.”
I graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in January 2013 with a major in Studio Art and a minor in Art Therapy. Since then I have been spending much of my time in the beautiful section of New York called the Bronx, known for hip-hop and street art.
I am currently working at the Bronx River Art Center (BRAC ) in the Teen Project Studio program. The main goal is to introduce design and artistic drafting to the youth. In addition to this I also split up time helping BRAC to put on their art gallery shows every other month at their studio space nearby. I am really thankful everyday for the teachers and students in the Marymount Manhattan Art Department for preparing me to be so comfortable and focused in this type of work environment.
Even now as I continue my own personal art career path, I feel more and more confident with the choices I make and how I want to shape my future into a successful and fulfilling one.
“Interning with Jo Wood-Brown–an internship I got through Professor Bell–was an experience that I will always cherish. I learned so much and made great contacts while working with Jo. During my semester, I assisted Jo in preparing and executing her lecture circuits. I helped to prepare for a group exhibit at the Painting Center and a panel discussion at the Metropolitan Museum and Art. Jo was such a joy to work for; she was warm, generous, and provided great insight into the art world. I have used the skills that I developed while working for Jo in my current career. As Department Manager for Hirschl and Adler Modern in New York, I work a lot with artists. I was so fortunate to have developed an understanding of the artist’s perspective from my internship experience.”
“In the fall semester, I was an intern for On Art with artist and curator Viviane Silvera. On Art specializes in taking collectors to galleries and artists’ studios, where Viviane gives talks on the artist and attendees have the chance to meet and speak with artists and learn about the contemporary art world. As an intern for Viviane Silvera, I took away many professional experiences lessons, and I grew as a person. I’ve learned to become a fast, adaptable learner, to take things as they come and to never doubt myself. I had the extraordinary opportunity to go for 5 days to Art Basel Miami Beach, the most important international art fair in the U.S. The experience furthered my passion and determination to create a career in the art world.”
“I believe experiences guide each individual into the right direction. My experience of working at “Parents Magazine” felt as if my dream was coming true because I was not just an extra in the corporation, I was part of a team. I felt like I could see my future: managing photo shoots, interviewing casting calls for future models, and watching all aspects of an editorial business come together to form a successful magazine.”
“I wanted to understand the day to day operations, the way the individuals in the studio facilitate [conceptual artist Matt] Mullican’s practice, as well as how that artistic practice functions as a business. As a young artist beginning my own career, looking at an uncertain future, these questions are of some immediate concern. In all, it was a wonderful experience that has taught me a great deal about my chosen profession, and I hope never to lose the lessons I learned, or the friends I made.” ~Internship with the Matt Mullican Studio
After my last job at working for Vogue USA as the production coordinator, I have moved to Istanbul and have my own company in cosmetics, DS Kozmetik. I spent 12 years in New York working for major magazines as an art director or production director. Currently, I represent 4 American cosmetic brands in Turkey. I still use all my knowledge doing my own graphic design work for my company including all marketing, advertising and PR.
In Fall 2016, I started my second year in the Master’s program in Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism at The New School for Social Research, where I am also working toward a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. At the same time, I am an Associate Editor at Punctum Books, an independent publishing house that specializes in art and literary titles. I am also a Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate course in the History of Modern and Contemporary Art at Parsons School of Design. Although I majored in Communication Arts, it was Professor Adrienne Bell’s Survey of Western Art I that triggered my interest in building a career in the arts. As I led my first group discussion at Parsons, I inevitably thought of my first class with Professor Bell and how my interests, since then, suddenly became very clear to me. With this TA experience, I hope to get my students (sophomores) as interested in the subject as I was when I took my Art History classes at MMC.