A museum and scholarly research center located in midtown Manhattan, the Morgan is one of the few New York venues to present major exhibitions devoted to the literary arts. It began as the private library of financier J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States, and holds important collections of literary, historical, music, and medieval and Renaissance manuscripts; rare books; drawings; and ancient Western Asian cylinder seals. The campus, expanded in 2006 by architect Renzo Piano, includes J. Pierpont Morgan’s original 1906 Italianate library (designed by Charles McKim) as well as research facilities, exhibition galleries, an education center, a lecture and performance space, and conservation center.

To learn more: http://www.themorgan.org/

What to expect

Assigned to the Morgan’s department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, the intern will have the opportunity to participate in the day-to-day operations of a major urban museum and special collections library and gain valuable experience towards a career in either type of institution. The department’s holdings include personal letters, manuscripts, and documents of Western European and American authors, artists, and historical figures from the Renaissance to the present. The intern will participate in the department’s work, which may include research on collection items, collection cataloging, writing short interpretive texts about collection items, preparing metadata and/or introductory materials for online digital facsimiles, research and logistical assistance for exhibitions in development, and special projects as well as departmental and other staff meetings.

In addition to the RealArts stipend, the intern will receive a museum identification card that allows for free admission to New York City museums during the internship period.



The precise dates and hours will be determined in consultation with the Morgan’s curatorial staff.

The intern may work entirely on site, entirely off site, or some combination; details to be determined based on COVID-19 safety protocols in place during summer 2022.

Who We are Looking For

The Morgan seeks an intern with an interest in archival work, the history of American cultural institutions, and early twentieth-century African American history.