The Museum at FIT is dedicated to advancing knowledge of fashion through exhibitions,
programs, and publications.
Interns work directly within a host department, contributing to the museum's exhibitions, outreach, and management. Positions are available during the academic year, based on the projected workload of the host department and the qualifications and experience of the candidate. All positions are volunteer and are unpaid.
Internships include appointments in the following departments: Conservation, Registrars Office, Museum Digital Media, and Education and Public Programming.
Internships are open to graduate students pursuing a degree in a related field. Candidates should have a genuine interest in fashion.
How to apply
Applications must include the following:
- Application Form
- Full resume of education and employment.
- One academic recommendation (3 recommendations for conservation).
- A cover letter describing the candidates interest in museum work and reasons for applying to the internship program.
- A letter from the candidates school recognizing the internship and attesting that he or she is a student, whose course of instruction leads to a degree.
Application materials for all internships should be submitted to:
The Museum at FIT
Fax: 212 217 4561
Costume & Accessories
The Costume Collection consists of more than 35,000 objects dating from the mid-18th century to the present. The collection has a strong emphasis on contemporary women’s fashion, but also includes menswear, active sportswear, and lingerie. The Accessories Collection consists of approximately 15,000 objects that date from the mid-17th century to the present, with particularly strong holdings of designer accessories from the second half of the 20th century. In addition to exhibitions, the collections are a research resource for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars.
Interns in the Costume and Accessories Departments will report primarily to the collections and education assistant, working on object photography and other collections maintenance projects. Interns may be asked to work on object-based research as needed. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Permanent collection flat storage assessment, photo inventory, and consolidation
of storage space
- Vacuuming the study collection room, racks, and study collection fur objects
- Continuing the digitization of the “Designer Files Database”
- Pulling and storing study collection objects for FIT courses
Additionally, interns during Fall 2019 semester will be tasked with research for upcoming
MFIT exhibitions. This research will consist mostly of archival and database research
(using physical archives on-site and Proquest) to gather and analyze images and other
materials to support the
Start and end dates are negotiable, but generally the internship will begin at the beginning of September 2019 and last until mid-December 2019. One full day (9:00am-4:00pm) a week is preferred.
Museum Digital Media
The museum media department maintains the museum's web presence and online marketing initiatives, by designing websites, producing videos, maintaining a social network presence, writing a monthly newsletter, and working on other online initiatives. Interns will assist in the activities and projects in the department of digital media. Currently the department is looking for an intern to assist with a slide inventory for preparation of digitization. Applicants should be keen observers and extremely detailed oriented. Background in photography is a plus and experience with Google Docs required.
The Museums Conservation Department handles all the preservation and conservation needs of the MFIT collection, including developing and maintaining a preventive conservation approach to collections maintenance. The department is responsible for the proper maintenance and storage of MFITs large and diverse collection of costumes, accessories, and textiles. The department prepares and mounts all costume and textile objects that are displayed in the Museums exhibitions, including any repair and/or cleaning procedures necessary to prepare the object for display. The staff is also responsible for the final phases of the accessioning process, which include labeling, vacuuming, condition reporting, and the final preparation for storage of all of newly accessioned objects that enter the collection.
The Registrars Office manages legal, logistical, and collections management tasks pertaining to the Museum collections, new acquisitions, outgoing loans and incoming loans for temporary exhibitions. The Registrars Office is responsible for maintaining legal documentation of the permanent collections and loans, including preparation of deeds of gift, loan agreements, certificates of insurance, and receipts. The department arranges insurance coverage, packing and local, national or international transportation for objects entering or leaving the Museum. The Registrars Office also works closely with all other Museum departments on a range of long term collection management tasks, such as inventory, database records, facilities and environment issues, and the establishment and execution of collections policies.
Education and Public Programming
The Education and Public Programs Department organizes and coordinates special projects and events (including lectures, symposia, etc.) to provide insightful and intriguing perspectives on the culture of fashion. The department is responsible for shaping and expanding the museums visibility and outreach (to the college community, the textile and fashion industries and the public). It coordinates museum internships and handles internal and external customer service inquires. The Education and Public Programs Department works closely with other Museum departments in shaping up outreach and educational events. It also collaborates with other departments at FIT in marketing and public relations initiatives.