RealArts@Penn internship at Morgan Library and Museum

About Morgan

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 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 Near Eastern cylinder seals. The campus, redesigned in 2006 by architect Renzo Piano, includes Pierpont Morgan’s original 1906 Italianate library as well as research facilities, exhibition galleries, an education center, a lecture and performance space, and conservation center. To learn more:

What to expect

As a curatorial assistant in 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. 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; and the curatorial staff is currently developing major exhibitions on the life and work of Charlotte Brontë, Henry David Thoreau, Henry James, Tennessee Williams, Charles Dickens, and Emily Dickinson. The intern will provide general departmental support, which may include research on collection items, collection cataloging, and research and logistical assistance for one or more of the literary exhibitions in development. A special project will entail conducting research and writing exhibition labels for a small group of letters and manuscripts to be displayed in Treasures from the Vault, an ongoing selection of collection highlights displayed in the Morgan’s historic East Room.

The intern will receive a museum identification card that allows for free admission to New York City museums during the internship period.