Artslife is a leadership program for teenagers based on museum studies and design. Participants will be introduced to museum careers such as curatorial, education, development, PR/marketing, visitor services, security/registrar and will complete projects collaboratively with museum staff. Following an intensive training week during which participants are introduced to the museum, its staff, and each other, they spend the summer working on several projects. Museum staff, local designers, and other arts professionals act as consultants on collaborative projects and mentor the participants. Students are paid an hourly wage for their participation.

Projects include:

  • behind-the-scenes museum operations
  • field trips to cultural destinations around the city
  • peer-to-peer collaborations
  • leadership workshops

Artslife is a seven week program. Students must be able to commit to the full duration in order to be eligible.

July 12 - August 26, 2016
Tuesdays – Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm

Apply to Artslife

Check back in February!

Applicants for Artslife should be:

  • Interested in learning about museums, art and design
  • Enthusiastic and responsible
  • High school students who are currently sophomores and juniors
  • Residents of one of the 5 boroughs of New York City
  • Available Tuesday, July 12 - August 26, 2016, 10 am to 4pm.

Applicants need not be planning a career in museum work or art. Internships will be awarded to students based upon their interests, abilities and potential to benefit from the experience.

Past Programs

Here's a video from our Artslife 2013 participants:

Learn more about past Artslife internship experiences on Tumblr:

Artslife 2013 Tumblr

Artslife 2012 Tumblr

For questions about Artslife, email

Click here to meet some of our past Artslife participants. 

made possible by

ArtsLife is supported by a generous gift from Cathy Seligman and Bonnie Eletz with matching funds from Nanette Laitman. ArtsLife is also made possible with support from the Pinkerton Foundation.