The application process for summer 2015 is now open. Click here to apply. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 27, 2015 by 10:00am.

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 at once. 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
  • collaborative projects with other students
  • leadership workshops 

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

July 7 - August 21, 2015
Tuesdays – Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm

Apply to Artslife

The deadline for applications Monday, April 27, 2015 by 10:00 am.

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 7 - Friday August 21, 2015

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. Click here to apply.

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.