Aperture Foundation’s internships offer the chance to engage, contribute, and work alongside editors, publishers, educators, and more. Offered year round, these internships provide a platform for motivated individuals to gain insight and hands-on experience in one of the foundation’s various departments.
About Aperture Internships
Aperture’s Work Scholar Program provides the opportunity for individuals to become involved with one of photography’s most influential organizations. Through hands-on experience in one of the foundation’s various departments, Work Scholars will learn about the foundation’s history and contribution to photography; work alongside Aperture editors, publishers, and educators to achieve department goals; attend gallery tours, educational lunches, and various field trips; and understand the business operations essential to a non-profit.
In addition to working closely with the Aperture staff and contributing to the day-to-day office work flow, work scholars make contacts within the photo community at Aperture events and through meetings with various professionals in the photography field. Aperture Foundation’s Chelsea location offers the unique opportunity to work for six to twelve months in New York City and have access to art galleries, museums, and other art-related facilities. Click here for more information on how to become an Aperture Work Scholar.
Work Scholar Departments
Collections and Inventory Management
Editorial (books or magazine)
Education & Public Programs
Finance & Administration
Library & Digital Archive*
Publicity & Events
Special Events & Membership
*We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for these positions.
The Elaine Goldman and John Benis Diversity Internship for New York City Students at Aperture Foundation is intended to provide experience in working for a not-for-profit arts organization for college students from diverse backgrounds who live in or attend school in New York City. The Elaine Goldman and John Benis Diversity intern will work in the Development Department, focusing on special event production. This is a six-month commitment that takes place in the fall of each year. To be eligible, candidates must be a permanent resident of New York, or a current student of or recent graduate of a college or university located in New York.
In addition to working closely with the Aperture staff, interns attend lunchtime seminars with our department heads; visit major museum collections, auction houses, and archives; and make contacts within the photography community at Aperture events and through meetings with professionals in the field. Aperture Foundation’s Chelsea location offers the unique opportunity to work and gain experience within the worlds of art, publishing, and photography. This internship has been generously funded by Elaine Goldman and John Benis. Click here to read more about the position and how to apply.
The Maryland Institute College of Art and Aperture Foundation are pleased to offer an eight-week summer internship to qualified MICA photography majors. Juniors or graduating seniors are invited to apply for this paid summer internship with Aperture Foundation located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The MICA intern will be exposed to the wide range of activities that define Aperture, from the editing, design, production, circulation, sales, and marketing of photography’s most significant publications to the creation of web content, educational programs for children and adults, and other business and development operations essential to a non-profit organization.
In addition to working closely with the Aperture staff and contributing to the day-to-day work flow of the office, the MICA intern will make contacts within the photo community at Aperture events and through meetings with various professionals in the photography field. Aperture Foundation’s location offers the opportunity to work in New York City and have access to art galleries, museums, and other art-related facilities. This internship has been generously funded by MICA alumnus S. B. Cooper with R. L. Besson. Click here to read more about the internship.