EACE Students to Visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art (RTRW Spotlight)
With two locations, seventeen different departments, and a collection that boasts art and objects spanning from the fourth millennium B.C. to the present day, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the champion heavyweights in the museum world. It is also one of the busiest. With a visitorship second only to the world’s most-visited art museum (the Louvre), The Met welcomed 7,006,000 visitors in 2016 alone. Its main location in New York is situated at the edge of Central Park along 5th Avenue, and is home to a dizzyingly large collection of fine art, armor, textiles, artifacts, tombs, musical instruments, and even whole buildings from around the world.
The Met’s smaller uptown location, The Cloisters, is a celebration of medieval art, sculpture, and architecture. Built from reconstructed cloisters from French monasteries and abbeys, The Cloisters is secluded near the back of Fort Triton Park, and houses approximately five thousand works of art from Medieval Europe, including tapestries, sculpture, stained glass, and more.
With such a large collection and prestigious reputation, it is no surprise that The Met offers many competitive internship opportunities each year, both paid and unpaid. At The Met Fifth Avenue, offerings vary by department and season, from ten week internships in the summer to longer nine and twelve-month internships. Collectively known as the Museum Seminar (MuSe) Internship Program, these internships come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the student’s interests, experience, and background. The Met Cloisters offers more limited internships for both undergraduate and graduate students. Full-time jobs can be found on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s LinkedIn page.
With a world-class collection situated in the heart of the largest city in the United States, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a cultural icon and a world leader in the museum field. This winter, encourage your students to participate in EACE Road Trips to the Real World, including The Met! Students will get a behind-the-scenes look at The Met and learn about job and internship opportunities. A few spots are still open for this exciting trip, but will fill up soon!
Margot Willis is pursuing an MA in History and a Master of Library & Information Science at the University of Maryland, where she holds a graduate assistantship in the University Career Center @ ARHU with EACE member and Road Trips to the Real World Committee Co-chair, Kate Juhl.