-Incredible access to best art and design in the world, not just the collections at MoMA, but also the free access to other New York museums.
-Good work-life balance.
-Wonderful people to work with
-Great intern programing--each Tuesday we had lectures and tours planned for us across all departments, from curation to preservation to publishing.
-has a stipend (not much, but more than a lot of internships)
-The work itself was often not particularly inspiring, and in some cases were completely below the interns' skill levels. It depends on what department you're working in.
-It is highly prestigious, and there's a lot of institutional support for the internship program, but you don't always gain the skills you are promised through the actual work that you do.
-Museum staff not totally happy with MoMA; the year I was there, they were on strike because their health insurance was being cut/reduced, despite the past year being the most profitable one in MoMA's history. Extremely intelligent, talented, qualified people are undervalued and underpaid because MoMA is a "nonprofit" that actually generates a lot of profit.
-for the most part, people who work at MoMA believe in the mission of the museum, and it is because of their efforts that MoMA is the wonderful place it is. But I am more doubtful of the intentions of the people in the highest positions.
Advice to Management
MoMA is an incredible institution with incredible staff, and an unparalleled collection of art. Like all large institutions, it has its fair share of bureaucracy to deal with. But the way it is managed on the highest level makes me feel that it is a corporation rather than a nonprofit organization, which prioritizes making money over providing the public with high quality, accessible art education. Dedicated people who want to work for art museums don't expect a ton of pay, but they do expect humanity and fairness; not giving them this alienates some of the most valuable people who are responsible for making MoMA the great institution it is.
Notified 2 weeks before notification date, thirty minute interview in person, heard that many people received no word if they were not considered unless they directly emailed and asked (and not all of those received responses)
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