The application must include the following documents: 1. a completed application form; 2. a statement of motivation clearly articulating the candidate’s reasons for applying; 3. a CV comprised of relevant information regarding the candidate’s education, previous work experience and skills; and 4. two reference letters attesting to the candidate’s academic and professional attributes as well as personal character. University transcripts may also be included as evidence of academic competence, however they are not a requirement. Italian students can apply to the internship program by sending their curriculum vitae at

Reference letters must be submitted in a sealed and signed envelope, and included in the application package. They must be either in English or in Italian. Should the referees be unable to provide a reference in either language, a translation must be submitted and signed by the referee. We recommend to submit both an academic reference (e.g. from a university professor) and a professional reference (e.g. from a museum). Referees can also send letters directly to the museum, addressed and posted to the “Internship Program” at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

A university transcript is an official record of the candidate’s university qualifications. It itemizes all subjects studied, together with the marks received and the final grade point average (GPA). It may be included as evidence of academic competence, even though it is not required. If submitted, it must be in English or Italian.

The statement of motivation should not exceed one letter page written in a 12 point font.

The application must be postmarked by the deadline indicated.


Candidates must be conversationally competent in Italian. The internship involves daily interaction with an Italian staff, Italian interns and an often Italian speaking public. For applicants with little to no Italian background, it is recommended they show evidence of their efforts to learn the language (e.g. enrolment in an Italian language course).

The internship does not qualify as course credits unless special arrangements are made with the candidate’s university. In this case the candidate should contact his/her university’s internship office and send the relevant documents to

The program is very competitive, with a 1 in 10 success rate. Most candidates apply for the summer holidays (May to August), resulting in many excellent applicants being declined due to an abundance of applications for very limited places. Therefore we suggest to apply for other months whenever possible.

The program is not department specific. It is designed to enable interns to understand the mechanics of a small museum, to interact with its staff members, to engage with the visiting public, and to participate in the daily running of the museum. Interns’ tasks range from visitor services and education to assisting various departments of the museum.

The stipend of €800 per month is designed to cover basic rent and some living expenses. Travel expenses are not subsidized.