Internships at MAP

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MAP is currently offering three kinds of internship opportunities for those interested in careers in art museums: Experience Internships, Research Internships and Curatorial Internships.
Our internship programmes provide the opportunity to learn about the operations of a nonprofit art institution, work with rare and diverse artworks, and facilitate access to our staff from various disciplines across departments.


MAP Experience Internships


These internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates. Presenting candidates with the opportunity to gain professional experience and insight in the museum field, it allows them to work closely with MAP staff from across departments including Exhibitions & Programs, Education & Outreach, Development, Communications, Conservation, and Collections.
Each intern will be placed under the supervision of a MAP staff member in a department relevant to his or her interests and career goals, based on the availability of projects and supervisors. However, they will be expected to participate in activities
and work on ongoing projects in other departments, in order to receive a more comprehensive understanding of the museum’s workings.


MAP Research Internships


These internships are available only to graduate students and recent graduates. Allowing candidates to further their own research interests, these internships provide access to MAP’s unique and exemplary collections to help with their projects and an opportunity to work with MAP’s curators, archivists and educators.
Each intern will be placed under the supervision of one of MAP’s staff members (typically from the Collections Department), based upon their project needs, and work towards researching a section of the Museum’s collections which may culminate in research records, a paper or a presentation.


MAP Curatorial Internships


These internships are available only to students currently enrolled in a college or research institution. In these internships, candidates will work with MAP’s unique collections, and gain curatorial and archival experience through working closely with the Museum’s Exhibitions and Collections teams.
They will have the opportunity to explore their vision and bring their own voices to bear upon the Museum’s collections, with
the internships culminating in a curatorial proposal that may be executed as an exhibition back at their own universities, based on the agreement of all parties.
Each intern will be placed under the supervision of one of MAP’s staff members (typically a curator), and help assist with the collections, while primarily working towards their curatorial proposal that will be presented at the end of the internship.

As an initiative of the Museum of Art & Photography Foundation, an organisation established to foster cultural collaboration between the United States of America and India, two curatorial intern positions are reserved each year for students
from universities in the USA.




MAP is looking for talented candidates to bring us a new and different perspective at work, and internships are open to applicants of all nationalities.
Previous experience of working in a museum or gallery is not mandatory, however, applicants are expected to be enrolled in or have completed degrees in art history, history, museology, conservation studies or related fields. Passionate candidates from other disciplines may choose to apply, only if they feel their educational background would be of relevance to specific departments or projects, and will only be considered if their application is deemed relevant to the scope of that department or project.






All internships require a minimum 6-week commitment of 40 hours per week, and interns will be expected to follow MAP’s work timings.
Participants may arrange for academic credit through their school, but it is not a requirement from MAP. The dates of the internships remain flexible, and applicants may provide preferential dates based on their availability on the application form.

While the Museum’s flagship building remains under construction, interns are placed at our office premises which houses a significant part of our collections, as well as the conservation lab and education centres situated nearby – all in Central Bangalore.
MAP does not provide airfare or accommodation, however, a grant stipend of INR 15,000 ($215) per month will be provided to assist interns with their living expenses. Support for any research travel will be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Please note that grant funds may be subject to state taxes and deductions.




International candidates are responsible for ensuring that they have valid legal status under applicable Indian visa regulations while participating in a MAP internship. Although the Museum will act as your host institution, MAP does not sponsor visas for interns. Please be aware that obtaining a visa can be a lengthy process and must be completed well in advance of the agreed upon internship start date. If you are offered an internship but do not have your visa before the start date of the program, your internship will be cancelled.




Please apply using the online application found here. Candidates can choose to apply for more than one type of internship and will be assigned based on availability and suitability.
As part of your application, you will be required to submit a copy of your current CV/résumé, two writing samples, a recommendation letter and a copy of your latest transcript, if applying from an American University. Typically, the most appropriate recommenders are university faculty members who can address your academic performance. Other recommenders may include past or current employers in relevant fields who are familiar with your skills and abilities.
Selected candidates will be notified of their acceptance within 4 weeks of their application, and invited to a Skype interview.
Prior to filling in your applications, should you have any questions, please contact