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What is the Internship programme?
The Internship is offered in two sessions annually; one starting in January (Spring) and one starting in August (Fall) running for a period of about four months. Participating in the Spring or Fall programmes allows for a hands-on experience during busy sale seasons, as well as providing an in depth understanding of the fast-paced nature of the auction and art business world.
The majority of internships take place at the Rockefeller Center location. Select internships divide time between our Rockefeller Center office and Redstone, our pre- and post-shipping handling facility, in Long Island City. We also have opportunities in a selection of our regional offices including Los Angeles, California, San Francisco, California, Chicago, Illinois and Toronto, Canada.
This is a paid programme, which will require all chosen participants to undergo a verification process. Christie’s will also not reimburse travel, housing or other expenses.
Interns will be asked to do a variety of tasks throughout their time at Christie’s. These projects will depend on where the department is in their sale cycle as well as other factors.
Tasks may include (but are not limited to):
- Research on specific works of art, artists, museums, etc.
- Provide support on consignment related tasks
- Assisting with catalogue notes and essays
- Working with the galleries for exhibition set up
- Managing libraries and databases
- Administrative duties
- Other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor
The Internship is offered as both a part-time and full-time programme. Christie’s standard, full-time working hours are 9am to 5pm. Interns are expected to adhere to these working hours unless otherwise specified by the department supervisor. Part-time hours should be discussed and agreed upon during the interview process.
Christie’s has events, sales, and other activities throughout the working day as well as in the evenings and we highly encourage all interns to participate in these occasions to take an active role in the company and to gain diversified experiences.
The dates for 2016 are as follows:
Spring session: 11 January - 20 May
Fall session: 15 August - 23 December
Candidate selections are based on the below criteria:
• Undergraduate students, masters students, or recently graduated individuals (within a year of graduation)
• Must have appropriate work authorization (CPT/OPT complete), as Christie’s does not sponsor visas for entry level positions
• Available for the entirety of the programme and should prepare schedule for the time and workload commitment
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Ability to handle a fast-paced environment
• Detail oriented, hard-working, driven and focused
• Highly collaborative nature
- Museum Services
- Estates & Appraisals
- Decorative Arts
- Books & Manuscripts
- Business Support Group
- Anti-Money Laundering
- Chairman's Office
- 20th & 21st Century Art
- Old Masters Group
- Post-War & Contemporary
- Impressionist & Modern
- Asian Arts
- Client Strategy
- Prints & Multiples
- Special Events
- American Art
All candidates must apply online for Christie’s internships and email applications will not be accepted. Christie’s reviews all formal application submissions, and successful candidates will be contacted directly by the department supervisors for interviews.