New York & the Americas Internships

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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.

Responsibilities

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

Schedule

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 2018 are as follows:

Spring session: 15 January 2018 – 25 May 2018   
IN SESSION

Fall session: 20 August 2018 – 21 December 2018              
Applications open: 11 June 2018             
Deadline: 13 July 2018

The dates for 2019 are as follows:

Spring session: 14 January 2019 – 24 May 2019
Applications open: 15 October 2018 
Deadline: 11 November 2018

Fall session: 19 August 2019 – 20 December 2019
Applications open: 10 June 2019 
Deadline: 7 July 2019


Eligibility

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

Departments

Part-Time

  • Proposals
  • Museum Services
  • Estates & Appraisals
  • Decorative Arts
  • Books & Manuscripts
  • Business Support Group
  • Luxury
  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • Chairman's Office
  • 20th & 21st Century Art

Full-Time

  • Old Masters Group
  • Post-War & Contemporary
  • Impressionist & Modern
  • Asian Arts
  • Interiors
  • Client Strategy
  • Jewellery
  • Photographs
  • Prints & Multiples
  • Special Events
  • American Art

Application Instructions

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.

Intern Testimonials

  • Gabrielle de Haan
    Graduate Trainee

     "I first started at Christie’s in 2015 when I interned in the Chinese Paintings department. I spent the summer researching the meaning of ink figures and landscapes, deciphering artist and collector seals and analyzing auction results.

    These months at Christie’s marked an essential learning experience in my life. On one hand, I began to develop a series of skills related to the work of specialist departments, such as art research and auction analysis. I interned in the months leading up to the sales of Asia Week, which meant I was involved in all the work that goes into the preparation of an auction – it was very exciting and super hands-on! On the other hand, this internship solidified my interest in the auction business and Christie’s specifically.

    Two years later, here I am starting my new position as a Graduate Trainee in the New York office with my first rotation in Chinese Painting. In the upcoming months, I look forward to delving deeper into the work that specialist departments do, shadowing a number of positions amongst many other things, but also learning more about the business horizontally and understanding how some of the supporting departments operate – and all of this while working with and learning from brilliant people! 

  • Olivia Paone
    Sale Coordinator, New York

    "I was thrilled when I received a call from Christie’s about my upcoming Spring Internship. The program was a wonderful way to learn more about different departments and roles in the auction business and further explore my passion for art. The Spring Internship was a fabulous way to understand the complexity of the art market and learn from experts in their fields who are excited to share their knowledge and expertise. My internship gave me the tools and connections to develop my knowledge in Christie’s operations and our business culture. All I can say is that my experience as an intern informed my decision to continue my career at Christie’s! 

  • Mason Howell
    Sale Coordinator, New York

    "The day I found out I received my Christie’s Internship, I couldn’t believe it!  I was beyond excited to get to experience the leaders within the Luxury and Art Auction World.  My passion was for Handbags and Wine and I was lucky enough to Intern for both departments at the same time.  Not only was I surrounded by some of the rarest handbags and most desired wines in the world, but I was sitting next to the smartest and most brilliant people within the industry. All my supervisors were extremely welcoming and were more than happy to share their knowledge, passion, and expertise within their fields.  My decision was made, I wanted to make a career at Christie’s and that’s exactly what I did.  I’m beyond grateful to be able to continue to work with my supervisors and now permanent colleagues as the Handbags & Accessories Sale Coordinator.