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The objective of the Basque Internships is to provide a placement opportunity for up to four Basque Interns to participate in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Internship Program in New York. The Guggenheim Internship Program offers practical museum training experience to individuals interested in pursuing careers in the arts and museum fields. Interns gain a broad understanding of how a particular department functions within the context of a major museum as well as specific skills related to that department's activities. Interns are assigned based on academic background, professional skills, interests, and career goals. Interns participate in the ongoing work of Museum departments and contribute to specific projects or portions of larger departmental initiatives. Please see Internship Departments for more information.

Applicants interested in pursuing careers in the global arts and museum fields should be:

  • students undertaking their last University year
  • recent graduates (completion of University degree not before academic year 2014/2015)
  • graduate students (completion of University degree not before academic year 2012/2013 and completion of graduate degree not before academic year 2014/2015)
  • born in the Basque Country (Autonomous Community of the Basque Country)
  • and/or a resident since January 1, 2015
  • fluent in spoken and written English

Basque Internships are full-time, either 4 or 5 days per week, and include participation in the Museum Culture Seminar Program.

Museum Culture Seminar Program

The Museum Culture Seminar Program supplements the Internship Program by incorporating site visits to other New York arts and cultural institutions. Discussion with a wide array of arts and museum professionals, including Guggenheim staff, is facilitated. A field trip outside of New York City is planned for the end of each internship period.

Internship periods

Summer: June – August
Fall: September – December

Two interns will be placed at each cycle.

Application deadline for both cycles: November 30, 2016

Open House

Interested candidates may participate in an Open House which will be held at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (Zero Espazioa at the main lobby) on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 6 pm.


Each intern will receive funding of USD 3,500 at the beginning of the internship. In case the complete period is not fulfilled, the abovementioned amount shall be proportionally refunded.

Visas and Insurance

The Guggenheim Museum Internship Program is designated by the U.S. Government as a J-1 training program, and the Museum will sponsor each Basque Intern (if necessary) with a maximum three-month, non-extendable and non-transferable J-1 visa. Interns will be responsible for the SEVIS fee, processing fee, and any visa issuance fees that may be incurred. Interns will also be responsible for their own health insurance.

Housing and Travel

Interns will be responsible for securing their own travel. Housing is not provided. Upon request, a list of suggested short-term residences and listing services will be provided. Interns will be required to cover their own international and local travel costs.

How to Apply

Please complete the application form (all fields are required) and submit it together with the additional materials requested, which must be written in English (excluding official documents).

Following an initial review of the applicants, a small group will be selected for telephone or Skype interviews with department supervisors.

Only selected candidates will be notified at least four weeks prior to the start of the corresponding cycle. Please check the website to verify the names of successful applicants.

For any questions or problems regarding the application process, please e-mail


By submitting the application form, applicants accept all terms and conditions regulating the Basque Internships. The application is valid for one edition of the Program and one specific cycle only, and will not be considered for subsequent years. In the event an applicant wishes to reapply in the future, a new form must be submitted.

Pursuant to Spanish Organic Law 15/1999 on personal data protection and Law 34/2002 on services of the information society and electronic commerce, we inform you that the data that you provide will be stored in a computer file made by and for the Fundación del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, where they will be kept for the purposes of (i) handling and managing this Internship Program, and (ii) sending you information about our activities, services and products. You expressly authorize the Fundación del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao to share your personal data with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for these same purposes. Confidentiality of these personal data is guaranteed, as well as your rights of access, correction, cancellation, and opposition which may be exercised by addressing a letter to Abandoibarra Etorbidea, 2, 48009 Bilbao.