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Nerea Guezuraga Saitua
Oscar Guezuraga Ayala

Call for 2016 is now closed


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 general knowledge and broad understanding of how a particular department functions within the context of a major museum as well as specific skills related to a particular department's activities. Interns will be appropriately matched in one department based on their academic background, professional skills, interests, and career goals. Interns participate in the ongoing work of the department and complete 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 2013/2014)
  • graduate students (completion of University degree not before academic year 2011/2012 and completion of graduate degree not before academic year 2013/2014)
  • born in the Basque Country (Autonomous Community of the Basque Country)
  • and/or resident since January 1, 2014
  • possess business fluency in English

Interns will participate in the Program full-time up to 4.5 days per week and will be required to attend the weekly Museum Culture Seminar Program. Internships are available within a host of different museum departments.

Museum Culture Seminar Program

The Museum Culture Seminar Program forms an integral part of the Internship Program. The Program includes field trips to sites such as auction houses, galleries, corporate collections, and other museums. Discussion with museum staff from different departments and awareness of a range of museum-related issues is facilitated. A field trip outside of New York City is planned for the end of the internship.

Internship periods

Summer: June – August
Fall: September – December

Two interns will be placed at each cycle.

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 Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 6 pm.


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

Visas and Insurance

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will sponsor each Basque intern, if necessary, with the appropriate visa for the duration of the Program. Interns will be responsible for processing visas and any fees, including health and other 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 Skype interviews with department supervisors and the Guggenheim program manager.

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 a student 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.