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Post Date: 12 Jul 2022


FOUR MONTH PAID FALL INTERNSHIP- – Phillips is currently seeking motivated, process-oriented individuals who work well in deadline-driven environments for our fixed-term, full-time, four-month-long Fall internship in the 20th Century & Contemporary Art department, beginning on August 29 and ending on December 23. The deadline to apply is July 29.

Based in our New York Headquarters at 432 Park Avenue, the primary focus of the internship will be to gain insight into the day-to-day operations of a major international auction house, with a specific focus on 20th Century & Contemporary Art. Interns will have a chance to be trained in Phillips’ systems and research procedures in order to directly contribute to the department.

By assisting in preparatory research and administrative duties for the fall sales—New Now, the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale, the 20th Century and Contemporary Art Day Sales, and Online Sales—successful applicants will benefit from this unique opportunity for professional development through hands-on experience in the art industry. Phillips values a workforce with a wide variety of experiences, backgrounds and skills, so we encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all of the qualifications.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will have the opportunity to assist the department at every level in the following ways:

·        Work closely with Cataloguers on research projects on specific collections and works of art to prepare them for valuation

·        Juggling multiple tasks to help the sale administrators throughout post- and pre-sale processes

·        Partner with other Interns to ensure appropriate workload and delegation

·        Prepare materials for catalogue layout and assist with catalogue production for upcoming sales

·        Compile data into appraisals and proposals to assist with business-getting

·        Record sale results for Phillips sales and our competitors

·        Assist with sale viewing set-up in gallery space

·        Participate in auction-day roles for any fall sales, across all departments

·        Ad-hoc research projects on specific artists and galleries

Additionally, the intern will benefit from the following enrichment experiences:

·        Property review sessions at our Long Island City warehouse to first-hand inspect works of art with Specialists

·        Monthly or bi-monthly gallery and/or museum visits with members of our department

Professional Skills and Experience

·        The ideal candidate will have a passion for modern and contemporary art. They should have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to deal effectively and efficiently with multiple tasks while working to meet strict deadlines.

·        Previous relevant experience and/or education preferred.

Education and Training

·        Current college seniors seeking a Bachelor’s degree, or college graduates with a Bachelor’s degree.

Personal Attributes

·        Passionate Interest in 20th Century and Contemporary Art and/or interest in a career within an auction house

·        Strong communication skills

·        Process oriented

·        Enjoys working with others towards a common goal

·        Attentive to detail

·        Willingness and desire to learn and ask questions

·        A nimble problem solver with an entrepreneurial spirit

·        Strong work ethic with effective time management; ability to multi-task, take initiative and work well independently

Working Conditions

·        The Fall internship program consists of three positions that are full time Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and one position has the flexibility to be part time or full time. Interns are compensated at minimum wage in New York.

·        Work is undertaken primarily within an office environment in our New York location and offsite spaces for research such as libraries.

·        Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary

·        Newly hired staff must be fully vaccinated by their start date.  (Applicants unable to comply with this policy due to an underlying medical condition or sincerely held religious belief may be eligible for an accommodation, unless such an accommodation would be unduly burdensome or present a direct threat to the applicant, our employees, or the members of our greater community.)

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, and a 500-word writing sample on an art-related topic of your choosing to [email protected].


New York, USA

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