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Aperture Foundation Work-Scholar Program

  • Deadline:
    March 15, 2013, 11:59 p.m.
  • Location:
    Aperture Foundation, 547 27th Street, 4th Floor, New York, New York, New York, 10001, US

The Stevan A. Baron Work-Scholar Program welcomes individuals from all over the world to engage in Aperture’s many programs through pre-professional internships in editing, design, production, circulation, sales, and marketing for photography’s most significant publication; the development of major traveling exhibitions; the creation of web content; and all other business operations essential to a non-profit organization.

In addition to working closely with the Aperture staff, work scholars participate in lunchtime seminars with department heads, join field trips to major museum collections, auction houses, and archives and make contacts within the photo community at Aperture events and through meetings with various professionals in the photography field. Aperture Foundation’s Chelsea location offers the unique opportunity to work for six to twelve months in New York City and have access to art galleries, museums, and other art-related facilities.

The application deadline for the fall 2013 semester is March 15th.

Interns receive a meal stipend of $300 per month full-time, as well as complimentary copies of Aperture magazine throughout their internship (stipends for part-time work scholars vary depending on their time commitment). Applicants must make their own living arrangements and should have sufficient financial resources to cover their living expenses. College credit is available for this program.

Applicants are selected based on their interest and motivation in working for Aperture, an ability to contribute significantly to the program, and openness to gaining a meaningful work experience. Experience and interest in photography, publishing, the visual arts, and in fields related to the specific department to which you apply is strongly encouraged.

Application Requirements

Submit a current résumé and cover letter describing your background, skills, and motivations for applying. In the first sentence of your letter, please be sure to indicate one to three departments, in order of preference, for which you would like to be considered, and the time period for which you would be available (six or twelve months, beginning in January or July).

Certain departments require additional samples of work; please be sure to carefully review individual department requirements on our website before submitting your materials. The pertinent information can be found here:


Please email your application to workscholars@aperture.org.