Internships - Work Scholar General Requirements

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). Please mention how you heard about the Work Scholar Program and submit your application (including both résumé and cover letter) as a single PDF file.

Certain departments require additional samples of work; please be sure to carefully review individual department requirements before submitting your materials.

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

Application deadlines:
July-December term: March 15
January-June term: October 15

Time Commitment
The program is designed for a six- or twelve-month commitment running from January through June, and from July through December. Please note that a full-time commitment (five days per week) is necessary, unless otherwise noted, and we do not offer summer or semester-long internships. College credit is available. Interns receive a stipend of $300 per month, 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.

Submit applications via e-mail to or in hard copy to:
Aperture Foundation
Work Scholar Manager
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10001

For additional questions, please read FAQ or e-mail

Stevan A. Baron, for whom the internship program is named, studied with Minor White in 1963, and remained professionally involved with Aperture until he retired from his position as Vice-President of Production in 2003. Over his forty-year tenure Baron was responsible for the exacting separation and printing standards that define Aperture’s publications. He believed deeply in the importance of education both within and beyond the classroom environment. Working with printers and photographers, he expanded the printing process to achieve on the page the emotional effect the photographer intended. He was an adjunct professor for over ten years, in addition to fostering a passion for photography and publishing for countless Aperture work scholars and colleagues.

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