Internships - Internships FAQs

Who is eligible for the Work Scholar Program?
Aperture accepts qualified candidates at a range of points in their education and career paths. Most successful applicants have completed college (with the exception of the part-time positions, for which we often accept current students) and have already gained some experience in their field of interest.

Do you accept international applicants?
Yes, Aperture’s magazine, books, and exhibitions have an international audience and we’re always excited by the contribution of international interns.

Does Aperture provide visas or pay visa fees?
No. International interns are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own J-1 visas. As a small non-profit, we are unable to serve as “sponsors” for the J-1 visa. Interns must contact a third party organization (if accepted, we’ll be in touch about recommended organizations) in order to obtain the proper paperwork.

What exactly would you like to see for a writing sample?
We’re interested in reading something that you feel best represents the type of writer and thinker you are. This can be an excerpt of a school paper, a review of a show, or a reflection on a photograph. Try and think about the position for which you are applying and, if possible, match your writing sample to your field of interest (e.g., a press release for a communications internship).

Is it possible to receive college credit for participating in the internship program?
Yes. If accepted, please provide the Work Scholar Manager with the relevant paperwork from your university.

Do you offer summer internships?
No. All internships run in six-month or twelve-month sessions: January–June and/or July–December.

Are there any part-time positions available?
Yes. There are a few part-time positions available. See the department requirements for details. Part-time stipends are proportional to hours worked.

Does Aperture help with living expenses or arrangements?
Unfortunately, Aperture is unable to provide housing for our interns. We appreciate the work you do for us and will try to be as much help as possible in providing advice for settling into life in New York, but we cannot be of financial assistance beyond the Work Scholar stipend ($300/month for full-time interns).

Do I have to have a specific college major in order to participate in the program?
No. We have a range of opportunities available, each requiring different areas of expertise and interest. We do ask that you have some demonstrated interest and experience in the world of photography. This does not, however, mean that you have to be a photographer. We’re excited about carving out a place in photographic history and we hope that our interns are too.

I’m not a photographer, but I love photography, have interned at a photography gallery, and wrote my thesis on Henri Cartier-Bresson. Will I fit in? or: I am an aspiring photographer. Will participating in Aperture’s internship program help me get published?
While interning at Aperture you will not be creating photography. You will be participating in the various support roles necessary to publish, exhibit, and promote photography from around the world. Your own work may benefit from spending six months surrounded by photographs, photography books, and photographers, but you won’t spend much time developing your own portfolio. That being said, in addition to aspiring photographers, we want to see aspiring editors, curators, writers, publicists, etc.

What are past participants in the Work Scholar Program doing now?
Many of Aperture’s former Work Scholars are now employed full-time at Aperture. Our publisher, exhibitions coordinator, and assistant editor, among others, were all interns here once. However, interning at Aperture does not guarantee that you will be hired. Other former Work Scholars include photographers Gregory Crewdson and Taryn Simon and New York Times photography critic Philip Gefter. Many interns go on to work at other publishers or galleries around the world. Some end up using the various skills developed here to enter into fields completely unrelated to photography.

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