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 and already gained some experience in their field of interest, or current students in a related field of study.

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Who is eligible for the Elaine Goldman and John Benis internship?

Candidates must be a permanent resident of New York, or a current student of or recent graduate of a college or university located in New York. If you are a New York City student we ask that you documentation from your college or university confirming that you receive or have received financial aid.

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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. Please note that Aperture is unable to provide visas or pay visa fees.

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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 or cover the cost of any visa related fees. Interns must contact a third party organization (if accepted, we’ll be in touch about recommended organizations) in order to obtain the proper paperwork.

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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).

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Is it possible to receive college credit for participating in the internship program?

Yes. If accepted, please provide the Work Scholar Coordinator with the relevant paperwork from your university.

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Do you offer summer internships?

No. All internships run in six-month or twelve-month sessions: January–June and/or July–December. The one exception to this rule is the MICA internship program, which runs a total of 8 weeks during the summer. To see if you qualify for the MICA internship please click here.

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What is the time commitment for the Work Scholar Program?

The Work Scholar Program requires a commitment of three days per week, one of which must be Wednesday, for six-months. The schedule for the three days is 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Once hired, your weekly schedule will be determined by you and your supervisor.

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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 $300 stipend check at the end of each month.

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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.

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I’m not a photographer, but I love photography (or) I am a photographer, will this internship help me get published?

While interning at Aperture you will not necessarily be creating photographs for your own fine art portfolio. 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 during work hours. That being said, in addition to aspiring photographers, we want to see aspiring editors, curators, writers, publicists, etc.

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What are past participants in the Work Scholar Program doing now?

Many of Aperture’s former Work Scholars have gone on to do great things! A few alums are now employed full-time at Aperture. Our Creative Director, Director of Exhibitions Management, and three of our Assistant Editors, among others, were all once interns. 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.

Visit the Work Scholar testimonials page to read more!

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