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KF Museum Internship


The KF Museum Internship Program enables young art specialists from Korea to acquire real-life work experience at institutions abroad for the advancement of their professional careers. Thus far, this museum internship program has proven to be an effective means of providing young Korean art professionals with valuable hands-on experiences at prominent museums abroad. The Foundation intends to steadily expand this program in order to offer more global experiences for the next generation of Korea’s art specialists.

Museum interns are required to be young potential or junior-level professionals, (including curators) who have a MA degree or higher, with a personal commitment to pursuing a museum-related career.

Participating institutions:
• Art Institute of Chicago
• Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
• British Museum
• Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon
• Los Angeles County Museum of Art
• Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
• Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
• The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
• Victoria and Albert Museum


Number of Interns 00 interns
Term of Intern Assignment • Museum Internship: 6 to 9 months
(*Program term cannot be extended.)
Qualifications (Basic)
• Korean nationality
Must be under 40 years of age
• Outstanding research and communication capability, including the ability to speak and write clearly in English
• Must be free to travel/stay abroad
Candidates are young potential or junior-level professionals (including curators) who have an MA degree or higher and are committed to pursuing an academic or museum career in a relevant field, at present or in the near future.
-Holder of MA degree or higher in the fields of art or museum studies
-Work experience of less than two years of full-time employment
Required Documents (must be prepared in English) • Application form (online) and resume
• Statement of Purpose: one page, personal statement
• Internship proposal (1,500 word limit/ 3-5 pages)
• Official transcripts and certificate of graduation (if applicable) of undergraduate and/or graduate school
• Official English test scores
• Letters of recommendation (undergraduate/graduate professor, dean of the faculty or representative of affiliated organization)

*The program schedule, number of interns, and participating institutions may be subject to change.


The Korea Foundation
• Airfare (round-trip, economy class, airfare from Korea to host institution)
• Monthly stipend for living and housing expenses
• International health insurance coverage

Host institution
• Administrative support for visa entry/stay approval
• Assistance in locating suitable housing and getting settled in
• Suitable workplace with computer access
• On-the-job training and practical workplace assignments

※ The Korea Foundation and the host institutions shall conclude a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines the standard terms and conditions of our program assistance.