The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s Teen Art Connect (TAC) internship is a year-long paid museum internship for high school students from diverse backgrounds interested in working in a world-class arts environment creating meaningful experiences for the public while developing professional skills. Teen Art Connect interns plan our annual Teen Takeover event, lead architecture and exhibition tours, promote and participate in workshops led by contemporary artists, present and host Battle of the Bands, support Museum educators and staff in Family, Access, and Public Programs, and receive one-on-one mentorship from Museum professionals.

This paid internship was my first job. I feel so lucky to be a part of this program, and even luckier that I get paid for it! The experience of having a job has taught me so much. It’s given me a lot of independence. I’ve learned so much from being in a professional environment. At Drop-In Artmaking, or the Textile Lab, or Coat Check, I learned how to try to make every visitor comfortable, and how to act professionally. I’ve learned how to interact with coworkers, especially adults. I’ve gained confidence through interacting with visitors, and giving various presentations.
— Hannah, Teen Art Connect intern, 2018-19

Project Curate teen curators with artist Ify Chiejina

Project Curate teen curators with artist Ify Chiejina


Project Curate provides a class of local high school students from Juan Morel Campos School an opportunity to experience contemporary curatorial practices by working closely with a professional curator for the entire school year, culminating with an exhibition at NURTUREart Gallery. This collaborative process includes lessons in art history, contemporary art, conceptualizing a theme, selecting artwork, writing a curatorial statement, art handling, exhibition design and installation, writing a press release, event promotion, and hosting a public reception. Throughout this process, students meet with professionals in different facets of the arts while visiting museums, galleries, and artist studios, connecting with the thriving arts community in their own neighborhood. More importantly, Project Curate gives the students a critical voice and professional work experience, promoting leadership, responsibility, and confidence. The culminating exhibition will feature emerging artists and be on view at Nurture Art in May 2017.

This class helped me be open to the connections between different artworks. It also helped me with public speaking, explaining a story, and overcoming my anxiety. I learned art handling and how math is important for hanging artworks.
—  Joseph, Project Curate Teen Curator, 2016-17


Over the course of 18 weeks, 16 Youth Docents participated in a 21-session course designed to gain knowledge of site-responsive art exhibition and trained to lead and facilitate guided tours for a variety of audiences. Additionally, they developed multifaceted engagement strategies and skills to engage the public. The Y. Dots gained valuable work experience learning under the guidance of Art historian/administrator Sara Guerrero, NLE Education Director and PJ Gubatina Policarpio, NLE Education & Public Engagement Fellow. A large majority of Y.Dots were Queens-based students with most of them living in Jamaica, Queens and attending high schools located within walking distance of the exhibition site. The curriculum was explicitly aligned with state and city standards, including the Common Core and the NYC Blueprint for the Arts. 


Summer Youth Arts Project is a complete free middle school art camp at the Queens Museum! In this intensive six-week summer arts program, students work closely with artist educators to conceive, develop, and produce their own art projects. In addition, participants critically study current exhibitions at the Queens Museum, visit other art institutions in New York City, while practicing and enhancing foundational skills in the visual arts such as drawing, design, mixed-media, and sculpture. Students will explore the theme of sustainability by using recycled and up-cycled materials to create artwork. The camp is designed to stimulate artistic growth and is a good opportunity for students who might be interested in applying to high schools arts programs. At the end of the program students will exhibit their artwork at the Queens Museum.


In this paid internship, teens learn about the ins and outs of event planning in the arts! Teen Night Planning Committee members collaborate with New York City teens to design, coordinate, and promote Teen Nights—free events that feature music and dance performances, workshops, art-making, friends, and food.


  • Design, plan, and execute three free, large-scale events for New York City teens

  • Meet educators, artists, and curators to learn about art, public programming, and our collections

  • Promote Teen Night to teens across New York City, especially in Brooklyn

  • Communicate with emerging artists and performers

  • Assist with programs like Target First Saturdays

  • Build and strengthen your communication, teamwork, time management, organizational, and event-planning skills