Summer 2021 Internship Program at Sotheby’s


Sotheby’s, the oldest and largest internationally recognized firm of fine art auctioneers in the world, has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. We will be offering exceptional undergraduate-level students the opportunity to participate in a unique 10-week paid Internship Program at our New York offices this Summer.

The objective of the Sotheby’s Summer Internship Program is to provide practical training experience to students interested in pursuing a career in the art and auction world. Internships are available across various areas of the business. Interns will be assigned a department based on their academic interests and professional goals, and will work under the supervision of a designated staff member. Over the course of the summer semester, our interns will have the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a renowned auction house, see great rarities and works of art, and discover potential industry careers. Interns will also be invited to attend video seminars led by senior staff each week; and will be assigned a group project to present during the final week of the internship.

Our Summer 2021 Internship Program will run from Monday, June 7 – Friday, August 13.

Application deadline is Friday, April 2, 2021.

Please submit application materials electronically HERE.

Sotheby’s will continue to monitor New York State guidelines in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The safety of our employees and interns a top priority. Currently, we are looking forward to welcoming our Summer Intern group onsite. We will notify candidates of any ongoing changes and program expectations.

Candidate Profile

  • A strong academic record
  • Leadership and teamwork experience
  • Curiosity and passion for learning
  • Positive attitude and self-motivation

Eligibility Requirements

· Candidates must be rising seniors of an undergraduate university/college
· Must be able to commit to the entirety of the 10-week program, Monday – Friday
· Must be authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship
· Must submit a completed application (incomplete applications will not be considered)


Please use the list below to indicate in your cover letter up to 3 departments (in order of preference) for your summer internship placement. Sotheby’s will strive to match each candidate with an appropriate department based on interests and background. We cannot guarantee you will be placed in a department of your choosing and not all departments offer internships every program cycle.

Business Development

  • Art Advisory
  • Client Development
  • Corporate Art Services
  • Fiduciary Client Group
  • Finance
  • Global Business Development
  • Museum Services
  • Private Sales
  • Proposals
  • Regional Markets
  • Sotheby's Financial Services

Marketing and Digital Services

  • Creative Services
  • Digital Marketing
  • Ecommerce
  • Special Events
  • Thread Genius

Specialist Areas

  • 19th Century Paintings
  • 20th Century Design
  • African & Oceanic Art
  • American Art
  • Americana
  • Chinese Works of Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • European Works of Art
  • French & Continental Furniture
  • Impressionist & Modern Art
  • Indian & South East Asian Art
  • Jewelry & Watches
  • Latin American Art
  • Old Master’s Paintings
  • Photographs
  • Prints
  • Private Sales
  • Sotheby’s Wine