Summer 2022 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 students the opportunity to participate in a unique 10-week paid Summer Internship Program.

The objective of the Sotheby’s Summer Internship Program is to provide practical training experience to students interested in pursuing a career in the fine art and auction world. Internships are available across various business areas. 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 program, Sotheby’s interns will have the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a world-renowned auction house, see great rarities and works of art, and discover potential industry careers. In addition, Interns will gain exposure to the business through hands-on learning, executive exposure, team projects and so much more.

Sotheby’s is continuing to closely monitor New York State guidelines in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The safety of our employees and interns is our top priority. Currently, we are looking forward to welcoming our 2022 Summer Intern class onsite in our New York City Headquarters.

Educational 101’s

  • Throughout the Fall of 2021, we will be hosting a variety of 101’s for students to learn more about our business and their areas of interest
  • Please check our careers page for the most up to date information

Summer Intern Program

  • Experience the culture and atmosphere of Sotheby’s by taking on responsibilities of Full-Time employees, working on a variety of projects and making meaningful contributions
  • Immersive orientation and training program; learn from our leaders about our culture as well as the benefits and responsibilities of being a member of Sotheby’s during weekly Speaker Series
  • Continuous on-the-job training and work alongside experienced professionals on meaningful projects throughout the program
  • Exchange ideas and network with peers, mentors and senior managers through team-building sessions, speaker series, museum tours and other organized events
  • Innovate with peers, Summer Interns will be assigned a Capstone project and will have the opportunity to present to executives during the final week of the program

Qualifications, Skills & Requirements

  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree with a graduation date between December 2022 and June 2023
  • A strong academic record with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Adaptive, positive attitude, multi-tasker, team player, strong work ethic, leadership skills with a curiosity and passion for learning
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be able to complete the entirety of the onsite 10-week program, Monday, June 6 – Friday, August 12, 2022
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship


  • Applications will formally open on October 15, 2021 and close January 31, 2022 at 11:59PM EST
  • Please check our careers page to complete your application
  • Incomplete applications or applications completed following the deadline will not be considered
  • Our goal is to notify you of your status approximately one month after the application period concludes

Please use the list below to indicate in your application up to 3 departments (in order of preference) your areas of interest for the summer internship. Sotheby’s will strive to match each candidate with an appropriate department based on interest and background. We cannot guarantee you will be placed in the 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
Global Business Development
Museum Services
Private Sales
Regional Markets
Sotheby’s Financial Services

Marketing and Digital Services
Creative Services
Digital Marketing
Special Events
Thread Genius

Specialist Areas
19th Century Paintings
20th Century Design
African & Oceanic Art
American Art
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
Private Sales
Sotheby’s Wine