Internships at Magnum

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Internships are available at each of the Magnum offices and provide participants the unique opportunity to gain insight into the workings of the photographic cooperative and the industry as a whole. Please contact the office closest to you for details on available internships.


Positions Available at Magnum New York ONLY:

Please use the form on the right to submit the following application materials: your resume, a brief letter explaining why you wish to intern at Magnum and in which department you wish to work, and one letter of recommendation. Please clearly state which position and internship session you are applying for.


Applications that do not meet all requirements will not be considered. All applicants must be available for an in-person or telephone interview. All internships are unpaid. University credit possible. Absolutely no phone calls.


Applications must be sent three months prior to start date to be considered for that session.


(Click here for positions available with individual photographers)

Archive Department Interns (no longer accepting applications for July-Sep)


• Assist in maintaining Magnum’s digital and analog image archive
• Photo researching and filing
• Related administrative duties that may change daily
• Running errands (transporting film, prints, negatives)
• Occasional scanning


• Applicant must hold or be in the process of earning a degree in photography or library science
• Familiarity with PC platform and Excel.
• Must be comfortable creating and working with spreadsheets
• Must have basic Photoshop skills
• Ability to organize and multi-task

Contract: 2 days per week, 3 months

Internship sessions: January-March, April-June, July-September, October-December

The Magnum Foundation

We are looking for qualified interns to work at The Magnum Foundation. Magnum Photos was founded in 1948 as a cooperative photography agency, now composed of 50 of the world’s most renowned documentary photographers working today. Launched in 2009, The Magnum Foundation was created as a non-profit organization with three principle program areas: The Emergency Fund, to support in-depth documentary projects; BE SEEN, to partner with non-profits on visual campaigns; and Legacy, to preserve the archives of independent photographers. The internship will allow students to get hands-on experience with the inner-workings of the Foundation.

Interns will actively engage in the operations of all three Magnum Foundation programs. Responsibilities may include drafting copy for the website; managing assets from photographers; updating the database; assisting with grant-writing; researching funding opportunities; monitoring news coverage; and managing social media (Twitter, Facebook). Applicants should have excellent writing and communication skills, and be comfortable with Macintosh computers and Adobe CS, FileMaker Pro, Word, and Excel.

An interest in documentary photography, photojournalism, and human rights is encouraged, but more importantly we are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic, eager to contribute, and willing to work in a fast-paced environment. It is crucial that interns be able to take responsibility and prioritize their work.

We will consider interns who can devote two or more days a week, starting immediately. References are required, and a firm commitment to theinternship is expected. The internship is unpaid, but students may receive academic credit.

Print Sales Department internship

General Responsibilities:

• Be familiar with handling fine photographs of all print types – c-prints, gelatin silver, digital prints, cibachrome, etc.
• Update and maintain inventory database for modern and vintage prints in the New York office inventory room
• Perform image and online research


• Must speak English fluently
• Ability to multitask - must have superior organizational skills and strong sense of responsibility
• Must be able to work efficiently but carefully as main responsibilities involve handling fine art prints
• Must be proficient with Excel and PC
• Experience with Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat preferred
• Must have excellent communication and writing skills
• Must have knowledge of various photographic print types and terminology

Specific Projects/Responsibilities:

1. Become familiar with Magnum photographers’ works – projects present and past
2. Pick-up & drop off prints to clients, photographers, studios, etc.
3. Pull and return prints to appropriate print drawers/boxes
4. Create an organized and accurate system for documenting prints in the inventory room
5. Create spreadsheets for each photographer which clearly lists the prints we have in the inventory room which can be updated easily when prints are sold.
6. Assist in any art fairs!

This is an unpaid internship. You will get hands on experience at a world renowned photographic co-operative. Internship hours and days can be discussed according to your current schedule. A commitment of 2 days a week for 3 months is required. We are open Monday – Friday from 9:30am to 6pm. Please send a resume and cover letter in order to be considered for the position.

*If you are having trouble using the form on the right, you can also try viewing the form here: Magnum Internship Application