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In our Master’s Degrees and MBA, internships are considered crucial to the students’ professional development and understanding of the realities of the art market.

IESA highly values the experience of an internship as a necessary test for you to prove yourself, which is why it we included it as a compulsory part of the programme during the two years. In many cases, these internships have proved to be pivotal in the development of the careers of our students, and we want it to happen with you as well.

IESA staff and the many renowned partners will help you in finding an internship. For this IESA also has a partnership with the art recruitment agency Sophie Macpherson Ltd. Your abilities, your preparation and IESA UK’s many links with the professional world combine to give you an unrivalled opportunity to succeed in today’s ever-changing art world.

Recent internships include:

  • Sotheby’s, Paris, London, Amsterdam and New York
  • Christie’s, Paris, London and New York
  • Phillips
  • Bonhams
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Musée de la Ville de Paris
  • Tate Modern
  • White Cube
  • Gagosian
  • Sprueth Magers
  • Paddle 8

And many more

Alexandra told us of her work experiences in the art world during her MA. She has been hired at the Parisian branch of the contemporary art gallery Karsten Greve:

“During my first MA year, I had an opportunity to do a one-month internship: it was a great occasion for me to further explore the vast Art world. Being back in Paris, I decided to make the most of my time there and interned in an auction house. I must say I really enjoyed interning in an auction house as it gave me a great picture into the distinctions with a gallery as well as into the day-to-day running. I then had an opportunity to intern for a further two-months at Sotheby’s. It was very important to see two kinds of auction houses and they both offered a great experience, both in terms of career and also for my dissertation. Looking back, I am highly satisfied with that choice as it contributed to improve my dissertation and eventually lead me to my current first job”

Alexandra, MA in the History and Business of Art and Collecting ’10

Sophie Macpherson Ltd is a dedicated recruitment agency specialising in the international art world. Established in 2002, SML selects the best candidates for specific roles, from junior entry-level positions to executive and managerial appointments. Initially set up to serve the London art market, the company has grown over the past ten years and now recruits for positions worldwide. SML’s teams in London, New York and across Europe all have a background in the arts and an in-depth understanding of the different businesses making up today’s ever-evolving art world. The teams’ extensive experience of working within the industry puts them in a unique position as recruiters, able to place people in a whole range of roles in all sectors of the art market.

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