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Steven A. Baron Work Scholar Program, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY

Stevan A. Baron, for whom Aperture's internship program is named, studied with Minor White in 1963, and remained professionally involved with Aperture until he retired from his position as Vice-President of Production in 2003. Over his forty-year tenure, Baron was responsible for the exacting separation and printing standards that define Aperture's publications. He believed deeply in the importance of education both within and beyond the classroom environment. Working with printers and photographers, he expanded the printing process to achieve on the page the emotional effect the photographer intended. He was an adjunct professor for over ten years, in addition to fostering a passion for photography and publishing for countless Aperture work scholars and colleagues.


Aperture's Work Scholar Program welcomes individuals to engage in Aperture's programs and contribute to the editing, design, production, circulation, sales, and marketing of photography's most significant publications; the development of major traveling exhibitions; educational programs for children and adults; the creation of web content; and all other business operations essential to a non-profit organization.


Interns serve on a part-time volunteer basis for which they receive a stipend of $300 per month, as well as complimentary copies of Aperture magazine. This internship requires a commitment of three days per week, one of which must be Wednesday. The schedule for the three days is 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. We do not offer summer or semester-long internships. Applicants must make their own living arrangements. Current college students as well as recent graduates are encouraged to apply. College credit is available for this program. A part-time (three days per week), six-month time commitment is necessary, with the potential to extend the internship for an additional six months.


Work Scholar Departments

Book Publishing

Collections and Inventory Management


Digital Media

Editorial (books or magazine)

Education & Public Programs


Institutional Funding

Library & Digital Archive

Magazine Publishing


Publicity & Events

Special Events & Membership


How To Apply

Applicants are selected based on their interest and motivation in working for Aperture, an ability to contribute significantly to the program, and openness to gaining a meaningful work experience. Experience and interest in photography, publishing, the visual arts, and in fields related to the specific department to which you apply is strongly encouraged. Please see below for instructions on how to apply for the program.

We receive a high volume of applications each term. For that reason, we ask you to follow the guidelines closely to insure that your application will be considered.

  • Please submit your application as a single PDF file (cover letter first, then resume). The file name should be "application_LASTNAME.pdf"

  • In the first sentence of your cover letter, please indicate three departments, in order of preference, for which you would like to be considered. A list of departments and position descriptions can be found below. In your letter, please describe your background, skills, and motivations for applying. Lastly, please let us know how you heard about the Work Scholar Program.

  • Some departments require additional materials. Please review the below department descriptions for additional materials. Additional materials should be a separate PDF from your application. The file name should be "sample_LASTNAME.pdf"

  • Please submit your application via email to


Application Deadlines

Spring term (January-June): October 15

Fall term (July-December): March 15

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