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Sotheby’s Institute of Art began in 1969 as a training program for auction house employees and professional development is still an integral part of the Institute’s programs, broadening out to encompass many roles in a number of relevant business and non-profit spheres.

Career Opportunities

Sotheby’s Institute of Art (SIA) offers unique career development opportunities through our partnership with the Sotheby’s auction house. Working with our Career Services office, Sotheby’s auction house selects Master’s Degree students for the Sotheby’s Floater Program in the Sotheby’s New York headquarters. The position is a six-month full-time, paid position at the auction house, and focuses on the immediate business needs of one particular department, or may involve working with multiple departments, such as: specialist departments such as Impressionist and Modern Art, Contemporary Art, American Art, Chinese Works of Art, Latin American Art, and Jewelry, as well as Post Sales, Client Services, inventory administration, and shipping. Sotheby’s regularly sources full-time, permanent staff from the Floater Program.

In London, the Work Placement (accredited internship) elective unit offers students experiential learning in an art-related work environment.

Sotheby’s auction house also employs exclusively SIA Master’s Degree students and recent graduates to support the research and expansion of the Sotheby’s Museum Network, a platform created by Sotheby’s in 2016 to connect audiences with the world’s leading cultural institutions.

In addition, Sotheby’s Institute of Art Master’s Degree programs collaborate with Sotheby’s auction house to offer our students privileged access to Sotheby’s auction departments and experts.

Career Services

Our Career Services office provide all of our Master’s Degree students with customized support in their internship and job search needs, including cover letter and resume writing, interview preparation, alumni network connections, as well as facilitating potential internship and job opportunities at major art companies and organizations, such as Sotheby’s, Phillips, Gurr Johns, Winston Art Group, Gagosian Gallery, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Pace Gallery, Hirschl & Adler, Winter Antiques Show, The Armory Show and TEFAF.

75% of Sotheby’s Institute students engage in the workforce before graduation.*

*Class of 2015 Exit Survey, London, New York and Los Angeles

Careers open to graduates include:

Museum Major Gifts Manager, Art Investment Manager or Advisor, Art Collateral Specialist, Art Lawyer, Museum Development Director, Major Gifts Director, Collections Manager (corporate, museum, galleries or private collectors), Gallery, Museum or Collection Curator, Creative Director, Art Foundation Grants Administrator, Art Advisor, Restoration Specialist, Art or Collectables Appraiser, Gallery Director or Owner, Acquisitions Director, Artist Liaison, Auctioneer, Event Producer, Auction House Specialist, Gallery Client Service Supervisor, Cataloguer, Luxury Goods Merchandiser, Art Market Analyst, Art Dealer, Art Broker, Professor, Art Insurance Specialist, Art Tax Specialist, Appraiser, Artists’ Agent, Collectables E-Commerce Director, Research Specialist, Client Services Director, Gallery Sales Manager, Journalist and Art Critic, Wealth Management Art Specialist, Artist’s Studio Manager, Prints and Editions Publisher, Art Press Commissioning Editor.

Our alumni work at prestigious art institutions, including:
  • The British Museum
  • MoMA
  • Christies
  • The Metropolitan Museum Of Art
  • Whitney
  • V&A
  • Guggenheim
  • Gagosian Gallery
  • Armory
  • Artsy
  • Sothebys
  • PACE
  • Hauser & Wirth
  • Bonhams New york
  • The National Gallery
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery
  • Lisson Gallery
  • ArtForum
  • Frieze
  • Paddle8

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