Pros: lunch breaks, educational lectures, hands-on involvement
The program at Christie's was an exceptional way to experience the world of art business, in particular, the fast-paced environment of the auction world. I took part in organizing the galleries, by creating labels for the auctioned items as well as forming maps/graphs of the galleries. The environment was educational in regard to the lectures that took place on a daily basis, educating my group about the inner-workings of this industry.
On a typical day at work, I acted as an assistant in reviewing client appraisals, researching specific artists, and retrieving/scanning information from various locations. I had the opportunity to familiarize myself with the New York Public Library, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum and the Whitney Museum research libraries in very intense ways.
My bosses in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department were extraordinary in the sense that they wanted us to be as involved as possible in Christie's success. Our questions were received with extensive responses, providing me with a comfortable work environment.
The most enjoyable aspects of the job were my involvement in the important process of the auctions and the immense knowledge that I gained from interning at Christies in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department.
My experience at Christie's provided me with the essential skills I needed to become a vital and diligent worker for my potential employers in the near future.