vacancy: curatorial assistant (internship)

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Oude Kerk commissions international artists to develop extraordinary projects that engage powerfully with the monumental church and her red-light environment. From radical interventions to respectful tributes. Oude Kerk’s context-responsive and slow-curating approach is unique in Amsterdam, both its commissioning of contemporary art on this scale and its relation to heritage. In the comings months, Oude Kerk will embark on a series of large-scale endeavours. For these projects Oude Kerk is currently looking for a:


curatorial assistant
(internship, min. 32 hours a week)


about the position

During this internship you will work closely with both the Director-Curator and the Project Lead. This means an exciting mix of research and practical assistance, with an emphasis on the latter. You will have the opportunity to collaborate on the realisation of Oude Kerk’s exhibition programme with internationally renowned artists such as Adrián Villar Rojas, multiple concert-series, and public programme activities related to the exhibitions on show. Simultaneously, you will assist the Director-Curator with research and programme-development. In this way, you will gain a complete overview of the workings of a medium-large museum. Together with the team at Oude Kerk, you will go the extra mile to realise our ambitions. This means a flexible, stress-resistant attitude, a willingness to the ability to turn every problem into a new opportunity.


about you

You are a team player with a keen mind and the guts to take on big tasks independently. You are able to combine an artistic sensibility with hands-on practicality to make every part of our programme an overwhelming success. You have excellent communication skills (a combination of English and Dutch is a plus) as well as an ability to organise and oversee complex processes. Previous experience in the cultural sector is a strong plus. Our preference goes to someone living in (or close to) Amsterdam who is available for a period of at least 6 months.


we offer

  • a unique workplace in Amsterdam’s oldest monument
  • plenty of space for fresh ideas, own initiative, and daring experiment
  • an enjoyable position in a horizontal working culture
  • daily, healthy lunch
  • an internship compensation



We would like to fill the position starting from November 1st2019. In order to apply, please send your cv and a brief cover letter to info@oudekerk.nlby October 1st. The first interviews will take place mid-October. For more information, please contact Richard Pelgrim (project lead) at 020 6258284.


Oude Kerk believes that a diverse team contributes to a richer programme and a more impactful experience for its visitors. With that in mind, we actively look for and welcome diversity in background and talent.