Apply now: Internship programme for Venice Biennale 2022

Frame Contemporary Art Finland is organising an internship programme for the exhibition at the Finnish Pavilion hosted by Frame at the 59th Venice Art Biennale in 2022.

The programme is aimed at art students studying in Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences. The internship is primarily for students of curating and arts management, art education, art history and fine arts interested in gaining on-site experience in the daily operations of an international art biennial in Venice.

The internship

The internship programme offers the applicant a unique opportunity to work at the oldest contemporary art biennial in the world and gain valuable knowledge on how biennial exhibitions are run. In addition to the relevant international work experience, the chosen applicant will get the opportunity to explore over 80 national pavilions with individual exhibitions, giving the applicant an overview of the most current contemporary art of today.

The duration of the internship is 11 weeks, taking place during the Venice Biennale from April to November 2022. Before the internship starts, all interns will be invited to an onboarding session in Helsinki to introduce them to the tasks, the exhibitions and the city of Venice.

Frame will cover the accommodation costs of the chosen applicants in a shared apartment, a per diem of 15 eur / day, compensation for public transport, and access to the Biennale exhibitions and local museums. The applicants are expected to apply for additional funding from their respective universities.


The interns run daily operations of the Finnish Pavilion located at the historical biennial park, Giardini di Castello. The interns prepare the pavilion prior to opening, host exhibition guests and give scheduled guided tours, guard the exhibition and are in charge of the overall daily management of the pavilion. The pavilion is open to the public six days a week, Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. The interns will work approximately four days a week.

The applicant

The applicant is expected to have good knowledge of the Finnish contemporary art field and the capability to work in an international environment and engage with audiences on a daily basis. Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.


Please send an application including motivation letter (1 A4) and your resume in English in one PDF file by 12 December 2021 to rekry@frame-finland.fi.

Please mention in the motivation letter your availability and/or preference for following time periods:
April–June 2022
July–September 2022
September–November 2022

Inquiries regarding the internship:

Francesco Raccanelli, Project Coordinator
Frame Contemporary Art Finland
t. 046 526 7853

Please make any calls regarding the internship only on Wednesdays from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Frame Contemporary Art Finland

Frame is an advocate for Finnish contemporary art. Frame supports international initiatives, facilitate professional partnerships, and promote the visibility of Finnish art abroad through grants, a visitor programme and residencies, seminars and talks, exhibition collaborations and network platforms. Since 2013 Frame Contemporary Art Finland has been the commissioner and producer of the exhibition of Finland at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion.

People queuing in to the Finnish Aalto Pavilion. Weather is sunny and atmosphere warm.

The Finnish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017. Image: Petri Summanen.