Christie’s is the world’s leading art business, grossing billions of dollars in global auction revenue per year. Since 1766, it has been a popular showcase for decorative arts, photographs, jewelry, collectibles and other pieces. This summer, Emily Hazenburg ’10 plays a role in the company’s success as an intern in the Trusts, Estates, and Appraisals department at Christie’s New York office.
“My internship is going very well. I feel like I have learned so much about the auction world and how it is dealt with,” says Hazenburg, an art history major. She handles a broad range of tasks including binding, looking at appraisals and taking photos of artwork. She also attends weekly lectures on fine and decorative arts given by Christie’s specialists. In addition to her periodic museum and gallery visits, she attends auctions held at Christie’s main salesroom at 20 Rockefeller Plaza on 49th Street.
She feels fortunate to be in the competitive eight-week summer program, which is helping her develop a possible career in the art world. Hazenburg, and the 40 or so other interns from across the country working alongside her, are guided by experienced professionals.
“It has gone beyond my expectations, I thought this would be a great opportunity but I did not realize how many people I would meet and become close with as well as being generously welcomed and treated as more than just an intern.”
She adds that Jamie Krass ’92 has been a great help and credits him for his support. Hazenburg will return to campus for her senior year this fall where she is a member of the varsity squash team.