Internships

Irem Ikizler '15 and Eliza Pyne '13 Gallery Talk

Irem Ikizler ’15 and Eliza Pyne ’13 Gallery Talk

Through intensive one-on-one work on substantive projects with members of the Museum of Art staff, internships offer a unique way for students to acquire purposeful work experience. Interns will gain and apply knowledge and skills that are fundamental to work in museums and galleries. The work interns perform is often collaborative and interdisciplinary and serves the evolving priorities of the Museum. While there are four general categories into which internship fall and to which prospective interns apply (Collections Management, Educational and Interpretive Programming, Exhibitions, and Public Relations), the museum assigns internship projects based on its needs.

Internships are available for credit through the courses AVC 361, AVC s31, and EDUC 325, or as volunteer opportunities for students who have already completed successful internships for credit. Internship opportunities are limited and competitive; students are encouraged to discuss their interest with museum staff and their advisor as early as possible.

Each intern will report to a staff member and together they will develop a schedule to work in the museum for periods of 4-8 hours per week. The intern will be assigned readings and receive training relevant to the internship, then apply this to the assigned work of the internship. In addition to the work of the internship, each intern will produce a final report describing and evaluating progress made on the projects during the semester, and will reflect on how the internship supported institutional goals of the museum. The report is due no later than the last day of classes of the semester of the internship.

Types of Internships

Collections Management

Museum Interns Cara Garcia-Bou 13 and Nell Wachsberger 13_winter2013

Cara Garcia-Bou ’13 and Nell Wachsberger ’13

Under the guidance of the Curator, the Collection Management Intern assists with museum registration processes; the creation and maintenance of object records and the proper care, housing and storage of collections. This may include:

  • Collection imaging and photography in support of collections access, research, and conservation to support research by students, faculty, and other scholars
  • Processes, such as accessioning , related to incoming gifts and acquisitions
  • Object record data entry to ensure accurate and complete collection records
  • Database management and collection inventory to update records on the physical condition and location of collections

Educational and Interpretive Programming

There are two internships available in the area of educational and interpretive programming

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Samantha Rothberg ’13

  • The Children’s Programming Intern develops and delivers lessons for a K-12 audience, under the guidance of the Education Curator. This may include:

o   Rollin’ to Olin—a multi-visit program for 4th-graders which introduces students to the museum

o   Thousand Words Project—an expansive program teaching writing skills by examining the creative process used by studio artists
o   K-12 Lessons—connecting collections and exhibitions with the public school curriculum
o   Parent & Child Workshops—exploring collections and exhibitions through hands-on art activities

      • Adult Audience Programing Intern
        Under the guidance of the Education Curator, the Adult Audience Programming Intern coordinates programs and designs and delivers educational presentations about collections and/or exhibitions. This may include:

o   Life Drawing—a resource supporting the creative community and informal learning
o   Lectures—provide additional layers of information about collections, exhibitions, and artists
o   Film Series
o   Gallery Talks
o   Podcasts

Inreach

Under the guidance of the Education Curator, the Inreach Intern develops connections with organizations and groups on campus, particularly students, leading to integrating museum exhibitions and programming into students’ cultural and social life at Bates. This may include:

o   Developing plans to connect to student organizations and groups
o   Proposing student events/activities to MoA staff and Student Affairs
o   Serving as primary contact with student organizations
o   Coordinating events with student organizations

Exhibitions

Rebecca Rosen '14

Rebecca Rosen ’14

Under the guidance of the Director, Curator, or Education Curator, Exhibitions Interns conduct research on artists, artworks, media and techniques, collectors, scholarship and analysis, etc., to support the development of exhibitions. This may include:

o   Research and writing reports
o   Assisting with exhibition documents and correspondence
o   Writing object and exhibition labels
o   Exhibition design
o   Contributing to collections metadata (when appropriate)
o   Installation planning

Public Relations and Documentary Projects

Under the guidance of the Curator of Education, the Public Relations and Documentary Intern contributes to the communication of museum resources and programming to our audiences, photo documents activity in the museum, and gathers audience data. Examples of specific tasks include

o   Designing and distributing posters for exhibitions and programs on and off campus
o   Promoting museum through social media
o   Photographing events
o   Creating podcasts documenting museum activities
o   Conducting and reporting on audience surveys

Preparing to Apply for an Internship

Bates students should have coursework and field experiences that provide a foundation for their internship. The different categories of internships each have specific prerequisites. Internships are rarely given to first-year students. The museum assigns projects based on its priorities and may assign an internship in a different category than that to which a student applied.

Desired Qualifications

Collections Management

Applicants for this position must have completed a minimum of two courses in art history, must exhibit a high attention to detail, and must have the approval of the Curator

Educational and Interpretive Programming

Unless otherwise approved by the Education Curator, applicants for this position must have completed ED 265 Teaching through the Arts, a minimum of two courses of studio or art history, and must possess public speaking experience and strong writing skills.

Inreach

Unless otherwise approved by the Education Curator, applicants for this position must have completed ED 265 Teaching through the Arts, a minimum of two courses of studio or art history, and must possess public speaking experience and strong writing skills.

Exhibitions

Applicants for this position must have completed a minimum of two courses of art history, must evidence excellent writing and research ability, and must have the approval of the Director or Curator/s.

Public Relations and Documentary Projects

Applicants for this position must have completed AVC 219 Photography I: The Digital Image, possess excellent writing skills, have experience with design, and must have the approval of the Education Curator. Audio/Video production, blogging, and social media skills are a plus.

When are internships available?

The museum usually offers internships in the fall and winter semesters. Internships are sometimes available during short term for students returning for a second or third internship.

How Do I Apply?

Students interested in working as an intern must first discuss their interest with the museum’s Education Curator, Anthony Shostak, and with their academic advisor. Applications are made by e-mail by sending:

  1. a cover letter detailing one’s interest and the internship course name and number for which you are applying
  2. a resume listing relevant coursework, employment, and volunteer experience
  3. a writing sample
  4. three employment references to:

ashostak@bates.edu
Subject heading: Internship Application [semester & year for which you are applying]

 Deadlines

Applications for fall internships must be received no later than the preceding March 1st *
Applications for winter internships must be received no later than the preceding November 1st*

*Unless otherwise approved by museum staff