Middlebury College Museum of Art

Teaching & Learning

Student Opportunities

There are many ways for Middlebury College students to get involved with different aspects of museum work.

The Museum offers paid academic year internships, paid summer internships, and periodic paid year-long Graduate Fellowships. Academic Year Internships and Graduate Fellowships are based on changing needs and may include positions in the Education Department, Registrar’s Office, Curatorial Division, and Digital Media. Summer Internships are offered through Middlebury’s MuseumWorks program, an intensive internship cohort that includes departmental work, professional development, and a collaborative project.

The Museum also hires part-time student receptionists to greet the public during open hours, answer visitor questions, and operate the Museum’s bookstore. (Please note: In place of student receptionists when the Museum is closed to the public in the Fall 2020 semester, the Museum will offer a limited number of Visitor Services Internships. Student Receptionists will be hired again when the Museum reopens to the public, we hope tentatively slated for February 2021.>

Students who are particularly interested in the field of museum education may apply for paid positions in the Museum Ambassadors Program (MAP), which trains students to assist with tours, public programs, and special events. (Please note: We hope to reopen applications for the Museum Ambassadors Program in the Spring 2020 semester.)

In addition to filling positions within the Museum, students can also explore a wide range of museum-related courses within the college’s curriculum, seek election to serve on the Committee on Art in Public Places (CAPP), and join the Friends of the Art Museum.

Middlebury College students who participated in a fall 2009 first-year seminar that debated the "true fountainhead" of Western civilization—ancient Rome or ancient Greece—had the opportunity to curate an exhibit in the museum based around what they learned. The result, a show titled "Greece vs. Rome: The Eighteenth-Century Quest for the Sources of Western Civilization," was mounted in the museum's Overbrook Gallery in the spring of 2010. This brief video documents their curatorial process.