There are many ways for Middlebury College students to get involved with different aspects of museum work.
The Museum offers seven paid academic year internships, three paid summer internships, and one year-long graduate fellowship. The academic year internships include three positions in the education department, one in the registrar’s office, and one in the curatorial department. Summer internships include one position each in the education department, the curatorial department, and the registrar’s office.
The Museum also hires part-time student receptionists to greet the public during open hours, answer visitor questions, and operate the Museum’s bookstore.
Students who are particularly interested in the field of museum education can also volunteer in the Museum Assistants Program (MAP), which trains students to assist with tours, public programs, and special events.
In addition to volunteering and 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), join the Friends of the Art Museum, and be nominated to receive awards for distinction in the visual arts.
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.