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—offered through Middlebury’s MuseumWorks program, an intensive 9-week internship cohort that includes departmental work, professional development, and a collaborative exhibition project—include positions at the Middlebury College Museum of Art as well as local cultural institutions.
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 may apply to 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.