Middlebury College Museum of Art

Teaching & Learning

Museum Ambassadors Program (MAP)

The Museum Ambassadors Program (MAP) trains Middlebury College students to lead public tours of the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Museum Ambassadors provide valuable community service as they engage school, college, and adult visitors in dialogue about art from the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. They also contribute to projects that help make the Museum more accessible to all visitors (for example developing self-guided tour materials, verbal descriptions of works of art, and large print labels).

Museum Ambassadors attend weekly training sessions where they study and practice a variety of styles of museum education. Art historians and curators will also visit these sessions to provide information on the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. In addition, students gain useful skills and knowledge in areas including community engagement, public speaking, childhood development, accessibility, and public programming.

Note: Students are recruited in the Spring and Summer for the academic year beginning in September.

Museum Ambassadors Program, September 2018–April 2019

After twenty-one years as a volunteer program, the Museum Assistants Program is transitioning to the Museum Ambassadors Program, a paid program. Before applying, please assess carefully your desire to embrace MAP’s spirit of community engagement and your ability to commit to the time requirements. Museum Ambassadors will be required to attend weekly training sessions on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 PM, complete an additional 1-2 hours of research or work each week, and lead 3-5 public tours of the Museum each semester.


- Passion for social engagement
- Strong appreciation of art
- Must enjoy talking with museum visitors of all ages, from children to senior citizens
- Ability to attend weekly MAP training sessions on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 PM. This time is paid. Note: More than 2 unexcused absences per semester may result in a Museum Ambassador being asked to step down from the program, with the ability to reapply for the subsequent academic year
- Commitment to completing an additional 1-2 hours of research or work each week. This time is paid
- Lead 3-5 tours per semester. This time is paid
- Students from all majors are encouraged to apply. (Coursework in Art History, Museum Studies, Studio Art, History, or Education Studies especially desirable. Experience working with children an asset.)

NOTE: Due to the Museum’s strict insurance policies, all offers of employment are contingent upon a candidate’s successful completion of a criminal background check conducted by an independent agency.

To Apply

Application deadline: Monday, September 3, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Select applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview. All applicants will be notified about final decisions by September 11, 2018. The first MAP session will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2018. Please email Curator of Education Jason Vrooman with questions.

Go to the application form.

the 2016-2017 MAP students
2016–2017 Members of the Museum Assistants Program—Front row: Julia Hower ’19, Kenzie Yedlin ’18, Kelsey Lee ’17, Matt Gillis ’18, Alaina Pribis ’19, Zara Corzine ’17, Thibault Bachelet ’19, Lyra Ding ’19. Back row: Veronika Zubrytska ’17.5, Cindy Xu ’19, Hope Kuchinski ’17, Claire Borre ’18, Curator of Education & Academic Programs Jason Vrooman ’03, Kelsey Follansbee ’16.5, Lulu Zhou ’19, Shan Zeng ’19, Michael Lally ’18, Qingying Wang ’17 (Photo: Jonathan Blake)