Middlebury College Museum of Art

Teaching & Learning

Internships

The Museum offers a variety of paid internships during the summer (known collectively as MuseumWorks) and the academic year. These internships are designed to expose students to a range of work within the museum profession.

Applications for 2017–2018 Academic Year Internships are due by Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. Interviews with selected candidates will be scheduled prior to the start of final exams. All applicants will be notified of final decisions by August 1.

The application deadline for MuseumWorks 2017 Summer Internships was Sunday, March 19, 2017, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. All applicants have now been notified of final decisions and summer contracts have been filed.

Although the Museum is not offering a 2017–2018 Graduate Fellowship, such a position may be available in future years. Please check back periodically for more information.

NOTE: All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Please email Douglas Perkins, Administrative Operations Manager with questions.

Academic Year Internships

Academic Year Internships at the Middlebury College Museum of Art are an exciting way to gain experience in the dynamic and multifaceted professional world of art museums.

Interns typically work 4–8 hours per week and are instrumental in facilitating the day-to-day operations of the Museum’s various programs. Internships begin in September 2017 and pay $10.32 per hour. Although most positions run September 2017–May 2018, requests for semester-long internships will be considered on a case-by-case basis. With these and other questions, please email Douglas Perkins, Administrative Operations Manager.

Any current Middlebury College student wishing to learn more about working in museums is invited to apply, regardless of major, but certain positions may give preference to students with experience in the History of Art and Architecture or Studio Art. Academic Year Internships are open to international students.

We regret that students graduating in May 2017 are not eligible for these positions. Although the Museum is not offering a 2017–2018 Graduate Fellowship, such a position may be available in future years. Please check back periodically for more information.

Applying (deadline Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time):

There is one application for all 2017–2018 Academic Year Internship positions. Applicants will be asked to indicate their interest in the specific positions detailed below. In addition, applicants are required to submit:

- a current résumé;
- a writing sample (2–5 pages on any topic, demonstrating the ability to write clearly and persuasively);
- contact information for 3 references (including name, relationship to you, and email address and/or telephone number);
- a cover letter indicating qualifications, experience, and interest in the specific positions chosen.

Information about the timing of interviews and the notification of selections will be posted here soon.

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Available Academic Year Internships

1. Robert F. Reiff Curatorial Intern

Primary Purpose
Work with the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Director of Museum Programs and Events on curatorial projects and collections research. The Reiff Intern is also assigned to prepare and deliver a public lecture on a work in the Museum collection.

Responsibilities
The Reiff Intern will perform research on artists in the collection or under consideration for acquisition; organize collection data and records; and gather information on possible exhibitions. In addition to the public talk, assignments may also include writing label copy; maintaining correspondence with artists, dealers, and collectors; and preparing press releases.

Experience
Preference is given to History of Art and Architecture majors and minors with a serious interest in future study or work in the museum field. Excellent writing skills are also essential.

Knowledge
- Demonstrated research, writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- General computer literacy in Microsoft Office suite, FileMaker Pro, Photoshop, and social media
- Digital photography and scanning experience helpful
- Fluency in a foreign language helpful
- Organizational skills and careful attention to detail are paramount

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

2. Director’s Curatorial Intern

Primary Purpose
Work with the museum director on curatorial projects and exhibition research.

Responsibilities
The Director’s Curatorial Intern will perform research on a variety of curatorial projects and possible museum exhibitions. The intern may also assist in writing label copy and producing and maintaining correspondence with artists, dealers, and collectors.

Experience
Preference is given to History of Art and Architecture or Studio Art majors and minors and participants in the Museum Assistants Program (MAP) with a serious interest in future study or work in the museum field.

Knowledge
- Excellent research, writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- Computer literacy: Microsoft Office suite, FileMaker Pro, and Photoshop
- Digital photography and scanning experience helpful
- Fluency in a foreign language helpful
- Organizational skills and careful attention to detail are paramount

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

3. Ancient Art Curatorial Intern

Primary Purpose
Work with the curator of Ancient Art on curatorial projects and collections research, as well as prepare and deliver a public presentation on a relevant research project or museum object. For the academic year 2017–2018, the main focus will be on the coin collection in preparation of the gallery display of a selection of the museum's Greek coins.

Responsibilities
The Ancient Art Curatorial Intern will perform research on ancient art in the collection or under consideration for acquisition, organize data and records, and gather information on upcoming exhibitions. The main project will be working towards generating a display for ancient Greek coins to complement the display of Roman coins already underway. The intern may also assist in writing label copy for the overall display and for the individual coins. In addition, all interns may be asked to act as substitute receptionists, as necessary, to cover absences.

Experience
Preference is given to students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek and/or Latin, and to History of Art and Architecture or Classics majors and minors, and participants in the Museum Assistants Program (MAP) with a serious interest in future study or work in numismatics in particular and the museum field in general.

Knowledge
- Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- Computer literacy: Microsoft Office suite; familiarity with touch pad technology (especially iPad) helpful
- Digital photography and scanning experience
- Organizational skills and careful attention to detail
- Ability to listen to directions and complete projects independently
- Intermediate to advanced reading knowledge of Ancient Greek and/or Latin a plus
- Some familiarity with classical art and culture

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

4. Museum Collections Intern

Primary Purpose
Assist the Museum Registrar with various projects involving the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.

Responsibilities
The Museum intern will assist with the day-to-day operation of the Registrar’s Office, including, but not limited to, research, proofreading, correspondence, filing, generating legal documents, slide labeling, and organizing incoming and outgoing loans. This internship is also designed to allow a student to have hands-on experience with objects in the collection and includes training in handling art, collection inventory, and photographing, cataloguing, and storing art. The Museum intern will also have the opportunity to work with the exhibits staff on the planning and installation of exhibitions. In addition, all interns may be asked to act as substitute receptionists, as necessary, to cover absences.

Experience
Although any qualified candidate will be given serious consideration, special consideration may be given to History of Art and Architecture or Studio Art majors or minors with a serious interest in future study or work in the museum field. Previous museum experience is a plus. Participation in the Museum Assistants Program (MAP) is helpful.

Knowledge
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail a must
- Editing, proofreading, and writing skills needed
- Computer literacy: FileMaker Pro, Photoshop, and Concerto helpful
- Experience using a digital camera and slide scanner
- Background and interest in Art History or Studio Art desirable

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

5. Arthur and Helen Baer Museum Education Intern

Primary Purpose
Assist the Curator of Education with all aspects of the Education program (which serves local school groups, Middlebury College students and faculty, and the general public) and the Museum Assistants Program (MAP).

Responsibilities
The Arthur and Helen Baer Museum Education Intern assists the Curator of Education with a variety of tasks related to the Education program. The Museum Education Intern should be prepared to interact with the public in a variety of ways, including assisting with Museum tours during Family Weekends, helping with teacher workshops, and greeting school and adult groups. The intern may be asked to contribute research and writing to an upcoming handbook of the Museum’s collection, to develop self-guided materials for visitors of all ages, and to help improve accessibility within the Museum. The intern will be expected to help publicize Museum events by hanging posters on campus and in the town of Middlebury.

Experience
Although anyone with serious interest in education and museum work is encouraged to apply, special consideration may be given to majors or minors in the History of Art and Architecture, Studio Art, and/or Education Studies.

Knowledge
- Strong organization skills, neatness, and attention to detail
- Ability to listen to directions and complete projects independently
- Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills - Ability to interact with the public
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Experience working with children and/or senior citizens a plus
- Comfort creating digital technology (audio, video, touchscreen, 3D-scanning/printing, etc.) an asset

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

6. Digital Media Intern

Primary Purpose
The Digital Media Intern will work with the Operations Manager on maintaining the Museum’s Web and social media presence and on various special digital projects. In particular, this year the Digital Media Intern will be working on the refinement of a public art app and its associated iBeacon functionality.

Responsibilities
The Digital Media Intern will generate content for the museum blog by writing short articles and seeking out contributions from Middlebury students, faculty, staff, and community members. In addition, the Intern will help to maintain the Museum’s Web site, as well as its Twitter, Facebook, and other social media accounts in accordance with the Museum’s digital brand guidelines. The Intern may also participate in conversations with faculty and staff about using digital media to promote the Museum’s visibility across campus.

Consistent presence throughout the 2017–2018 Academic Year (except during official vacation periods) is essential. The intern will be expected to devote 4–6 hours per week, but the work location is flexible.

Experience
Although anyone with a serious interest in the digital side of museum work is encouraged to apply, preference is given to students with a competent understanding of basic HTML and CSS and some experience with content management systems (Wordpress and Drupal), and to History of Art and Architecture, Studio Art, and Computer Science majors and minors and participants in the Museum Assistants Program (MAP) with a potential interest in future work in the museum field.

Knowledge
- Strong experience with social media platforms and metrics
- Competent understanding of HTML, CSS, and CMS (preferably Drupal and/or WordPress)
- Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- Basic knowledge of art terms and media
- Computer literacy: Microsoft Office suite a must; proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop, preferred
- Additional web design skills a plus
- Digital photography talent and familiarity/skill with mobile image editing options a big plus
- Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to complete projects independently

Cover letters should address prior experience with the Web and social media, demonstrate familiarity with the museum’s existing online presence, and propose ideas for its expansion.

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

7. Barbara P. and Robert P. Youngman ’64 Asian Curatorial Intern

Please note that this position will not be offered for the 2017–2018 academic year. Check back periodically for information on its future availability and instructions for applying.

Primary Purpose
The Youngman intern will work with the Curator of Asian Art on curatorial projects and collections research and will also be responsible during the academic year for offering a public gallery talk on a work (or works) in the Museum collection.

Responsibilities
The Youngman Intern will perform research on art in the collection or under consideration for acquisition, organize data and records, and gather information on upcoming exhibitions. The intern may also assist in writing label copy and producing and maintaining correspondence with artists, dealers, and collectors. In addition, all interns may be asked to act as substitute receptionists, as necessary, to cover absences.

Experience
Preference is given to students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of East Asian languages and to History of Art and Architecture or Studio Art majors and minors and participants in the Museum Assistants Program (MAP) with a serious interest in future study or work in the museum field.

Knowledge
- Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- Computer literacy: Microsoft Office suite, FileMaker Pro, and Photoshop
- Digital photography and scanning experience
- Organizational skills and careful attention to detail
- Ability to listen to directions and complete projects independently
- Intermediate to advanced reading knowledge of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean a plus
- Familiarity with Asian contemporary art or comic books a plus

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

MuseumWorks: 2017 Summer Internships in Cultural Professions

MuseumWorks, a collaboration with the Middlebury College Center for Careers & Internships, is an intensive 8-week paid summer internship program introducing Middlebury College students to the dynamic and multifaceted professional world of museums, libraries, and archives through a combination of internship placements in local cultural institutions, professional development, field trips, and collaboration on an exhibition project.

The 2017 program will run June 12–August 4. Interns will receive a $1,500 stipend (taxable), plus room and board on the Middlebury College campus. (Housing will be in double rooms; meals will be served in Dining Halls. Total value of room and board: $1,200)

Interns work Tuesday–Friday with supervisors at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury College Armstrong Science Library, the Vermont Folklife Center, or the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History. (All institutions are located in Middlebury. Please see below for descriptions of specific Internships.)

On Mondays, interns will meet for professional development. These days will include a combination of: discussions with seasoned staff at museums, libraries, and archives; field trips to a variety of cultural institutions in New England; and workshops (e.g. cover letter writing and résumé building for museum jobs). Over the course of the summer, interns will also collaborate to curate a small exhibition.

Any current Middlebury College student wishing to learn more about working in museums, libraries, and archives is invited to apply, regardless of major. MuseumWorks is open to international students. We regret that students graduating in May 2017 are not eligible for these positions.

MuseumWorks Informational Sessions:

- Thursday, March 2, 2017, 12:30 PM, MCA 125
- Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:30 PM, MCA 125
- Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 4:30 PM, MCA 125

Applying (deadline Sunday, March 19, 2017, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time):

There is one application for all MuseumWorks 2017 Summer Internship positions. Applicants will be asked to indicate their interest in the specific positions detailed below. In addition, applicants are required to submit:

- a current résumé;
- a writing sample (2–5 pages on any topic, demonstrating the ability to write clearly and persuasively);
- contact information for 3 professional or academic references (including name, relationship to you, and email address and/or telephone number);
- a cover letter indicating qualifications, experience, and interest in both MuseumWorks overall and up to 3 of the specific positions chosen.

Interviews with selected candidates will be scheduled in late March and early April, 2017. All applicants will be notified of final decisions by the end of April, 2017.

Available MuseumWorks 2017 Summer Internship Positions

1. Museum Summer Intern (Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History)

Primary Purpose
Become familiar with the wide-ranging missions of the Sheldon Museum of Vermont History (founded in 1882 and considered the oldest community-based Museum in the country) while contributing to a variety of projects including exhibits, archival work, and special events. henrysheldonmuseum.org

Responsibilities
The Sheldon Museum Intern will work with the Executive Director, Associate Director, and Archivist on a variety of projects related to objects in the permanent collection, archives in the Research Center, summer events, current exhibits, and marketing. Projects may include: working in the Sheldon’s archives reviewing, researching, cataloguing, and rehousing portions of the Museum’s ephemeraand case photography collections; helping with the installation and events management for the exhibition Vermont Author/Illustrators of Children’s Books (opening Tuesday, June 13, 2017); and mounting small displays from the Sheldon Museum’s permanent collection. The Intern will also learn about marketing, customer relations, and fundraising while offering administrative support for the Sheldon’s main summer fundraiser, a Pops Concert and Fireworks Display (Thursday, June 29, 2017). A motivated Intern with strong public speaking skills may periodically be invited to lead public tours of Museum exhibits.

In addition to their departmental duties, all MuseumWorks Summer Interns will meet one day a week for professional development. Please refer to the MuseumWorks Summer Internship Program description for further details.

Qualifications
Assets include interest in future study or work in museums and/or coursework in History or the History of Art and Architecture, but qualified students from any major will be given full consideration.

Knowledge
- Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- Computer literacy: Microsoft Office Suite essential; FileMaker Pro, Photoshop, and Illustrator helpful
- Digital photography and scanning experience helpful
- Adept at Social Networking
- Careful attention to detail paramount
- Energetic demeanor, positive outlook, and lively disposition beneficial

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

2. Gallery Summer Intern (Vermont Folklife Center)

Primary Purpose
Assist the Vermont Folklife Center’s Director/Curator with the Vision & Voice Gallery. The Vision & Voice Gallery and Workspace provides a site for the planning, development, and exhibition of new documentary work that embraces the challenge of Ethnographic inquiry—opening a window on the fabric of everyday life and the richness and diversity of our common humanity—with the goal of making Vermonters from all walks of life more visible to one another. www.vermontfolklifecenter.org

Responsibilities
The Gallery Summer Intern will work with the Vermont Folklife Center team under the supervision of the Director/Curator on diverse aspects of the Vermont Folklife Center’s ongoing exhibition program. Projects include production, installation, and programming for the summer exhibit Growing Food, Growing Farmers—text, audio, and photography, exploring locally produced food in Rutland County—which opens in early August 2017. The Gallery Summer Intern will also assist in systematizing the Folklife Center’s exhibit touring program by formalizing relationships with exhibit venues statewide and developing a storage protocol. The Intern will also develop strategies to boost gallery visitation by researching creative uses of conventional and social media to build audiences.

In addition to their departmental duties, all MuseumWorks Summer Interns will meet one day a week for professional development. Please refer to the MuseumWorks Summer Internship Program description for further details.

Experience
Prior experience working independently is essential; prior experience with documentary research and media production would be very useful.

Knowledge
- Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- Computer literacy: Microsoft Office suite essential; Audacity or Adobe Audition helpful
- Digital photography and scanning experience
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Strong interpersonal skills

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

3. Curatorial Summer Intern (Middlebury College Museum of Art)

Primary Purpose
Work with the curators on a variety of research and office-related projects that may involve Museum archives and upcoming exhibitions, events, and publications.

Responsibilities
The Summer Curatorial Intern will work on projects related to artists in the collection or under consideration for acquisition or exhibition. There may be an emphasis on photography and 20th-century and contemporary art in the collection.

In addition to their departmental duties, all MuseumWorks Summer Interns will meet one day a week for professional development. Please refer to the MuseumWorks Summer Internship Program description for further details.

Qualifications
Preference is given to students with a serious interest in future study or work in the museum field. Coursework in the History of Art and Architecture or Studio Art (and/or participation in the Museum Assistants Program) will be significant assets, but qualified students from any major will be considered.

Knowledge
- Excellent research, writing, editing, and proofreading skills essential
- Computer literacy: Microsoft Office suite essential; FileMaker Pro, Photoshop, and Illustrator helpful
- Digital photography and scanning experience helpful
- Proficiency in a foreign language helpful
- Careful attention to detail paramount

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

4. College Collection Summer Intern (Middlebury College Museum of Art)

Primary Purpose
Assist the Museum Registrar with various projects related to the maintenance of the College collections. **Please note: this intern will be required to work an additional two (paid) weeks beyond the conclusion of MuseumWorks (full internship, June 12–August 18, 2017).

Responsibilities
The College Collection Summer Intern is responsible for continuing the annual inventory of artwork on view across Middlebury’s campus. This is a self-directed internship requiring contact with numerous College departments, maintenance of a collection database, photography skills, and careful record keeping. Time is split between working in various locations on campus and working in the Museum. The College Collection Summer Intern will gain museum experience by occasionally assisting with the day-to-day operations of the Museum Registrar’s office and by working with other staff members responsible for the care of the Museum’s permanent collection.

In addition to their departmental duties, all MuseumWorks Summer Interns will meet one day a week for professional development. Please refer to the MuseumWorks Summer Internship Program description for further details.

Knowledge and Experience
- Ability to work independently on a large project essential
- Strong organizational and time management skills a must
- Computer literacy: FileMaker Pro, Excel, Photoshop helpful
- Experience using a digital camera
- Basic knowledge of art terms and media
- Strong interpersonal skills needed

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

5. Education Summer Intern (Middlebury College Museum of Art)

Primary Purpose
Work with the Curator of Education and Academic Programs to prepare materials and edit publications for the Education program, which serves local children, Middlebury College students, and the general public.

Responsibilities
The Education Summer Intern assists the Curator of Education and Academic Programs with a variety of tasks related to the Education Department, the MiddArts elementary school outreach program, and the Museum Assistants Program. Key tasks may include preparing and editing printed educational materials, developing digital interpretive strategies, and becoming familiar with a variety of educational techniques. The Education Summer Intern will also learn about the Museum’s collection and identify Middlebury College professors from across the curriculum whose teaching might benefit from collaboration with the Museum. An intern with a talent for public speaking may periodically be invited to lead tours of the Museum or of sculptures on Middlebury’s campus.

In addition to their departmental duties, all MuseumWorks Summer Interns will meet one day a week for professional development. Please refer to the MuseumWorks Summer Internship Program description for further details.

Qualifications
Students with an interest in art, education, and/or museum work are strongly encouraged to apply.

Knowledge
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail essential
- Ability to listen to directions and complete projects independently
- Computer literacy: ability to scan images and create PowerPoint presentations important
- Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- Ability to interact with the public
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Museum experience a plus

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

6. Science Collections Summer Intern (Armstrong Science Library)

Primary Purpose
Become familiar with a variety of discipline-specific specimen collections held in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, and participate in a variety of projects centered on the Antique Scientific Instruments Collection, including digitization, cataloguing, and learning principles of digital preservation. There is potential to create either a small physical or digital exhibition.

Responsibilities
McCardell Bicentennial Hall is home to a number of fascinating specific specimen collections, including botanical, mineral, and the Antique Scientific Instrument Collection. The Science Collections Intern would collaborate with the Science Data Librarian to review these collections in general and digitize a subset of the Antique Scientific Instrument collection, including photography, metadata creation, and preparing files for a digital repository. There will be opportunities to research, catalog and rehouse items within the collection, as well as learn about digital preservation theory and best practices. There is potential to create either a small physical or digital exhibition.

In addition to their departmental duties, all MuseumWorks Summer Interns will meet one day a week for professional development. Please refer to the MuseumWorks Summer Internship Program description for further details.

Qualifications
- An interest in science or the history of science
- An interest in exploring digital representation of collections
- An interest in museum studies and archival and library studies
- An inquisitiveness for historical artifacts across different scientific disciplines
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and to contribute to a collaborative environment
- Applicants should be self-starters, organized, self-disciplined, and able to work independently

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.