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 both MuseumWorks 2015 Summer Internships and 2015–2016 Academic Year Internships are due by Friday, March 20, 2015, 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. There is a separate application for the MuseumWorks Summer Internships Program and the Academic Year Internships Program, on which you may indicate your interest in specific positions described below. Interviews with selected candidates will be scheduled in early April, 2015. All applicants will be notified of final decisions by the end of April, 2015.

All current Middlebury College students are invited to apply. We regret that students graduating in May 2015 are not eligible for these internships. Although the Museum is not offering a 2015–2016 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 Mikki Lane, Coordinator of Events, Membership, and Academic Outreach with questions.

MuseumWorks 2015: Summer Internships in the Museum Profession

MuseumWorks, a collaboration with the Middlebury College Center for Careers & Internships, is an intensive 9-week paid summer internship program introducing Middlebury College students to the dynamic and multifaceted professional world of museums through a combination of internship placements in local cultural institutions, professional development, field trips, and collaboration on an exhibition project project.

The 2015 program will run May 31–July 31. Interns will receive a $2,000 stipend (taxable), plus room and board on the Middlebury College campus. (Housing will be in double rooms; meals will be served in Dining Halls.)

Interns work 4 days a week with supervisors at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Vermont Folklife Center, or the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History. (All museums are located in Middlebury. Please see below for descriptions of specific Internships.)

One day a week, interns will meet for professional development. These days will include a combination of: discussions with seasoned museum professionals; field trips to a variety of cultural institutions in New England; workshops (e.g. cover letter writing and résumé building for jobs in the arts); and exposure to many aspects of the museum world through discussion of diverse readings. Over the course of the summer, interns will also collaborate on an exhibition project related to art, history, or cultural heritage.

Any current Middlebury College student wishing to learn more about working in museums is invited to apply, regardless of major. MuseumWorks is open to international students. We regret that students graduating in May 2015 are not eligible for these positions.

Applying (deadline Friday, March 20, 2015, 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time):

There is one application for all MuseumWorks 2015 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 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 early April, 2015. All applicants will be notified of final decisions by the end of April, 2015.

Available MuseumWorks 2015 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, upcoming exhibits, and marketing. Potential projects include mounting three small permanent collection displays of objects in the permanent collection. The Intern may also help plan for two possible 2016 exhibitions: one a history of the bicycle, the other a retrospective of the landscapes of John Bunyan Bristol (1828–1909), a Luminist painter in the Hudson River tradition. The Intern will assist in the review and cataloging of archival works on paper. The Intern will also learn about marketing, customer relations, and fundraising while offering administrative support for two summer fundraisers: a June 26, 2015 Pops Concert and Fireworks Display and a July 11, 2015 Tour of Gardens in Lincoln, Vermont. 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, which opens in early July 2015. 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 helpfu
- 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 Chief Curator on a variety of research and office-related projects involving exhibitions or the permanent collection of the Museum.

Responsibilities
The Curatorial Summer Intern will work on projects related to artists in the collection or under consideration for acquisition or exhibition. Potential projects involve photography as well as 20th-century and contemporary art in other mediums. In addition, all Middlebury College Museum of Art summer Interns may be asked to act as substitute receptionists, as necessary, to cover absences.

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.

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, all Middlebury College Museum of Art summer Interns may be asked to act as substitute receptionists, as necessary, to cover absences.

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 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, all Middlebury College Museum of Art Interns may be asked to act as substitute receptionists, as necessary, to cover absences.

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
- Familiarity with touch pad technology (especially iPad) helpful
- 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.

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 6–10 hours per week and are instrumental in facilitating the day-to-day operations of the Museum’s various programs. Internships begin in September 2015 and pay $9.84 per hour. Although most positions run September 2015–May 2016, requests for semester-long internships will be considered on a case-by-case basis. With these and other questions, please email Mikki Lane, Coordinator of Events, Membership, and Academic Outreach.

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 2015 are not eligible for these positions. Although the Museum is not offering a 2015–2106 Graduate Fellowship, such a position may be available in future years. Please check back periodically for more information.

Applying (deadline Friday, March 20, 2015, 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time):

There is one application for all 2015–2016 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.

Interviews with selected candidates will be scheduled in early April, 2015. All applicants will be notified of final decisions by the end of April, 2015.

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 Chief Curator on curatorial projects and collections research, as well as prepare and deliver a public gallery talk on a work in the Museum collection.

Responsibilities
The Reiff Curatorial Intern will perform research on artists in the collection or under consideration for acquisition, organize data and records, and gather information on possible exhibitions. The intern may also assist in writing label copy and producing and maintaining correspondence with artists, dealers, and collectors. The intern will also prepare and deliver a public gallery talk on a work in the Museum collection. In addition, all interns may be asked to act as substitute receptionists, as necessary, to cover absences.

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.

2. Museum Collections Intern

Primary Purpose
Assist the Museum Registrar with various projects involving the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions for the duration of the 2015–2016 academic year.

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.

3. Arthur and Helen Baer Education Teaching Assistant

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) for the duration of the 2015–2016 academic year.

Responsibilities
The Baer Education Teaching Assistant (TA) assists the Curator of Education with all aspect of the Education program, including school tours, family programs, and activities offered in conjunction with special exhibitions and the Museum’s permanent collection. The TA is also responsible for preparing materials for weekly MAP sessions and teaching one or two MAP sessions each semester. The TA will need to assume a leadership and teaching role both in public programming and when working with Middlebury students who participate in MAP. In addition, all interns may be asked to act as substitute receptionists, as necessary, to cover absences.

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

Knowledge
- Strong organization skills, neatness, and attention to detail
- Ability to listen to directions and complete projects independently
- Computer literacy: ability to scan images and create PowerPoint presentations important
- Familiarity with touch pad technology (especially iPad) helpful
- Excellent research, writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Strong leadership and teaching abilities
- Museum or classroom experience a plus

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

4. Arthur and Helen Baer School Program 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) for the duration of the 2015–2016 academic year.

Responsibilities
The Arthur and Helen Baer School Program Intern assists the Curator of Education with a variety of tasks related to the Education program, from data entry to editing educational materials. The School Program Intern also helps prepare materials for weekly meetings of MAP. The Intern should be prepared to interact with the public in a variety of ways, from leading tours for family visitors during Family Weekends at the College to greeting teachers who attend teacher workshops or bring school groups to the Museum. In addition, all interns may be asked to act as substitute receptionists, as necessary, to cover absences.

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

Knowledge
- Strong organization skills, neatness, and attention to detail
- Ability to listen to directions and complete projects independently
- Computer literacy: ability to scan images and create PowerPoint presentations important
- Familiarity with touch pad technology (especially iPad) helpful
- Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- Ability to interact with the public
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Museum and classroom experience a plus

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) for the duration of the 2015–2016 academic year.

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, from assisting with tours for family visitors during Family Weekends at the College to helping with teachers who attend workshops or greeting school groups to the Museum. In addition, all interns may be asked to act as substitute receptionists, as necessary, to cover absences.

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

Knowledge
- Strong organization skills, neatness, and attention to details
- Ability to listen to directions and complete projects independently
- Computer literacy: ability to scan images and create PowerPoint presentations important
- Familiarity with touch pad technology (especially iPad) helpful
- Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- Ability to interact with the public
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Museum and classroom experience a plus

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

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

Please note that this position will not be offered in the Fall 2015 semester. 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.

7. Digital Media Intern

Please note that this position will not be offered in the 2015–2016 Academic Year. Check back periodically for information on its future availability and instructions for applying.

Primary Purpose
The Digital Media Intern will work with the Administrative Operations Manager on maintaining the Museum’s Web and social media presence.

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. In addition, all interns may be asked to act as substitute receptionists, as necessary, to cover absences.

Consistent presence throughout the 2015–2016 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
Preference is given to students with a competent understanding of basic HTML and CSS and some experience with content management systems, 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 serious interest in future study or 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, FileMaker Pro (collections online), and Photoshop
- Additional web design skills a 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.