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.

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 or early October and pay $11.29 per hour. Although most positions run September through May, requests for semester-long internships will be considered on a case-by-case basis. With these and other questions, please email Douglas Perkins, Associate Director for Operations and Finance.

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.

Please note:
- These internships are available ONLY to students currently enrolled at Middlebury College. Non-Middlebury students and students who have graduated are not eligible for these positions.
- All applicants must have “Federal Work Study” or “College Job” status as part of their financial aid package in the Fall 2021 semester.
- All internship work will be completed remotely in the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters. These internships MAY include in-person elements in Spring 2021, but would continue remotely if the College or Museum deems this safest.
- Due to United States tax law, these positions are eligible for remote work from within the United States only.
- Due to the College’s strict insurance policies, all offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check conducted by an independent agency (HireRight). Please contact the Student Employment Office for more information on what this background check entails.

Applying

Students will apply through Middlebury’s PeopleAdmin student employment portal, and each position listed below will have its own PeopleAdmin listing and application link. As part of the application process applicants will be asked to upload a single PDF document which includes the following supplemental material (please be sure to read this list carefully and include all elements in a single document in the order below, concluding with a cover letter/short essay):
- Current résumé, which needs to contain:
- Name
- Date of Middlebury graduation (e.g. 2020.5)
- Middlebury ID number
- Preferred email and telephone contact information
- List of major(s) and minor(s) (indicating “intended” or “undeclared” as necessary)
- List of relevant coursework (including but not limited to History of Art & Architecture, History, American Studies, Museum Studies, Studio Art, Education Studies, English, Computer Science)
- List of language skills (indicating beginner, intermediate, fluent, or native skills in reading, writing, and speaking)
- List of relevant computer and/or social media skills (including but not limited to graphic design, social media, website construction, social media strategies, etc.)

- Contact information for 3 professional or academic referees whom we may contact (Be sure to include referees’ names, their professional or academic relationships to you, and their email addresses. **Ideally, at least one referee should be a member of the faculty or staff at Middlebury College.**)
- Writing sample (2–5 pages of expository writing on any topic, demonstrating the ability to write clearly and persuasively)
- Cover letter indicating qualifications, experience, and interest in the specific position(s) chosen, and including a short essay (up to 250 words) addressing how Middlebury’s art museum can build community in a virtual moment. Please include any thoughts you have on the importance of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in the arts.

Note: All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a comprehensive background check.

Available Academic Year Internships

Robert F. Reiff Curatorial Intern

Primary Purpose
Work with the Associate Curator of Ancient Art to produce a digital publication on “Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Aegean, Greek, and Roman Pottery at the Middlebury College Museum of Art.” The Reiff Intern will also be expected to prepare and deliver a public presentation on this process.

Responsibilities
In addition to the creating a digital publication of ancient Mediterranean pottery and sharing this process in a public talk, the Reiff Intern may be called upon to assist in various other curatorial tasks, potentially including generating content for the museum’s blog or social media channels and researching and producing a thematic digital tour guiding visitors through one aspect of our permanent collection reinstallation.

Experience
Excellent writing skills and familiarity with digital content creation are essential. An interest in the museum field and coursework in art/history/culture are desirable but are not required. Serious applicants from any academic background are encouraged to apply and will be thoroughly considered.

Skills & Knowledge
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
- Demonstrated research, writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- General computer literacy; strong preference for experience in web design (WordPress, Drupal, etc.) and Photoshop
- Organizational skills and careful attention to detail

Note: Due to the College’s strict insurance policies, any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a comprehensive background check conducted by an independent agency (HireRight). Please contact the Student Employment Office for more information on what this background check entails.

Arthur and Helen Baer Museum Education Intern

Primary Purpose
Assist the Director of Engagement with all aspects of the Education program (which serves local school groups, Middlebury College students and faculty, and the general public). Develop and produce digital educational resources to make the Museum’s holdings accessible to in-person and online visitors.

Responsibilities
The Arthur and Helen Baer Museum Education Intern assists the Director of Engagement with a variety of tasks related to the Education program. Development and production of digital learning materials in one or more of the following key areas will be of primary importance: activities and lesson plans for K-12 classes; themed tours of the permanent collection for adults; and resources to make visiting the museum more physically accessible. Potential additional projects may include (but are not limited to): researching and writing interpretive labels about objects featured in the upcoming reinstallation of the museum’s permanent collection; assisting with the training curriculum for the Museum Ambassadors Program (MAP); liaising with Middlebury College faculty interested in teaching in the Museum; researching acquisitions relevant to the academic curriculum; and developing, advertising, and executing public programs.

Experience
Although anyone with serious interest in art, education, and/or museum work is encouraged to apply, special consideration may be given to students with coursework in the History of Art and Architecture, Studio Art, Education Studies, and/or Disability Studies. Familiarity with digital content creation, a background in building community, and/or experience with access programs highly desirable.

Skills & Knowledge
- Strong organization skills and attention to detail
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
- Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- Comfort interacting with the public (in-person and virtually)
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Commitment to building diverse and inclusive learning environments (demonstrated experience desirable)
- Experience working with children and/or senior citizens a plus
- Experience with accessibility initiatives an asset
- Comfort creating digital content (audio, video, captioning, basic web design, 3D-scanning/printing, etc.) an asset

Note: Due to the College’s strict insurance policies, any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a comprehensive background check conducted by an independent agency (HireRight). Please contact the Student Employment Office for more information on what this background check entails.

Visitor Services Intern for Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion

Primary Purpose
Assist the Coordinator of Events with various projects relating to promoting diversity, equity, access, and inclusion (DEAI) at the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

Responsibilities
The Visitor Services Intern will help to:
- Complete a Museum Visitor Services card
- Update the Receptionist training program (and accompanying manual)
- Promote diversity, equity, access, and inclusion for all visitors to the Museum
- Create a visitor program database and informational documents for area groups
- The Intern may also assist other staff members working with DEAI.

Experience
- Interest in/or past experience promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and access highly desirable
- Experience in a museum setting valuable but not essential; basic working knowledge about Middlebury’s Museum also an asset
- Previous employment as Museum Receptionist helpful, but not mandatory

Skills & Knowledge
- Commitment to building and promoting diverse and inclusive environments will be highly valuable (demonstrated experience desirable)
- Prior experience working independently and collaboratively is essential
- Self-motivation and strong organizational and time management skills are vital
- Must have thorough attention to detail
- Solid interpersonal skills needed
- Strong eye for visual layout/graphic design an asset
- Research, writing, editing, and proofreading skills are important but not essential

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply. Coursework in Art History, Museum Studies, Studio Art, History, Disability Studies, or Education Studies desirable but not mandatory.

Application note: In addition to the standard applications materials, when applying to this position please include in your cover letter a short paragraph (approximately 50-75 words) addressing why Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion in museums is important to you.

Note: Due to the College’s strict insurance policies, any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a comprehensive background check conducted by an independent agency (HireRight). Please contact the Student Employment Office for more information on what this background check entails.

Student Friends of the Art Museum Coordinator(s)

Primary Purpose
Work to increase awareness of and interest in the Museum among the student body. Propose, plan, advertise, and implement events that help students engage with the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and programs. (Please note: All events will be held online while the Museum is closed in the Fall and Winter Terms. Although we hope that Spring 2021 events can happen in person, this will be dependent on State, College, and Museum policies regarding public safety.)

Responsibilities
The Student Friends of the Art Museum (SFOAM) Coordinators—there are usually 3 or 4 each year—need to be adept at soliciting feedback from students and working to translate current trends and interests into programs and initiatives that will guarantee student involvement with the Museum. The coordinators will organize and advertise 4–6 student events per year. Event formats are somewhat flexible but would include various virtual events and programs designed to bring our community together around art-related events using electronic means. Coordinators will be responsible for communicating directly with student members and creating and distributing marketing content in consultation with museum staff. Additional responsibilities include: maintaining the Student Friends database for regular communication about events; being present for all virtual student Museum events; attendance at three virtual hour-long Friends of the Art Museum board meetings each year as a student representative; collaborating with board members of the Friends of the Art Museum to plan combined events; and participating in some limited information sessions during Orientation Weeks.

Experience/Knowledge
- Commitment to creating and promoting diverse and inclusive social environments (demonstrated experience desirable)
- Strong organizational and communication skills needed to organize 4-6 events per year
- Must be a team player to work with a team of 2-3 other students, and be guided by Museum staff
- Strong desire to advocate for the Museum and the ability to promote the Museum to the student body
- Ability to think outside the box to create original Museum related events for students
- Some graphic design background/ability is helpful for creating posters/marketing
- Solid familiarity with the Museum and its programs and collections preferred
- Writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- General computer literacy in Microsoft Office suite, basic design software, and social media helpful

Application note: In addition the standard applications materials, when applying to this position please include in your cover letter a short paragraph addressing why you want to use art as a way to build a diverse and inclusive community among Middlebury’s student body. (You might also address how you would do this through virtual means as well as in-person.)

Note: Due to the College’s strict insurance policies, any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a comprehensive background check conducted by an independent agency (HireRight). Please contact the Student Employment Office for more information on what this background check entails.

MuseumWorks 2021: Paid Summer Internships in Cultural Professions
Application deadline: TBD.

MuseumWorks, a collaboration between the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Middlebury College Center for Careers & Internships, is an intensive paid summer internship program introducing Middlebury College students to the dynamic and multifaceted professional world of museums, libraries, and archives. MuseumWorks is a combination of internship placements in local cultural institutions, professional development, field trips, career conversations with seasoned museum and library professionals, and collaboration on an exhibition project.

Information about MuseumWorks 2021 will be posted here as soon as it is available. Please contact Mikki Lane, Events and Programs Coordinator at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, with questions: 802.443.2309 or mlane@middlebury.edu.