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.

MuseumWorks 2020: Paid Summer Internships in Cultural Professions
Application deadline: Sunday, March 8, 2020, 11:55 PM Eastern Standard Time.

MuseumWorks, a collaboration between the Middlebury College Museum of Art and 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. 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.

- Program Dates: June 15 – August 7, 2020

- Stipend: $3,200 (taxable); Interns are eligible for on-campus room & board.

- On Mondays interns engage in a robust professional development curriculum, including skill-building workshops, field trips to a variety of cultural institutions, and career conversations with experienced art world and library professionals.

- Tuesdays-Fridays interns learn about the daily functioning of cultural institutions while working with mentors on projects at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury’s Special Collections & Archives, and the Vermont Folklife Center.

- Interns collaborate to curate an exhibition of the photography of Brett Weston.

- Current Middlebury students from all majors are invited to apply. (We regret that alumni and May 2020 graduates are not eligible for these positions.)

To learn more and to apply, click here to visit the MuseumWorks posting on CCI’s Handshake platform. (Anyone can view the full posting in this link. Students will need to register and/or log in to Handshake in order to apply.)

Please contact Mikki Lane, Events and Programs Coordinator at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, with questions: 802.443.2309 or mlane@middlebury.edu. Application deadline: Sunday, March 8, 2020, 11:55 PM Eastern Standard Time.

NOTE: Due to strict insurance policies for anyone working in close proximity to the College’s art collection, offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check conducted by an independent agency.

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 and pay $11.10 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. Academic Year Internships are open to international students.

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.

Applying (deadline: To be announced soon):

There is one application for all 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 is typically posted here in late spring.

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

Typically Available Academic Year Internships

1. Robert F. Reiff Curatorial Intern

Primary Purpose
Work with the Museum Director on curatorial projects related to the permanent collection, perform collections research, and assist with the publication of a comprehensive handbook of the museum’s collection. The Reiff Intern is also asked to prepare and deliver a public lecture on a topic related to a work, or works, 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, though students from any background are encouraged to apply and will be thoroughly considered. 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
- Proficiency 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 conducted by an independent agency.

2. Barbara P. and Robert P. Youngman ’64 Asian Art Intern (fall only)

Primary Purpose
In this half-year position, the intern will assist the Curator of Asian Art in the design of interactive features for the spring exhibition, Lost Luxuries: Ancient Chinese Gold.

Responsibilities
The Youngman Intern will build out various digital tools to facilitate dissemination of research related to the upcoming exhibit Lost Luxuries.

Experience
A background in art history, museums, or Asian studies is NOT required. This position will primarily involve tech support for presenting preexisting research to the public. Applicants should be skilled in web design and should be able to provide examples of past work. Movie-editing skills are also encouraged.

Knowledge
- Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- Competent understanding of HTML, CSS, and CMS (preferably Drupal and/or WordPress)
- Computer literacy: Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Creative Suite
- Digital photography and scanning experience
- Video editing experience helpful
- 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

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check conducted by an independent agency.

3. 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 Ambassadors 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. Projects may include (but are not limited to): helping revamp the MiddArts outreach program to local schools; 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. The intern may also be asked to develop self-guided materials for visitors of all ages, with the goal of improving accessibility within the Museum. The intern may 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. Disability Studies coursework and/or experience with access programs highly desirable.

Knowledge
- Strong organization skills 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
- Experience with accessibility initiatives an asset
- 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 conducted by an independent agency.

4. Digital Media Intern

Primary Purpose
The Digital Media Intern will work with the Associate Director for Operations and Finance on maintaining the Museum’s Web and social media presence and on various special digital projects.

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, Instagram, 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 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 Ambassadors 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; video editing experience helpful
- 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 conducted by an independent agency.

5. Student Friends of the Art Museum Coordinator(s)

Primary Purpose
Work to increase awareness of and interest in the Museum among the student body and to cultivate new and effective strategies for getting students to engage with the Museum’s exhibitions, programs, and events.

Responsibilities
The 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 in the Museum. The coordinators will organize 4–6 student events per year 2–3 of which will involve MAP students in the planning and implementation. Event formats are somewhat flexible but could, as in previous years, include locavore/semi-formal events, explorations of the campus public art collection, relaxation/de-stressing opportunities, in-gallery sketching, and student musical performances. The SFOAM Coordinators will also have some responsibility for planning informal programming to coincide with the Museum’s new schedule of extended Thursday evening hours with discussions about the art, led in some form or fashion by MAP students, being an attraction for several evenings, and food/drinks in the lobby as an added incentive. Coordinators will be responsible for communicating directly with student members and creating attractive marketing content in consultation with museum staff. Additional responsibilities include: communicating with the Mahaney Center for the Arts Operations Director to secure MCA building space reservations; maintaining the Student Friends database for regular communication about events; being present for all student events at the Museum; attendance at three hour-long Friends of the Art Museum board meetings each year as a student representative; and participating in some limited information sessions during Orientation Week.

Experience/Knowledge
- Strong organizational and communication skills needed to organize 4-6 events per year working with catering and/or local restaurants to plan food and drinks
- 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 “sell” 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
- Writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- General computer literacy in Microsoft Office suite, Photoshop or other design software, and social media
- Digital photography and scanning experience helpful

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check conducted by an independent agency.

6. Collections Intern [currently not accepting applications for this position]

Primary Purpose
To assist the Museum Registrar with various projects involving the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions for the duration of the academic year.

Responsibilities
The Collections 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 Collections Intern will also have the opportunity to work with the exhibits staff on the planning and installation of exhibitions.

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, though students from any background are encouraged to apply and will be thoroughly considered. Previous museum experience is a plus. Participation in the Museum Ambassadors 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 preferred

Note: Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check conducted by an independent agency.