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.

Virtual MuseumWorks 2021
Application deadline: Sunday, March 21, 11:59 PM ET

Jump to the application form for the 2021 MuseumWorks Summer Internship Program

For the second year, the Middlebury College Museum of Art is pleased to host a remote summer internship program for students interested in learning more about careers in the visual art world. MuseumWorks is intended to benefit students beginning to explore this dynamic field, as well as those already dedicated to working in the visual arts.

Professional development sessions and discussions of readings will help interns explore a variety of jobs in museums and related arts organizations. Special attention will be paid to equity, ethics, and accessibility in the field.

Interns will develop transferable skills while working on projects that advance the museum’s mission. Completed in small teams under the direction of supervisors, this work will also promote time management, professional communication, and teamwork.

MuseumWorks 2021 comprises 6 part-time workweeks, allowing interns to pursue other part-time employment, educational experiences, etc. All work will be done online in a variety of synchronous professional development sessions and asynchronous project work.

Program Details

- Program Dates: June 21–July 30, 2021
- Time Commitment: 96 hours total across 6 weeks. 16 hours/week x 6 weeks: 36 synchronous hours, 60 asynchronous hours
- Stipend: $1,500 (USD, taxable)
- Application Deadline: Sunday, March 21, 11:59 PM ET

Select candidates may be interviewed. All applicants will be notified of final decisions by the end of April 2021.

Synchronous professional development sessions will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 AM–12 PM EDT. In addition, interns will be required to complete 2 hours of asynchronous project work, Mondays–Fridays. Interns are expected to attend all synchronous sessions (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 10 AM–12 PM EDT) but may choose to pursue additional part time work, educational experiences, etc.

Internship Components

Professional development sessions, including:
- Career conversations with professionals working across the visual art world
- Skill building workshops
- Career counseling

Work on a team project. Specific projects will be announced later, but may include the following:
- Digital media
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives
- Curatorial projects
- Developing educational resources
- Discussion of readings on museum history, ethics, equity, and accessibility
- Intern presentations on museums

Eligibility Requirements

Any current Middlebury College student wishing to learn more about careers in the art world is invited to apply, regardless of major.

We regret that students from other colleges, Middlebury alumni, and February or May 2021 graduates are not eligible for MuseumWorks.

Interns are expected to attend all synchronous sessions (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 10 AM–12 PM EDT) but may choose to pursue additional part time work or education.

Reliable Internet access will be important to full participation. (MuseumWorks administrators will do their best to record some of the professional development sessions, but not every presenter may consent.) Please contact the College’s IT department about the availability of loan computers.

Academic credit is not granted for participation in MuseumWorks.

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

Feedback from Last Year’s Virtual MuseumWorks Participants:

“I really appreciate how the program persisted into a virtual format, while other internships were cancelled. It provided me access to the wonderful people behind museums all while at home, and the possibility for future networking.”

“My experience in MuseumWorks will definitely influence my career path after college as I enter the museum field with a focus on equity, inclusion, and diversity.”

“The highlights to me were the discussions with other interns and the readings. The discussions let me hear about other interns’ perspectives, which were thoughtful and well informed.”

“I enjoyed the career conversations because they opened up my mind to parts of the museum world that I hadn’t been cognizant of before doing the internship.”

“Talking with recent graduates let me better understand my next career steps after graduating from Middlebury.”

“The design workshop allowed me to apply the architectural design skills I learned in class to a fulfilling museum context. It opened another career avenue that combined my love for design as well as art and art history.”

“Working with my cohort group not only helped me develop teamwork skills and collaboration but more importantly introduced me to museum accessibility.”

“MuseumWorks was an invaluable learning experience. I was able to explore arts and museum related issues in a way I had never considered before.”

“I really loved that it felt like MuseumWorks program leaders and supervisors were invested in the improvement of all of the interns, and the program was set up to benefit us.”

Have questions about the MuseumWorks program, application process, or hiring procedures? Contact Mikki Lane, Coordinator of Events, Membership, and Academic Outreach at the museum: 802.443.2309 or mlane@middlebury.edu.


The Middlebury College Museum of Art believes that diversity of identities, experiences, and perspectives enrich the arts, and we encourage students from all backgrounds to apply.

Middlebury College is an equal-opportunity employer where diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values. To this end, the College recruits talented and diverse faculty, staff, and students from across the United States and around the world. Middlebury College encourages applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of other protected classes and historically underrepresented communities. The College also invites applications from individuals who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Apply for the 2021 MuseumWorks Summer Internship Program

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 2020 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 may apply for multiple internships.
> We will continue to review applications as they are submitted until positions are filled.

Students will apply through Middlebury’s PeopleAdmin student employment portal, and each position listed below will have its own PeopleAdmin listing and application link.

Applicants are asked to submit the following materials:

> Cover letter indicating qualifications, experience, and interest in the position
> Résumé/CV
> Single document containing the following information:

  • Name
  • Pronouns (optional)
  • Date of Middlebury graduation (e.g. 2022.5)
  • Middlebury ID number
  • Preferred email and telephone contact information
  • List of other Middlebury College Museum of Art internships to which you are applying
  • List of major(s) and minor(s) (indicating “intended” or “undeclared” as necessary)
  • 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.**)
  • List of relevant coursework
  • List of relevant computer skills (including but not limited to graphic design, social media, web design)
  • 1-2 short paragraphs addressing how Middlebury’s art museum can build community in a virtual moment. You may also 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

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.)
Qualified candidates will need to commit to a minimum of one academic year barring any emergencies.

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

Apply to be a Student Friends of the Art Museum Coordinator

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.