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 $12.10 per hour. Although most positions run September through May, requests for semester-long internships will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Questions? Contact Mikki Lane, Events and Programs Coordinator.

Any current Middlebury College student wishing to learn more about working in museums is invited to apply, regardless of major. All applicants will be given full consideration, but due to the specialized nature of certain positions, preference may be given to students with experience in the History of Art and Architecture or Studio Art.

Note: 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.

Unless otherwise specified, applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Students will apply through Middlebury’s PeopleAdmin student employment portal. Each position listed below will have its own PeopleAdmin listing and application link. Please note that the positions listed below will NOT be visible in PeopleAdmin until August 30, 2021. Thank you for your patience.

Unless otherwise specified, applicants will be asked to submit the following materials through PeopleAdmin. Potential applicants may start preparing the following documents:

  1. Cover letter. Please address your qualifications and experience, as well as your interest in the position and what you hope to contribute and learn.
  2. Résumé/CV
  3. Single document containing the following information:
    • Name
    • Pronouns (optional)
    • Date of Middlebury graduation (e.g. 2023.5)
    • 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)
  4. Essays. Please write two short essays in response to the following prompts. Choose one essay prompt from section (I) and one essay from section (II) below. Upload both essays in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf document. (Be sure to include your name and to copy the respective prompt before each answer.)
    1. Personal Reflections (pick 1; up to 250 words)
      1. Tell us about a memorable experience you’ve had with art (or in an art museum) that influenced you or changed how you understand your world.
      2. At the museum we celebrate and support difference for the benefit of our interns, our work, and our communities. We value different perspectives and experiences, as well as people who are willing to think, discuss, and act on them. How would you contribute to this aspect of our internship program?
      3. Our mission: “The Middlebury College Museum of Art connects people to a diverse range of cultural objects and experiences that engage the spirit, challenge the mind, and inspire expansive discussion.” Reflect on how the museum’s mission connects to your academic or life experience and/or future goals.
    2. Reflections on the Museum Field Today (pick 1; up to 250 words)
      1. What role can/should museums play within their communities? (You might choose to use the Middlebury College Museum of Art as an example, and/or reflect on museums more broadly.)
      2. Reflect on the importance of Diversity, Equity, Access(ibility), and Inclusion in the arts.

Note: 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.

Available 2021–2022 Academic Year Internships

Robert F. Reiff Curatorial Intern

PeopleAdmin link: https://middlebury.peopleadmin.com/postings/24129

Primary Purpose
Work with the Museum Director on curatorial projects related to the permanent collection and/or special exhibitions. Perform collections and/or exhibit research. The Reiff Intern is also asked to prepare and deliver a public lecture on a topic related to an upcoming special exhibition or 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
Students from any background are encouraged to apply and will be thoroughly considered, but preference may be 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 essential; experience creating digital content is highly desirable.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Demonstrated research, writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Organizational skills and careful attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • General computer literacy; proficiency with Microsoft Office suite essential, experience with, Photoshop, web design, and social media management desirable.
  • Proficiency in a foreign language helpful

Apply to be the Robert F. Reiff Curatorial Intern

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 M. Baer Museum Education Intern

PeopleAdmin link: https://middlebury.peopleadmin.com/postings/24107

Primary Purpose
The Arthur and Helen M. Baer Education Intern assists the Director of Engagement with all aspects of the museum’s Education program (which serves local school groups, Middlebury College students and faculty, and the general public). Develop and implement digital educational resources and in-gallery experiences to make the Museum’s holdings accessible to in-person and online visitors.

Responsibilities

  • Research and write interpretive labels for works of art in the permanent collection and special exhibitions; edit existing labels for inclusive language.
  • Generate substantive digital resources, including but not limited to:
    • themed digital tours of the permanent collection for adults;
    • blog posts;
    • social media posts.
  • Work on projects that make the museum more physically accessible, including generating large print labels and writing visual descriptions.
  • Research and propose new accessibility initiatives.
  • Assist in the development, advertising, and execution of academic and public programs.
  • Based on the Education program’s needs and the Intern’s skills, additional tasks may be assigned. These may include (but are not limited to):
    • Creating gallery guides, activities, and lesson plans for children and families and K-12 students and teachers. (Please note that working directly with school groups this year is unlikely to COVID.)
    • Assisting with the training curriculum for the Museum Ambassadors Program (MAP), the museum’s student guide program.
    • Liaising with Middlebury College faculty interested in teaching in the Museum;
    • Researching acquisitions relevant to the academic curriculum.

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 and 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 an asset
  • Experience with accessibility initiatives highly desirable
  • Comfort creating digital content (audio, video, captioning, basic web design, 3D-scanning/printing, etc.) an asset

Apply to be the Arthur and Helen M. Baer Education Intern

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

PeopleAdmin link: https://middlebury.peopleadmin.com/postings/24026

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 that this position usually spans a few years of a student’s career at Middlebury. For this reason, we encourage first and second year students to apply.

General 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 in-person and virtual events and programs designed to bring our community together around art-related topics.
  • Coordinators will be responsible for communicating directly with student members and creating and distributing marketing content in consultation with museum staff.
  • Maintaining the Student Friends database for regular communication about events.
  • Being present for all virtual or in-person student Museum events.
  • Attendance at three 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.
  • Participating in some limited information sessions during Orientation Weeks.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • 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
  • General computer literacy in Microsoft Office suite, Photoshop or other basic design software, and social media helpful

Experience

  • Solid familiarity with the Museum and its programs and collections preferred
  • Writing, editing, and proofreading skills

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.

Visitor Experience Intern

PeopleAdmin link: https://middlebury.peopleadmin.com/postings/24114

The right candidate will work 10-20 hours per week with the Events and Programs Coordinator for the Museum of Art.

General Responsibilities

  • Assisting with the scheduling and training of student and community visitor experience receptionists for the front desk.
  • Learning and troubleshooting cash register issues with proficiency to help others out of a bind if needed.
  • Working with the Events and Programs Coordinator to update the Museum Receptionist training manual.
  • Working at least 1 shift per week at the Museum front desk, and filling in for some shifts as available/needed. (Other hours will be in an office environment.)
  • Accepting direction from the Events and Programs Coordinator in person or remotely. (Note: This position will entail some unsupervised work.)
  • Helping with Museum events as necessary
  • Assisting with the processing of Museum memberships
  • Processing paperwork from gift shop sales
  • At the front desk the Visitor Experience Intern will:
    • Welcome and inform visitors about exhibitions and promote good public relations with inclusive information for all visitors
    • Be knowledgeable about diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
    • Run cash register and be able to troubleshoot problems thoroughly when needed for sales at the front desk
    • Answer telephone, take and deliver messages

Other Leadership Responsibilities
Training other receptionists to work at front desk which will include:

  • Helping to onboard new receptionists including tours of the facility and introductions to staff members. This will also include training others about:
    • Greeting the public
    • Reception station
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
    • Role playing visitor services scenarios
    • Sharing information regarding the artwork, including its location
    • Museum membership (Students and the community)
    • Supporting Student Friends of the Art Museum Coordinators during events as needed
    • Rule enforcement
    • Cash register
    • Special events
    • Breaks and timeliness at the front desk
    • Finding a substitute receptionist when they are unable to work a shift
    • The phone system
    • Group visits
    • Dress code

Other Duties May Include:

  • Working directly with the Events and Programs Coordinator and performing office work as required.
  • Tallying and recording weekly and monthly sales and visitor attendance
  • Working with supervisor to implement online version of the above system
  • Preparing and delivering deposits to cashier’s office when necessary
  • Handling of telephone, mail, and online orders for Museum bookstore
  • Helping to maintain bookstore appearance and rotating stock as it pertains to each exhibit
  • Recording daily cash and credit purchases, and depositing them to cashier’s office
  • Monthly record keeping for the bookstore.
  • Organizing all receptionists’ hours kept at the front desk and reporting them to Museum Events and Programs Coordinator for approval in the college financial system.
  • Picking up and distributing Museum mail as needed
  • Assisting with the processing of Friends of the Art Museum memberships as needed
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Solid math skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Able to work independently

Experience

  • Past Visitor Experience roles helpful
  • Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion skills a bonus
  • Middlebury College Crowd Manager certification useful

Apply to be the Visitor Experience Intern

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 2022

Check back soon for updated information about MuseumWorks 2022.