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Internships

The Walters Art Museum is pleased to offer opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate candidates to intern in various museum divisions throughout the year. Based on a system of supervised learning, the internships enable interns to understand how a museum operates and how to relate this experience to academic and professional goals. Credit can be arranged with your college/university.

All candidates will submit a cover letter, resume and all supplemental materials to interships@thewalters.org by August 21st, 2015. Some internship positions require additional materials (see below). Please indicate your first and second choice of internship in your cover letter.

Fall Internships

Development Intern

This internship will focus on research and support the Walters Art Museum's fundraising efforts. Intern will assist with database entry and provide general support to the Development department as needed. Duties:

  • Provide general administrative support to the Development department
  • Assist in preparation for the Museum's Annual Gala and member events through research and direct mailing
  • Perform data entry using Raiser's Edge
  • Other tasks as assigned

Experience/Skills:

  • Strong written communication skills
  • Detail oriented and strong organizational skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) at the intermediate level
  • Flexible, able to work in a fast paced environment
  • Strong sense of teamwork
  • Interest in nonprofits and fundraising: donor stewardship, major gifts, membership, grant writing, and annual giving
  • Knowledge of Blackbaud's Raisers Edge a plus

Preferred Major or Areas of Study:

  • Art History/ Arts Administration
  • English
  • Business Management
  • Computer Science

In addition to the standard application materials, please provide your transcript, two letters of reference, and a writing sample. Application deadline is August 21st, 2015.

Institutional Giving (Grants) Intern

This internship will focus on research and support the Walters Art Museum's fundraising effort. Intern will assist with database entry and provide general support to the Institutional Giving department as needed. Duties:

  • Use Raiser's Edge database to update as assigned
  • Assist with correspondence, grant reports, and applications to various funders (i.e. government, corporate, foundation)
  • Conduct online research
  • Assist with producing materials for presentations
  • Filing and other duties as assigned

Experience/Skills:

  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to follow instructions and work independently
  • Interest in grant writing or fundraising preferred, but not necessary
  • Knowledge of Blackbaud's Raisers Edge a plus
  • Strong sense of teamwork
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) at the intermediate level
  • Excellent writing and communication skills

In addition to the standard application materials, please provide a writing sample. Application deadline is August 21st, 2015.

Manuscript Digitization Intern

This internship will support the Walters Art Museum Curatorial and Information Technology departments by helping to digitize our collection of French manuscripts. Intern will also assist with increasing the project's social media presence.

Duties:

  • Aid in the digitization of the museum's extensive collection of French Manuscripts, including writing catalog entries for digitized manuscripts, updating biographical information, and assisting digitizers
  • Perform general rare book duties, including preparing books for display and updating curatorial files
  • Assist with imaging French medieval manuscripts including, properly handling delicate books from the Walter's manuscript collection, operating a custom-made book cradle, using image-processing software to capture high resolution images, and performing initial quality control checks on each image captured
  • Contribute to the project's social media presence on Flickr and Twitter by uploading and tagging digitized manuscripts and composing daily tweets
  • Other duties may be assigned based on skill and level of interest

Experience/Skills:

  • Must be detail oriented; strong written communication skills and an understanding of the book as an object
  • Experience handling fragile archival materials and historic documents is desirable; working with medieval manuscripts and printed rare books is a delicate task
  • Foreign language reading knowledge a plus
  • Photography skills, metadata knowledge a plus

Preferred Major or Areas of Study:

  • Art History
  • Medieval studies
  • Book Arts/ Codicology
  • Historical Bibliography
  • Museum Studies
  • History

In addition to the standard application materials, please provide your transcript and two letters of reference. Application deadline is August 21st, 2015.

Public Relations Intern

The Walters public relations internship will introduce students to the business of public relations and offer them an opportunity to be involved in daily public relations activities. This intern will assist with public and media relations outreach for Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts. Interns will gain experience in media relations, internal communications, and community relations.

Duties:

  • Assist manager with creating press lists and drafting media advisories
  • Pitch letters and releases for news worthy content
  • Research and analyze target audiences and competitive trend tracking for industry related opportunities
  • Other public relations duties as assigned

Experience/Skills:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Proficient computer skills (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Strong business communication skills
  • Familiarity with public speaking

Preferred Major or Areas of Study:

  • Public Relations
  • Communications
  • Journalism
  • Mass Media Arts
  • English

In addition to the standard application materials, please provide two letters of reference and two writing samples. Application deadline is August 21st, 2015.

Curatorial Intern in East Asian Art

This intern will perform research and assist with projects related to the Walters' renowned collection of art from the Eastern Asia. The intern will contribute the Museum's scholarly resources for the study of East Asian art through research on Walters' objects. The products of this research will find their place within the permanent installation, curatorial research files, and online.

Duties:

  • Conduct research related to East Asian Collections
  • Update descriptions, and other specified data fields related to works of art in the collection using the TMS database
  • Identify potential objects for display based on existing themes in the arts of Asia and create information packages

Experiences/Skills:

  • Library and web research skills required
  • Educational or professional background in Art History preferred
  • Some East Asian language exposure/ experience preferred

Preferred Major or Areas of Study:

  • Chinese/Japanese/Korean Art History
  • Study of Asian languages
  • Humanities Studies
  • In addition to the standard application materials, please provide your transcript and a letter of reference. Application deadline is August 21st, 2015.

    Teaching Internships - Fall 2015 to Spring 2016

    Gallery Teaching Internship

    The School Programs Department seeks undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in gaining practical teaching experience in a museum setting to lead interactive and interdisciplinary tours for K-12 students. Successful candidates are enthusiastic, motivated, resourceful, and dependable. They should have some knowledge or experience in teaching, museum education, art history and/or studio practices. Credit can be arranged with your college/university.

    Training will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays for seven weeks throughout the fall and will cover learning theory, teaching techniques, and the Walters’ collection to provide interns with the skills to lead and potentially develop tours. Following training, interns will select one or two days per week to lead tours and must commit to the program from September to June.

    Please email kmewshaw@thewalters.org to revive a copy of the application. Return the application with your resume, two references, and a 250-500 word essay explaining your career goals and interest in engaging students with art to kmewshaw@thewalters.org by August 1, 2015. Please indicate in the subject line of your application email that you are interested in the Gallery Teaching Internship.

    Studio Teaching Internship

    The School Programs Department seeks undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in gaining practical teaching experience in a museum setting to lead interactive and interdisciplinary studio art classes for K-12 students. Successful candidates are enthusiastic, motivated, resourceful, and dependable. They should have some knowledge or experience in teaching, museum education, art history and/or studio practices. Credit can be arranged with your college/university.

    Orientation will be held in September and will cover information regarding studio organization, policies, and procedures.  Following training, interns will select one or two days per week to observe studios, resulting in the skills to lead and potentially develop studios. Interns must commit to the program from September to June.

    Please email kmewshaw@thewalters.org to revive a copy of the application. Return the application with your resume, two references, and a 250-500 word essay explaining your career goals and interest in engaging students with art to kmewshaw@thewalters.org by August 15, 2015. Please indicate in the subject line of your application email that you are interested in the Studio Teaching Internship.

    The Walters Art Museum is an equal opportunity, equal access employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Employment at the Walters is contingent on a favorable investigative background check. The museum is a drug and smoke free work workplace. The Walters Art Museum is an at will employer.