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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 internships@thewalters.org by September 4, 2015. Some internship positions require additional materials (see below). Please indicate your first and second choice of internship in your cover letter.

Fall Internships

Family Activities Intern

This Family Programs Intern will work as part of the Family & Community Programs Department to assist the Head of Family & Community Programs and Sr. Education Coordinators on upcoming programming and interpretation for families. The Family Programs Intern will assist with the planning and implementation of upcoming Drop-In and Art Cart Activities.

Duties:

  • Assist with the planning of weekly Drop-In Art Activities by researching the collection, developing art activities, writing lesson plans, preparing materials, and creating exemplars of projects
  • Assist with maintaining Art Cart activities by organizing and replenishing materials, as well as recommending new activities
  • Assist with the implementation of Drop-In and Art Cart activities
  • Perform studio and office duties

Experience/Skills:

  • Excellent written and communication skills, including the ability to great lesson plans and write for a multi-generational audience
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Fine arts studio experience preferred, demonstrating an understanding of various art materials and techniques
  • Hands-on art education experience in formal or informal education environments preferred
  • Museum experience desired
  • Strong sense of teamwork with the ability to work independently

Preferred Major or Areas of Study:

  • Fine Arts
  • Art History
  • Museum Education
  • Art Education

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

Sensory Morning Intern

This Family Programs Intern will work as part of the Family & Community Programs Department to assist the Head of Family & Community Programs and Sr. Education Coordinators on upcoming programming and interpretation for families. The Family Programs Intern will assist with the planning and implementation of upcoming Sensory Morning programs, accessible museum programming designed for visitor with Sensory Processing Disorders.

Duties:

  • Assist with developing activities for upcoming Sensory Morning programs
  • Identify and contact organizations to participate in Sensory Morning programs
  • Select and organize materials for Sensory Morning programs
  • Promote access programming for diverse audiences

Experiences/Skills:

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Strong sense of teamwork with the ability to work independently
  • Intermediate fine arts experience preferred, demonstrating an understanding of various art materials and techniques
  • Knowledge of visitor needs with Sensory Processing Disorders, including Autism

Preferred Major or Areas of Study:

  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Liberal Arts
  • Special Education

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

Development Intern

The development internship will introduce students to the importance of the development department and fundraising to an arts institution. Interns will assist staff members with tasks crucial to daily fundraising efforts including: donor research data maintenance and renewal mailings. Interns will learn about planned giving, major gifts, individual and corporate giving, grants, membership, and database administration; and how these divisions come together for a comprehensive fundraising plan.

Duties:

  • Assist in preparation for the Museum?s Annual Gala and various donor stewardship events
  • Perform monthly renewals for members and annual giving donors
  • Research and direct mailing
  • Organize donor profiles using Raiser?s Edge database system
  • 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

The Institutional Giving Internship is in the Walters Museum Advancement Division which integrates development (fundraising) and marketing & communications. This opportunity will provide learning experiences about the critical role of fundraising for an arts museum. While projects and duties will focus on those from institutional sources including government, foundation, and corporate entities, the intern will also learn about planned giving, major gifts, individual giving, membership, and database administration; and how these divisions come together for a comprehensive fundraising plan.

Duties:

  • Learn about the grant process by participating in meetings, reviewing draft proposals or reports (i.e. government, corporate, foundation)
  • Conduct online research
  • Assist with producing materials for presentations for a variety of funding sources
  • Learn the intricacies of the Raiser?s Edge database system, a fundamental tool of many nonprofit organizations
  • 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.

The Walters Art Museum is an equal opportunity, equal access employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Participation in the internship program at the Walters Art Museum 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.