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Internships – Summer 2015

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, transcript, and two letters of academic reference to internships@thewalters.org by April 10th, 2015. Please indicate your first and second choice of internship in your cover letter. 

Conservation Cataloguing & Digitization Intern

Duties

  • Assist in the digitization and electronic cataloging of conservation documents and images associated with the examination and treatment of museum objects.
  • Under the supervision of the Database Administrator, and in conjunction with the Conservation Division Assistant and Conservators the intern will manage the digitization and cataloging lifecycle for historic and modern documents and media presently in analog form. This lifecycle is comprised of these primary tasks: 1) scan documents and images, 2) label and rehouse source material according archival demands 3) process digitized material in Photoshop or Adobe Acrobat and review for quality control, 4) catalog into the conservation documentation management system, 5) prepare electronic conservation records for online publishing.
  • Additional, complementary tasks or projects related to the museum’s collection may be assigned.

Experience, Skills

  • Library or museum database applications, digital imaging, scanners, photo editing software (i.e. Photoshop), research skills, proficiency with Windows computers.
  • Ability to work independently at a computer for several hours at a time, keep large sets of information organized, excellent communication and problem-solving skills and a willingness to ask questions.
  • Knowledge of art history and art materials and techniques preferred.

Preferred Major or Areas of Study

Library Science/Archives, Digital Imaging / Photography, Fine Arts, Conservation Science or Art History (if other digital imaging skills are present).

Development Intern

Duties

  • Provide general administrative support to the Development Department.
  • Prepare for the Museum’s Annual Gala and special events through research and mailings.
  • Data entry into Raisers Edge.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Experience, Skills

  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills.
  • High level of writing skills.
  • Detail oriented and organized.
  • Flexible, able to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Interest in nonprofits and fundraising: donor stewardship, major gifts, membership, and annual giving.

Preferred Major or Areas of Study

Art History, Nonprofit/Arts Administration, Business Management, Computer Science

Director’s Office Intern

Duties

  • Maintain office files, collect and distribute interoffice mail, and other office duties.
  • Organize files for archives storage.
  • Assist the Board Secretary with committee meetings.
  • Support Executive Assistant with deadlines.

Experience, Skills

  • Previous Office experience is preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Attention to detail, good organizational skills, and a good sense of teamwork.

Preferred Major or Areas of Study

Non-Profit/Arts Administration, Business Administration, Liberal Arts, Museum Studies

Institutional Giving (Grants) Intern

Duties

  • Learn to use Raiser’s Edge database, update as assigned.
  • Assist with grant reports and applications to a variety of funders.
  • Conduct online research.
  • Assist with producing materials for presentations.
  • Filing and other duties.

Experience, Skills

  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to follow instructions and work independently.
  • Interest in grant writing or fundraising preferred, but not necessary.
  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

Preferred Major or Areas of Study

English, Writing, Liberal Arts, Nonprofit/Arts Administration

Family Programs Intern

Duties

  • Assist with the planning and implementation of family festivals by researching the collection and upcoming exhibitions, developing art activities, writing lesson plans, researching and proposing potential performers and community partners, and providing administrative support.
  • Support Summer Camp by assisting with weekly art exhibitions.
  • Create interpretive materials and exemplars or art projects for a wide range of family programs.
  • Assist with studio and office duties.

Experience, Skills

  • Fine arts studio experience required, demonstrating an understanding of various art materials and techniques.
  • Hands-on art education experience in formal or informal education environments.
  • Museum experience desired.
  • Strong writing and communication skills, including the ability to write for a multi-generational audience.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Must be able to work independently and on a team.

Preferred Major or Areas of Study

Fine Arts, Art History, Museum Studies, Museum Education, Art Education

In addition to the standard application materials, please also include two writing samples to be considered for this internship.

Registration Intern

Duties

  • Assists with projects relating to collection documentation using The Museum System (TMS).
  • Data entry on the Walters rare book collection - gaining experience working in both the objects and constituent modules of TMS.
  • Assists with collection inventories.
  • Assists with other collection management projects.

Experience, Skills

  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Interest in Museum Collections Management.
     

Preferred Major or Areas of Study

Museum Studies

STEAM Resource Development Intern

Duties

The Intern for STEAM resource development will work with the school programs team to create resources surrounding the STEM to STEAM Teacher Workshop, STEAM Day program, and the Conservation Secrets outreach, studio, and tour.

  • Collaborate with school programs team and conservation department to align teacher workshop topics and resources with curriculum standards.
  • Collaborate with the school programs team and conservation department to develop activities and resources for STEAM Day participants.
  • Collaborate with the school program team to revise the Conservation Secrets Tour and advise the development of docent continuing training.

Experience, Skills

  • Strong technical knowledge of conservation.
  • Knowledge of current learning frameworks and educational pedagogy.

Preferred Major or Areas of Study

Conservation, Conservation Science

Summer Camp Intern

Duties

  • Provide daily support for summer camp coordinator and teachers.
  • Assist with summer camp administrative tasks and preparation.
  • Manage supply lists and inventory.
  • Review and edit lesson plans with summer camp teachers.
  • Plan and prepare for summer camp open house, which includes creating a drop-in art activity for camp participants.
  • Assist summer camp teachers as needed.

Experience, Skills

  • Fine arts studio experience required, demonstrating an understanding of various art materials and techniques.
  • Hands-on art education experience in formal or informal education environments.
  • Museum experience desired.
  • Strong writing and communication skills, including the ability to write for a multi-generational audience.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Must be able to work independently and on a team.

Preferred Major or Areas of Study

Fine Arts, Art History, Museum Studies, Museum Education, Art Education

In addition to the standard application materials, please also include two writing samples to be considered for this internship.

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 April 15, 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 April 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.