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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 November 30, 2015. Some internship positions require additional materials (see below). Please indicate your first and second choice of internship in your cover letter.

Spring 2016 Internships

Registration Intern

The Registration Intern will gain behind-the-scenes experience at an art museum by assisting the Collections and Registrar Department.

This intern will assist in the preparation and processing of documentation for changing exhibitions, outgoing loans, and the permanent collection using The Museum System (TMS).

Duties:

  • Assists with updating collection inventories of galleries and art storage
  • Assists with projects relating to collection documentation using The Museum System (TMS)
  • Assists with other collection management projects as assigned

Experience/Skills:

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Interest in museum collections management and registration
  • Preferred Major Areas of Study: Museum Studies
  • In addition to the standard application materials, please provide a transcript and letter of reference. Application deadline is November 30, 2015.

    Family Programs (Drop- In Activities) Intern

    The 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:

    • Fine arts studio experience preferred, demonstrating an understanding of various art materials and techniques
    • 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
    • Hands-on art education experience in formal or informal education environments preferred
    • Museum experience preferred
    • 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 November 30, 2015.

    Family Programs (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:

    • Fine arts studio experience preferred; demonstrating a strong understanding of various art materials and techniques
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills
    • Strong sense of teamwork with the ability to work independently
    • 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 November 30, 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 donor stewardship, major gifts, membership, grant writing, and annual giving; and how these divisions come together for a comprehensive fundraising plan.

    Duties:

    • Assist with the preparation of donor stewardship events including, coordinating the set-up and check-in procedures for select events
    • Organize donor profile using Raiser’s Edge database system, a system widely used by nonprofit organizations
    • Perform monthly renewal direct mailing for members and annual giving donors
    • 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.)
    • Flexible, able to work in a fast paced environment

    Preferred Major or Areas of Study:

    • Art History/ Arts Administration
    • English
    • Nonprofit 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 November 30, 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 or sponsorship 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:

    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • 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.)

    In addition to the standard application materials, please provide a letter of reference and writing sample. Application deadline is November 30, 2015.

    Engineering Intern

    The Engineering Intern will gain knowledge of the various mechanical systems and the effect of the museum environment required to preserve the art collection. This intern will assist the Manager of Engineering with daily tasks in an effort to learn fundamental skills by observing the techniques to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain various boilers and HVAC equipment.

    Duties:

    • Assist with preventative maintenance of facility mechanical systems
    • Learn the intricacies of Faciliworks, a facilities software used to track building assets, preventative and predictive maintenance
    • Learn about the process for meeting with contractors to schedule repair work and solicit bids for repairs and new installations
    • Understand the process of budgeting capital improvements and equipment life cycles
    • Learn how the Museum utilizes utility companies to reduce energy cost
    • Become knowledgeable with all applicable fire and safety codes

    Experience/Skills:

    • Ability to use hand tools (power and manual)
    • Intermediate computer skills
    • Ability to read blueprints

    Preferred Major or Areas of Study:

    • Building and/or mechanical engineering

    In addition to the standard application materials, please provide a letter of reference. Application deadline is November 30, 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 assisting with day-to-day activities. Interns will gain experience in media relations, internal communications, and community relations. Students will assist with public and media relations outreach for the exhibition, A Renaissance Original: Carlo Crivelli, which opens February 28, 2016.

    Duties:

    • Research and expand an online media contacts database
    • Draft media advisories, pitch letters, and news releases
    • Collect and report press coverage
    • Compile press coverage reports including metrics

    Experience/Skills:

    • Excellent written and verbal skills
    • Proficient computer skills (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
    • Strong business communication skills

    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 November 30, 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:

    • Update descriptions, and other specified data fields related to works of art in the collection using the TMS database
    • Gather installation information using the TMS database regarding works in the Walters collection
    • Proofread and edit descriptive text of art work for the online gallery

    Experiences/Skills:

    • Strong writing skills
    • Some educational or professional background in Art History preferred
    • An interest in working in an art museum

    Preferred Major or Areas of Study:

    • Chinese Art History
    • Study of Asian languages
    • History

    In addition to the standard application materials, please provide your transcript and a letter of reference. Application deadline is November 30, 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.