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Internships

Each semester, the MMFA offers hands-on internships for university and graduate students seeking career development. Applicants must receive academic credit for their internship; no stipend is provided. As the River Region’s premier art museum, the MMFA offers a variety of unique opportunities for prospective interns in the following areas: Curatorial, Learning & Engagement, Development, PR/Marketing, and Digital Media.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following materials in a single PDF to:

Brandy Morrison, Education Assistant
bmorrison@mmfa.org

Resume

  • This document should include your current contact information, work and volunteer experience, and educational background.

Cover Letter

  • Your cover letter should introduce yourself, list your qualifications, and explain what you expect to achieve by being an intern at the MMFA.

Course and/or Work schedule

  • Your class and/or work schedule should list the hours you are unavailable to work at the internship during the term for which you are applying.

Writing Sample

  • Please see the position descriptions below for details on the required writing sample.

Schedule

Terms last approximately 14-15 weeks and follow the Museum’s exhibition cycle.

Summer 2020

May 12–August 14, 2019
Deadline to apply: April 17, 2020

Fall 2020

September 8–December 11, 2020
Deadline to apply: August 7, 2020

Spring 2021

January 19–April 16, 2021
Deadline to apply: December 11, 2020

Positions Available

Curatorial

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts presents approximately eight major exhibitions featuring the work of regional, national, and international artists accompanied by up to ten installations sourced from the permanent collection each year. The curatorial team includes curators, who develop exhibitions, write exhibition-related publications, and perform collections research; preparators, who handle the artwork, work with curators to create layouts for exhibitions, install exhibitions, and maintain exhibition spaces; and registrars, who manage contracts and shipping for exhibitions and incoming and outgoing loans as well as condition reporting, artwork documentation, rights and reproductions, collection accession information, and the institutional archive. 

Curatorial interns will be a part of this team: researching, and assisting in the production of exhibitions and collections documentation; aiding curators and registrars in coordinating with artists, galleries, and other museums; working with preparators in art installation and collection maintenance; and generally supporting the needs of the Curatorial Department and the Museum as a whole. Past projects have included research and writing to create documentation on artists and works in the collection; condition reporting, creating an inventory of exhibition catalogues, researching artists for upcoming exhibitions, and designing and creating print and digital exhibition promotional materials. Interns in this department can expect an average of 15 hours per week.

  • Applicants are required to submit a 7-10 page writing sample with their application and, if applicable, a graphic design portfolio of 5-10 works.

Education

Art making and education is close to the heart of the institution, whose founders included artists with a teaching imperative. MMFA serves Montgomery’s students through tours, classroom instruction, and ongoing exhibitions of work by students. Our premier family arts event, the Flimp Festival, is held each spring in the sculpture garden. Other free offerings and exhibition-based programs for families and adults, including talks and creative activities, are offered throughout the year as well as paid studio classes and experiences for members of the Museum. Affinity groups include a thriving docent program and the Muses teen council.  In addition, over half of the Museum’s visitors enjoy the Artworks interactive gallery each year.

Potential intern projects/past projects have included teaching in the Museum’s after school programs and art camps, leading talks, creating content for the cell phone audio tour, creating materials for the Museum’s AP art history course, and working to forge connections with specific audiences, such as the university community.

  • Applicants are required to submit a short writing sample, one page or more, with their materials, and if applicable digital images of 3-5 original works of art.

Learning Through Art – Classroom

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is dedicated to connecting Montgomery Public School students with its collections and exhibitions and fostering creativity.  Key school programs include the Learning Through Art: Artist in Residence Program at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School, serving third through fifth-grade students weekly.  This course is founded upon Visual Thinking Strategies https://vtshome.org/, designed around student-driven discussion of works of art in focus along with individual written responses to the same and art-making. Grounded in the Museum’s American and regional paintings collection, exhibitions, and the work of visiting local artists, Learning Through Art is connected to core subjects.  Student visits to the Museum are an integral component of the program along with exhibitions of the students’ artwork.

Interns will have the chance to work one on one with students creating works of art and gain experience leading Visual Thinking Strategies discussions and or related art lessons, implementing museum pedagogy in classrooms of the Montgomery Public School system.   Classes are offered several days a week according to the semester schedule.

  • Applicants are required to submit a short writing sample, one page or more, with their materials, and if applicable digital images of 3-5 original works of art.

Development

The Development Department is responsible for cultivating partnerships that assist the Museum in carrying out its mission. The MMFA works with over thirty corporate partners, more than a dozen granting organizations, and has over 700 members. As such, interns will have a chance to learn various aspects of development such as relationship building, grant research and writing, and membership database management. The interns will also assist the Development Team with the planning and preparation of the Museum’s annual fundraising event. Beyond this, the interns will work with the Special Events Coordinator assisting in the Museum Store by completing tasks such as inventory and data collection and assisting with the setup for events hosted within the Museum. Special Events interns potential projects could include styled shoots, research for upcoming events/projects, research online platforms for promotion of corporate events/weddings, and research new event concepts for both fundraisers and public events. Interns in this area can expect an average of 15 hours per week and should expect some night, weekend, and evening hours.

PR/Marketing

The Public Relations and Marketing Team is the vital communication tool to the MMFA and its stakeholders and has the imperative to convey, up-to-date, well-organized, informative and promotional materials to vast outlets while continuing a comprehensive strategy for distribution. The responsibilities of PR and marketing interns include updating and researching media lists and outlets, composing, writing, and editing museum communication materials, including news releases, maintaining an extensive and complete filing system; and delivering appropriate documents to the MMFA’s archives and storage. Interns in this area are required to put in 10 hours per week.

Digital Media

As the Museum looks to the future, it recognizes that a strong digital presence is required. The MMFA seeks an intern to join the Museum’s Digital Media Manager to create and publish original social media content, craft captivating email newsletters, and manage website updates. This position offers the chance to capture enticing images and produce graphics to promote the Museum’s exhibitions, programs, special events, and membership initiatives. A successful candidate should be experienced with Adobe Creative Suite and possess excellent writing, editing, and photography skills. Interns in this area can expect an average of 10–15 hours per week.

  • Applicants are required to submit five sample social media posts based on current exhibitions and upcoming programs listed on the website.