Internships

Overview

Internships are offered during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Internships are available most semesters in each department of the Museum—Communications, Curatorial, Development, Education—and occasionally for special projects.  
 

The Museum’s internship program aims to give interns real-world experience and insight so that their transition from student to professional is supported, informed, and encouraged. Interns will have opportunities to collaborate with Museum staff on projects related to the arts, arts education, and arts administration as well as be introduced to the broad spectrum of museum work and to Museum staff, departments, programs, and operations.

How to Apply

The internship requires several documents, all listed below. To apply, please submit the following materials in a single PDF to Brandy Morrison, Education Assistant.

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 2021

May 18–August 13, 2021
Deadline to apply: April 16, 2021

Fall 2021

September 7–December 10, 2021
Deadline to apply: August 6, 2021

Spring 2022

January 18–April 15, 2022
Deadline to apply: December 10, 2021

Positions Available

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 artworks 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.

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.

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.  This course is founded upon Visual Thinking Strategies, 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.

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.

Description

The Communications Department oversees the Museum’s brand, marketing, public relations, and digital presence as well as its burgeoning visitors’ experience practice. The communications intern will provide support to the department’s daily operations and strategic planning initiatives.

Essential Functions

Brand

  • Design posters and layout content for digital displays

Marketing

  • Assist with planning and implementing the marketing strategy

Public Relations

  • Research and update press outlets and media contacts
  • Compose and edit communication materials

Digital

  • Create and schedule original social media content
  • Craft captivating email newsletters
  • Assist in managing website content
  • Perform website tag and meta description optimizations

Visitor Experience

  • Support front desk operations
  • Review visitor data and make recommendations

Application

  • Writing sample (academic paper or communications content created at another job/internship)
  • Design sample (schoolwork or communications content created at another job/internship)
  • Sample social media posts (at least five) using content from MMFA website
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