Internships

Overview

Internships are offered twice a year, every six months. Internships are available 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.

Compensation

A stipend of $4,500 plus mileage reimbursement (within a 100 mile radius).

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 supplemental application materials.

Schedule

Terms last approximately six months.

Late 2021

Mid-October 2021 to Late-April 2022
Deadline to Apply: October 1, 2021

Mid 2022

May 2022 to October 2022
Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2022

Late 2022

October 2022 to March 2023
Deadline to Apply: September 1, 2022

Positions Available

Description

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, accession information, and the institutional archive. Interns in this department can expect an average of 15 hours per week.

Essential Functions

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.

Who Should Apply

  • Applicants with a background in Art History, History, Museum Studies, Library Sciences, Graphic Design, Visual Culture, or a related humanities discipline.

Supplemental Application Materials

  • Writing sample (7-10 pages in length)
  • Artist Interest Statement: Select five artists from the Museum’s collection website and write up to 100 words per artist about your interest in the artist, why you picked him or her, and what you would like to learn more about.

Description

The Education Department leads museum visitors in engaging learning experiences in both formal and informal settings. We create and facilitate curriculum-based school programs, visitor tours, studio classes, artmaking activities, and much more on a daily basis. Past projects have included: designing coloring pages, creating lessons for our home studio series, planning activities and promotions for the Art After 5 programs, work with Curatorial to develop and create exhibition interactives, organize, display and catalogue the Student Art Collection, lead and assist Learning Through Art lessons and preparations, develop activities for the annual Flimp Festival. Interns in this department can expect an average of 15 hours per week.

Essential Functions

  • Content development
    • Design both in-person and online content for project specific themes and audiences with staff.
    • Input education, engagement, and curatorial content into web-based platform Culture Connect.
  • Lead and Assist
    • Instruct studio, curriculum-based, and/or collection-based classes and experiences.
    • Assist with large scale education events and/or studio experiences.

Who Should Apply

  • Applicants with a background in Art History, Museum Studies, Education, Visual Culture, or a related humanities discipline.

Supplemental Application Materials

  • Writing sample: one page or more, describing your interest in education, any previous experience and goals for internship

Description

The MMFA’s Community Engagement team actively grows audiences and ensures that we are fulfilling diverse interests by offering a rich variety of adult programs that invite engagement with and connection to art and artists, and give participants opportunities for interpretation through individual reflection and/or creation. A sampling of programmatic content includes: studio workshops, artist talks, wellness activities, art critiques, reading group discussions, Museum Shop artist features, and more. The Community Engagement intern aids behind-the-scenes functions that facilitate programs and continue to attract new audiences, and the intern is given opportunities to lead programs and/or develop programmatic content. 

Essential Functions

  • Monitor, assist with, and sometimes lead Community Engagement programs. 
  • Support day-to-day operations to ensure programs run smoothly
  • Assist with Museum Shop changeouts 
  • Intern project: A research-based project that will result in one of the following, per semester:
    • Develop a new program concept
    • Re-develop an existing program to better meet audience needs
    • Develop and lead a studio workshop

Who Should Apply

  • Applicants with a background in Art History, History, Museum Studies, Education, Event Management, Visual Culture, or a related humanities discipline.

Supplemental Application Materials

  • Short writing sample (150-300 words) defining community engagement in your own words and describing why it is an important function for a museum.

Description

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 two 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 database management. The interns will also assist the Development Team with the planning and preparation of the Museum’s annual fundraising event. Interns in this area can expect an average of 15 hours per week and should expect some night, weekend, and evening hours.

Essential Functions

  • Intern project:
    • Create grant snapshots for each funded grant 
    • Compile research information for grant applications
    • Write thank you letters to grantors
    • Complete at least one small to medium size grant application
    • Coordinate with grant managers to ensure expenditures are recorded properly
  • Monitor, assist with, and sometimes lead Art After 5 programs. 
  • Assist with fundraising activities
  • Assist with database management
  • Support day-to-day operations to ensure development activities run smoothly

Who Should Apply

  • Applicants with a background in English, Journalism, Communication, Business, Management, or other disciplines appropriate to the position.

Supplemental Application Materials

  • Short writing sample (150-300 words): Using the MMFA website and Facebook page as references,  select one of the following topics:
    • Explain to a funder why the MMFA should be granted $5,000 for a STEAM program
    • Explain to a funder why the MMFA should receive $5,000 for our Creative Conversations series

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

Supplemental Application Materials

  • 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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