The Museum endeavors to be an integrated part of studies across all disciplines on campus as well as serving our community. The Museum offers first-hand research with the authentic object, as well collections research and opportunities to study world-renowned objects through traveling exhibitions. Our interns and volunteers research our collections first-hand, and receive unique opportunities to curate thought-provoking exhibitions with the guidance of our professional staff. Productive encounters result from the marriage of perception and leadership, creativity and imagination in a setting very different from the traditional classroom.
The Museum offers valuable experience for interns, with practicums and hands-on work experience to parallel academic research. In our “laboratory” for experiential learning, students, as future professionals, can gain valuable experiences to further goals and interests. Our interns work directly with professional staff, across departments, making valuable connections in the operations of an art museum and non-profit organization. The Museum experience is not limited to people interested in museums or art. The Museum is a highly complex non-profit business with divisions in administration, art, education, marketing, public relations, and more.
Your first step is to fill out an application. Internships may be taken for credit with approval from the Museum and the Department of Art & Art History. To intern at the Museum, we ask that you commit to a minimum of five (5) hours a week, during a semester. This is a great way to get a feel for museum work. Hours can be filled with daily tasks, or special projects, depending on your interests and career goals.
Adult volunteers also find that giving time at the Museum is an enriching part of integrating the arts into their own lives and community through being a Docent or a Friend of the Museum. This concept of the Museum as a “laboratory for learning” allows for a rich and dynamic environment for exploring art at all levels of experience and interest.