Overview

The Museum of Arts and Design has a long-standing history of supporting internships that provide meaningful, engaging and project-based opportunities for undergraduate and graduate level students throughout the year.  These positions are available in several departments and allow the participants to gain invaluable work experience at a non-profit visual arts organization as they prepare to continue their studies, pursue careers in the arts, or apply their experience to other fields.

General Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Attend an institution of learning with courses leading to a degree, certificate or diploma
  • Applicants are eligible during periods when school is not in session, if:
    • Applicants were students the previous semester
    • Applicants have not yet graduated or completed educational requirements of the program
    • Applicants have graduated, but are starting a new academic program within six months
  • Be a US citizen or completing residence requirements for a degree such as those required of medical or pharmaceutical students

Internship Sessions

SUMMER: Start week of June 1
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, May 4

CURRENT PAID INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

Education Department: ARTS Intern (Interpretive Programs)

The ARTS Internship is a partnership with the Museum and Studio in a School.  ARTS Intern places college undergraduates from diverse cultural backgrounds in paid summer internships at New York City museums.  Eligible applicants must show a financial need and must either be New York City residents, or be enrolled in a college or university within the five boroughs of New York City. 

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The ARTS Intern Program runs for 9-weeks: June 8th – August 7th, 2015 with Interns working five days a week (35 hours).  ARTS Interns must complete all 9-weeks of the session (no exceptions).  Former ARTS Interns are not eligible for the program.  The compensation for the program is $3,300. For a full list of requirements please visit the ARTS Intern website: http://www.artsintern.org/how-to-apply.html

Key responsibilities:

Visitor Studies and Audience Research:

  • Conducting interviews, collecting surveys, participating in observations, and potentially coordinating focus groups and museum site visits
  • Preparation of preliminary reports and presentation materials in regards to emerging trends and data collection
  • Research current trends in visitor studies, assess effectiveness of current evaluative methods and tools, and revise or generate new methods as necessary with the Manager of Interpretation

Interpretive Tools Preparation:

  • Assist in the development of selected interpretive tools that may include: audio guides, in-gallery brochures, in-gallery didactics, training materials for docents and artist educators, and online materials
  • Review goals for interpretive tools and gather research about improving tools including: gathering materials from other museums, evaluating museum’s current tools, and helping to revise existing style guides and interpretive plans

Outreach and Administration:

  • Preparing basic outreach materials: contact lists, school and community group lists, targeted E-blast materials, and selected promotional materials
  • Processing group requests such as: preparing invoices, assigning groups to the museum calendar, and taking payments
  • Assisting in basic administrative functions such as drafting letters of agreement, categorizing research materials, creating excel spreadsheets, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Punctual and confident speaking to strangers and colleagues
  • Comfortable conducting research and generating reports; strong writing skills
  • Able to work independently and with peers
  • Experience working with people of diverse backgrounds and skill levels
  • Some knowledge or experience in visitor studies, sociology, or research methods
  • Some knowledge or experience teaching or with educational theory and pedagogy
  • Interest in learning more about museum administration: both creative and administrative tasks
  • Interest in studio art and art history, especially in the fields of craft and design

To apply for this internship please send the following to carli.beseau@madmuseum.org with the subject line  “ARTS Intern”: a) a cover letter describing your interest in the arts and this position in particular; b) a resume detailing your work, education and volunteer experience; c) a 2014-2015 SAR form; d) a copy of your most recent transcript (unofficial); and e) two references (one professional and one academic).  For a detailed description of these requirements please visit: http://www.artsintern.org/how-to-apply.html

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

CURRENT UNPAID INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

 

Education Department: Interpretive Programs Intern

Interpretive programs and materials help deepen visitors understanding and relationship with objects on view. These include such things as audio guides and gallery brochures, but also the preparation of gallery guides and special programs associated with exhibitions. Additionally, interpretation has a strong visitor experience component that considers closely visitor expectation, behavior and experience.

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Interpretive programs are also concerned with providing consistency in interpretive offerings, consistency in institutional voice, maintaining a strong understanding of educational theory and pedagogy, and translating curatorial content into tangible tools and programs that enrich the visitors experience. Interns reporting to the Manager of Interpretation will:

  • Conduct research related to exhibitions and help to translate artist statements and contextual information into usable resources for gallery guides such as docents and artist educators
  • Gather analytical information about visitor experience, behavior and engagement in exhibitions such as observations and short interviews
  • Review interpretative materials and provide feedback; research interpretive tools at other institutions
  • Participate in training opportunities to deepen knowledge and understanding of museum education, including: docent and educator training sessions, doing gallery worksheets and conducting program observations
  • Prepare reports, summaries and excel worksheets that will help the museum improve the quality of their interpretive tools
  • Assist with administrative responsibilities associated with interpretative programs
  • Must be available 2-3 days a week

To apply for this internship please send a cover letter, writing sample and resume to carli.beseau@madmuseum.org with “Education and Interpretation Intern” in the subject line. Cover letters should outline specific interest in this internship, along with qualifications and skills indicative of a strong candidateship for this opportunity. Writing samples should be no longer than five pages and be representative of skills as a researcher, communicator and translator of ideas into concise, meaningful content. Please also include availability (semester or a full academic year internship).

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

 

Education Department: Public Programs
Public Programs cover a broad field at MAD including: lectures, cinema, performance, adult workshops, residencies and fellowships and demonstrations. Public Programs serve as an ever-evolving and progressive resource center and laboratory for art, design, craft and other forms of cultural production. Our initiatives engage participants in active critique whether using traditional artistic disciplines or emerging contexts and aim to explore creative methodologies and develop innovative possibilities.

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Because of the large scope of this department, interns are divided by interest and skill into the following two categories:

Cinema
Cinema at MAD strives to challenge and diversify the cinematic canon by presenting emerging and underrepresented cinematic artists and groups who promote dialogue and explore innovative approaches to cinematic form. From theatrical films, to television, kinescopes and works for mobile-device content, Cinema at MAD aims to promote an ongoing focus on human experience.

Reporting to the Director of Public Programs, cinema interns will assist in curating, coordinating, and presentation of cinema programming. Ideal candidates:

  • Hold a strong knowledge of contemporary and historical cinema
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Although not necessary, previous history with festival, theatrical, and organizational film programming is preferred

Dance, Performance, Social Practice and Live Programs
This area of Public Programs focuses on showcasing new processes and approaches to live performance, dance and various forms of social practice. Our performances revolve around ideas of supporting traditional and emerging performance-based practices that utilize the contemporary art museum as context, tool and resource center.

Reporting to the Director of Public Programs, interns will assist in curating, coordinating, and presentation of all public programming with an emphasis on the categories above.
Ideal candidates:

  • Hold a strong knowledge of contemporary and historical cinema
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Although not necessary, previous history with festival, theatrical, and organizational film programming is preferred

To apply for one of these internships please send a cover letter and resume to jake.yuzna@madmuseum.org with “Live Performance Intern” or "Dance, Performance and Social Practice" in the subject line. Your cover letter should outline your specific interest in one of these internships, along with your qualifications and skills that you believe make you a strong candidate for one of these opportunities. Please also include if you are interested in a semester only internship or a full year (academic year) internship.

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

 

Education Department: School and Teacher Programs

School and Teacher Programs explore the field of museum education in theory and practice, as well as behind-the-scenes administrative support while producing educational content and resources for K-12 student and teacher audiences.

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These offerings consist of two school programs including MAD’s signature youth program MADlab and our in-school program Arts Reach; as well as the Teachers’ Resource Packets, Teachers’ Professional Development and the Teacher Advisory Committee. This intern will explore the following areas depending on an intern’s skills and interests:

  • Assisting experienced educators with K-12 school group visits and learn in-gallery engagement strategies
  • Conduct qualitative research such as helping to evaluate teaching artist and docent performance
  • Participate in-gallery training exercises
  • Draft study guides and resource materials
  • Assist with developing and implementing promotional efforts
  • Review lesson plans written by teaching artist
  • Assist coordinating teacher events including Teachers’ Advisory Committee meetings
  • Review and compile school program evaluation data
  • Assist with the outreach to schools and community groups
  • Facilitate drop-in activity for visitors of all ages to explore hands-on making

Ideal Candidates will:

  • Have an interest in and knowledge of youth development, and contemporary art, craft and design
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills; be detailed-oriented
  • Have previous experience with students—preferred, though not necessary
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office proficiency a must)/li>
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, and to work well collaboratively as well as independently
  • Must be available for 2 -3 days a week

To apply to this internship please send a cover letter, resume and 2-3 references to nakeisha.gumbs@madmuseum.org with “School & Teacher Intern” in the subject line. Your cover letter should outline your specific interest in this internship, along with your qualifications and skills that you believe make you a strong candidate for this opportunity. Please also include if you are interested in a semester only internship or a full year (academic year) internship.

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

 

Education Department: School and Teacher Programs: Arts Reach (off-site, in-school)

TheArts Reachprogramallows MAD’s education department and its teaching artists to extend their reach to middle and high school students at the Manhattan Alternate Learning Centers and the Bronx Alternate Learning Centers. This partnership provides the opportunity for students who are in severe danger of being left behind to learn about arts & design through museum visits and in-class hands-on projects. The primary goals are to provide a positive and nurturing environment where critical thinking and creative problem solving is encouraged.

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As this program runs off-site at participating schools, the internship sessions are different from the museum itself. Below are the truncated sessions. All applicants MUST be available the entire three months of this internship.

FALL SESSION: October – December
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 22

WINTER SESSION: January – March
APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 8

SPRING SESSION: April - June
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 16

Reporting to the Manger of School and Teacher Programs, interns will:

Assist MAD Teaching Artists with hands-on projects both at the museum and in the classroom

  • Collaborate with Teaching Artist on lessons/ workshops
  • Lead inquiry-based discussions
  • Help prepare all materials needed for hands-on projects
  • Participate in planning meetings
  • Time commitment: 1 hour classes—twice a week, on-site at the school

To apply for this internship, please send a cover letter, resume and 2-3 references to artsreach@madmuseum.org with “Arts Reach Program Intern- Fall (or Winter, or Spring)” in the subject line. No prior teaching experience needed, although previous experience with youth/students is a plus. The ideal candidate will be available to travel throughout Manhattan and/or the Bronx.

No phone calls please. The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.