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

FALL: Tuesday, September 16 – Friday, December 12
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 2

WINTER/SPRING: Tuesday, January 20 – Friday, April 24
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, December 1

SUMMER: Tuesday, June 2 – August 7
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, April 20

CURRENT UNPAID INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

Education Department: Family and Teen Programs Intern

Family and Teen Programs emphasize creating multisensory learning experiences for young people with the aim to create personal meaning in relation to the museum’s exhibitions and also to engender broader enrichment and support for the field of contemporary art and design. 

This internship will emphasize work in the following areas depending on an intern’s skills and interests: Working with the museum’s youth council, Teen Trustees; providing support for portfolio developing and careers in the arts programming for young audiences; thinking proactively about developing and supporting family-based experiences at the museum, from day-to-day visits to preparing for annual family days; and working on engagement programs that provide more experiential and participatory opportunities for visitors.

Reporting to the Manager of Teen, Family and Engagement Programs, the ideal candidates will:

  • Demonstrate a strong knowledge of youth development and the specific needs of families visiting public institutions
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Have previous experience with students—preferred, though not necessary
  • Must be available for 2 -3 days a week

To apply for this internship please send a cover letter, writing sample and resume to molly.macfadden@madmuseum.org with “Family and Teen 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. Please also include availability (semester or a full academic year internship). 

 

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. 

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). 

 

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.
 
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.

 

CURRENT PAID INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
There are currently no paid internships

 

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