The Biggs Museum of American Art offers internships in a variety of areas throughout the year in both a Curatorial/Education track and a Marketing/Development track. Descriptions of each track are listed below. Internships are unpaid but can be structured to fit within requirements for class credit. Interns are provided day-to-day tasks and develop a culminating project that centers around the curatorial, educational, marketing, and development of an exhibition, with special emphasis on an area of the intern’s choosing.
Eligible applicants for all internships must be current students or recent graduates. Interested students are asked to provide a PDF of their resume and cover letter. In your materials, please indicate which program you’re interested in and include your preferred start date in your letter. Materials can be emailed to the Curator of Education, Regina Lynch, at email@example.com .All materials must be received by the following dates.
Internship Terms and Application Deadlines (terms are negotiable):
September through December – August 15th, 2018
February through May – January 4th, 2019
June through August – May 17th, 2019
A successful candidate would be a student who aspires to work in marketing or communications, in any field. Will be a great way for a student to build resume and build a portfolio of work and experience in marketing. Ideally, the student would have some experience in areas listed below and some interest in learning design, social media and web marketing, etc. Would work very closely with the museum’s Marketing Manager/Curator of Education to gain an understanding of the museum’s marketing functions. 10-15 hours a week preferred.
- Filing, scanning, tracking of media clips
- Drafting press releases
- Assist in running membership reports and visitor zip code reports
- Creating Facebook events and social media posts
- Creating power point slides for front desk screens
- Maintaining online listing of events (DelawareScene, Delaware Today, etc)
- Assist with misc. mailings and mail merges (printing labels)
- Assist with designing flyers
- Photography/Video for social media
- Assist in website re-design process this fall
- Research other museum website and social media pages for new ideas and latest trends
A successful candidate would be a student who aspires to work in the arts, humanities, or education and is currently in or recently graduated from a related undergraduate program. The intersnhip is structured so that students can build a history or art history research project or portfolio of examples of education programs and curriculum. In addition to this overarching project, interns help with the day-to-day tasks of a small museum, all of which have educational or practical value. 5-15 hours a week are preferred, with at least one weekday required.
Examples of Overarching Projects:
- Series of children’s activities related to an upcoming exhibition
- Research project considering the European influences in the Biggs’ collection
- Collection of essays on the Biggs’ permanent collection for use on its online timeline
- Research project about work by members underrespresented communities in the collection
- Lesson plan design based on the museum’s collection
- Series of drop-in activities for our monthly family activity
Examples of Day-to-Day Tasks
- Writing narratives for videos about the collection
- Assisting with school tours
- Assisting with monthly family activities
- Assisting with installation of exhibitions and collections
- Researching education/exhibitions at other museums
- Creating content for social media