Internships

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A central feature of the Museum School’s research and training function is its provision of on-site practical job training and experience in museum work. As the only accredited art museum in south Alabama, Mobile Museum of Art uniquely offers university and college students an opportunity to integrate their classroom studies and theory with practical, hands-on museum work. Practicums and Internships require professional staff supervision and training, and are thus competitive. They typically entail 3-4 months (semester) on-site work. Frequent areas for practicums include studio/fine arts, art history, museum studies, design or architecture. Other, non-art disciplines will be considered on an individual basis.

REQUIREMENTS FOR CONSIDERATION: 

Studio/Design Students:


– Portfolio or 3 images of completed artworks (with descriptions of media, dimensions, date).
– 3.0 GPA.
– Commitment of a minimum of 4-8 hours per week (or 16-32 per month).
– Statement with brief bio, plans for future career.
– Contact information for designated Faculty advisor.

Art History & Museum Studies Students:

 
– 3.5 GPA (Only senior undergrads or graduate students will be considered).
– Commitment of a minimum of 4-8 hours per week (or 16-32 per month).
– Statement with brief bio, area of interest in art history, plans for future career.
– Writing sample (essay, examination).
– Contact information for designated Faculty advisor.

Art Education Students:


– 3.0 GPA (Only Junior undergrads or graduate students will be considered).
– Commitment of a minimum of 8 hours per week (or 32 per month).
– Statement with brief bio, area of interest in arts education, plans for future career.
– Writing or Art education sample (essay, examination).
– Contact information for designated Faculty advisor.

Students in other, non-art specific disciplines: History, Communications, Literature:


– 3.5 GPA (Only senior undergrads or graduate students will be considered).
– Personal interviews with museum staff recommended for special, interdisciplinary and/or independent study projects with the art museum.

AREAS OF MUSEUM INTERNSHIPS (as staff supervision and time allow):

Studio/Design Students:

– Creation of scale models (artworks: 2D & 3D).
– Preparator/exhibition technician assistance: installation; crate-making, display furniture construction, painting.
– Lighting: Assisting Lighting designer/technicians in lighting exhibitions and artwork.
– Wall graphic fabrication, “weeding,” and installation.
– Label creation and fabrication (for artworks, for exhibitions).
– Transporting and moving artworks.

Art History & Museum Studies Students:

– Original collection research on selected areas or works in the Museum’s collection
– Research to culminate in development of a public program (lecture, tour, seminar, publication) on staff and faculty-advisor approved research project
– Research paper, publication and/or lecture/tour transcript to be added to the accession file of work(s) researched.

Art Education Students:

– Gallery guide research, writing, development (children, adults).
– Development of educational programming (performative, tours) for various age visitors.
– Conducting approved tours for public (various ages).
– Research & development of special needs tours, materials.

Students in other, non-art specific disciplines: History, Communications, Literature:

– Advance, personal interviews with museum staff recommended for special, interdisciplinary and/or independent study projects and practicums with the art museum.  These may include research projects in areas of study, communications/marketing surveys or plans, papers and/or public presentations (tours, lectures) of selected research relevant to historical periods, literature or social issues relevant to works of art represented in the collection.