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Each summer, a select group of students joins the Davis staff on campus for ten weeks of hands-on professional experience. The Davis Museum Summer Internship Program provides an opportunity for students to gain broad exposure to museum operations, acquire an overview of museum practices and policies, and gain marketable professional skills and experience. While working at the Davis, interns enjoy unique access to the collections and programs of one of the most active academic museums in the country. In addition, our interns visit regional museums and collections, and have the opportunity to meet a broad range of professionals in the field. Interns work in one or more of the museum’s departments and are engaged in research, collections management, exhibition development and design, and technology. Regardless of department, interns have a vital role at the Davis and work on meaningful projects that have a direct impact on the museum – no running to get coffee, guaranteed. The interns complete a group project together in addition to their individual projects. Students of all majors and class years, including graduating seniors, are encouraged to apply. This year’s internship will take place June 5-August 11, 2017.
Stipend and Housing - All interns receive a stipend of $3000 for the entire summer. As this is a residential program, on campus housing is provided.
Position Descriptions - This year we are able to offer positions in various departments throughout the museum:
Curatorial Intern(s) - Curatorial interns will assist members of the Davis’s Curatorial staff with exhibition-related tasks, potential acquisitions, and general curatorial responsibilities. They will conduct research and work on a variety of projects involving the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, as well as undertake daily administrative duties.
Education Intern - The Education intern will work with the Manager of Museum Education and Programs to design programs and activities for the upcoming academic year. The intern will work on a variety of projects aimed at increasing the museum’s accessibility to a broad range of public audiences.
Digital Marketing and Administration Intern(s) - 2 Positions Available - The Digital Marketing and Administration Intern actively supports a wide range of projects for the Director’s Office and Friends of Art programs. Job duties include designing and managing digital and print campaigns, Mailchimp list maintenance, assisting with content development for the Davis mobile app, maintenance of the museum’s website and Facebook pages, evaluation of and work with the museum’s social media presence, as well as other responsibilities such as data management, compiling reports, managing membership cards, assisting with events, general office support, and research. Some projects will overlap with other departments, enabling interns to gain a broad exposure to all areas of museum operations. Microsoft Office, MailChimp, PhotoShop, InDesign and HTML or Drupal experience strongly preferred. Basic admin and research skills are needed. Discretion is expected as the position will handle confidential materials.
Collections Management Intern - The Collections Care and Management Intern will aid the Museum Registrar in carrying out tasks related to the organization, documentation, and care of the Davis collection. The intern will manage the Print Study Room and monitor the use of works by students, faculty, scholars, and the general public. They will assist with cataloguing, inventory, and photography of the collection, work with the museum’s collections management database Mimsy XG, and be trained in art handling. Some projects will overlap with other departments, enabling interns gain broad exposure to all areas of museum operations.
Download the application here. Complete and submit the application as a pdf (with resume and transcript) by January 13, 2017. Students may apply to multiple internship positions with one application; however, please be sure to address each position you’re applying for in the essay questions. Possible candidates will be contacted for interviews in February, with decisions being made in March.
Questions? E-mail Feliz Smith, Summer Internship Coordinator (fsmith) or Meredith Fluke, Kemper Curator of Academic Programs (mfluke).
Additional opportunities offered by the Davis include the Eleanor P. DeLorme Museum Internship, and the Liliane Pingoud Soriano Curatorial Fellowship at the Musee du Louvre, Paris, an exchange program between the Davis and the Musee du Louvre. Both are curatorial in focus, and are made available through an application process at the Center for Work and Service (CWS) to recent Wellesley College graduates.