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Internships

Looking to land that off-campus internship or increase your success of being accepted into the graduate school of your choice?  Apply for an internship at the Lisanby Museum and Madison Art Collection and gain valuable experience in specific fields as well as team work and public relations.  We encourage students from Anthropology, Art Education, Art History, English, Grahpic Design, History, Marketing, Museum Studies, and Studio Arts to apply.  The successful applicant may earn 1, 2, or 3 credit hours of ARTH 495 although interns may also arrange to be given credit in another major or area.

Internships

Art Education:

  • Duties: Interns will work with staff to develop educational programs and tools that serve visitors. Interns will observe and lead public educational programs, conduct research on the permanent collection and best practices teaching methods, and will work to develop teacher programs and learning resources.
  • Skills: The ideal candidates will be a student in museum studies, art education, education, studio art, or art history. Candidates will have a professional presence, demonstrating flexibility and patience while upholding institutional policies and procedures. Teaching experience preferable; museum and/or studio arts experience a plus.
  • Supplemental Materials: Optional
    • Candidates may submit an example of a lesson plan or writing sample to Ginny Soenksen (soenksvm@jmu.edu).

Collections Management:

  • Duties: Interns will work with staff to maintain objects in the Madison Art Collection.  This includes but is not limited to registration, inventory, photography, research, and object installation in exhibits.
  • Skills: The ideal candidates will be a student in museum studies, anthropology, art history, history, or studio art.  Candidates will have a professional presence, demonstrating flexibility and patience while upholding Instituional policies and procedures. Previous collections management preferable; museum and/or gallery experience a plus.
  • Supplemental Materials: Optional
    • Candidates may submit an object-centered writing sample or portfolio of previous collections management projects to Dr. Wren River Stevens (stevenwr@jmu.edu).

Communications and Marketing:

  • Duties: Interns will plan and manage effective advertising and promotions campaigns for all museum programs, events and exhibitions, including social media campaigns. Applicants should have an interest in and knowledge of emerging, production, etc.
  • Skills: The ideal candidate will have outstanding writing and editing skills, a strong visual sense, excellent interpersonal communications skills, and able to work independently. The ideal candidate will have an interest or be pursuing a degree in a field related to the following: English, Marketing, Communications, Nonprofit Management, Education, Sociology, or Journalism.
  • Supplemental Materials: Optional
    • Optional examples of past marketing or social media design may be submitted with the application to Ginny Soenksen (soenksvm@jmu.edu).

Curatorial:

  • Duties: Interns will participate in the curation of exhibitions, focusing in the selection of objects, conducting art historical research, and developing exhibition text and interpretive elements.
  • Skills: Applicants should have strong research and writing skills, be highly organized, and possess proven course work in history, museum studies, art history, architectural history, archaeology, or closely related field. Art history majors encouraged.
  • Supplemental Materials: Required
    • Candidates should submit a research writing sample with their application to Ginny Soenksen (soenksvm@jmu.edu).

Editorial Intern:

  • Duties: Interns will work on projects such as proofreading exhibition catalogues, labels and wall text, print materials, and various other interpretive elements. As an active contributor to our team, the editorial intern will fulfill a variety of tasks: copyediting, proofreading, fact-checking, bibliographic research, marketing copywriting, transcription, and more.
  • Skills: The ideal candidate will have a passion for art history, writing, and/or English studies, as well as attention to detail, organizational skills, and textual savviness. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, in particular Word, is necessary
  • Supplemental Materials: Required
    • Candidates should submit a research writing sample with their application to Ginny Soenksen (soenksvm@jmu.edu).

Exhibition Design:

  • Duties: Interns will develop the skills and responsibilities required to design and produce museum exhibitions. Interns will work with curatorial interns and staff to determine the layout of exhibitions and designs aspects necessary for the installation of artwork, as well as assisting with the installation of design elements.
  • Skills: Interns must be ready to think creatively in unfamiliar situations and be prepared for hands on experience. Students with a design or architecture background are encouraged, as are those with experience in 3D-imaging software such as CAD or Vectorworks.
  • Supplemental Materials: Required
    • Candidates should submit a sample of their design portfolio or a small visual sample of work to Ginny Soenksen (soenksvm@jmu.edu).

Graphic Design:

  • Duties: Interns are responsible for creating and assisting in ongoing design projects, including exhibition signage, various printed materials including exhibition-related ephemera (e.g., invitations, educational guides, and direct mail), informational brochures, and web-based publications.
  • Skills: Applicants should be creative, skilled in design and typography, and proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.). Must be either a graphic design major in SADAH or a SMAD major.
    • Supplemental Materials: Required
      • Candidates should submit a sample of their design portfolio with their application to Ginny Soenksen (soenksvm@jmu.edu).

Interpretation:

  • Duties: Interpretation interns work alongside curatorial and design interns to plan for future exhibitions. Interns will work on projects such as developing supplemental interpretive resources for exhibitions (both analog and digital), including gallery guides, games, and public programs.
  • They may also help with the writing, editing and revising of text, and will providing support for installation of exhibitions, including research and evaluation.
  • Skills: The ideal candidate will be a major in museum studies, studio art, art history, education, or a similar discipline, and will have an interest in museum education and interpretation. The ability to follow through and complete projects independently is a requirement, as are strong interpersonal skills.
  • Supplemental Materials: Optional
    • Candidates may submit an example of a writing sample with their application to Ginny Soenksen (soenksvm@jmu.edu).

 


 

Honors Capstone Projects and the Madison Art Collection

Honors students may propose an Honors Capstone Project using the Madison Art Collection or the Lisanby Museum.  Because these capstone projects require three (3) semesters to complete, interested Honors Students are encouraged to discuss this possibility during their sophmore year.

  • Madison Art Collection: Honors Students may pursue original research on collection objects under the direction of Dr. Wren River Stevens.  These projects may include traditional academic papers, educational interpretation e-Books for local schools, scientific analysis of collection objects, etc.  Contact Dr. Wren River Stevens (stevenwr@jmu.edu) for additional information.
  • Lisanby Museum: Honors Students may serve as a curatorial assistant to the Asssocate Director of the Madison Art Collection.  This capstone allows a student to experience the curation of exhibitions, focusing in the selection of objects, conducting art historical research, and developing exhibition text and interpretive elements.  Contact Ginny Soenksen (soenksvm@jmu.edu) for additional information.

 

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