The Object Research Intern will be working within the Crystal Bridges Education Department. He or she will work closely with the Guide Program. The internship is designed to provide an overview of the Education Department while focusing in on content/object research and writing.
Interns at Crystal Bridges gain valuable experience learning alongside of museum staff. The Object Research Intern will gain administrative experience as well as applicable hands on skills that include but are not limited to object research, writing content documents (two page document written on an artwork from the permanent collection that is used by tour guides and museum and classroom educators), assisting with teacher professional development sessions, and program implementation.
Areas of Support:
- Object Research and Writing
- Utilize resources from both the Crystal Bridges Library and electronic databases to research artworks in the collection, including artist background, artistic process, and historical context.
- Write content documents about artworks in the collection that will be used by a variety of internal and external museum partners to include, volunteer tour guides, museum educators, and classroom teachers.
- Experience researching and writing required
- Junior or senior undergraduate student or graduate student preferred
- Experience in performing administrative duties helpful
- Possess an interest in subject matter related to art
- Dependable and punctual
- Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule (mostly business hours with occasional evening hours requested)
- A background check is required
- Fall Semester
- 8-10 weeks long
- 10-15 hours per week
- Weekly schedule to be arranged with Guide Program staff
- There is some flexibility to work off site during this internship
Application deadline: July 26, 2019
Selection made: August 30, 2019
- Cover Letter + attached writing sample (include a cover letter with a 1-2 page sample of writing)
Internship positions provided by Crystal Bridges are generally unpaid. They are structured to provide interns with a professional experience relevant to the intern’s academic and/or professional goals and involve work, research, or other activities which are of value and beneficial to the mission of the Museum. However, to encourage greater access and participation for underrepresented segments of our society, and as a part of our Diversity and Inclusion initiative, stipends are available to students who identify as members of an underrepresented group.
- $1,500-4,500 (depending on number of hours work per week and responsibility)
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Physical demands: In the work environment described below, position requires work at a desk and utilizing a computer and a telephone for prolonged periods of time and good eye/hand coordination, bending and stretching for filing, and physical stamina to lift a minimum of 25 pounds to a height of at least three feet for file and materials storage as appropriate for the demands of the office. Visual acuity to review written materials is required for this job.
- Work environment: Work will be performed in an office environment, and museum spaces. The noise level in the Museum work environment is usually low to moderate.
- If the intern’s personal equipment is used, the Museum accepts no liability for any damage caused to said equipment while being used for Museum purposes, nor loss or corruption of electronic files on device.
Crystal Bridges’ internship program currently requires that the internship be a prearranged and structured learning experience scheduled within a specific time-frame and pre-approved by the leadership of the Museum. The experience must be relevant to the intern’s academic and/or professional goals and involve work, research, or other activities which are of value and beneficial to the mission of the Museum. An internship is performed under the direct supervision of Crystal Bridges’ staff. As a Crystal Bridges’ intern, you will not only expand your academic knowledge and improve your skills, but also apply both your knowledge and skills in practical ways. Crystal Bridges is assertively recruiting interns from underrepresented demographics to support our organization’s and industry’s diversity and inclusion strategic initiatives. Crystal Bridges is happy to work with the selected candidate to provide an experience meeting the requirements for academic credit through their school.
Diversity Internship Program
Crystal Bridges is committed to a diverse workforce and to providing training for the next generation of non-profit professionals. Recognizing the desire and responsibility to support and develop greater diversity in the professions related to museums and the visual arts Crystal Bridges will assertively recruit interns from underrepresented demographics to support our organization’s and industry’s diversity and inclusion strategic initiatives. Students representing underrepresented groups in the museum field are encouraged to apply. Scholarships available.