The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are seeking current undergraduate or graduate college/university students to participate in the unpaid internship in the Education Department with the Museum Ambassador program. Interns will work closely with the Museum Ambassadors, who are San Francisco public high school students trained and supervised by the interns to lead outreach art activities to the community and museum art activities at the de Young. Established in 1982, the Museum Ambassador program has received national attention as an exemplary training program for high school students and as an outreach program for the Fine Arts Museums’ audiences. The topic for this summer will be the special exhibition Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll.
Schedule: The internship commitment is from June 1st until August 11th, this is 10 weeks total. No vacation time is included in the internship. Transportation stipends are not available. Intern Training: June 1st – 4th from 8:30am-4:30pm (Thursday-Sunday) June 8th – 11th from 8:30am-4:30pm (Thursday-Sunday) Program offered to the community: June 15th – August 11th from 8:30am-4:30pm (Thursday and Friday Required, one weekend day required, specific weekend shifts to be decided in mid-May) No internship during July 4th – 9th Duties: Intern responsibilities will include: Weeks 1-4: June 1st-June 24th
Receive training on how to give interactive, inquiry-based, leader-centered tours of the museum’s collections. Learn how to give a tour based on the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) technique. Develop research material for Ambassador training. Research, prepare, and present gallery talks to Ambassadors about one aspect of artwork from Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll
Train Ambassadors for the community outreach art activity and museum art projects.
Weeks 5-9: June 29th-August 11th
Supervise a team of 5 high school students during an outreach community visit and art activities in the museum. Give performance feedback to the Museum Ambassadors. May assist with other projects as needed for the Manager of Teen and Family Programs and other Education development staff. Educational Opportunities:
This internship is an opportunity to work in a position of responsibility in the Education Department of the Fine Arts Museums and contribute to the growth of an innovative program. Interns will learn the role of education in the Fine Arts Museums’ programming, and community outreach. Interns will learn how to give an interactive, inquiry-based, learner-centered tour utilizing Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). Interns will learn how to research and prepare gallery talks about the museum’s special exhibition. College credit is often available for this internship. Qualifications: Interns are either recently graduated or current undergraduate, or graduate college/university students studying in Art History, Studio Art, History, Anthropology, Archeology, Sociology, Communications, Humanities or a related field. The ideal candidate will have experience working with teenagers and younger children, and a desire to work with high school students. The Museum Ambassador program is looking for candidates with good writing, communication and time management skills, and the ability to juggle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment. The internship requires tact and courtesy in dealing effectively with the public and museum staff.
Interviews: Interviews conducted March-May.
Application Deadline: May 15, 2017
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are the city’s largest public arts institutions and comprise the de Young and the Legion of Honor museums. The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international contemporary art, textiles and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa. The Legion of Honor displays a collection of over 4,000 years of ancient and European art including Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker and houses the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in a Beaux-Arts style building overlooking Lincoln Park and the Golden Gate Bridge. COFAM is the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums and is the privately funded non-profit corporation which supports the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a department of the City and County of San Francisco. COFAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all phases of employment in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws.