Summer 2019 Education Internship - Museum Ambassador Program (unpaid)

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is seeking interns for the Museum Ambassador program for Summer 2019.

General Description of the Program: College/University students or graduates who intern in the Education Department with the Museum Ambassador program work closely with the Museum Ambassadors.  Museum Ambassadors are San Francisco high school students trained and supervised by the interns to facilitate art projects in the community. 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. Teen Museum Ambassadors will lead an interactive art activity inspired by the permanent collection. Teens will teach participants to experiment with materials and explore color, composition, and texture to create an original work of art. Ages 6-12 years old and their caregivers are invited. The internship commitment is from June 18, 2019 until August 9, 2019, a total of 8 weeks. No vacation time is included in the internship. No shifts on July 4th or 5th. Transportation stipends are not available. 

Interviews: Interviews conducted in April.

Schedule: Training: 1st week is intern training, 2nd week is for Ambassador Training 8am-1pm Tuesday-Friday June 18th through June 21st, June 25th through June 28th   Program offered to the public: 8am-1pm Tuesday-Friday July 2nd through July 8th, 2019   Duties: Intern responsibilities will include: Weeks 1-2: Training June 18th- June 28th

Receive training on how to give interactive, inquiry-based, leader-centered art activities of the museum’s collections. Learn museum education teaching strategies based on Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) technique and work with a variety of art materials. Develop research material for Ambassador training. Research, prepare, and present gallery talks to Ambassadors about one aspect of artwork from the permanent collection. Train Ambassadors for museum art projects and working with families.

Weeks 3-8: July 2nd-August 9th  

Supervise a team of high school students during community outreach presentations and art making. 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 facilitate art projects to families and train teens to work as museum educators. Interns will learn how to research and prepare gallery talks about the museum’s permanent collection. 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.

Application Deadline:  March 31, 2019   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.

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21 Feb 2019

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31 Mar 2019 23:55



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