American Folk Art Museum
The museum offers unpaid internships for college students, graduate students, and emerging professionals interested in museum careers. The goal of an internship is to provide practical experience as well as a general understanding of the role of an individual department within the larger museum setting. Under the supervision of professional staff, interns learn about the collection through curatorial talks and tours, observe programs for visitors, and contribute to specific projects within their department.
These internships are available throughout the year. To apply, please send your resumé and a cover letter indicating the department you are interested in to Rachel Rosen, director of education, at email@example.com. No phone calls please.
Summer 2013 ARTS Intern
The museum will be offering an internship through ARTS Intern, a program of Studio in a School, for the summer of 2013. The ARTS Intern program places college undergraduates from diverse cultural backgrounds in paid summer internships at New York City museums. Eligible applicants must show a financial need and must either be New York City residents or be enrolled in a college or university within the five boroughs of New York City.
Interns work alongside museum professionals involved in all facets of the institutions' activities. Participation in ARTS Intern can impact a student's career path in profound ways. Please read through the program description and eligibility requirements carefully before submitting an application.
Fall 2014 Free Music Fridays Intern
The museum will be offering a Free Music Fridays internship for the fall 2014. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and a student enrolled in college or university.
The intern will assist with running our popular music series, held each Friday evening from 5:30–7:30 pm (intern hours: 5 pm–8 pm). Duties include assisting with setup and breakdown of sound equipment, event space, and refreshment area under the guidance of our Free Music Fridays coordinator. No experience or music background necessary, although musicians and music lovers are strongly encouraged to apply. The position requires an ability to handle crowds. The ideal candidate is interested in learning how to run a sound board and curate a music series, as well as someone who is equally comfortable talking to museum visitors and visiting musicians. Experience with social media a plus. This position starts ASAP and ends after December 19 (with a break for Thanksgiving).
Special Projects Internship
The American Folk Art Museum will be offering a Special Projects Internship from Fall 2014–Spring 2015. Applicants must be a student enrolled in college or university, at either the undergraduate or graduate level. This is a non-paid internship; applicants will be given school credit.
The intern will work directly with key staff members: the Executive Director, Curators, Museum Archivist, and members of the Education Department to coordinate content for a forthcoming book project, which will be produced in conjunction with a future exhibition. The ideal applicant is interested in various aspects of museum work: archival, curatorial, and publications. Applicants should be detail-oriented, with excellent communication skills and organizational abilities. Coursework in Art History or Museum Studies is required; conversance in the field of folk art and a strong interest in works by contemporary self-taught artists is preferable.
Applicants should send a CV and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org.