Internship Opportunities

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Southern California Museums

» Laguna Museum of Art

Website: https://www.humanities.uci.edu/arthistory/internships.php
Email: c.flanagan@uci.edu
Instructions:
Current Art History majors have first priority followed by Art History minors, 4+1 MA Art History students, and Visual Studies PhD students.  In exceptional cases, other current School of Humanities majors and Art Department majors will be considered.

» Orange County Museum of Art Internship

Website: https://www.ocma.net/
Instructions:
Orange County Museum of Art Internship
Current Art History majors have first priority followed by Art History minors, 4+1 MA Art History students, and Visual Studies PhD students.  In exceptional cases, other current School of Humanities majors and Art Department majors will be considered.

Orange County Museum of Art Internship Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 10th at 12 pm.

Start Date: Week of October 29, 2018
End Date: Week of April 19, 2019
Hours per week: 10 hours a week
Must be available to assist with at least one weekend and evening program per month of the internship.

OCMA Internship: Art History and Studio Arts majors and 4+1 students with previous art museum/ galleries internship experience are encouraged to apply

OCMA offers a 6-month multidisciplinary internship program consisting of both Curatorial and Public Engagement components.  We seek individuals with a strong interest in curatorial studies and art education in a museum setting.  He/she must be a self-starter, with excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as great attention to detail.  Applicants must be in good standing with UCI (3.0 GPA overall or higher). Please see detailed internship program description below.

This Internship aims to educate the next generation of museum professionals as they work alongside current professionals in the field, while gaining valuable career experience through their assistance with the museum’s collection, exhibitions and public programs.

Curatorial activities:
The intern will assist the Curatorial Department with scholarly preliminary research towards artists and exhibitions for the upcoming exhibition cycle. Responsibilities include: conducting curatorial research on artists living and exhibiting in Southern California and the Pacific Rim geographical region using the OCMA research library and online sources; assisting with image and collections research; assisting with writing exhibition content; and providing support as needed on various curatorial projects. Interns will also have the opportunity to assist with several special community events and educational programs.

Public Engagement activities:
The intern will assist the Public Engagement Department with preparing public programming related to the museum’s current and upcoming exhibitions. He/she will assist with planning and facilitating upcoming programs including lectures, films, concerts, and performance events. The intern will also offer support for school tours and related activities. The intern may also assist with providing input and executing effective outreach strategies for programs.

Please submit the following application materials to Cecilia Flanagan at c.flanagan@uci.edu:

·    OCMA application (add link to website)
·    Cover letter (one-page maximum) describing your interest and qualifications.
·         Your unofficial transcript reflecting a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher in art history courses at UCI and/or 3.0 overall GPA
·         Your resume (one-page maximum) including art history courses completed at UCI (you may attach a list of classes separately if needed), any previous internships, and any other relevant work, travel or volunteer experience.
·       Name of one member of the art history or art department faculty who will provide
reference (student must contact reference in advance and ask if he/she
is willing to act as reference). You may also submit other references if you think they would be useful to our selection process.

The successful applicant should plan to spend a total of approximately 230 hours at the internship and will receive a $3,500 award to be processed and paid following completion of the internship and submission of:

•           A one-page summary to be written by the intern upon internship completion describing what was learned, what skills were developed, what the intern specifically appreciated about the internship and how the experience could be improved, and

•           A confirmation email from the intern’s supervisor to c.flanagan@uci.edu

Internships: Arts-Related Businesses

» ArtTable SoCal

Instructions:
ArtTable SoCal Internship: Current Art History majors have first priority followed by Art History minors, 4+1 MA Art History students, and Visual Studies PhD students. In exceptional cases, other current School of Humanities majors and Art Department majors will be considered.

Deadline to submit application: Monday, October 8th at 12 pm.

The ArtTable Intern would serve as an administrative assistant to ArtTable Southern California, the local branch of a national membership organization made up of professional women in the visual arts. Members include museum directors and curators, university professors, arts journalists, art dealers, art writers, independent scholars, art consultants, appraisers, auction house personnel, and more that produces approximately three events per month.

Events include exhibition walks-throughs with curators at museums and galleries, artist studio visits, visits to private collection, networking events and social gatherings.  The Arttable intern would help meet and greet members at these events, while gaining special access, and also help record (photograph) the events and post them on Arttable’s social media pages, keeping members on a national scale informed about the its activities.  (A familiarity with Facebook and Instagram is essential.)   ArtTable also provides educational outreach; the intern will assist with the organization of a Career Development Roundtable, planned for winter or spring of this next academic year.  College and university students from across Southern California will be invited to attend a day session in which women in the various visual arts professions will meet with students to inform them about the myriad possibilities open to those with knowledge and training in our field.
            
Ideally, the Intern would attend all ArtTable events in L.A. and elsewhere.  Upcoming programs will be held in Long Beach on Wednesday, October 10th from 10-2, and in L.A. on October 18, from 6:30-8:00.  The intern would work with Roni Feinstein, independent art history scholar, at her home (10 minutes from UCI) on the Career Development Roundtable and other programs for approximately two hours each week.  ArtTable’s social media platforms can be handled by the Intern from his/her own home.

The intern will work with Roni Feinstein, an independent scholar specializing in 20th- and 21st-century art. She has resided in and reported on the art scenes of New York, Miami, Toronto, Sydney, and, most recently, Los Angeles.  She has worked as a museum director and curator, university professor, museum educator, arts journalist, and collection manager. She is currently Co-chair of ArtTable, Southern California, the local branch of a national organization of professional women in the arts, and serves on ArtTable's National Board.  She is also an instructor at UCLA Extension and curates a New York-based private collection of 20th century American art.

Roni is a specialist on the art of Robert Rauschenberg, the subject of her dissertation at the Institute of Fine Arts, and has curated exhibitions and authored over two dozen catalogue essays on this and other artists.  She served for many years as Corresponding Editor for Art in America and has written for The Wall Street Journal, Print Quarterly, and a host of other publications.  She maintains a blog on her website, ronifeinstein.com, which also offers links to more than 90 of her publications.

Application Materials and Qualifications: Submit the following application materials for this internship and award to Cecilia Flanagan at c.flanagan@uci.edu:

·         Cover letter (one-page maximum) describing your interest and qualifications.
·         Your unofficial transcript reflecting a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher in art history courses at UCI and/or 3.0 overall GPA
·         Your resume (one-page maximum) including art history courses completed at UCI (you may attach a list of classes separately if needed), any previous internships, and any other relevant work, travel or volunteer experience.
·         Your art history faculty reference(s). You may also submit other references if you think they would be useful to our selection process.

The successful applicant should plan to spend a total of 60 hours at the internship and will receive a $1000 award to be processed and paid following completion of the internship and submission of:

•           A one-page summary to be written by the intern upon internship completion describing what was learned, what skills were developed, what the intern specifically appreciated about the internship and how the experience could be improved, and

•           A confirmation email from the intern’s supervisor to c.flanagan@uci.edu

» Personal Assistant to Art History Scholar Roni Feinstein

Instructions:
Personal Assistant to Art History Scholar Roni Feinstein Application Deadline: Monday, October 8th

Current Art History majors have first priority followed by Art History minors, 4+1 MA Art History students, and Visual Studies PhD students.  In exceptional cases, other current School of Humanities majors and Art Department majors will be considered.
            
The Personal Assistant Intern would work with Roni at her home (10 minutes from UCI) for approximately two mornings per week for about two hours each. The schedule is flexible.

An intern interested in learning not only about art, but about collection management and the art business (cataloguing, evaluations, consignments, and more), would benefit from the experience of working with Roni on these projects.

The intern would assist Roni with maintaining her personal website which includes an art blog and two art collections she manages, which includes her collection of contemporary art (which includes editions by Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Carroll Dunham, and others as well as paintings, sculptures, and sculptures by a range of international artists) and The Maurice and Suzanne Vanderwoude Collection, which is based in New York (which she has curated for the past three years, and consists largely of early American Modernism, works by Marsden Hartley, George Ault, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, Ralston Crawford and includes some Ash Can School pieces (Robert Henri, George Luks, and others) as well as mid-century works (i.e., Franz Kline, Jan Muller, Lester Johnson, Alice Trumbull Mason) and still more recent pieces.) The intern will assist Roni with selling or otherwise dispersing the collection, both through sales through New York dealers or donations to museums.
            
Application Materials and Qualifications: Submit the following application materials for this internship and award to Cecilia Flanagan at c.flanagan@uci.edu:

·         Cover letter (one-page maximum) describing your interest and qualifications.
·         Your unofficial transcript reflecting a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher in art history courses at UCI and/or 3.0 overall GPA
·         Your resume (one-page maximum) including art history courses completed at UCI (you may attach a list of classes separately if needed), any previous internships, and any other relevant work, travel or volunteer experience.
·         Your art history faculty reference(s). You may also submit other references if you think they would be useful to our selection process.

The successful applicant should plan to spend a total of 60 hours at the internship and will receive a $1000 award to be processed and paid following completion of the internship and submission of:

•           A one-page summary to be written by the intern upon internship completion describing what was learned, what skills were developed, what the intern specifically appreciated about the internship and how the experience could be improved, and

•           A confirmation email from the intern’s supervisor to c.flanagan@uci.edu

Roni Feinstein is an independent scholar specializing in 20th- and 21st-century art. She has resided in and reported on the art scenes of New York, Miami, Toronto, Sydney, and, most recently, Los Angeles.  She has worked as a museum director and curator, university professor, museum educator, arts journalist, and collection manager. She is currently Co-chair of ArtTable, Southern California, the local branch of a national organization of professional women in the arts, and serves on ArtTable's National Board.  She is also an instructor at UCLA Extension and curates a New York-based private collection of 20th century American art.

Roni is a specialist on the art of Robert Rauschenberg, the subject of her dissertation at the Institute of Fine Arts, and has curated exhibitions and authored over two dozen catalogue essays on this and other artists.  She served for many years as Corresponding Editor for Art in America and has written for The Wall Street Journal, Print Quarterly, and a host of other publications.  She maintains a blog on her website, ronifeinstein.com, which also offers links to more than 90 of her publications.

» Workwell Gallery Irvine Internship

Instructions:
Workwell Gallery Irvine Internship Call

https://www.workwelloc.com/

Current Art History majors have first priority followed by Art History minors, 4+1 MA Art History students, Visual Studies PhD students, and Art History graduates within one year of graduation.  In exceptional cases, other current School of Humanities majors and Art Department majors may be considered.

Deadline to submit application: Monday, October 8th at 12 pm.

Job Summary:

The Gallery @ WorkWell internship helps prepare undergraduate students for gallery careers. The intern will work alongside current professionals while gaining valuable skills, assisting with duties including, but not limited to: marketing materials, purchasing, and exhibition and program planning and execution. 

The intern will work with Gallery Director, Jasmin Pannier (UCI Art History and 4+1 ‘16, FOAH internship recipient and past AHUA president) to gain a comprehensive understanding of gallery education. Candidates are current university students interested in pursuing a career in curatorial education, gaining experience, and/or contributing new ideas to the gallery.

“The Gallery @ WorkWell aims to foster a community of contemporary artists to allow a variety of ideas to surface, and collaborative initiatives to follow. Art constantly changes its definitions to include new ideas and new technologies to reshape the way people think about the world. The Gallery @ WorkWell works with artists who not only push boundaries in the studio, but also alter perceptions in life--curators, musicians, teachers, writers, dancers. These people use space and art as a means for resistance and change and we offer an open invitation for you to join in
the fun.”

https://www.workwelloc.com/the-gallery

Application Materials and Qualifications: Submit the following application materials for this internship and award to Cecilia Flanagan at c.flanagan@uci.edu:

Cover letter (one-page maximum) describing your interest and qualifications.
Your unofficial transcript reflecting a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher in art history courses at UCI and/or 3.0 overall GPA
Your resume (one-page maximum) including art history courses completed at UCI (you may attach a list of classes separately if needed), any previous internships, and any other relevant work, travel or volunteer experience.
Your art history faculty reference(s). You may also submit other references if you think they would be useful to our selection process.

The successful applicant should plan to spend a total of 60 hours at the internship and will receive a $1000 award to be processed and paid following completion of the internship and submission of:

A one-page summary to be written by the intern upon internship completion describing what was learned, what skills were developed, what the intern specifically appreciated about the internship and how the experience could be improved, and

A confirmation email from the intern’s supervisor to c.flanagan@uci.edu

Qualifications:

Professional demeanor
Reliable, dedicated, and committed
Enthusiastic about interacting with the public and private buyers
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
Ability to work independently, many projects will be self-directed
Interest and a background in the arts, modern and contemporary visual art, a plus