Internship Calls

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Important Information: These internships will all be conducted remotely.

Arts-Related Organizations

» Aquila Projects Gallery Assistant & Curatorial Internship

Contact Name: Cecilia Flanagan
Email: c.flanagan@uci.edu
Instructions:
Apply here.

Aquila Projects is an art consulting firm that connects artists and clients to create active and exploratory installations, exhibitions, and projects.

We collaborate with emerging-innovative artists and private organizations to bring a focused and diverse direction to each opportunity. Each space is more than just a container or receptacle but becomes a proactive community of ideas. Our curators have experience developing a critical spatial awareness and have worked with everything from cultural events, festivals, murals, sculptures, videos, installations, and multimedia works.

We are Artists for Artists, working with curators, collectors, and museums to support and build sustainable careers for emerging artists. With dedicated contemporary artists, academic writers and art historians on staff, we prioritize the growth of artists in the larger market with research driven support on everything from creating public art masterplans, writing specific gallery show proposals, biographical writing and a host of other support services.

Mentors: Jasmin Pannier, Gallery Director

Internship Description: The Gallery Assistant and Curatorial Intern will assist the Gallery Director in the handling, movement, and record-keeping for artwork displayed by Aquila Projects at WorkWell. An intern working with this department will assist the Curator as required, in support of projects in those areas. Some particular Collections-related projects currently in progress (these require attention to detail and significant time on a computer) would include:


  • Researching and entering exhibit information; label texts of gallery works

  • Scanning, applying nomenclature/meaningful filenames to, and filing correctly all records

  • Researching and entering artist bios/info; assistance in the preparation of artist interview questions

  • Some quick (non-reproduction quality) photography to capture thumbnails for database keyword tagging of artwork


Sample Daily tasks:


  • General research in gallery online records focusing on the exhibition collection.

  • Data entry, subsequent to research.


Long-term projects/ goals: There are two primary focus areas for this internship:


  • Retrospective capture of gallery artwork exhibition labels; the creation of show didactics

  • Creation of a virtual gallery exhibition with accessible materials and artists interviews



Learning Outcomes: The internship provides an opportunity to contribute to the important work at the gallery while gaining experience for potential career paths in art galleries, museums, libraries, and archives. Specifically, regarding focus areas including:
Experience in gallery and museum nomenclature and record-keeping
Experience in working with, describing, and talking about contemporary art and artists
Exhibition design and curatorial development

Minimum requirements:
Current college student or recent graduate
Competent writing skills
Interest in contemporary Californian Urban Art, interest in curatorial studies
Proficiency in Office programs (Word and Excel)
Useful but not required: Experience in Adobe programing or Canva

» Gallery 51 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Contact Name: Cecilia Flanagan
Email: c.flanagan@uci.edu
Instructions:
Apply here.

MCLA Gallery 51, run by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts since 2005 and located in North Adams, MA, exhibits work from a wide range of emerging to mid-career contemporary artists to the greater Berkshire community. The gallery hosts three to four exhibitions each year and countless events and happenings. Staffed by mostly student workers, MCLA Gallery 51 provides students with hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of a gallery. MCLA Gallery 51 is a project of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.

Interns at Gallery 51 engage in a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities in the day-to-day operations of a contemporary art gallery and artist residency. Interns help with exhibition preparations, update exhibition files, maintain records, and organize daily office operations. Interns are integral to the success of both the gallery and residency and as such, they are fully integrated into the work environment.

Interns observe and participate in a variety of brainstorming and organization meetings and learn the structural, strategic, and operational decisions at play in a contemporary art organization. Under the guidance of the BCRC director and gallery manager, the gallery intern participates fully in all functions of a college gallery, including the planning of gallery events and education programming, art fair participation, working with artists, database management, data entry, internet research, mailings, art installation, inventory, running errands, and general gallery maintenance & labor. There are evening events.
In addition to assisting with day-to-day operations and carrying out general gallery tasks, interns may be selected to fill specialized positions. Specific responsibilities for Fall 2020 will tentatively include, but are not limited to, logistical planning, marketing management and outreach, and implementation assistance for current and upcoming exhibitions.

We are looking for a team member who has an engaging, energetic, positive and collaborative spirit. This position would require the candidate to work closely with the gallery manager; be open minded and learn more about the front end and back end of the art gallery business. Possible specialized positions are listed below. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, responsibilities normally addressed in person will not occur until it is safe to do so. Alternative tasks and methods of interaction will be utilized to maintain the same level of education and experience as an in-person internship would.

Curatorial/Exhibition Intern -  will assist  staff with exhibition-related tasks, educational and interdisciplinary programs, potential acquisitions, and general curatorial responsibilities. They will conduct research and work on a variety of projects involving scheduled exhibitions, including future planning and program development, as well as undertake daily administrative duties. Some projects will overlap with other areas, enabling interns to gain broad exposure to all areas of operations. installations.

Social Media and Publicity Intern - manages and maintains gallery's social media presence and assists with public relations by researching and contacting writers and media outlets, retrieving and compiling press on the gallery and its artists, designing email, Facebook, and Twitter campaigns, monitoring gallery's and artists' social media usage, expanding gallery's audience and establishing presence through innovative forms of communication. Qualifications: Mac proficient, Microsoft Office proficient, Twitter/Facebook/Instagram proficient, exceptional writing and editing skills, ability to create and follow schedule with deadlines, organized.

Graphic Design Intern - assists with creating promotional graphics materials which includes designing show mailers, retouching photographs sizing and color correction, editing layouts. Qualifications: Mac proficient, Microsoft Office proficient, Adobe CS proficient, ability to follow directions, work quickly and meet deadlines.

Journalism and Writing Intern - writes press releases, social media campaigns, articles and other gallery literature. Qualifications: exceptional writing and editing skills, ability to write in clear, professional voice, understanding of art and vocabulary to write about art, ability to follow directions, work quickly and meet deadlines .

Marketing Intern - handles a variety of communication and promotional activities for Gallery exhibitions and the residency.

The Intern assists with day-to-day activities in the department. The Intern is responsible for fielding requests for information, assisting with special events, and working with internal and external partners to help promote gallery and residency events and programs. The Intern will also work on related promotions, advertising, and email marketing.

Responsibilities include: Assisting with special events; assisting with requests for museum information and photos; assisting with email marketing strategy and tracking; assisting with radio promotions; help with promotion for Educator and Adult audiences and assisting in execution of annual advertising plan.  Qualifications: exceptional writing and editing skills, ability to write in clear, professional voice, understanding of art and vocabulary to write about art, ability to follow directions, work quickly and meet deadlines .

Education Intern - will conduct content research for present and future education programs, assist with the day-to-day activities and complete work on projects—based on the intern’s interests—that provide an
educational experience for visitors, patrons, collectors and residents.

Interns will receive training in all aspects of gallery administration and get quality experience, and exposure to the local and national art scene.

GALLERY INTERN GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES (INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO):

· Assisting staff with daily administrative duties
· Assisting in exhibition openings and special events
· Maintain the gallery's artist database
· Assist with our PR and social media presence and management
· Engaging with artists
· Learning about the artists and gallery inventory
· Conducting research and outreach
· Exploring art venues and seeking out artists

REQUIREMENTS:
· Must be able to work independently and have flexible availability (interns can work remotely)
· Must be intelligent, enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized and reliable
· Must have a professional appearance
· Must have experience with Mac OS and Microsoft Office suite
· Art History/Fine Art background preferred, but not required
· Previous gallery experience is a plus, but not required
· Excellent interpersonal skills
· Ability to work with artwork and artists information
· Ability to work week days or and weekends

» Roni Feinstein Internship

Contact Name: Cecilia Flanagan
Email: c.flanagan@uci.edu
Instructions:
Internship with Roni Feinstein, Art Historian, UCLA Extension Instructor, and Collector, based in Corona del Mar

Apply here.

Roni Feinstein, an Independent Scholar (Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts), is seeking an Intern to assist with a wide variety of tasks related to her curating, teaching, and personal art collection.

Dr. Feinstein is currently working to develop the website and social media platforms of a local artist, as well as a catalogue of the artist's work in art and design. Tasks related to collections management and cataloguing will be involved. A student well versed in social media platforms would be greatly valued!!

Beginning in January, Dr. Feinstein will be teaching a Zoom class for UCLA Extension entitled, Art in the 21st Century. The Intern will assist with preparing weekly assigned class readings on topics pertinent to art of the current moment.

With regard to her personal art collection, which consists of work in a variety of media by both known and emerging artists in L.A. and elsewhere, the Intern will learn about collection management, cataloging, art conservation, and more.

Campus Internships

» Best Kept Secret with Special Collections

Contact Name: Cecilia Flanagan
Email: c.flanagan@uci.edu
Instructions:
Apply here.

Internship creating research guide on Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971.

Learn about the Best Kept Secret here.

Intern will research, create and promote a research guide documenting the presence of artists involved in the contemporary art scene of the late 1960s through archival and library collections. This project will pull together all of the available resources and material related to notable artists who either taught at UCI (Tony DeLap, Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, Barbara Rose) or were at one time students of UCI (Marsha Red Adams,
Michael Asher, Nancy Buchanan, Chris Burden, , Barbara T. Smith, and James Turrell.)

The intern will become familiarized with using library resources, especially tools and services from Special Collections & Archives, conducting research remotely via external collections, such as at the Getty Research Institute and the Laguna Art Museum, and work with library staff to assemble their findings into a research guide that will help future researchers to find relevant, papers, photographs, exhibits, and other documents from this incredible time period.

There is also a possibility of continuing the internship into spring quarter and developing an Oral History project that would engage with faculty, staff and artists personally involved in this unique aspect of UCI history.

» Black Index Website Construction with Curator/Professor Cooks

Contact Name: Cecilia Flanagan
Email: c.flanagan@uci.edu
Instructions:
Apply here.https://www.humanities.uci.edu/SOH/calendar/event_details.php?eid=2931&fn=2

The Department of Art History seeks an intern to make a website for the upcoming exhibition, The Black Index, curated by Professor Cooks. The exhibition will debut at UCI in January 2021 and travel across the country at multiple venues.

Experience organizing user friendly websites is required.

Learn more about the Black Index here.



Museum Internships

» Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (de Young and Legion of Honor)

Contact Name: Cecilia Flanagan
Email: c.flanagan@uci.edu
Instructions:
Apply here.

Details about the internship(s) are forthcoming. Check our social media pages and website regularly.

Learn more about the DeYoung Museum.

» Laguna Art Museum Events and Membership

Contact Name: Cecilia Flanagan
Email: c.flanagan@uci.edu
Instructions:
Apply here.

Internship Description

The individual holding this position functions as a key member of the events and membership team, helping achieve the development department’s annual fundraising, stewardship, and membership goals. The position is dedicated to working with the Membership and Events Manager as well as other development team members through donor stewardship and events management support.

Reporting responsibilities: Membership and Events Manager, Director of Advancement
Supervisory Responsibilities: none

Tasks:
• Assist with the mailings of membership acknowledgments and renewals
• Assist with museum fundraising for annual gala and/or art auction as a key team member
• Assist with tracking pre-event payments and donations and writing acknowledgement letters
• Provide excellent customer service to museum members and event guests
• Generate post-event reports and additional acknowledgement letters
• Provide related administrative and programmatic support where needed
• Assist with other events and membership tasks as needed
• Work with Greater Giving POS software and to manage event, guests, paddle raise, and auction items (if applicable)
• Manage and execute ticket purchases, check-in, check-out, and sales processing during the event (if applicable)
• Reconcile paddle raise donations with Business Manager and submit for payment with Greater Giving (if applicable)

Education and experience preparation: In-progress Bachelor’s degree in art history, art, communications, liberal arts, or other related area preferred; excellent verbal and written communication skills; proficiency in interpreting and analyzing diverse data and the ability to work collaboratively and independently to achieve stated goals; highly organized with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple requests in a fast paced environment; demonstrates creativity, curiosity, a good sense of humor, and a high energy level and enthusiasm for working with a wide range of individuals; ability to make sound, ethical decisions in a strategic manner; collaborative and collegiate; excellent project management and computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat); experience with Greater Giving or other similar software systems; fundraising activities for a cultural or educational institution is a plus.

Working conditions: Staff will work partially remotely and partially in general office conditions. The position requires a significant amount of computer work and constant communication while interns are unable to work within the physical museum space. Work may require some evening and weekend hours consistent with the museum’s schedule of events and activities.

Contact with others: The position involves a significant amount of contact with members, museum donors, prospects, staff, other volunteers, and the general public. This includes frequent interaction with museum trustees and members of the staff that may be of a sensitive or confidential nature. Discretion and sound judgement is required as well as excellent customer relations skills and a friendly, helpful demeanor.

» Museum of Latin American Art

Contact Name: Cecilia Flanagan
Email: c.flanagan@uci.edu
Instructions:
Apply here.

Note: This internship will be conducted entirely online/ remote.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Curator, the Museum of Latin American Art ("MOLAA") Curatorial Intern will assist the Curatorial/Exhibitions Department in the research, planning, installation, and deinstallation of four upcoming exhibitions and assisting with daily curatorial tasks.

The MOLAA Curatorial Intern will be assigned a key project to be completed by the end of their internship.

Training: The intern will be given on-the-job training for this position, provided instructions for specific assignments, establishing objectives and setting deadlines.

Duties:
Assist the Chief Curator in researching, planning and coordinating exhibit installations
Provide support with project management including coordination of staff, artists and vendors through  MOLAA exhibitions scheduled to open between January- April, 2020
Provide logistical support, contact and correspond with artists, and develop and translate exhibition text panels
Handling and installing works of art
Help facilitate workshops when needed


  • Qualifications:

  • Interest in museums and contemporary Latin American art

  • Spanish language preferred but not mandatory

  • Ability to take direction and work independently and with others

  • Dependable and consistent

  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Importance of job to the organization’s purpose: By assisting the Curatorial department, the MOLAA Curatorial Intern will provide MOLAA with the assistance needed to develop stimulating exhibition projects that will engage diverse audiences.



Time Commitment:  A minimum of 10 hours and 2 days per week (Tuesday through Friday) with an 8 - 12 week commitment.  Flexible schedule available upon request.