Internship Calls

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Important Information: These internships will all be conducted remotely.

Internship Opportunities Not Affiliated with UCI

» LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes - Programs Intern

» Paid internship at LACMA this fall for LA-area current undergraduates or spring 2021 recent grads

Instructions:
Apply before the deadline: August 15

The Arts Inclusion & Merit (AIM) Internship Program will provide substantive, paid, part-time educational opportunities for undergraduate students, exposing them to a variety of career paths in the museum field. Working towards encouraging increased diversity in the arts, the internship runs for 12 weeks and is structured to be 24/hours per week, paying $15/hour. 

Information about the internships (offered in the departments of Contemporary Art, Education and Public Programs, and Corporate & Foundation Partnerships) can be found here.

Museum Internships

» Museum of Latin American Art - ONSITE Fall 21 Collections Intern

Website: https://molaa.org
Contact Name: Jennifer Choy
Email: jjchoy@uci.edu
Instructions:
Apply here: https://scout.eee.uci.edu/s/F21MoLAAcollectionsintern

Eligibility for internships has been expanded to include all Humanities majors enrolled in, or having taken at least, one Art History course. Art History majors and minors and archaeology minors will have priority over other majors. Proposals from students demonstrating financial need are encouraged.

Application Materials and Qualifications: Submit the following application materials for the The MOLAA Collections Internship here:


  1. Cover letter (one-page maximum) describing your interest and qualifications

  2. Your unofficial transcript including your Art History and overall GPA at UCI. Please provide a brief explanation If your GPA is lower than 3.0.

  3. 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.

  4. The name, title, institutional affiliation, and email address of someone who could act as a reference. Reference may be from your high school, community college, other univ/college, or other UCI dept and does not need to be from a faculty member. A written recommendation is not required. Reference may be contacted at our discretion.



The successful applicant should plan to spend a total of 60 hours at the internship and will receive a $1,100 award to be processed and paid following completion of the internships and submission of:

A one-page summary to be written by the intern describing the experience including what was learned, what skills were developed, and what the intern specifically appreciated about the internship, to be published on the website.

A confirmation email from the intern’s supervisor to jjchoy@uci.edu and

A confidential assessment of how the internship experience could be improved.

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION
Under the direct supervision of the Associate Registrar, the Collections Intern will assist the MOLAA Curatorial Department with expanding the physical and digital records for artworks in the Collection while gaining knowledge and experience in general collections management skills. In conjunction with this project, the Collections Intern will assist with the ongoing complete inventory of the MOLAA Collection.
The Collections Intern will have meetings with the Chief Curator and Associate Registrar to present and guide the tasks of the intern and supervise the timely completion of their assigned key projects, as well as discuss how these projects fit into the Museum’s goals.

Please note that the participant will have to provide their own transportation to the museum site.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Supporting the Curatorial Department in strengthening the collections database through building more extensive physical and digital artwork records for the MOLAA Collection.
• Assist with the complete inventory of the MOLAA Collection.
• Assist with broad research of artworks and artists with the goal of expanding artwork records.
• Meet deadlines and communicate proactively.
• Provide timely status updates.
• Assist the Curatorial Department with additional collections related projects as determined.
• Assist the Associate Registrar with current and upcoming exhibition related tasks.

PROJECT ASSIGNMENTS
Keeping in mind the responsibilities listed above, the Collections Intern will primarily work with expanding the records within the EmbARK database, inventorying the MOLAA Collections, and supplementing all artwork records.

REQUIREMENTS AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS
• Stand and walk around for extended periods of time, especially if working in artwork storage.
• Ability to sit in front of a computer monitor for extended periods as necessary.
• Ability to lift up to 25lbs.

TRAINING
MOLAA’s Associate Registrar will work closely with the intern to provide working knowledge of best practices for collections management and artwork record keeping. The Collections Intern will receive walk-throughs on the EmbARK database, highlighting the specific features that will be used by the Collections Intern, as well as the organization system used at MOLAA for artwork record keeping. Additionally, the Collections Intern will receive training in art handling and other related collections management skills.

ROLE OF THE SUPERVISOR
The Collections Intern will report the Associate Registrar who will assign projects, provide day-to-day supervision, review assignments, and provide constructive feedback to the intern regarding performance.

WORKSPACE AND EQUIPMENT
A desk, computer, access to copy machines, phone, access to internet for research purposes, scanners, office supplies, will all be supplied in close proximity to the supervisor.

REPORTS TO:
Mackenzie Doerksen, Associate Registrar, mdoerksen@molaa.org

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART
The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) was founded in 1996 in Long Beach, California and serves the greater Los Angeles area. MOLAA is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art.

MISSION
The Museum of Latin American Art expands knowledge and appreciation of modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art through its collection, ground-breaking exhibitions, stimulating educational programs and engaging cultural events.

Contacts:

Gabriela Urtiaga, Chief Curator, gurtiaga@molaa.org
Elizabeth Aguilar, Volunteer Manager, eaguilar@molaa.org
Mackenzie Doerksen, Associate Registrar, mdoerksen@molaa.org

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Please note that MOLAA follows the guidance from the CDC/L.A. County and the City of Long Beach. You can read more about their policies at this link: https://molaa.org/visit.

» Museum of the African Diaspora - Public Programs Intern

Website: https://www.moadsf.org
Contact Name: Jennifer Choy
Contact Phone: (949) 824-4523
Email: jjchoy@uci.edu
Instructions:
Apply here.

Remote Public Programs Intern

Public Programs Interns gain valuable experience while learning about museum practices. The program offers tremendous opportunities for training and hands-on experience in multiple aspects of museum work, including but not limited to public program development, coordination, research, writing, and marketing. Interns will be exposed to a wide range of subjects and media, broadening and deepening their knowledge of diverse aspects of the African diaspora. The internship is an integral part of the development of the museum’s upcoming public programs and duties include:

Support research and development for Public Programs
Analyze audience survey data
Support marketing and outreach for Public Programs
Support presentation of virtual programs
Qualifications:

Must have a strong interest in programming for a museum
Need to have a background in African American or Africana Studies
To learn more about the Museum of the African Diaspora, please visit: https://www.moadsf.org.

Eligibility for internships has been expanded to include all Humanities majors enrolled in, or having taken at least, one Art History course. Art History majors and minors and archaeology minors will have priority over other majors. Proposals from students demonstrating financial need are encouraged.

Application Materials and Qualifications: Submit the following application materials for the Public Programs Internship here:

Cover letter (one-page maximum) describing your interest and qualifications

Your unofficial transcript including your Art History and overall GPA at UCI. Please provide a brief explanation If your GPA is lower than 3.0.

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.

The name, title, institutional affiliation, and email address of someone who could act as a reference. Reference may be from your high school, community college, other univ/college, or other UCI dept and does not need to be from a faculty member. A written recommendation is not required. Reference may be contacted at our discretion.

The successful applicant should plan to spend a total of 60 hours at the internship and will receive a $1,100 award to be processed and paid following completion of the internships and submission of:

A one-page summary to be written by the intern describing the experience including what was learned, what skills were developed, and what the intern specifically appreciated about the internship, to be published on the website.

A confirmation email from the intern’s supervisor to jjchoy@uci.edu and

A confidential assessment of how the internship experience could be improved.

» Museum of the African Diaspora - Remote Development & Director’s Office Intern

Website: https://www.moadsf.org
Contact Name: Jennifer Choy
Contact Phone: (949) 824-4523
Email: jjchoy@uci.edu
Instructions:
Apply here.

The Development & Director’s Office Intern will provide administrative and project management support to the Museum’s Executive Director and Development Manager, learning about the inner workings of Museum executive. You will also assist the Development department with research and grant writing.

You will gain knowledge about non-profit governance, organizational strategic decision making and management, and will have broad exposure to a wide range of Museum functions. You will learn about and gain experience in:

Coordinating donor meetings for the Executive Director and Development staff
Draft correspondence to donors using approved development language
Conduct research on prospects and grants
Provide project management support for fundraising events and special initiatives
Qualifications:

*Interest in museums and/or contemporary art
*Knowledge of standard office computer skills
*Strong attention to detail
*Ability to work independently and on detailed tasks

To learn more about the Museum of the African Diaspora, please visit: https://www.moadsf.org.

Eligibility for internships has been expanded to include all Humanities majors enrolled in, or having taken at least, one Art History course. Art History majors and minors and archaeology minors will have priority over other majors. Proposals from students demonstrating financial need are encouraged.

Application Materials and Qualifications: Submit the following application materials for the Development & Director's Office Internship here:

Cover letter (one-page maximum) describing your interest and qualifications

Your unofficial transcript including your Art History and overall GPA at UCI. Please provide a brief explanation If your GPA is lower than 3.0.

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.

The name, title, institutional affiliation, and email address of someone who could act as a reference. Reference may be from your high school, community college, other univ/college, or other UCI dept and does not need to be from a faculty member. A written recommendation is not required. Reference may be contacted at our discretion.

The successful applicant should plan to spend a total of 60 hours at the internship and will receive a $1,100 award to be processed and paid following completion of the internships and submission of:

A one-page summary to be written by the intern describing the experience including what was learned, what skills were developed, and what the intern specifically appreciated about the internship, to be published on the website.

A confirmation email from the intern’s supervisor to jjchoy@uci.edu and

A confidential assessment of how the internship experience could be improved.

» The Aga Khan Museum

Website: https://agakhanmuseum.org/
Instructions:
Apply by visiting https://scout.eee.uci.edu/s/AgaKhanRemoteInternship!

Deadline to apply is October 30th, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Virtual Internship in the curatorial department of the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, the only museum in North America dedicated solely to Islamic art. This internship, to take place during the Winter Term (January 3 – March 18, 2022), offers the opportunity to work with Marika Sardar, curator and specialist in South Asian art.

The internship will include a general introduction to curatorial work, and the chance to virtually meet staff in the Exhibitions department to learn more broadly about museum operations. The intern would meet with the curator via Zoom on a weekly basis and produce, by the end of internship term, 3 short research essays on works from the collection, for possible inclusion on the museum’s online collections database. (For examples, see https://agakhanmuseum.org/collection.)

Art History majors have first priority followed by Art History minors, Art History MA students, Visual Studies PhD students. Exceptional proposals will be considered from other School of Humanities majors and Art Department majors. Proposals from students demonstrating financial need are encouraged.

Application Materials and Qualifications: Submit the following application materials below:


  1. Cover letter (one-page maximum) describing your interest and qualifications

  2. Your unofficial transcript including your Art History and overall GPA at UCI. Please provide a brief explanation If your GPA is lower than 3.0.

  3. 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.

  4. The name, title, institutional affiliation, and email address of someone who could act as a reference. Reference may be from your high school, community college, other univ/college, or other UCI dept and does not need to be from a faculty member. A written recommendation is not required. Reference may be contacted at our discretion.

  5. A list of the most recent Art History course you have taken at UCI (including courses currently in progress).



The successful applicant should plan to spend a total of 60 hours at the internship and will receive a $1,100 award to be processed and paid following completion of the internships and submission of:

A one-page summary to be written by the intern describing the experience including what was learned, what skills were developed, and what the intern specifically appreciated about the internship, to be published on the website.

A confirmation email from the intern’s supervisor to jjchoy@uci.edu and

A confidential assessment of how the internship experience could be improved.

Notifications will be sent on Nov 15th.

To learn more about the Aga Khan Museum, please visit: https://agakhanmuseum.org/index.html.

On-campus Internships

» Institute and Museum for California Art - Registrar's Office

Contact Name: Katie Zulueta
Email: kzulueta@uci.edu
Instructions:
The Registrar's Office at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art (IMCA) is accepting applications for student intern positions for the Fall 2021 Quarter.

Description: The Registrar's Office creates and maintains the official records for all objects in IMCA’s collection, oversees all artworks entering and leaving the museum, and is responsible for the care of the collection. The internship provides an opportunity to learn about best practices in museum registration and collections management and will gain an understanding of the day-to-day responsibilities of a museum registrar.

Primary duties include but are not limited to:

- entering data into the museum collections database (EmbARK)
- conducting copyright research
- generating condition reports and shipping receipts
- archiving files for incoming loans, outgoing loans and exhibitions

The ideal candidate is motivated, detail oriented, meticulous in gathering and entering information, and comfortable with computer work. The internship will begin the week of September 27th and requires a minimum of 10 hours a week during the quarter.

This compensatory internship is open to all undergraduate students.

To apply: Email cover letter and résumé to Katie Zulueta, Assistant Museum Registrar (kzulueta@uci.edu) no later than Tuesday, August 31st, at 5pm.