Internship Descriptions

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Internship opportunities at MUAM are offered in the following areas. They provide students the opportunity to become familiar with a range of art museum careers.

Deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Deadlines are November 15 for Winter and Spring internships and April 15 for Summer and Fall internships.

Collections Intern (Spring /Summer/Fall)

Who may apply: Miami University 2nd, 3rd or 4th year students majoring or minoring in a relevant field such as Art History, History, Anthropology, Classics, Museum Studies, Arts Administration, etcetera

Academic credit: 3 credit hours (requires meeting with advisor and course registration)

Internship begins: 1st or 2nd week of semester; varies during summer

Hours: 10 per week for 15 weeks; varies during summer

Location: Miami University Art Museum, Oxford

Supervisor: Laura Stewart, Collections Manager/Registrar

Position Duties: This semester-long internship includes examination, documentation, research, and writing in regards to objects in the Art Museum’s collection and/or on loan for exhibition or intended gift. It may also include art handling, storage, and installation activities.

Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate understanding of collections management and registration methods in a collecting art museum.

Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge of art and/or material culture history preferred
  • Good writing skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Word
  • Detail oriented, including familiarity with Microsoft Excel
  • Familiarity with editing digital images
  • Conscientious Membership in AMSO (Art Museum Student Organization) upon offer of internship

Application Materials

  • Application form
  • Cover letter
  • Résumé which includes list of relevant college courses (completed & current)
  • Writing sample or excerpt, 4-10 pages maximum
  • Two letters of recommendation (MU faculty preferred)

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This internship will broaden a student's knowledge of museum practice by offering behind-the-scenes access to objects and their associated information. It offers hands-on, experiential learning opportunities, which can bolster a student's resume as well as provide new ways of thinking about cultural contexts.

Curatorial Intern (Spring/Summer/Fall)

Who may apply: Junior or Senior students at Miami University in a relevant field (i.e. Art History, Studio Art, History, Anthropology, Archaeology) Two (2) interns per semester

Academic credit: 3 credit hours (Requires internship registration)

Internship begins/ends: First day of semester - Last day of semester

Hours: 10/week each intern - volunteer hours are welcome

Location: Miami University Art Museum, Oxford

Supervisor: Jason Shaiman, Curator of Exhibitions

Position Duties: This semester-long internship includes research, writing, selecting objects for exhibitions, development of critical thinking skills, supervised handling of objects, learning about museum practices and possible meetings with artists and collectors.

Learning Outcomes: Students will learn about interpretation, thematic development of exhibitions, writing labels, text panel and gallery guide content, exhibition design, installation techniques and collection's management.

Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge of art history is preferred
  • Good research skills
  • Good writing skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Become a member of AMSO (Art Museum Student Organization)

Application Materials

  • Application form
  • Cover letter
  • Résumé which includes list of relevant college courses (completed & current)
  • Writing sample or excerpt, 4-10 pages maximum
  • Two letters of recommendation (MU faculty preferred)

Apply online

This internship is a great résumé builder for those who desire to pursue advanced degrees in art history, architecture, studio art, anthropology/archaeology, museum studies, or seeking positions in a museum or gallery following graduation. This internship can fulfill the requirements for ART 391 Advance Research Methods or other departmental internships with permission.

Educational Intern (Spring/Fall)

NO OPENINGS

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Video / Interactive Media Studies (IMS) / Web Intern (Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall)

The Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, Ohio, pursues an active role in the overall cultural life of the southwest Ohio region, recognizing dual goals of public outreach and university collaboration in keeping with the broad scope of a university that emphasizes liberal education. As an accredited member of the American Association of Museums (AAM), the Art Museum establishes and maintains the highest standards of the museum profession in its policies, procedures and in carrying out its goals in the areas of collections, exhibitions, public education and research.

To further implement the Art Museum’s academic outreach within Miami University, the Marketing/Communications function has an active internship program geared towards students currently seeking degrees (Majors and Minors) in Arts Management, Marketing, Communications, and Interactive Media Studies. Interns will gain practical experience in exhibition publicity, brand management, and audience development in a museum setting with a focus specific to their area(s) of study.

Who may apply: Sophomore, Junior, & Senior Miami students

Academic credit: 2-3 credit hours

Paid internship: No

Internship begins/ends: First day of semester - last week of classes. Note: *One full-year Communications & Arts Management internships will be offered

Hours per week: 5-12/week for each intern (depending on credits)

Internship location: Miami University Art Museum, Oxford

Internship Supervisor: Sherri Krazl, Marketing / Communications

Learning outcomes: Students will learn about Museum setting specific marketing and communications, strategic planning and publicity, and/or web and IMS through hands on application and projects specific to their areas of study and interest.

Projects and internship focus: varies from intern to intern based on student interest areas. Activities could include research; writing; planning; refining and enacting marketing communications plans, strategies, and tactics for targeted audiences; video; photography; graphic design; layout; event planning, web design; social media; content marketing; digital branding; measurement; reporting; application work; game / contest creation; and interactive / engagement solutions.

Requirements

  • Strong work ethic
  • Art appreciation
  • Strong research skills
  • Strong writing
  • Good communication
  • Desire to learn in a creative environment

Application Materials

  • Application form
  • Cover letter
  • Resume which includes list of relevant college courses (completed & current)
  • Sample of related work / online portfolio, video samples, project samples, web samples
  • Two letters of recommendation (MU faculty preferred)

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Arts Management / Marketing / Communications Intern (Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall)

The Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, Ohio, pursues an active role in the overall cultural life of the southwest Ohio region, recognizing dual goals of public outreach and university collaboration in keeping with the broad scope of a university that emphasizes liberal education. As an accredited member of the American Association of Museums (AAM), the Art Museum establishes and maintains the highest standards of the museum profession in its policies, procedures and in carrying out its goals in the areas of collections, exhibitions, public education and research.

To further implement the Art Museum’s academic outreach within Miami University, the Marketing/Communications function has an active internship program geared towards students currently seeking degrees (Majors and Minors) in Arts Management, Marketing, Communications, and Interactive Media Studies. Interns will gain practical experience in exhibition publicity, brand management, and audience development in a museum setting with a focus specific to their area(s) of study.

Who may apply: Sophomore, Junior, & Senior Miami students

Academic credit: 2-3 credit hours

Paid internship: No

Internship begins/ends: First day of semester - last week of classes. Note: *One full-year Communications internship will be offered

Hours per week: 5-12/week for each intern (depending on credits)

Internship location: Miami University Art Museum, Oxford

Internship Supervisor: Sherri Krazl, Marketing / Communications

Learning outcomes: Students will learn about Museum setting specific marketing and communications, strategic planning and publicity, and/or web and IMS through hands on application and projects specific to their areas of study and interest.

Projects and internship focus: varies from intern to intern based on student interest areas. Activities could include: research; writing; planning; refining and enacting marketing communications plans, strategies, and tactics for targeted audiences; video; photography; graphic design; layout; event planning, web design; social media; content marketing; digital branding; measurement; reporting; application work; game / contest creation; and interactive / engagement solutions.

Requirements

  • Strong work ethic
  • Art appreciation
  • Strong research skills
  • Strong writing
  • Good communication
  • Desire to learn in a creative environment

Application Materials

  • Application form
  • Cover letter
  • Resume which includes list of relevant college courses (completed & current)
  • Writing sample or excerpt, 4-10 pages maximum
  • Two letters of recommendation (MU faculty preferred)

Apply online