Museum Internship Program
The Chrysler Museum is proud to offer college students and recent graduates the opportunity to explore museum work through special projects designed by members of the Chrysler Museum staff. Internships help familiarize students with career opportunities in the museum field.
The internship program is from May 26–July 31, 2020. The weekly work schedule is Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., hours may vary by department.
No stipends are provided. Internships may be taken for credit through your college. Completion of the internship program does not guarantee employment with the Chrysler Museum.
All application materials are due by Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m. Candidates will be notified of decisions made by May 1 at 5 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact Allison Taylor, Director of Education, at email@example.com or (757) 965-2046.
Administration and Research
The Director’s Office is central to the overall workings of the Museum. This intern will compile research and reports for future exhibitions and perform administrative work in preparation for Board of Trustee meetings. The ideal Administration and Research intern will have strong writing and research skills and a professional demeanor.
Curatorial – Contemporary
The contemporary collection of the Chrysler Museum is consistently growing and evolving. Working with the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, this intern will conduct research and be an active participant in the planning of an exhibition on Jacob Lawrence. The ideal Curatorial – Contemporary intern will have completed their undergraduate degree, have experience with database work, and be confident in their researching ability.
Curatorial – European and Glass
The Chrysler Museum is known for housing one of the largest collections of glass in the country, chronicling ancient to contemporary developments and styles. The European collection, from the late medieval period to the 19th century, is also notably rich. This intern will work on several projects with both the Barry Curator of Glass and the Chief Curator and Irene Leache Curator of European Art. The ideal Curatorial – European and Glass intern will have completed their undergraduate degree, have strong research and organizational skills, be adept at critical thinking, and have some experience with interpretive writing.
The Development department leads fundraising efforts and cultivates the Museum’s members to ensure ongoing support and engagement. The summer intern will help with the daily operations of the department including creating reports; registering members for programs; and conducting research for art travel, grants, and future events. The ideal intern must be highly organized and detail-oriented, have outstanding written and verbal communication skills, and be able to work independently and with professionalism.
Educators work to provide experiences that connect visitors of all types to the collection and exhibitions. This intern will work on projects with multiple members of the Education team that include developing educational materials for upcoming exhibitions, assisting with summer camps, and implementing summer programs. The ideal Education intern will have strong interpersonal skills, the ability to self-direct, and flexibility. An interest in classroom education is also valuable.
In addition to housing over 30,000 art objects, the Museum also cares for the hardworking people who provide the exhibitions, programs, and experiences visitors encounter each day. Working with the Director of Human Resources, this intern will gain experience with FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) review, benefits regulations, recruitment, and more. The ideal Human Resources intern will have well-developed communication and interpersonal skills and an interest in working in the non-profit sector.
The Registration department manages the care of collection objects and loans, ensuring exhibitions are installed properly and on-time and that works of art are properly documented and taken care of. This internship will focus on supplementing the information currently stored on the collection database, including adding information to the classification, period, and attributes sections. In addition to data entry, the intern will have opportunities to see work done on exhibitions and loans. The ideal Registration intern will have a knowledge of art history, strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and, interest in database work.