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  • 2014 Summer Internship Program Opportunities


    Gain experience in the Southeast's premier art museum, featuring a significant permanent collection and world-class special exhibitions.

    The High Museum of Art's internship program is offered for eight weeks each summer to rising college juniors and seniors as well as to graduating seniors. The Museum's internships are unpaid learning opportunities, but interns do receive many benefits which include free admission to Museum functions, discounts at our gift shops and café and the ability to observe and receive instruction that enhances their knowledge of the area in which they are assigned. Candidates accepted into the program are responsible for securing their own housing and transportation (including parking, which they will receive at a discounted employee rate) for the duration of the program.

    The High's 2014 Summer Internship Program will run from Monday, June 2, through Friday, July 25, 2014 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F).

    The High offers you the chance to gain experience in fields where experience is crucial. We strive to give our interns projects that are meaningful and educational. In addition to contributing to important tasks in the departments to which interns are assigned, once a week interns will participate in a series of professional development workshops in various departments and learn daily operational functions.

    The deadline for the application submission has ended.

    This year we are pleased to offer the following opportunities (see below):



    DECORATIVE ARTS AND DESIGN: CURATORIAL INTERN

    Supervisor's Name: Sarah Schleuning/Berry Perkins

    Department: Decorative Arts and Design

    Internship Summary: The intern's main focus will be assisting with research for collections and exhibitions, possible data management, and providing support with special departmental projects and administrative duties as needed. Research will be the main focus for the department's upcoming exhibitions, existing collections, and possible acquisitions, ranging from historic decorative arts to contemporary design, along with special departmental initiatives as they arise. The intern may assist with our ongoing project of updating the Museum's website with additional information on the permanent collection. This includes researching and verifying facts, locating images, and drafting copy as needed. The interns will gain a full range of exposure to curatorial practices in a busy museum department.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    • Design or art history major, with particular interest in design and/or decorative arts
    • Strong research skills
    • Strong writing skills
    • Ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)



    Number of Interns Needed: 1



    MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART: CURATORIAL INTERN

    Supervisor's Name: Michael Rooks/English Cook

    Department: Modern and Contemporary Art

    Internship Summary: The intern will assist with research and planning of the modern and contemporary exhibition programs and collections for 2014–2015. Responsibilities will include assisting with online research, primary research in local archives and special collections, data entry, and a full range of exposure to curatorial practices in a busy museum department.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    • Strong writing skills
    • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
    • Basic Photoshop knowledge preferred



    Number of Interns Needed: 1



    PHOTOGRAPHY: CURATORIAL INTERN

    Supervisor's Name: Brett Abbott/Maria Kelly

    Department: Photography

    Internship Summary: The intern's primary function will be to assist with collections maintenance and cataloguing, and to assist with exhibitions, acquisitions, and other departmental duties. The interns will assist with keeping the collections records up to date by using TMS (The Museum System) software, with catalogue recent acquisitions, and with ongoing research on works in the photography collection. The interns will also have the opportunity to assist with the department's upcoming exhibitions as well as handle day-to-day activities such as conducting artist research, preparing fact sheets and checklists, and assisting with carrying out other various administrative tasks.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    • Strong writing and research skills
    • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
    • An interest in photography



    Number of Interns Needed: 1



    MUSEUM INTERPRETATION: EDUCATION INTERN

    Supervisor's Name: Julia Forbes/Nicole Cromartie

    Department: Education: Museum Interpretation

    Internship Summary: The intern will assist with the development of the interpretive tools for a major fall exhibition: Cezanne and the Modern as well as interpretation for the permanent collection. Interpretive elements include gallery labels, audio tours, exhibition website components, docent training, and the Museum's handheld mobile experience, ArtClix. The intern will learn in-depth how an exhibition comes together in a team-based setting. Additional responsibilities will include assisting with research, maintenance of the Greene Family Learning Gallery, and other projects within the education department.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    • Strong writing skills
    • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)



    Number of Interns Needed: 1



    PUBLIC PROGRAMS: EDUCATION INTERN

    Supervisor's Name: Erin Dougherty

    Department: Education: Public Programs

    Internship Summary: The intern will assist with summer public programming, including summer classes, family programming and adult programming. The intern will also work on ongoing research in regards to past educational public and school program projects and resources.

    Necessary Qualifications: People skills are a must. The intern must be comfortable in the classroom, highly organized and able to multitask. It is preferred that the intern have an interest in children, education, and programming.

    • Good writing and communication skills
    • Ability to work under a deadline
    • Ability to work with minimal supervision
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
    • Experience in and comfortable working with families and children
    • Detail-oriented, hard-working, and organized
    • A background in education
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite



    Number of Interns Needed: 1



    SCHOOL PROGRAMS: EDUCATION INTERN

    Supervisor's Name: Kate McLeod

    Department: Education/School Programs

    Internship Summary: The intern will assist with Summer Camp, the Summer Teacher Institute, and the planning, promotion, and implementation of school programs for the 2014–2015 school year. Other responsibilities will include assisting with research, writing, interacting with teachers and students, creating hands-on materials, and other projects within the education department.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    • Strong writing and communication skills
    • Ability to work with minimal supervision
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
    • Experience in and comfortable working with children
    • Strong organizational skills
    • An outgoing personality
    • Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
    • Some knowledge of curriculum and standards are highly desirable



    Number of Interns Needed: 2



    PUBLIC RELATIONS: MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

    Supervisor's Name: Marci Tate

    Department: Marketing and Communications

    Internship Summary: The intern will help the public relations team to generate and analyze media coverage. The intern will assist the public relations team with a variety of media relations duties, including gathering and analyzing media coverage, generating media lists, updating events calendars, writing public relations content, planning and executing media events, assisting with media outreach, and coordinating other projects as assigned.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    • Strong writing skills, excellent grammar, and knowledge of AP style
    • An interest in the practice of public relations
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills



    Number of Interns Needed: 1



    MARKETING: MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

    Supervisor's Name: Lisa Simon

    Department: Marketing and Communications

    Internship Summary: The intern will assist with creating marketing strategy and implementing tactics to generate incremental attendance, as well as attracting and sustaining new audiences. This may include assisting with performing market research, contacting constituents via phone or e-mail, distributing collateral materials, and creating and/or staffing promotional events. Other duties include assistance with creating, promoting, and evaluating Museum marketing initiatives as well as assisting the marketing department in promoting Museum events and programs. The intern will assist with the drafting of marketing plans and creative briefs and will provide creative input for advertising campaigns. Additional duties include assisting with social media and digital strategy.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    • Ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision
    • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues
    • A strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Familiarity with social media applications and emerging media



    Number of Interns Needed: 1



    COMMUNITY RELATIONS: MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

    Supervisor's Name: Claire Speight

    Department: Marketing and Communications

    Internship Summary: The intern will assist with attracting and sustaining new audiences, generating attendance, and creating marketing strategies. Other duties include assistance with creating, promoting, and evaluating Museum marketing initiatives as well as assisting the marketing department in promoting Museum events and programs. This may include assisting with performing market research, contacting constituents via phone or e-mail, distributing collateral materials, and creating and/or staffing promotional events. The intern will assist with the drafting of marketing plans and creative briefs and will provide creative input for advertising campaigns. Additional duties include assistance with managing a component of a major research project and sharing analysis with the marketing/public relations team, and assisting in creating new strategies, programs, and events targeted to college students and young professionals.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    • Ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision
    • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues
    • A strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Experience with Photoshop preferred



    Number of Interns Needed: 1



    MEMBERSHIP AND GUEST RELATIONS: MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

    Supervisor's Name: Jennifer McNally

    Department: Membership and Guest Relations

    Internship Summary: The intern will assist membership staff in event planning and implementation, research projects, and membership operations. The intern will provide support to membership staff for membership events, operations, programming, and customer service. This includes updating membership information for permanent collection artists; researching and updating member acknowledgment packages; providing support for Art Partners, member events, and programming; researching the membership programs of similar institutions; and other general administrative tasks as assigned. The intern will receive comprehensive exposure to the operations of one of the country's largest museum membership programs.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
    • Ability to work with minimal supervision



    Number of Interns Needed: 1