Colby Museum Internships
We offer a variety of internship options for Colby students. We hire interns to work during the Fall and Spring Semesters, working about 10 hours per week in various departments. During the summer, we hire students to work 35 hours a week at the Museum. Also during the summer months, we coordinate internship opportunities with our partner institutions.
The internship program is designed to give Colby students an opportunity to develop skills and complete projects under the supervision of museum staff members in various departments. The experience introduces interns to the museum’s mission and offers experiences that include visiting cultural institutions, learning about current issues and careers in the museum field, and strengthening professional and networking skills. All internships are paid. No prior experience is expected.
Summer internships at the Colby College Museum of Art and its Lunder Institute for American Art (LIAA) are full-time positions (35 hours per week May 31-Aug. 5, 2022) and are supported through generous endowments. The Museum internships are only open to current Colby College students who anticipate graduating in 2023, 2024, or 2025; we are not able to hire students who graduate in May of 2022.
All internships are part of the Summer Research Assistant program at Colby College, and are paid at a rate of $13.75/hour. Our Summer 2022 internships will be in-person opportunities, and the museum is able to fund on-campus housing for students who intern and work at the museum.
No prior experience is expected for our internship opportunities. In addition to being mentored by individual staff members, all interns will participate in cohort activities, including weekly discussion sessions on contemporary social justice issues in the museum field, professional development workshops, and field trips to other arts institutions in Maine.
The college’s online application form for summer positions will be available in Workday, and will require applicants to submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for two references. The applications are due on Thursday, April 7th. If you have questions, please contact Kris Bergquist, Mirken Curator of Education and Engagement, at [email protected].
Barringer Museum Practice Intern
Reporting to the Barbara Alfond Manager of Exhibitions and Publications, this position offers a broad experience in museum practice, supporting multiple aspects of Museum functions including the development of catalogs, in-gallery brochures, exhibition wall graphics and labels, operations research, and digitization projects. Working on multiple projects at various stages, from conception to completion, the intern will conduct image research and gathering, prepare materials for editing and design, review and mock-up design layouts, coordinate feedback, and more. Additionally, the intern will attend project meetings, conduct data entry, and perform basic office upkeep, as needed. The position also works with other departments, including operations, preparation, and administration as well as freelance designers, editors, and outside vendors. One of the main projects this summer will be an object file reorganization project, which is being managed by the Collections and Registrar staff. The successful candidate will have excellent organization and communication skills, strong attention to detail, and a demonstrated interest in learning more about the museum field.
Black Family Curatorial Intern
This summer curatorial internship, supported by the Black Family Fund, offers an immersive introduction to the work of art curating. The intern will assist the curatorial staff on tasks related to the development and realization of exhibitions and collection installations. Tasks will include collection and exhibition research, meeting preparation, data entry, correspondence, and basic office and records upkeep. The curatorial intern also will assist the Museum’s exhibition preparators as needed. The successful candidate will have strong organization and communication skills and a genuine interest in learning more about the museum field.
The Howard A. and Gisele B. Miller Curatorial Intern
This summer curatorial internship, supported by the Howard A. and Gisele B. Miller Curatorial Intern Fund, offers an immersive introduction to the work of art curating. The intern will assist the curatorial staff on tasks related to the development and realization of exhibitions and collection installations. Tasks will include collection and exhibition research, meeting preparation, data entry, correspondence, and basic office and records upkeep. The curatorial intern also will assist the Museum’s exhibition preparators as needed. The successful candidate will have strong organization and communication skills and a genuine interest in learning more about the museum field.
Linde Family Foundation Campus and Community Collaboration Intern
The intern in this role will assist the Mirken Coordinator of Campus and Community Collaboration and other members of the Education and Engagement team, specifically in areas of public programs and other large scale community events and virtual programs. Responsibilities will include assistance in the development, management and evaluation of these programs. The intern will gain an understanding of educational programming in museums, tools and methods for researching program impact, and how to design inclusive art-making and discussion activities. A successful candidate possesses excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills, strong interest in museum work, ability to work well in a fast-paced environment and have some familiarity with art. Experience working with the public or in customer service is a plus.
Linde Family Foundation School and Teacher Programs Intern
The intern in this role will assist the Linde Family Foundation Senior Coordinator of School and Teacher Programs in a variety of duties. These may include, but are not limited to, the coordination of summer opportunities for area children, creation of in-gallery and digital didactics, curriculum writing, tour development, and some writing of publicity materials. Interns should be detail-oriented, self-motivated, prompt, reliable, and have the ability to work both independently and as a team member. Experience and interest in the arts, working with children, and art-making skills are needed in this role. Prior museum experience, and working with school curriculum, is preferred but not required.
LIAA Artist Programming Intern
This intern will work closely with LIAA Manager of Operations & Manager of Programs on programmatic planning and promotion. The primary function of this position will include operating as a project management liaison for ongoing artistic programs at the Lunder Institute for American Art. Tasks will include managing the Lunder Institute’s project management software Airtable, social media promotion related to artistic practice and events, meeting with Lunder Institute artists and scholars in collaboration with the Manager of Programs. A successful candidate possesses excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills, strong interest in storytelling, artistic practice, social media & project management. Experience with social media content development, photography and event planning are a plus. Two positions will be available for this role, both students will work independently and collaboratively on short and long term projects.
Lunder Institute Special Projects Intern
The Lunder Institute for American Art seeks an intern to support an initiative related to oral history. Responsibilities include research on best practices in oral history and interviewing, technical preparation of recorded material, cataloging, archiving, and transcription. This summer, the intern will report to the Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of Academic Access to support a podcast project organized by a Lunder Institute artist. The podcast will feature interviews with Native American artists and community members for the purpose of educating broad audiences and building networks across Native communities in the United States. A successful candidate will have excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills, as well as a strong interest in contemporary art, education, and/or oral history. Experience with podcast software preferred.
Education and Engagement Intern
The Education and Engagement Intern will gain experience in the areas of visitor experience and educational programs for campus and community audiences. The intern will support the Mirken Curator of Education and Engagement in the development and management of museum and community engagement programs, as well as project management in the areas of evaluation, programming, and visitor experience at the museum, Greene Block + Studios, and the Paul J. Schupf Art Center (opening in 2023). A portion of their summer also will be spent working at our welcome desk, setting the tone for the visitor experience and creating a welcoming museum environment for all audiences. A successful candidate possesses excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills, strong interest in museum work, experience working with the public or in customer service, and the ability to work well in a fast-paced environment. This opportunity is supported by the The Hoopes Family Endowed Fund for Universal Student Experiences.
Partner Organization Internships
The Colby College Museum of Art partners with multiple organizations on campus and around the country to offer summer internship opportunities for Colby College students. The internships are paid opportunities. Information on qualifications, eligibility, and directions on how to apply can be found in each of the descriptions below.
Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies Summer Internships | Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies, a scholarly collaboration of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Colby College Museum of Art, the University of Glasgow, and the Art Institute of Chicago, will offer two paid summer internships for Colby College students at the Art Institute of Chicago. Colby students with a strong interest in and aptitude for museum work will gain museum experience during an in-person eight- to ten-week period in the summer. Art history, studio art, and American Studies students are especially encouraged to apply.
One intern will work in the Art Institute’s Prints and Drawings Department and a second intern will work in the Arts of Americas Department. In addition to ongoing Whistler research, special projects that the interns may work on include exhibitions on Paula Modersohn-Becker and Georgia O’Keeffe. The Colby interns also would join the larger Art Institute cohort of interns, offering them exposure to colleagues across the museum, programming, and additional professional development activities.
This opportunity is available to rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduating seniors at Colby College. Each intern will be paid at a rate of $16/hour for 30 hours/week; the internship start date will be between June 1-10 and will end between Aug. 1-12, to be determined by the candidate and the Art Institute staff. Student housing has been secured, and is provided as part of the internship experience. This program is made possible through the generosity of the Lunder Foundation and is administered by the Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies.
Applicants should include a cover letter outlining their interest in museum work and its relevance to their academic program; a resume, transcript (unofficial is fine), and at least one letter of recommendation. Please send these materials to Khristina Kurasz ([email protected]) by Friday, March 25, 2022.
Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colby College
The Center for the Arts and Humanities has opportunities for internships at cultural organizations in central Maine during the summer months. These include internships at Waterville Creates, Maine Film Center, Ticonic Gallery + Studios, L.C. Bates Museum of Natural History and Culture, Waterville Public Library, and Sum Camp.
Applications are due March 14, 2022. To learn more, visit their website here.
Homer Colby Fellow | Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
The Homer Colby Fellow works closely with Learning and Community Collaboration and Curatorial staff on the ongoing reinterpretation of the Winslow Homer Studio and initiatives related to audience building and accessibility. Under the general supervision of the Peggy L. Osher Director of Learning and Community Collaboration, the Fellow works June-August 2022 with other museum departments on projects that advance the Portland Museum of Art’s (PMA’s) overall mission. Please see the full job description here.
The Lunder Colby Homer Fellow at the Portland Museum of Art is supported by the Lunder Homer Education Fund. This opportunity is available to rising sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduating seniors at Colby College. Students studying Art/Museum Education, Art History, American Studies, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Please email a cover letter and résumé to [email protected] Applications are due March 18, 2022.
Lunder Summer Internship Program | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
The MFA Boston has established the Lunder Summer Internship Program in perpetuity in honor of Barbara and Theodore Alfond. The Lunder Summer Internship Program provides funding for one to two Maine college students for a summer internship at MFA.
The internships will be awarded as need-based financial aid grants to qualified and eligible Maine college students as determined by MFA. Descriptions of the summer internships will be available in early March; please visit the Boston MFA website or Handshake.
For general questions regarding the internship program, please contact Kris Bergquist, Mirken Curator of Education and Engagement at [email protected].
Colby College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, parental or marital status, political beliefs, age, disability unrelated to job requirements, or protected veteran status.