Internships

Colby Museum Internships 

We offer a variety of internship and student worker opportunities for Colby students during the academic year. All positions are designed to give Colby students an opportunity to develop skills and complete projects under the supervision of museum staff members in various departments. 

The hours for each position vary, from 2 to 12 hours each week, depending on what is required. All experiences introduce students to the museum’s mission and includes opportunities to visit cultural institutions, learn about current issues and careers in the museum field, and strengthen professional and networking skills. Our student opportunities are paid, and no prior experience is expected.

Museum openings are advertised here, via Handshake, in ColbyNow, and in Workday. For more information about how to apply, please visit the Colby student employment page here

For questions, please contact Jillian Impastato, Mirken Coordinator of Campus and Community Collaboration, at [email protected].

Spring 2023 Openings

Curatorial Assistant (American Art)

The Colby Museum has an opening for a curatorial intern for the Spring 2023 semester, whose role will be to assist the Lunder Curator of American Art. The position offers an immersive introduction to the work of art museum curating. The intern will assist the curator on tasks related to the development and realization of special and permanent collection exhibitions, including research, updating documents, meeting preparation, correspondence, and basic office upkeep. The curatorial intern will also assist on gifts and acquisitions of works of art. The successful candidate will have a love of independent research along with strong organization and communication skills and a genuine interest in learning more about the museum field. Students can apply through Workday and/or contact [email protected] with questions. 

Student Photographers

The Colby Museum is seeking students to serve as photographers during the academic year to creatively document events at the museum and its Lunder Institute for American Art for web, social media, and print use. Student photographers assist the department by shooting photographs to creatively document events at the museum and its Lunder Institute for American Art and perform additional duties as assigned. Successful candidates will be highly responsible, dependable, and detail-oriented, able to handle social situations with grace and respect, well-organized and able to work well independently. Flexible availability is a must, as events are held during the day, as well as evenings and weekends. Digital photography and image editing experience are required, and working knowledge of Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, or similar photography software is referred. Preference will be given to those who own a DSLR camera and those who have taken or are taking photography courses. Candidates should be able to provide a link to their work on a website or online portfolio. Students can apply through Workday and/or contact [email protected] with questions. 

Lunder Institute for American Art and Buck Lab

Continuing a rich collaboration between Colby’s Lunder Institute for American Art and the Buck Lab for Climate and Environment, we seek a fall student intern to support a podcast project organized by a Lunder Institute artist that will feature interviews with Native American artists for the purpose of educating broad audiences about a number of relevant topics including the impacts of climate change on developing artistic practices. Responsibilities include research on best practices in producing a podcast, drafting social media posts, writing material for an artist website, and constructing mini-biographies. A successful candidate will have excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills, as well as a strong interest in contemporary art, education, and/or podcasting. Experience with communications preferred.The intern will report to the Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of Academic Access at the Colby Museum of Art.

This is a Buck Lab-funded position, and the intern will be paid for up to 5 hours per week of work during the fall semester. To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your interests and qualifications, a resumé, and the name of one reference to [email protected]. Feel free to send your questions to [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.