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The UMFA Internship Program builds the skills of college juniors and seniors, recent graduates, graduate students, and beginning museum professionals. UMFA interns are provided with the opportunity to build their resumes, gain valuable behind-the-scenes experience, and work with professional staff members to complete museum projects and initiatives.

The Museum offers two or three sessions of internships per year that follow the University of Utah's semester-based calendar: Spring, Summer, or Fall. Summer Semester internships last 12 weeks, while Fall or Spring Semester internships last 15 weeks. Internships are available in numerous Museum departments, including collections, curatorial, programming, education, marketing, and more. Unless otherwise indicated, internships DO NOT include a stipend.

Once accepted, each intern is placed in a specific museum department and assigned a museum mentor. They are expected to work an average of six to ten hours per week, and are required to attend a series of enrichments that allow them to interact with the UMFA's Director, department heads, and professional staff, gaining comprehensive exposure to the Museum's operations. UMFA interns are also invited to attend the UMFA's general staff meetings and their assigned department's staff meetings.

UMFA interns who are also current University of Utah students may apply for a $500 scholarship during the semester they serve as an intern.




INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUMMER 2015

Application deadline: Monday, May 4, 2015


Special Events and Education Programming Photographer and Multimedia Intern

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts presents an ambitious schedule of exhibitions, special events, classes, workshops, concerts, lectures, and other programs. The Museum's fast-paced, hands-on environment allows interns to experience how different departments work collaboratively to make these events possible. This internship offers an entry-level introduction into the daily operations of a Development Department, with direct correlation to Marketing and Communications efforts of the Museum.

Responsibilities:
• Photographing special events
• Photographing and documenting educational programming both in the Museum and offsite in community and schools.
• Obtaining photography waivers for children under 18 that get their photo taken
• Archiving promotional photographs
• Produce short videos about exhibitions and museum programming for use on the museum's website and social media
• Distributing event fliers to local organizations
• Aiding in promotional efforts for events and day of execution
• Creating and distributing email newsletters
• Assist in any other development and marketing initiatives as required

Required Skills: Excellent Photoshop skills | DSLR camera training | A portfolio demonstrating aptitude for documentary photography | Attention to detail | Excellent communications skills, both written and spoken | Knowledge of video production, including editing, script writing, and photography | Familiarity with social media | Sense of humor | Creativity | Grace under pressure

Schedule: Requires some flexibility, to encompass mid-day, after-hours and weekend events


Membership and Donor Services

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts presents an ambitious schedule of exhibitions, special events, classes, workshops, concerts, lectures, and other programs. The Museum's fast-paced, hands-on environment allows interns to experience how different departments work collaboratively to make these events possible. This internship offers an entry-level introduction into the daily operations of a Development Department.

Responsibilities:
• Assisting with membership renewals
• Gift acknowledgement
• Database functions and updates
• Internal office organization
• Assisting with on-site and off-site museum events
• Greeting Museum members when they visit the Museum

Required Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills | Excellent research and computer skills | Desire to learn about fundraising operations for a not-for-profit organization | Discretion and professionalism in dealing with sensitive financial information | Ability to work independently and often on multiple tasks at one time | Detail oriented

Schedule: Requires some flexibility, to encompass after-hours and weekend events


UMFA Marketing and Communications Intern

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) seeks a marketing and communications intern to assist in promoting the UMFA's ambitious program of exhibitions, events, and community outreach. The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communications skills; the ability to work independently or as part of a team on multiple projects; and be highly organized, self-motivated, and reliable. Finalists will be asked to submit samples of written work. This internship offers an entry-level introduction into the daily marketing and communications efforts in a creative museum environment.

Responsibilities:
• Contributes to strategic planning for promotion of exhibitions and events across campus and community
• Distributes printed promotional collateral to community organizations
• Helps coordinate UMFA's participation in campus and community festivals, preparing promotional materials and representing UMFA on an as-needed basis
• Helps update University and community calendars with Museum event informationHelps develop and implement visitor and reader surveys
• Helps track and evaluate website and electronic newsletter analytics
• Develops and maintains archive of quarterly newsletter topics
• Assists in other marketing and communications initiatives as required

Required Skills: Excellent communications skills, both written and spoken | Attention to detai | Familiarity with social media | Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel | Creativity | Grace under pressure

Schedule: Weekdays, with occasional evenings and weekends


Museum Education Intern

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts' Department of Education and Engagement seeks an intern to assist with a number of projects for youth and school programs, and the Education Collection. The intern will assist in the development, planning and execution of youth summer classes; research Museum objects, artists, cultures and time periods in order to provide support for exhibition development, in-class presentations, and designing curricular resources for teachers; and gain valuable experience in collection management through a series of Education Collection projects. Experience in Education and writing lesson plans is preferred. Candidates should be detail-oriented, have good written communication skills, self-motivated and competent in general researching. 

General Tasks:
• Development, prep, and assisting with summer classes
• Lesson plan development
• Object research
• Program research
• Pedagogy Research
• Photographing Education Collection


Collections Intern

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) seeks a Collections Intern to assist the Collections Manager with several ongoing projects. This internship offers an introduction into the inner workings of the museum collections department and hands on experience with genuine museum objects.

Responsibilities:
• Learn about proper object handling and collections management procedures.
• Assist Collections Manager with re-backing of paintings.
• Assist Collections Manager with ceramic inventory project (includes location inventory, object numbering, rehousing etc.).
• Assist with other collections tasks as needed.

Requirements: Candidate must be self-motivated, detail oriented, and reliable.  Experience working in museum collections, art handling training and interest in collections management preferred. Candidate must be willing to climb ladders and able to carry up to 40 lbs. Candidate must be able to work independently or as part of a team on multiple projects.

Schedule: Ten hours per week to be scheduled between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday


HOW TO BECOME AN INTERN

  1. Download the Internship Application HERE.
  2. Complete and submit the application via email or mail* and include:
    • Resume or C.V.
    • Letter of interest of no more than 500 words that states why you want to be an intern at the UMFA, what skills you would bring to the internship and what you hope to gain from the experience.

    • Three references - these do not need to be letters of reference, just contact information.
    • Academic transcript, if you are enrolled or have graduated in the last 12 months (unofficial transcript is okay).
  3. The Intern Coordinator will contact potential interns to arrange an interview.
  4. After successfully completing the interview with the Intern Coordinator you may be contacted by a potential mentor/supervisor for a second interview.
  5. You will be notified of a successful placement in the program approximately one month prior to the start of the internship.

*if you choose to mail your application, please be sure to mail it several days in advance of the deadline to allow it to arrive in time. Late applications will not be accepted. We strongly suggest that students utilize the resume and interview resources available from their campus career services office before applying.

 

HOW TO CONTACT THE INTERN COORDINATOR

Use the online form below—OR—call 801.581.4405

 




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