Curatorial Intern

To provide the Curatorial Intern a learning experience in the Curatorial department of the Museum, which oversees all aspects of artistic programming and operations of exhibitions. The Curatorial Intern will learn about research and planning related to exhibitions and the Museum’s permanent collection.

Reports To: 
Associate Curator
Non-paid Intern, For Academic Credit
Primary Work Location: 

To provide Advancement Intern an educational experience in all areas of donor engagement, including but not limited to prospect research and tracking, donor solicitations and acknowledgements, record keeping and procedures, and the planning and implementation of museum events and fundraisers. 

Educational Experience:

  • Learn about the Moves Management system and how donors are researched, cultivated, and stewarded.
  • Learn how to facilitate and track donor mailings.
  • Learn about departmental record keeping and the importance of maintaining robust historical documentation.
  • Learn about the MCASD travel program including trip planning, research, and implementation.
  • Learn about Museum membership, including new member solicitation, fulfillment, and drafting strategic member communications.
  • Learn how to navigate and update donor information in The Raiser’s Edge, the organization’s primary database.
  • Learn about planning events, including members’ openings, private dinners and cocktail receptions, behind-the-scenes tours, and off-site events.
  • Learn about planning, organizing, and implementing revenue-producing fundraisers and special events that advance the fundraising strategies.
  • Learn about expense budgets for events, emphasizing their cost-effective execution.
  • Learn about securing in-kind goods and services for the Museum’s special event programming needs.
  • Learn about producing printed materials related to events, such as invitations, programs, menus, and signage.
  • Learn to liaison with department members in coordinating events.
  • Learn about soliciting, negotiating, and coordinating with national booking agents for MCASD’s music entertainment.
  • Learn about the design, look, and feel of events.
  • Learn how to liaison with vendors, such as caterers, rental contractors, florists, valets, entertainment, and Museum staff for MCASD-sponsored events.
  • Follow safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe learning environment.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience: 

Excellent writing skills. Good organizational, multi-tasking, attention to detail, and follow-through skills.  Ability to learn independently or in a team environment.  Strong technical skills with a proficiency in MS Office.  Working toward a degree in a related field.  Interest in contemporary art.  Enrolled or ability to enroll in an approved academic credit program for this internship.  GPA of 2.5 or greater.