Internship Opportunities

 
 

Thank you for your interest in internship opportunities at MCASD. The most common internships offered each semester are Education, Registration,  Advancement, and Curatorial. Though interns are assigned to one area, we offer a unique learning experience whereby students will not only be mentored by their hosting manager, but they will also attend interactive breakout sessions hosted by various departments, will have access to attend the Museum’s public programming, be able to request one-on-one interviews with staff members, and will have lunch and a question-and-answer session with MCASD’s David C. Copley Director and CEO, Kathryn Kanjo.  

MCASD’s internships are a learning experience and are offered for academic credit. Internships are unpaid. They are available to students only, and candidacy must affiliated with an approved academic internship program with the school the student attends. Supporting documentation is required to participate in our program. 

Students must make their own arrangements for either public or private transportation and may need to commute to multiple locations. 


Application Process

The internship program runs each semester and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For candidacy consideration, students should submit a resume; a personalized cover letter outlining their interest in the program, what they hope to gain from the experience, and their dates and hours of availability; one letter of professional or academic reference; two writing samples; an unofficial transcript of records; and school documentation showing enrollment in an accredited internship program or other school-issued supporting documentation.

Students should submit their application materials to internships@mcasd.org, referencing the title of the internship for which they are applying.

Students may apply for more than one internship opening. Though MCASD will try to place selected students in their internship of choice, hosting managers will have access to review and consider all applicants and may reach out to students to discuss opportunities in other departments. Only those candidates who provide complete application material, including school documentation, and are available for the duration of the program will be considered for an internship. MCASD will not follow up with applicants for missing application documents.

MCASD will send all applicants a reply email confirming receipt of internship application material. If there is further interest in a student’s candidacy, MCASD will be in further contact with the student. All final candidates will be required to complete MCASD application forms, and all formal internships offers are contingent upon a candidate’s successful background checks.

Calendar of Application Process

January 1 – Deadline for submitting Spring/Winter internship applications

April 30 – Deadline for submitting Summer internship applications

September 25 – Deadline for submitting Fall internship applications

If your semester dates fall outside of these guidelines, please let us know.

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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

EDUCATION INTERN – PUBLIC PROGRAMS, IT SUPPORT

Part-time, 8-20 hours per week Interns must to seek college credit for this real-world experience. Internship is unpaid.

Department: Education

Reports to:  Education Manager
Works closely with: Education & Engagement Director
Primary Internship Location: Downtown

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY

The purpose of the Education Intern is to provide an educational experience and opportunity to delve deep into the public programs division of the Museum’s Education & Engagement department through project-based learning.

The Education Intern-Youth Programs IT Support, will conduct content research for present and future youth education programs, assist with the day-to-day of the Education & Engagement department, and complete work on projects—IT Support and interests of intern—that provide an educational experience for the Museum’s youth visitors. The Intern will learn about the development of educational programming, Education’s program outreach, internal staff needs, exhibition-related programs and interpretative materials through observing guided tours, assist in maintaining program database, and participate in the development, planning, and facilitation of youth targeted programs such as the Teen Advisory Group, Extended School Partnership tours and showcases, readingROOM’s activities, and participate in the Museum’s signature monthly event Downtown at Sundown, to name a few.

YOU WILL:

  • Assist Education Manager in developing IT staff support systems pertaining to Education, with a focus on youth programs, ongoing and new youth targeted programming, including on-site and online research relevant information for the development existing programs, communication for Education & Engagement programs or exhibition related content.
  • Assist with support of youth programs activities and correspondence with partners and participants
  • Assist during events by providing information to guests and Museum staff, setup and breakdown of programs.       
    Learn about the design and development of youth programs for the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and Extended School Partnership (ESP) readingROOM, including assisting to facilitate group discussion and activities that draws connections between the works on view.
  • Learn about the development of and interpretative materials
  • Learn about ongoing research into the Museum’s permanent collection
  • Follow safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe learning environment

OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Work closely with professional museum staff.
  • Help develop innovative education programs.
  • Assist in developing online resources for Education & Engagement staff, partner teachers, students, and the general public.

LEAVE WITH:

Experience with contemporary art related research skills

New contacts in the education and museum fields.
A portfolio of completed projects.

REQUIRMENTS

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Excellent research skills. Good organizational, multitasking, attention to detail, and
    follow-through skills.
  • Excellent technical skills with above average proficiency in MS Office; Word, Excel, Outlook, Google Drive/Tools; Docs, Spreadsheet, Forms, etc.
  • Some knowledge of Drupal is helpful.
  • Ability to learn and work independently or a team.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Working toward a degree in Art, Education, Museum Studies, or related field. 
  • Interest and Knowledge of contemporary art.
  • Spanish/English bilingual ideal. (Farsi, Mandarin, or Vietnamese also preferred).
  • Enrolled or ability to enroll in a school-approved academic internship program. 
  • GPA of 3 or greater.

    Ideal candidates will have an interest in art, museums and/or education as a career with an incline to technology. Candidates proficient in IT support, research, writing, and public speaking preferred. Prior experience with middle to high school aged students a plus, but not required. Internships are supervised but ideal candidates will be independent and self-starting. Experience interacting with both youth and adult audiences in formal or informal settings.

 

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EDUCATION INTERN - PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Department: Education
Internship Host: Director, Education & Engagement
Primary Internship Location: Downtown

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:
To provide Education Intern an educational experience in the public programs division of the Museum’s Education department.  Education Intern will learn about the development of exhibition-related programs and interpretative materials through observing guided tours, maintaining program database, and facilitating thoughtLAB programs.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

·         Learn about the design and development of public programs for thoughtLAB, including facilitating the series Xcerpts -- a reading and discussion group that draws connections between the works on view and written, audio, and video resources.

·         Learn about the development of and interpretative materials, such as an exhibition’s audio tours.

·         Learn about ongoing research into the Museum’s permanent collection.

·         Follow safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe learning environment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:
Experience interacting with youth and adult audiences in formal or informal settings.  Excellent research skills.  Good organizational, multi-tasking, attention to detail, and follow-through skills.  Ability to learn independently or in a team environment.   Good technical skills with a proficiency in MS Office.  Working toward a degree in Art History, Education, or related field.  Knowledge of contemporary art.   Spanish/English bilingual preferred.  Enrolled or ability to enroll in a school-approved academic internship program.  GPA of 2.5 or greater.
 

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EDUCATION INTERN - SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Department: Education
Internship Host: Education Curator
Primary Internship Location: Downtown
 

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:
To provide Education Intern an educational experience in the school programs division of the Museum’s Education Department.  Education Intern will learn about the day-to-day operations of the Museum’s offerings to school grades K -12 and higher education through observing guided tours, maintaining program database, and meeting with educators to learn more about the needs of people visiting the Museum.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

·         Learn to create pre-visit materials to be mailed and/or downloaded to educators that book guided and self-guided tours with the Museum.

·         Learn how to develop and organize educator’s reception and workshop.

·         Learn to develop standards-based lesson plans for middle and high school levels for MCASD’s website about permanent collection objects.

·         Learn to develop and share resources with Gallery Educators to use in preparation for school tours.

·         Learn to develop ways to track program data.

·         Follow safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe learning environment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:
Experience interacting with youth and adult audiences in formal or informal settings.  Excellent research skills.  Good organizational, multi-tasking, attention to detail, and follow-through skills.  Ability to learn independently or in a team environment.  Good technical skills with a proficiency in MS Office.  Working toward a degree in Art History, Education, or related field.  Knowledge of contemporary art.  Spanish/English bilingual preferred.  Enrolled or ability to enroll in a school-approved academic internship program.  GPA of 2.5 or greater.
 

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REGISTRATION INTERN

Department: Registration
Internship Host: Assistant Registrar
Primary Internship Location: La Jolla

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:
To provide Registration Intern a learning experience in registration and collections management in a museum setting.  Registration Intern will learn about the care, movement, preservation, and records management of artwork both in the Museum’s permanent collection and on exhibit.   

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

·         Learn about transporting, caring for, and handling artwork.

·         Learn about administration of complete collection digitization projects.

·         Learn about overseeing the Museum’s permanent collection and archives.

·         Learn about various installation and tear-down functions.

·         Learn about working in a professional setting.

·         Follow safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe learning environment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:
Good organizational, multi-tasking, attention to detail, and follow-through skills.  Ability to learn independently or in a team environment.  Excellent technical skills with a high level of proficiency in MS Office.  Prior database experience strongly preferred.  Working toward a degree in Art History, Museum Studies, or a related field.  Enrolled or ability to enroll in a school-approved academic internship program.  GPA of 2.5 or greater.
 

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ADVANCEMENT INTERN

Department: Advancement
Internship Host: Senior Membership & Annual Giving Manager
Primary Internship Location: La Jolla

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:
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, AND 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.
 

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CURATORIAL INTERN

Department: Curatorial
Internship Host: Assistant Curator
Primary Internship Location: Downtown

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:
To provide Curatorial Intern a learning experience in the Curatorial department of the Museum, which oversees all aspects of artistic programming and operations of exhibitions.  Curatorial Intern will learn about research, design, and installation of an exhibition. 

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

·         Learn how to undertake interpretive research and provide scholarly contributions to publications and gallery texts.

·         Learn about and how to create an annotated bibliography and checklist for an artist.

·         Learn what all the various phases are for an exhibition installation.

·         Follow safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe learning environment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:
Excellent research, fact-checking, and writing skills.  Good organizational, multi-tasking, attention to detail, and follow-through skills.  Good technical skills with a proficiency in MS Office.  Working toward a degree in Art History or a related field.  Knowledge of contemporary art.   Ability to learn independently or in a team environment.   Enrolled or ability to enroll in a school-approved academic internship program.  GPA of 2.5 or greater.
 

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COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

Department:  Communications
Internship Host:   Communications & Marketing Manager
Status:  Non-paid Internship, For Academic Credit
Primary Internship Location:  Downtown
Hours per week:  Up to 10 hours a week
Number of Openings:  1

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

The Communications intern will gain experience in the Communications department of the Museum, which oversees all of the Museum’s public relations, marketing, communications, internal publications, website, and online presence to enhance MCASD’s image regionally, nationally, and internationally. 

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Learn how a Drupal Content Management System works and update the Museum’s website with information about events and exhibitions.
  • Assist with adding MCASD events and exhibitions to numerous online media and tourism sites.
  • Help capture and craft content for the Museum’s social media accounts.
  • Write and design eblasts to be sent to MCASD audiences.
  • Help develop content for the Museum’s newsletter.
  • Help respond to press requests and prepare press materials. 
  • Attend strategy and planning meetings with multiple departments as well as outside vendors.
  • Distribute marketing materials to local businesses.
  • Follow safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe work environment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:

Excellent writing skills.  Good organizational, multi-tasking, attention to detail, and follow-up skills.  Professional experience with social media preferred. Website experience a plus. Ability to learn independently or in a team environment.  Strong technical skills with a proficiency in MS Office.  Working toward a degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, or related field.  Interest in contemporary art. Spanish/English bilingual preferred.  Enrolled or ability to enroll in an approved academic credit program for this internship.  GPA of 2.5 or greater.