Thank you for your interest in the internship opportunities at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art!
If you are a high school or college student, you can gain incredible experience and school credit as an intern at the Brooks. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about careers in an art museum, and to build mentor relationships with museum professionals, who can advise you as you pursue your educational and career goals. Interns work on significant projects under the guidance of experienced museum staff.
Arts Accessibility Access Intern
Reports to: Associate Curator of European and Decorative Arts & Director of Education and Interpretation
Employment Status: Paid internship
The Arts Accessibility Access Intern will assist the Curatorial and Education departments in researching and assessing the accessibility of the museum and its collection display, programming, and events. The mission is to enrich the lives of our diverse community through the museum's expanding collection, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs that reflect the art of world cultures from antiquity to the present. To help meet this inclusive mission and to accurately reflect and celebrate the diversity of the population it serves, the Brooks is interested in how it can be made more accessible to those who are living with specific conditions. The findings and recommendations from this project will be used now, at the museum's current Overton Park location, as well as in 2025, when the Brooks relocates to a new state-of-the-art facility on the downtown Memphis riverfront.
Duties/Responsibilities: The Arts Accessibility Research Intern will split their time between the Curatorial and Education departments and will be overseen by both the museum's Associate Curator of European and Decorative Arts and its Director of Education. Over the course of the summer, the intern will create a research report and presentation that will be used by both departments to assess the general accessibility of the museum as well as the accessibility of its events, programming, and displays. The report will also make recommendations regarding large and small ways in which the museum can become more accessible to those who are differently abled. To help limit the scope of the project, the Arts Accessibility Research Intern will specifically focus on how the Brooks can better serve those who are living with autism, impaired mobility, and compromised immune systems.
Skills/Qualifications: The ideal Arts Accessibility Research Intern will demonstrate a strong interest in visual art, collections display practices, equity, accessibility, and the museum visitor experience. Qualified candidates will have exceptional writing and researching skills, strong overall communication skills, ability to easily build relationships, strong critical thinking skills, the ability to complete tasks on a deadline, demonstrable interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with a team. Internship responsibilities include bi-weekly meetings with the two Brooks supervisors; researching community groups who support people with disabilities and people on the autism spectrum; researching best practices in collection display and the visitor experience in museums; developing and submitting plans for a series of focus groups; occasional support at museum events throughout the summer; and other responsibilities as described above.
This position pays $15/hour for 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $500 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program.
Before applying, verify that you:
1) Will be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student as of the Fall 2020 semester. You must be a rising Junior or Senior.
2) Attend college in Memphis, or live in Memphis.
3) Have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $5000. This number is on your FAFSA form.
1) To apply to a position, please visit https://www.artsintern.org/brooks-arts-accessibility to complete an eligibility application form.
2) Once your eligibility application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for the program. Note: once you're verified as eligible for Arts Intern, you can apply to as many positions as you'd like. You do not have to submit the eligibility application more than once.
3) You will forward this confirmation email, along with your CV, cover letter, and transcript to [email protected] with the subject "Arts Intern 2020 Approved Application.”
4) Deadline to apply is Monday, March 16, 2020.
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
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