Special Internships

The Department of Art History has established six special internship positions at the following institutions:

These prestigious internships offer graduate students enormous opportunities to work within the art gallery setting. Individual descriptions for each of the four internships is presented below.

The UWM Art History INOVA Internship – Not Available for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

The Department of Art History invites graduate student applications for a semester long internship at INOVA, the contemporary art gallery and research center at the Peck School of the Arts. The internship is intended to train graduate students in range of activities including curatorial work, research, art installation, marketing, and education. Students will be supervised by the Director of INOVA, Sara Krajewski, and will register for ARTHIST 891. Priority will be given to MA students working toward the Art Museum Studies Certificate.

To apply: Students must fill out an internship application form, provide a cover letter and CV/resume. Students who are awarded this competitive semester-long internship are expected to be present at INOVA 5-10 hours per week with a schedule approved by the director.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong curiosity for contemporary art, a high level of competency in research methods, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to work independently.

Students will engage in a wide range of activities and trainings that include but are not limited to:

Curatorial/Research
Research of objects on display, current or future exhibitions
Compile resource materials related to exhibitions
Research and propose UWM and community partnerships based on exhibition content
Prepare/write labels
Prepare/write checklists
Assist with publications
Condition Reports
Archiving

Marketing
Write exhibition and program promos
Write, design and upload social media posts

Visitor Services and Education
Greet/orient visitors and monitor the gallery
Assist with program implementation
Audience assessment
Exhibition tours
Presenting to classes
Presenting in the gallery for exhibitions

Process:
Applicants will first be screened by the Internship Committee, then the selected candidate will be approved by the INOVA director. Students are encouraged to apply again if they are not accepted the first time.

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The UWM Art History Kohler Foundation Internship

The Department of Art History invites graduate student applications for a semester long internship at the Kohler Foundation, in Kohler, WI. The internship is intended to train graduate students in a range of activities including collections management, conservation, and research. Students will be supervised by the Executive Director Terri Yoho, and will register for ARTHIST 891. Priority will be given to MA students working toward the Art Museum Studies Certificate.

To apply:
Students must fill out an internship application form, provide a cover letter and CV/resume. Students who are awarded this competitive semester long internship are expected to be present at the Kohler Foundation 5-10 hours per week with a schedule approved by the director. Some work may be off-site.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of competency in research methods, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to work independently. Knowledge of Microsoft is Excel is required. Photography experience is desirable.

Students will engage in a wide range of activities and trainings that include but are not limited to:

Collections Management
Documentation of collections and individual art objects
Research of objects
Cataloging of objects
Photographing objects

Conservation and Care of Collections
Condition Reports
Assist conservators and technicians
Packing and shipping

Selection Process:
Applicants will first be screened by the Art History Internship Committee, then the selected candidate will be approved by the Kohler Foundation Executive Director. Students are encouraged to apply again if they are not accepted the first time.

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The UWM Art History Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) Internship

The Department of Art History invites graduate student applications for a semester long internship at MOWA, the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, Wisconsin. The internship is intended to train graduate students in range of activities including curatorial work, research, art installation, marketing, and education. Students will be supervised by the Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Graeme Reid, and will register for ARTHIST 891. Priority will be given to MA students working toward the Art Museum Studies Certificate.

To apply: Students must fill out an internship application form, provide a cover letter and CV/resume. Students who are awarded this competitive semester-long internship are expected to be present at MOWA 5-10 hours per week with a schedule approved by the director.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of competency in research methods, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to work independently.

Students will engage in a wide range of activities and trainings that include but are not limited to:

Collections Management
Inventory of the MOWA Art Collection
Research of objects in the MOWA Art Collection
Condition Reports

Curatorial
Prepare/write labels
Prepare/write checklists
Condition Reports
Research of objects on display

Marketing
Write exhibition promos
Design exhibition posters/postcards/catalogs
Mailings

Preparator
Hanging art
Framing/Unframing art
Matting art
Putting up/taking down wall text
Cleaning the gallery space
Implementing archival storage
Moving

Education
Exhibition tours
Pulling works for classes visiting the gallery
Presenting to classes
Presenting in the gallery for exhibitions

Process:
Applicants will first be screened by the Internship Committee, then the selected candidate will be approved by the MOWA Director of Collections and Exhibitions. Students are encouraged to apply again if they are not accepted the first time.

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The UWM Art History Galleries Internship

The Department of Art History invites graduate student applications for the Art History Galleries Internship. This semester long program is intended to train graduate students in collection management as well art installation, marketing, and curatorial work. Students work under the director and the immediate supervision of the curator. This can count as ARTHIST 891. Priority will be given to MA students working toward the Art Museum Studies Certificate.

To apply:
Students must fill out an internship application form, provide a cover letter and CV/resume. You must be a first or second year MA graduate student in good standing who is not currently being funded by the department (Teaching Assistantship/Online Grader). Students who are awarded this competitive semester long training program are expected to be present in the gallery 5-10 hours per week with a schedule approved by the director and curator.

Training:
Training with the curator begins the first day of the program. Training will focus on museum database software and art museum procedures. The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of competency in research methods, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to work independently.

Students will engage in a wide range of activities and trainings which include but are not limited to:

Collections Management
Inventory of the UWM Art Collection in the gallery
Inventory of the UWM Art Collection loaned around campus
Research of objects in the UWM Art Collection
Photographing objects from the UWM Art Collection
Condition Reports
Using Past Perfect

Curatorial
Prepare/write labels
Prepare/write checklists
Condition Reports
Using Past Perfect
Research of objects in the UWM Art Collection

Marketing
Write exhibition promos
Design exhibition posters/postcards/catalogs
Mailings
Using Past Perfect

Library
Accessioning books for the UWM Art History Library
Using Past Perfect

Preparator
Hanging art
Framing/Unframing art
Matting art
Putting up/taking down wall text
Cleaning the gallery space
Implementing archival storage
Moving

Education
Working with TAs and Professors to find art for the classroom
Pulling works for classes visiting the gallery
Presenting to classes
Presenting in the gallery for exhibitions

Process:
Members of the Gallery Committee (including the Director, UWM Art Collection and Galleries, Museum Studies professors for the year, and the curator) will interview selected applicants. Students are encouraged to apply again if they are not accepted the first time.

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The UWM Art History Haggerty Museum of Art Internship

The Department of Art History invites graduate student applications for a semester long internship at the Haggerty Museum of Art on the Marquette University campus. The internship is intended to train graduate students in range of activities including curatorial work, education, research, and marketing. Students will be supervised by Lynne Shumow, Curator of Education and/or Emilia Layden, Associate Curator, and will register for ARTHIST 891. Priority will be given to MA students working toward the Art Museum Studies Certificate.

To apply:
Students must fill out an internship application form, provide a cover letter and CV/resume. Students who are awarded this competitive semester-long internship are expected to be present at the Haggerty around 10 hours per week with a schedule approved by the director.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of competency in research methods, excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills and attention to detail and an ability to work independently. Preferred qualification: focus in medieval, Renaissance and early modern periods.

Students will engage in a wide range of activities and trainings that include but are not limited to:

Curatorial and Education
Supports curators in all areas of their responsibilities including research for exhibitions and publications, maintenance of collections records, bibliographic and biographical records and files, and general curatorial inquiries.

Researches and catalogs the permanent collection and archives as part of an ongoing collection management initiative.

Writes, edits, and assists in the production of Museum publications and exhibition-related materials, including wall texts and extended object labels.

Performs exhibition support functions, including bibliographic and checklist research, publication research and production, website development, and public program planning.

Conducts museum tours and creates didactic information for K-12 students.

Works with the Registrarial Department to promote and facilitate the use of the permanent collection as a teaching resource for Marquette faculty and students and the greater Milwaukee community.

Process:
Applicants will first be screened by the Internship Committee, then the selected candidate will be approved by the Director of Education and/or Associate Curator at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Students are encouraged to apply again if they are not accepted the first time.

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The UWM Art History Chipstone Foundation Internship

The Department of Art History invites graduate student applications for a semester long internship at the Chipstone Foundation in Fox Point, WI. The mission of The Chipstone Foundation is to promote and enhance appreciation and knowledge of American material culture (emphasizing the decorative arts) by scholars, students and the general public. Accordingly, this internship is intended to familiarize graduate students with curatorial practice and research. Students will be supervised by Dr. Sarah Carter, Curator and Director of Research, and will register for ARTHIST 891. Priority will be given to M.A. students working toward the Art Museum Studies Certificate.

To apply:
Students must fill out an internship application form, provide a cover letter and CV/resume. Students who are awarded this competitive semester-long internship are expected to be present at the Chipstone Foundation around 10 hours per week with a schedule approved by the Chipstone Curator and Director of Research.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of competency in research methods, excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills and attention to detail and an ability to work independently. Preferred qualification: focus or interest in American art or decorative arts.

Students will engage in a wide range of professional activities that include:

Researching objects in the permanent collection
Compiling resource materials related to publications
Preparing object condition reports

Process:
Applicants will first be screened by the Internship Committee, then the selected candidate will be approved by the Curator and Director of Research at the Chipstone Foundation. Students are encouraged to apply again if they are not accepted the first time.

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