Call for Volunteer Interns
General information about interning at the CAMH:
· We are looking for interested and reliable persons to fill internship positions in our departments for the duration of the fall term.
· We ask that you fulfill a minimum of 2-4 hour shifts for the workday, with a commitment of 8-12 hours a week. This position has flexibility depending on your school schedule.
· For those seeking to fulfill a University credit requirement, please check with your university advisor to determine credit hour fulfillments for your course.
· Interns will be expected to take part in weekly round-table discussions on the history and practice of museum education. The purpose of the readings is to provide a basic grounding in the conceptualizations of museum programming. Interns will also have the opportunity to learn from guest lectures by staff from other departments.
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a non-collecting, artist-centered, curatorially-driven, and audience-responsive institution. The Curatorial Department is charged with presenting exhibition projects that are compelling, timely, and relevant.
Interns in the Curatorial Department assist in such projects and tasks as:
• Research artists for future exhibition projects
• Draft biographical and bibliographical materials for exhibition publications
• Digitize the Museum's out-of-print publications
• Maintain the department's library and assisting with the Museum's publication exchange program
As the Development Department of a museum, we seek to fulfill CAMH's mission by raising necessary funds, which pay for all of the operating costs of running the museum such as installation of exhibitions, education programming materials, free admission and the lights and air conditioning. We raise these funds through several initiatives including membership, annual fund, special events and grant writing.
Interns in the Development Department assist in such projects and tasks as:
• Draft and edit membership materials
• Manage CAMH's gift membership program
• Research membership partner opportunities
• Research grant opportunities
• Maintain and update the department's donor files
• Manage special event and annual fund mailings
• Other duties as assigned
Education & Public Programs Department:
The Education Department is responsible for generating educational programming both at the museum and in-schools across the greater Houston area that are compelling and relevant. The Public Programs Department is charged with creating speaking, film, music, and other events at the museum. The Education and Public Programs departments are expanding at a rapid rate and require a myriad of tasks to continue this growth.
Interns in the Education and Public Programs departments may be expected to do the following:
· Research artists, historians, and other speakers for future public programs
· Research established and emerging educational programming in other institutions both in the U.S. and abroad to ensure the department is meeting the highest standards of museum practice
· Digitize the Museum's extensive archive material
· Expand the Museum’s educational reference texts
· Help create family guides and other program offerings
·Assist at educational and public program events as well as other forums for outreach in the city at-large
· An ideal candidate will be highly flexible and have a diverse skill set.
· The museum relies heavily on cross-departmental dialogue and will require interns to be comfortable with this form of engagement.
· Candidates will be expected to be able to multi-task. Interns may be expected to complete projects in other departments as needed.
· Applicants should be very self-motivated and directed.
· Foreign language skills desired but not necessary.
Founded in 1948 by a group of professionals who wished to bring the most compelling, new, and challenging contemporary art from across the world to Houston, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) is one of the city’s first major arts institutions and one of the nation’s oldest major non-collecting museums. CAMH’s resources are dedicated to presenting the most exciting contemporary ideas, themes and artists to the community through dynamic exhibitions, scholarly publications and accessible education programs. CAMH reaches diverse audiences of all ages and admission to the museum is always free.
To apply for an internship at the Museum, please email a cover letter and resume to one of the following individuals as determined by your interest:
For Curatorial Department: Nancy O'Connor, Curatorial Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org
For Development Department: Geoff Smith, Grants Coordinator, at email@example.com
For Education and Public Programs: Daniel Atkinson, Education and Public Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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