Summer Internships at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum

February 06, 2018

This position is open to college and graduate students with majors in art, art history, arts administration, museum studies, arts education and similar fields. Recent graduates are also welcome to apply. The summer internship program runs June through August during office hours, with a weekly minimum commitment of 16 hours. Limited evening and weekend attendance is required.

Valued attributes of qualifying interns include the ability to: pitch in and help during varied circumstances; operate intelligently, responsibly and independently; and to maintain a sense of humor. Knowledge of PCs and Macs, InDesign, Constant Contact, and WordPress is helpful. Physical work is required of all interns. Interns will be expected to maintain independent timekeeping, and perform duties as needed without oversight.

Daily tasks within the Museum School include workshop set-up and breakdown, orientation, and teacher support, as well as set-up and breakdown of events in the galleries of the Museum and other tasks as assigned. Interns will balance these duties with longer term, in-depth projects that expand their knowledge of an area within the Museum. There are two options for more specifically-focused internships: Collections and Archives, and Youth Programming. These positions still fall within the general internship, and all interns will still be performing duties such as event set-up and breakdown. We are looking to fill a specific internship position in the Collections and Archives department, working one-on-one will the Archivist/Photographer and Registrar. We are also seeking a Youth Education intern, to work directly in a classroom setting for our summer children’s art sessions. Alternatively, interns may have the opportunity to explore a variety of museum areas including: special events, visitor services, collection and archives, exhibition support, promotion and marketing, and museum education. Please specify in your cover letter if you are interested in one of these two specific positions or a broader overview experience.

This is an unpaid position. Compensation includes a one-year membership to PAAM, free participation in a summer workshop and recommendation letters.

Collections and Archives Internship
This internship will work one-on-one will the archivist and registrar with both day-to-day, and long term projects. Duties include but are not limited to exhibition support (installation, documentation, and de-installation); collection and archives database inventory and digitizing; expansion of the online collection access; responding to research inquiries; and photographing and filming exhibition-related events. This position requires strong attention to detail and the physical ability to move artwork safely.

Youth Programming Internship
The Youth Education intern will work with the Children’s Art Adventures teacher. This internship will focus on working in the classroom for hands-on experience. Interns will assist in teaching and classroom management in a youth art program that serves ages 6+. The position may be customized to address interests and focus.

Application Procedures
Please read the internship information carefully before applying. Send a cover letter, resume, and letter of reference via email or mail. We prefer to receive all materials in one packet. Your cover letter can include your areas of interest within the Museum environment. Positions are filled on a rolling basis. Please limit cover letter to a maximum of two pages. Materials should be mailed to Internship Program, PAAM, 460 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657 or via email to [email protected].

Application Deadline
Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis but preference is given to applications received by April 15. You will receive a confirmation email within ten days of your materials being submitted.

Have Questions? Email is the preferred way to get in touch at [email protected].