Summer Internships for Current Scholars

New Britain Museum of American Art

Title: Education Intern
Location: New Britain
Dates: June 1 - August 8
Hours: 35 hours/week for 9 weeks with some flexibility. Availability on one Saturday a month required

Job Description: 

The internship will offer a student the opportunity to gain practical experience in a museum environment and to assist with a variety of programmatic, research, content creation, and marketing strategies. The role of the Education Intern is to support the planning, implementation, and promotion of educational programming and digital content. This intern will work within the Education Department under the direction of the Senior Manager of Community Engagement and Family Programs and the Manager of Art Studio Education. They will also work closely with other Education Department staff and interns in other museum departments.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

On-site Children’s Programs

  • Assist Education staff in leading summer youth programming
  • Help design and record dynamic digital content related to the Museum’s permanent collection and programming for publication on the NBMAA’s webpage and social media accounts
  • Help plan and execute programs and interdisciplinary experiences for community and family audiences, especially the monthly Access For All Community Days.
  • Maintain the database of current digital content and lessons; strategize ways to distribute digital content to community partners
  • Assist with marketing initiatives, including mailings and distribution in the community

Community Outreach & Partnership Initiatives

  • Support community outreach efforts with other New Britain service organizations; maintain database of community partners; strategize partnerships with other organizations to reach New Britain residents
  • Accompany Education staff during outreach programs and events in the community
  • Prepare educational activities and marketing materials for community programs and events
  • Assist in building community email list for flyer and marketing distribution
  • Develop Self-Guided Family Activities for Museum Maker Space
  • Work closely with Education staff to create self-guided and take-and-make activities for children and families that relate to the permanent collection and special exhibitions; document use of in-gallery activities for Museum archives
  • Photograph and record social media content to promote take-and-make activities across Museum’s platforms
  • Document and save in-gallery activities to the Education Department’s Google Suite drive to establish and maintain archives

Career Experience: 

The NBMAA's goal for interns is to provide valuable professional experience in the museum education field, link classroom theory to professional practice, and consider museums' role in the broader cultural context. Additionally, the student will learn to research, question, organize, and synthesize information, build strong professional relationships, and develop an understanding of education and marketing practices as well as a life-long appreciation for American art.

Suggested College Majors:

The intern should have an appreciation or interest in education and/or marketing, art, and museums. Suggested majors may include: Museum Studies, Art Education, Education, Art History, Studio Arts, Arts Administration, or Marketing/Communications.

Applicant Requirements: 

The intern must have some experience with children, work well with other Museum staff and volunteers, have excellent written and oral communication skills, be organized, enthusiastic, resourceful, and flexible. The intern should possess the ability to work on a wide variety of projects concurrently, with concern for the tasks assigned and the goals of the department. Excellent project management skills and the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy and attention to detail is crucial. The position requires strong working knowledge of Google, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Facebook, and Instagram. Some experience with digital design and editing platforms such as iMovie and/or other photo/video editing programs is helpful. Spanish and/or Arabic proficiency a plus.