Summer Internships for Current Scholars

Mattatuck Historical Society

Title: Education Department Intern
Location: Waterbury
Dates: Flexible to begin around 6/12 and run for nine consecutive weeks from start date
Hours: Approximately 35 hours weekly for a total of 315 hours. Schedule is flexible. Some evening and weekend work for education programs throughout the summer will be expected.

Job Description: 

The ASF Summer Intern will be a member of the Education Department at the Mattatuck Museum, assisting with the School’s OUT! Summer Adventures program, along with providing support for other education-related programs planned throughout the summer.

In the first week of the internship the intern will be given the opportunity to see how museums operate behind the scenes by attending meetings with the Curatorial, Development, Marketing and Visitor Services Departments. This experience will allow the intern to be exposed to the variety of professions one can pursue if they choose a career in museums. The intern will also spend the first week getting to know the Education Department members and what the School’s OUT! program is and how it is structured to best help attendees. The School’s OUT! program occurs both during the year and over the summer, packaged as week-long programs where children will explore the Museum galleries through museum educator-led learning opportunities, create original works of art with teaching artists, and interact with historical interpreters through theatrical performances in the galleries.

For much of the internship period, the intern will work with the Education Department on implementing this year’s School’s OUT! program by leading and assisting various activities related to the chosen theme. Based on what they learn and are interested in, the intern will then develop two single-day “School’s OUT!” experiences that focus on art and history inspired by the Museum’s collections for children aged 6-12. The goal for the intern is to gain a better understanding of how educational programming is created and implemented in the museum setting. For those students interested in pursuing a career in Education, a position in Education at a Museum is a viable career in the arts where students can learn first-hand how museum experiences can supplement the education for children and how it has the ability to supplement the art and history students are learning in school.

The intern will also develop a single week-long summer enrichment experience highlighting museum objects that will be offered during next the cycle of School’s OUT! for summer 2024. In order to develop this educational program, the intern will need to collaborate with other departments like curatorial, archives, and marketing to develop the program to be implemented the following summer. This exercise offers the intern the opportunity to put what they learned throughout the summer into practice and to complete the program with a tangible product for their resume.

The intern will also use their experience working with the curatorial and education departments to develop two pop-up art enrichment activities to be conducted in the gallery space. These in-gallery experiences are interactives that will be permanent fixtures for an upcoming exhibition, such as “Between Worlds: Stories of Artists and Migrations” or for a display in our History Gallery. For example, a previously offered in-gallery interactive was a flower origami folding station that was a fixture in the “The Garden” exhibition in spring 2022. The interns in-gallery experience will directly connect to the theme of the show.

The intern will also spend at least two weeks learning operations for the public-facing roles of Visitor Services. The intern will work with the team by interfacing with visitors, members, and tour groups, and will help implement interactive activities in the Andy Warhol “Endangered Species” exhibition.  They will develop customer service skills, work collaboratively with colleagues, and understand operations of the public-facing team. These skills are critical for many professions and are transferable to careers in other fields, particularly nonprofits.

Career Experience: 

The experience of a Mattatuck summer internship provides a student with invaluable collegial and project management skills critical for their future career pursuits; such skills include research, public presentations based on their research, arts education, overall planning and organizational skills, non-profit administration, marketing, and public relations.

Suggested College Majors: 

Desired college majors include art education, studio art, graphic design, education, history, public administration, literature, art history, museum studies or another related field.

Applicant Requirements: 

The Museum seeks an intern who is enthusiastic about learning and broadening their understanding about future careers in the museum and nonprofit sectors. We are looking for an intern who is enthusiastic about the opportunities we are providing for the internship and for one who looks forward to developing new skills in project management, collaborative and independent work, group facilitation, research, and writing.

  • Interest in developing education programs that would be of interest to many demographics
  • Interest in research in object database and archives to develop such programs
  • Interest in education and/or the visual arts
  • Develop a mailing list for off-site facilities catering to both youths and adults
  • Creative thinking skills
  • Willingness to plan and execute programs
  • Proficiency with Microsoft 365 applications
  • Experience teaching art, science, or history programs a plus