Summer Internships for Current Scholars

Mattatuck Museum

Title: Education & Development Intern
Location: Waterbury
Dates: Close to the proposed dates of June 10 – August 9, 2024.
Hours: 9:30 to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Some evening and weekend hours will be expected for education programs and our planned major fundraiser in June.

Job Description: 

The ASF Summer Intern will be a member of both the Education and Development Departments at the Mattatuck Museum this year. The intern will spend the first four weeks with the Development team assisting with fundraising and sponsorship efforts, particularly for their biggest fundraiser of the year scheduled in June. The intern will spend the second four weeks with the Education team assisting with their popular School’s OUT! Summer Adventures program for July and supports other education-related programs planned throughout the summer. The final week will be shared by Education and Development as the intern completes their final work tasks for each department.

For the first month the intern will gain experience by working behind the scenes in museum operations as a member of the Development team, as Development is responsible for the organization’s fundraising efforts of every department. The intern will be an important asset to the planning and implementation of the Museum’s largest annual fundraiser, the Brass Button Award, which will take place on June 27, 2024.

As part of the Development Department they will collaborate with Jennifer Johnston, Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager, and Ryan Flanders, Development & Membership Coordinator on the organization of the registration for the June 27th fundraiser.  They will interface with vendors and coordinate them for the day-of event duties. In addition to helping with the Museum’s largest fundraiser the intern will be working with Jennifer to secure corporate partners and exhibition sponsorships, and work with Ryan to communicate with members about the summer member benefits and assist with membership communications. The intern will gain an understanding of the behind-the-scenes logistical work that goes into planning large, complex fundraisers, as well as act as an ambassador of the museum to current and prospective donors, encouraging support for the Museum as the region’s biggest cultural organization  and  a welcoming community space for all individuals.

In the second month, the intern will co-facilitate the School’s OUT! program with the Education team. This program occurs both during the academic year and the summer, and is packaged as week-long programs where children will explore the Museum galleries and participate in arts enrichment activities that include creating their own original works of art. The tours and activities will be led by both the Education team and  guest teaching artists.

For School’s OUT!, the intern will lead various activities related to this summer’s chosen theme. Based on their interests and themes inspired by our collections, the intern will develop two single-day “School’s OUT!” experiences that focus on art and history for 15 children aged 6-12. These experiences can include art-making activities such as a self-reflective portrait activity, designing a kaleidoscope, and community-inspired murals.  

Career Experience: 

The primary goal is for the intern to gain experience in two critical departments of the museum: Development and Education. This opportunity allows the intern to learn about museum operations both behind the scenes and as a front-facing community partner. The secondary goal is for the intern to learn practical skills in a job setting related to nonprofit work at a cultural institution both in fundraising and in children’s arts enrichment. Other goals include learning to work with adults and children, promoting the arts, managing their own projects, and collaborating across departments.

For Development, the intern will gain practical experience of how to plan a fundraiser event, create content for marketing the event and implementing the event. They will also learn how a membership program operates, communicate with Museum members and corporate partners and prepare letters for an appeal, donor acknowledgements, and membership renewals.

For Education, the intern will learn how educational programming is created and implemented in the museum setting. For those students interested in pursuing a career in Education, a position  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 can supplement the art and history students are learning in school. The intern will create (2) day-long School’s OUT! Experiences complete with various art and science activities alongside ideas for guest teaching artists and visiting performers.

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

Suggested College Majors: 

This internship is designed for those interested in or pursuing a degree in arts education, studio art, non-profit management, education, history, fundraising, art history, museum studies or another related field.

Applicant Requirements: 

The Museum is seeking 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 eager to build their skillset in areas that include project management, event planning, fundraising, public speaking, collaborative and independent work, teaching, research, and writing. We have enjoyed working with previous interns through the American Savings Foundation and believe that this opportunity offers a long-lasting benefit for both the student and the institution.

Desired Skills and Experience: 

  • Self-motivated individual with creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Interest in developing education programs that appeal to diverse demographics
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft 365 applications
  • Experience teaching art, science, or history programs a plus