Summer Internships for Current Scholars

New Britain Museum of American Art

Title: Education Intern
Location: New Britain
Dates: May 2021 – August 2021
Hours: 35 hours per week for 9 weeks (total of 315 hours). Availability on one Saturday a month required.

Job Description: 

The partly remote internship will offer a student the opportunity to gain practical experience in a museum environment and to assist with a variety of 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 Coordinator of Youth Studio and Family Programs and the part-time Museum Educator, and closely with other Education Department staff and Museum interns.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

On-site and Virtual Children’s Programs

  • Help design and record dynamic digital content related to the Museum’s permanent collection for publication on the NBMAA’s Digital Museum Access webpage and social media accounts
  • Help research, devise, and implement new modes of discovery for the Museum’s digital content online, centered around keywording and thematic groupings to help improve digital engagement and reach
  • Help plan and execute safe, socially-distanced outdoor programs and interdisciplinary experiences for community and family audiences 
  • 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 virtual 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

Self-Guided Family Activities

  • 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

COVID Accommodations:

The intern will be subject to follow the Museum's COVID-19 Protocol for All Staff. The Museum's COVID-19 policies adhere to the State of Connecticut guidelines for the reopening of offices and the "Cumulative Risk Reduction" strategy. The approach involves rigorous procedures and preventative measures to ensure the safety of Museum staff, volunteers, and visitors, including touchless temperature checks, mandatory masks, social distancing, frequent handwashing/sanitizing, and limiting the number of persons in a space. In adherence to these policies, the student will work remotely and only come into the Museum for scheduled program preparation and/or facilitation. The intern will be urged not to come into the Museum if they are not feeling well. Upon the start of the internship, the intern will be required to read the addendum for COVID-19 Protocol and Office Safety and submit a signature page confirming their understanding of the policies.

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, 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.