Summer Internships for Current Scholars

New Britain Museum of American Art

Title: Education Intern
Location: New Britain
Dates: May 2019– August 2019
Hours: Full-time (35 hours per week) for 9 weeks for a total commitment of 315 hours. Hours are flexible with most students’ schedules.

Job Description: 

This internship will offer a student the opportunity to gain practical experience in a museum environment and to assist with a variety of research and hands-on art making projects. The role of the Education Intern is to assist with the planning and facilitation of children’s studio programs, the ongoing organization of the hands-on Art and Discovery Lab spaces, a variety of educational marketing initiatives, and off-site outreach events, as well as general duties in the Education Department. If internship begins prior to the end of the K-12 school year, opportunities exist to support school programs as well.  This intern will work within the Education Department under the direction of the Coordinator of Youth Studio and Family Programs and the Museum Educator, and closely with other Education Department staff and Museum interns.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

On-site Children’s Programs
•    Help studio educators to plan and facilitate a variety of children’s programs, including Art Cart activities, school workshops, after-school classes, summer camps, open studio sessions, and family and community programs
•    Prepare and teach educational activities during community events
•    Assist with the organization and maintenance of studio and storage spaces
•    Develop an updated inventory of art supplies
•    Create a database of current teaching artists
•    Assist with marketing initiatives, including mailings and distribution in the community

Off-site Outreach Initiatives
•    Support community outreach efforts  with other New Britain service organizations and assist in strategizing partnerships with other organizations to reach New Britain residents 
•    Accompany Education staff to outreach events in the community
•    Prepare educational activities and marketing materials for outreach events

Self-Guided Family Activities
•    Work closely with Education staff to create in-gallery, all-ages activities that relate to special exhibitions; maintain in-gallery activities for the duration of the summer; document use of in-gallery activities for Museum archives
•    Assist Studio Educators with projects in drop-in Art and Discovery Lab spaces including updating and maintaining children’s library, executing a mural, and other newly developed projects as needed
•    Assist in creating and facilitating evaluations for self-guided activities, tabulate data 
•    Scan past activities into the Museum’s computer database to establish and maintain archive

Career Experience: 

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

Suggested College Majors:

Suggested majors may include: Museum Studies, Art Education, Art History, Studio Arts, Arts Administration, or Communications.

Applicant Requirements: 

The intern must have the ability to work well with students of all ages and 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. 

A strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, the Internet, and e-mail is required. Experience working with children or in a classroom setting strongly preferred. An appreciation or interest in education, art and museums is essential.