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Each spring, summer, and fall El Museo del Barrio offers Internship opportunities to promising undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates and career changers who are considering careers in the arts, education, non-profits and museum profession. Through administrative and project-based Internships, Interns have opportunities to research, conceptualize, coordinate, execute, and/or evaluate programs and initiatives.

Due to its relatively small size, El Museo del Barrio is able to provide Interns with rewarding, valuable, hands-on learning experiences that enable them to directly impact and shape programming, meet and interact with new people, and learn about El Museo’s collection and Puerto Rican, Caribbean, and Latin American art and culture. Through its Internship program, El Museo del Barrio creates platforms for emerging museum professionals and contributes to diversifying the museum field.

SPRING 2017 INTERNSHIP SCHEDULE 

Internship Cycle Begins: First week of January
Internship Cycle Ends: Second week of May
Please note, applications must be received on or by December 9, 2016 to be considered.

Spring Application Deadline
Spring 2017                                        Second Friday of December

Requested materials:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Recommendation

AVAILABLE INTERNSHIP POSITIONS

COLLECTION MANAGEMENT/REGISTRAR INTERN

DEPARTMENT: Curatorial
INTERNSHIP TYPE: Project Based
LEVEL: Graduate
AVAILABILITY: PT (21hrs/wk)

Under the supervision of the Registrar and/or the Permanent Collection Manager, the Collection Management/Registrar Intern will assist with the upkeep of the Collection Database and The Museum System (TMS), as well as updating content related to the Permanent Collection and works on loans for exhibitions.

Tasks will include entering and updating records utilizing The Museum System® (TMS®), the collections management database in use at El Museo del Barrio’s Curatorial Department; linking digital images of objects to their respective object database records is included within this task. The Collection Management/Registrar Intern will coordinate current and future exhibitions by tracking loans, assist with packing and shipping arrangements, and assist with exhibition installations/de-installations. He/she will be responsible for numbering, cataloging and re-housing objects in the Permanent Collection. The Collection Management/Registrar Intern will assist with entering and/or organizing content for the Permanent Collection module of El Museo’s website and other duties as assigned.

Desired qualities/skills: Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program in museum studies, art history or related area. Knowledge of Word, Excel and Photoshop are a must. Knowledge of a museum database system, including The Museum System, is preferable.

Note: The intern must be willing to report to an offsite storage warehouse to complete some of the tasks described above. Intern must be available to participate in the Internship Orientation in the beginning and have a brief final presentation on their work at the end of the program.

CURATORIAL DEPARTMENT
El Museo del Barrio’s Curatorial Department is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of the art and cultural heritage of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Mexico, and South and Central America. The Department is responsible for maintaining and developing the Museum’s Permanent Collection of over 8,000 objects ranging from Pre-Columbian artifacts to contemporary artworks. In addition to exhibitions, the Curatorial Department also promotes scholarship and awareness of Latin American art and culture through symposiums, bilingual publications, Artist’s Archives, and the Curatorial reference library.

TO APPLY, CLICK HERE!
COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

DEPARTMENT: Marketing & Communications
AREA: Communications
INTERNSHIP TYPE: Administrative/Project Based
LEVEL: Undergraduate, Graduate/Recent Graduate
AVAILABILITY DESIRED: PT (14-21hrs/wk)

Under the supervision of the Head of Communications, the Communications Intern will be instrumental in expanding the reach of the department, solidifying its daily operations, and maximizing El Museo’s exposure. The internship provides a great opportunity to gain experience in the arts and marketing & communication world.

Tasks will include, 1) Media Relations: developing relationships with local, national and international journalists and actively pursue positive stories about El Museo through pro-active outreach, respond to journalist request/queries, as well as help run press previews and host visiting journalists; 2) Media List management: oversee media database to produce media lists and update (include) existing contacts; 3) Content Development: assist with editing assignments, i.e. press releases, media advisories, pitch e-emails, review website content etc.; 4) Archiving: processing and archiving media coverage in digital form; and 5) General Support: provide additional support with marketing initiatives as needed.

Desired qualities/skills: Dynamic, self-motivated, outgoing, highly organized individual with solid research skills, including exceptional writing ability and capacity for working with diverse populations. Ease with technology is a must, including proficiency in Microsoft Office, and social media applications such as Facebook and Twitter. Spoken and written proficiency in Spanish and knowledge of Latino arts and cultural community are a plus.

Note: Intern must be available to participate in SUPER SABADO! Free Third Saturdays at El Museo (every 3rd Saturday of the month) as well as participate in the Internship Orientation in the beginning and have a brief final presentation on their work at the end of the program.

COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
The Communications Department is responsible for the design, management, and implementation of all marketing, and communications activities of El Museo del Barrio.

TO APPLY, CLICK HERE!
CURATORIAL INTERN

DEPARTMENT: Curatorial
INTERNSHIP TYPE: Administrative/Project Based
LEVELS: Undergraduate, Graduate/Recent Graduate
AVAILABILITY DESIRED: PT (14-21hrs/wk)

Under the supervision of the Curator, the Curatorial Intern will provide general administrative support for the Curatorial Department and assist with preparations for upcoming exhibitions. Tasks may include editing and updating working checklists and bibliographies; compiling, resizing, and uploading relevant images; transcribing interviews, and occasionally translating artist statements, resumes and related materials. Other tasks may include writing/editing object labels and exhibition descriptions, and other administrative duties as assigned.

Desired qualities/skills: The ideal candidate must have a degree or coursework in museum studies, art history or related field, with demonstrated research and writing skills. Strong attention to detail, excellent follow-up and organization skills, and ability to work independently required. Strong bilingual (English/Spanish) verbal and writing skills and working knowledge of Photoshop is a plus.

Note: Please submit a brief 2-3page writing sample. Intern must be available to participate in the Internship Orientation in the beginning and have a brief final presentation on their work at the end of the program.

CURATORIAL DEPARTMENT
El Museo del Barrio’s Curatorial Department is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of the art and cultural heritage of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Mexico, and South and Central America. The Department is responsible for maintaining and developing the Museum’s Permanent Collection of over 8,000 objects ranging from Pre-Columbian artifacts to contemporary artworks. In addition to exhibitions, the Curatorial Department also promotes scholarship and awareness of Latin American art and culture through symposiums, bilingual publications, Artist’s Archives, and the Curatorial reference library.

TO APPLY, CLICK HERE!
CURATORIAL ASSISTANT INTERN

DEPARTMENT: Curatorial
INTERNSHIP TYPE: Administrative/Project Based
LEVEL: Undergraduate, Graduate/Recent Graduate
AVAILABILITY DESIRED: PT (14-21hrs/wk)

Under the supervision of the Registrar and/or Curatorial Programs Coordinator, the Curatorial Assistant Intern will provide general administrative support for the Curatorial Department and assist with the upkeep of the Collection Database and The Museum System (TMS), as well as updating content related to the Permanent Collection. Tasks include the up keeping of the Collection Database and The Museum System (TMS), as well as updating content related to the Permanent Collection. He/she will be responsible for entering and updating records, archiving old and new materials; numbering, cataloging and re-housing artist files and library books; assisting with entering and/or organizing/creating new content for the Curatorial library and artist files and other duties as assigned.

Desired qualities/skills: The ideal candidate must have a degree or coursework in museum studies, library studies, art history or related field, with demonstrated research and writing skills. Strong attention to detail, excellent follow-up and organization skills, and ability to work independently required. Strong bilingual (English/Spanish) verbal and writing skills and working knowledge of Photoshop is a plus.

CURATORIAL DEPARTMENT
El Museo del Barrio’s Curatorial Department is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of the art and cultural heritage of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Mexico, and South and Central America. The Department is responsible for maintaining and developing the Museum’s Permanent Collection of over 8,000 objects ranging from Pre-Columbian artifacts to contemporary artworks. In addition to exhibitions, the Curatorial Department also promotes scholarship and awareness of Latin American art and culture through symposiums, bilingual publications, Artist’s Archives, and the Curatorial reference library.

TO APPLY, CLICK HERE!
EDUCATION PROGRAMS INTERN

DEPARTMENT: Education and Public Programs
AREA: School and Family Programs
INTERNSHIP TYPE: Administrative/Project Based
LEVEL: Undergraduate, Graduate/Recent Graduate, Career-Changer
AVAILABILITY DESIRED: PT (21hrs/wk)

Under the supervision of the Manager of School and Family Programs the Education Programs Intern will assist with further development of on-site programs, contingent on the applicant’s area of interest and past experiences. Internships may involve research and development of materials for guided tours and hands-on workshops, assistance with creating professional development resources for educators, and development and facilitation of family programs such as Super Sábado and Coquí Club.

Tasks may include assisting with coordinating tours, conducting research on the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, preparing art materials, attending department meetings, collecting evaluation based data, assisting with Super Sábado and Coquí Club programs, and responding to email and other inquiries.

Desired skills: The ideal candidate is enthusiastic and willing to try new things. S/he has an interest in education, the arts and/or museum studies, and Latin America/Caribbean/Latino culture. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to prioritize responsibilities, and work well both independently and within a team. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) required. Interest in curriculum development and community engagement would be a plus.

Note: Intern must be available to participate in Super Sábado and Coquí Club (first Wednesday of the month) as well as participate in the Internship Orientation in the beginning and have a brief final presentation on their work at the end of the program.

EDUCATION AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT
El Museo del Barrio’s Education and Public Programs Department is dedicated to providing its diverse audience with unique bilingual education programs. Through guided tours, hands-on workshops, school partnerships, family programs, cultural celebrations, and adult public programs, El Museo offers visitors multiple entry points to explore its mission, Permanent Collection, and exhibitions on view. While offering an important resource for Latinos in New York City and the tri-state area, El Museo’s programs remain accessible and relevant to all audiences.

We believe art is a tool for social change, cultural empowerment, and civic engagement. Founder Raphael Montañez Ortiz refers to the inception of El Museo del Barrio as a response to the community’s need for a “powerful cultural institution that would reveal its past; affirm and guide its present (critically and with respect); and inspire its future, with integrity and intellectual authority.” El Museo’s approach to education is rooted in the tradition set by Ortiz, an artist educator himself, who continues to be an inspiration for the institution.

 

TO APPLY, CLICK HERE!
INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT INTERN

DEPARTMENT: Development
INTERNSHIP TYPE: Administrative/Project Based
LEVEL: Undergraduate, Graduate/Recent Graduate
AVAILABILITY DESIRED: PT (14hrs/wk)

Under the supervision of the Institutional Giving Manager, the Institutional Development Intern will assist with Corporation and Foundation grant seeking at the museum. The Institutional Development Intern will work with his/her supervisor on researching prospects, tracking deadlines and preparing meetings with funders.

Tasks include (but are not limited to) identifying and researching corporate and foundation funding prospects, and tracking of deadlines and other publicized funding opportunities. The Institutional Development Intern is also expected to prepare corporate and foundation collateral, as well as being tasked with other duties as assigned. Ideally the candidate will be available to work some evenings or weekends for special events. The Institutional Development Intern is also expected to keep abreast of El Museo programming through ongoing contact with the Curatorial, Education, and Public Programs Department in an effort to identify museum funding needs.

Desired qualities/skills: The ideal candidate has excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to write well. Candidates should also be able to think creatively and possess strong attention to detail and organizational skills.

Note: Intern must be available to participate in off-site events, not limited to, but also including SUPER SABADO! Free Third Saturdays at El Museo (every 3rd Saturday of the month) as well as participate in the Internship Orientation in the beginning and have a brief final presentation on their work at the end of the program.

DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
El Museo del Barrio’s Development Department is responsible for fundraising initiatives including individual, foundation, corporate funding, and space rentals. The Development Department manages all membership activities, including cultivation events such as our Annual Gala, Young International Circle Benefit, and Membership Appreciation Party.

TO APPLY, CLICK HERE!
MARKETING INTERN

DEPARTMENT: Marketing & Communications
AREA: Marketing
INTERNSHIP TYPE: Administrative/Project Based
LEVEL: Undergraduate, Graduate/Recent Graduate
AVAILABILITY DESIRED: PT (14-21hrs/wk)

Under the supervision of the Head of Communications, the Marketing Intern will be instrumental in expanding the reach of the department, solidifying its daily operations, and maximizing El Museo’s exposure. The internship provides a great opportunity to gain experience in the arts and marketing & communication world.

Tasks will include 1) Advertising: manage creative process of advertisements, and coordinating media buys; 2) Cross-Promotions: developing a target list of partners for specific programs that require outreach and making connections on behalf of the museum; 3) Collateral: manage creative process of marketing materials, printing, and distribution strategy; 4) General support: serve as support on all general discussion and items that require Marketing attention, as well as offer new ideas and actively participate in brainstorms.

Desired qualities/skills: Dynamic, self-motivated, outgoing, highly organized individual with solid research skills, including exceptional writing ability and capacity for working with diverse populations. Ease with technology is a must, including proficiency in Microsoft Office, and social media applications such as Facebook and Twitter. Spoken and written proficiency in Spanish and knowledge of Latino arts and cultural community are a plus. Experience with design software such as the Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.

Note: Intern must be available to participate in off-site events, not limited to, but also including SUPER SABADO! Free Third Saturdays at El Museo (every 3rd Saturday of the month) as well as participate in the Internship Orientation in the beginning and have a brief final presentation on their work at the end of the program.

MARKETING DEPARTMENT
The Marketing Department is responsible for the design, management, and implementation of all marketing, and communications activities of El Museo del Barrio.

TO APPLY, CLICK HERE!

FAQ

During the spring and fall sessions Interns are expected to commit 14-21 hours per week during a 14-16 week cycle, and 10 week cycle during the summer.

With the exception of Arts Interns, a paid summer internship opportunities through the ArtsIntern program (www.artsintern.org), all internships are unpaid. College credit is available on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants should apply to no more than two internship positions. Please note, we are currently not reviewing materials from international applicants.

Questions can be referred via email to at interns@elmuseo.org.