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MASS MoCA Internship Program

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Between MASS MoCA’s 250,000 square feet of gallery space and our year-round performing arts events, it’s always an exciting time to be at MASS MoCA. Jump-start your career with an internship at the museum. MASS MoCA offers internship positions in almost all departments.

MASS MoCA Summer 2019 Internship

Internship Dates: Monday, May 20 – Sunday, August 18, 2019
Internship Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 3pm
All applicants must be US citizens, over the age of 18
Most interns MUST have a valid US driver’s license unless specified.
Submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references via the online application.
You will indicate on the application which internship(s) you are applying for.

VISUAL ARTS

Visual Arts intern assists in the day-to-day operations of a busy Visual Arts department and helps with the preparations for upcoming programs, as well as the maintenance of current exhibitions. Responsibilities consist of research, administrative duties, assistance in the procuring of exhibition materials, preparation and installation of artworks as necessary, transportation of artists using MASS MoCA vehicles, and any number of unexpected errands or jobs required to help maintain an ambitious exhibition program of contemporary art. Responsibilities may also include writing, hands-on upkeep of current exhibitions, and assisting with condition report documentation and organization. Intern also works with the Education Department, receiving training to lead tours of exhibitions, interact with museum visitors, and develop focused “spotlight” talks on topics of special interest. This is a crucial part of the internship experience. The successful candidate should be self-sufficient and have an eye for detail, strong writing and research skills, and a positive attitude about performing many kinds of tasks on a demanding schedule. Individuals with a background in studio art and/or art history are encouraged to apply. Must have driver’s license and be willing to do a fair amount of driving.

AUDIENCE SERVICES

The Audience Services intern reports to the Box Office Manager. This position incorporates interpersonal skills and organizational skills to operate and coordinate all aspects of ticket sales for both Performing Arts events and Gallery Admission. The Audience Services Intern will assist the Box Office Manager with data management, generating lists, analyzing ticketing data, acting as a greeter and providing customer service (general information about MASS MoCA and North Adams), as well as maintaining the overall look of the lobby. The Audience Services Intern is responsible for providing phone and administrative support, processing ticket orders, maintaining the mailing list database and daily cash drawer. This Intern will be responsible for working the information desk, giving private and public tours of the MASS MoCA Galleries in addition to working the James Turrell and Laurie Anderson reservation exhibitions. This Intern will learn basic and complex functions of the Tessitura and waitwhile software. Candidates must be friendly, patient, computer-savvy, a self-starter and confident to work independently during performing arts and outreach events. Knowledge of the North Adams area and experience with customer service are preferred. Experience with ticketing software (Tessitura) is desirable but not required. Customer service experience is a must. A driver’s license might be helpful, but is not required.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

The Graphic Design intern assists in day-to-day tasks of the museum’s in-house design studio, working directly with the senior and junior graphic designers. Projects include production and installation of vinyl exhibition graphics and wayfinding signage; design and production of seasonal marketing collateral (posters, ads, social media graphics); vendor contact; upkeep of website components; and general studio tasks. The intern should demonstrate enthusiasm, stamina, good attention to detail, and willingness to work with a team. Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) required. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, résumé, and portfolio link in order to be considered for this internship. A driver’s license might be helpful, but is not required.

PRODUCTION

Stage Tech / Performing Arts Production interns work with the Production Coordinator, Master Carpenter, Master Electrician, House Sound Engineer, and house crew on all aspects of technical theater, music, and films. This includes hands-on in all of the following areas – lighting, sound, audio/visual, and running crew. You are not required to have a driver’s license.

PERFORMING ARTS ADMINISTRATION

Performing Arts Administration intern works directly with the Project Coordinator in the coordination of current and future season planning, general office work, and maintaining and updating all performing arts files, databases, and calendars. The intern will alternate between the Project Coordinator and Artist Services Director with drafting event programs, researching upcoming artists, assisting with front of house operations as well as with artist services to arrange transportation and housing logistics of visiting artists, staff, and fellow interns. You are required to have a valid US driver’s license and will work weekends.

EDUCATION-PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

A summer Public Engagement Intern will focus on public engagement during the museum’s peak visitation season. This experiential internship is an opportunity for current college students who want to explore the dynamic, fast-paced world of museum visitor services and education. Practical experience is gained through interactions with the public by conducting conversational-style tours in the main galleries, serving at the Information Desk, and managing public hours in Kidspace to help visitors explore the exhibition and create their own works of art at the drop-in ArtBar. Interns spend 3/4th of their time in a visitor services capacity interacting with museum guests to create educational experiences. Interns spend the rest of their time working mainly with the Public Engagement Coordinator helping with preparing materials for art camps, writing tour guide information packets, and conducting research on artists and other public engagement programs. Successful candidates should be self-sufficient, have an eye for detail, strong oral, writing, and research skills, an enthusiasm for public speaking, and strong customer service skills. They should be able to learn quickly and be confident in their abilities to take on “trial by fire” challenges. Preference is given to candidates with museum / art education experience. Weekend hours required.

DEVELOPMENT

Development interns will work to help ensure the success of MASS MoCA’s fundraising activities, which supports $3.3m in annual income. Work will vary between specifics projects, for which the intern will have the opportunity to see the project from start to finish, and individual tasks on larger projects directed by department staff. The intern will gain experience in prospect research, grant-writing, direct mail solicitations, special events, membership programs, and database management. In an average week, you will spend approximately 40% of your time working on prospect research and proposal preparation, 40% on membership and individual giving, with the remaining 20% alternating as the workload requires. You are not required to have a driver’s license.

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APPLICATION PROCESS

Q: How do I apply?
A: Online via the posted link. You will need to upload a cover letter, resume, and provide three professional references.

Q: May I apply via regular mail?
A: Yes. Please address mailed applications to Meghan Robertson Labbee, Artist Services + Internship Program Director, MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247.

Q: Will my application be reviewed if it is incomplete?
A: No, departments only review completed applications.

Q: Is a valid driver’s license required?
A: In most departments, it is required and will be listed in each internship description. Those departments do not accept candidates that do not meet this criterion.

Q: Are MASS MoCA internships open to international applicants?
A: MASS MoCA can only accept applications from applicants who already have US citizenship. Unfortunately, we are unable to be a host organization for an international applicant.

HOUSING

Q: What is intern housing like?
A: Located within walking distance of MASS MoCA, intern housing is furnished with basic furniture, kitchenware, TV/DVD, basic cable, washer/dryer, WiFi Internet, and off-street parking. Interns share a bedroom (usually 2 interns per bedroom) and common areas with fellow interns. Interns are responsible for their own meals.

Q: Are pets permitted in intern housing?
A: No, pets are not permitted in intern housing. Please find alternate pet care for the full duration of your internship.

WORK SCHEDULE AND DAYS OFF

Q: How many hours do interns work?
A: Full-time interns will work 32 hours per week. This is the best way to experience the inner workings of each department. Days off are determined by each department according to its needs.

Q: Are interns allowed to leave for several days at a time?
A: If you have a wedding or some other brief (1–2 days) event to attend that has been planned in advance, please inform us of those dates if you are selected for an interview. If you would need to leave the internship for one week or more, please do not apply now. Consider applying in the future when your schedule is more flexible. We are looking for people who can work continuously for the duration of an internship. Summer is MASS MoCA’s busiest season.

Q: Do I have to stay the whole time?
A: Yes, you must be available for the full duration of the internship. There will be no exceptions for the start or end dates.

OTHER QUESTIONS

Q: What type of educational requirements will be part of this program?
A: There are three elements of the program:
1. Visitor Services: All interns interact with our audience by leading weekly public tours and working at the Information Desk.
2. Intern Education: Weekly presentation and discussion by department heads and/or visiting artists.
3. Intern Outings: All-intern, bi-weekly excursions to other regional cultural institutions, such as the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance.

Q: Who covers travel expenses?
A: Each intern is responsible for his or her own travel expenses to and from MASS MoCA.

Q: Is it possible to get academic-credit internships?
A: Yes, email Meghan Robertson Labbee for details, as they change each semester.

Q: More questions?
A: Please email Meghan Robertson Labbee.

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