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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 Fall 2019 Internship

Internship Dates: Monday, August 26th – Saturday December 14th
Internship Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 10, at 6pm
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.

APPLY FOR FALL 2019 INTERNSHIP

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 theatre, music, and films. This includes hands-on in all of the following areas – carpentry, lighting, sound, audio/visual, and running crew. You are not required to have a driver’s license.

VISUAL ARTS - CURATORIAL

Intern assists in the day-to-day operations of a busy curatorial department and helps with the preparations for upcoming programs, as well as the maintenance of current exhibitions. Responsibilities consist of research, writing, administrative duties, assistance in the procuring of exhibition materials, installation of artworks as necessary, and any number of unexpected errands or jobs required to help maintain an ambitious exhibition program of contemporary art. 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. Must have driver’s license and be willing to do a fair amount of driving.

PERFORMING ARTS ADMINISTRATION

Intern works directly with the Managing Director of Performing Arts 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.

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.

DEVELOPMENT

Interns in the development department 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.

COMMUNICATIONS

The intern works on all aspects of marketing and public relations to support MASS MoCA’s visual and performing arts programs. There is a strong emphasis on groundwork: street-level marketing throughout western Massachusetts, northwest Connecticut, eastern-central New York, and southern Vermont. The marketing intern logs lots of miles spreading news about MASS MoCA events across our beautiful region. Days in the office include written contributions to social media, eblasts, websites, press releases, and other promotional material. The interns are responsible for preparing press kits and for keeping MASS MoCA’s event listings current on regional event calendars. The interns help with bulk mailings, occasionally staff an off-site information booth interacting with tourists, and sometimes join an ambassador team to attend concerts, comedy shows, and music festivals around the northeast to promote our extensive program of live events. Interns are expected to attend internal and interdepartmental marketing meetings, museum tours, and work a weekly shift at the museum’s busy Info Desk. A driver’s license and sense of humor are required.

EDUCATION

A fall education intern will focus on PreK-12 student and teacher engagement. This experiential internship is a great opportunity for a recently graduated college student who wants to gain experience working with school audiences in a contemporary art museum setting. The intern will be trained in the museum’s 3-pronged educational pedagogy ArtInSight, which incorporates conversational-style tours, mindfulness-based insight exercises, and hands-on art-making workshops, and then will implement these strategies as a lead tour guide. The intern will further support education programming by: assisting with teaching artist residency programs; supporting evaluation efforts; maintaining and monitoring art supplies; and conducting research for spring programming.

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.

 

 


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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