Internship Opportunities

 
 

2015 WINTER INTERNSHIP LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Thank you for your interest in internship opportunities at MCASD. This winter we are hosting learning experiences in our Education, Advancement, Retail Operations, Advancement Events, Curatorial, Communications, and Grants Writing departments.

MCASD’s hosting managers mentor students through a learning experience which complements and builds upon a student’s educational goals with a curriculum that cannot be obtained in a classroom setting. MCASD strives to create an invaluable learning experience for the students. Many of our interns arrive with the expectation of learning more about the arts and leave with a passion for entering the next generation of museum professionals.

MCASD’s internships are offered for academic credit and are unpaid. They are available to students only, and candidacy must be affiliated with an approved academic internship program with the student’s school. Supporting documentation is required. Our internships run either the full semester length, January through May, or the full quarter length, January through March, dependent upon your school-year structure. School-term internships average 10 hours per week.

For candidacy consideration, please submit a resume, a personalized cover letter outlining your interest in our program and what you hope to gain from the experience, one letter of professional or academic reference, two writing samples, and an unofficial transcript of records.

Submit your application materials to internships@mcasd.org, referencing 2015 Winter Internship and the title of the internship for which you are applying. If there is further interest in your candidacy, MCASD will be in contact with you. All final candidates will be required to complete MCASD application forms, and all formal internship offers are contingent upon a candidate’s successful background checks.

The internship application deadline is January 16, 2015, or until the internship is filled.


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


EDUCATION INTERN – SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Department: Education
Internship Host: Education Curator
Primary Internship Location: Downtown
Number of Openings: 1

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

To provide Education Intern an educational experience in the school programs division of the Museum’s Education Department. Education Intern will learn about the day-to-day operations of the Museum’s offerings to school grades K -12 and higher education through observing guided tours, maintaining program database, and meeting with educators to learn more about the needs of people visiting the Museum.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

• Learn to create pre-visit materials to be mailed and/or downloaded to educators that book guided and self-guided tours with the Museum.
• Learn how to develop and organize educator’s reception and workshop.
• Learn to develop standards-based lesson plans for middle and high school levels for MCASD’s website about permanent collection objects.
• Learn to develop and share resources with Gallery Educators to use in preparation for school tours.
• Learn to develop ways to track program data.
• Follow safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe learning environment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:

Experience working with youth and adult audiences in formal or informal settings. Excellent research skills. Good organizational, multi-tasking, attention to detail, and follow-up skills. Good technical skills with a proficiency in MS Office. Working toward a degree in Art History, Education, or related field. Knowledge of contemporary art. Spanish/English bilingual preferred. Enrolled or ability to enroll in an approved academic credit program for this internship. GPA of 2.5 or greater.

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ADVANCEMENT EVENTS INTERN

Department: Advancement
Internship Host: Events Associate
Primary Internship Location: La Jolla
Number of Openings: 1

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

To provide Advancement Event Intern an educational experience in all areas of the planning and implementation of Advancement museum events.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

• Learn about full-cycle event planning, culminating in a specific fundraising event, The Spring Thing on March 20, 2015. Other events may include members’ openings, private dinners and cocktail receptions, behind-the-scenes tours, and off-site events.
• Learn about researching, planning, organizing, and implementing revenue producing fundraisers.
• Learn about expense budgets for events, emphasizing their cost effective execution.
• Learn about securing in-kind goods and services for the Museum’s special event programming needs.
• Learn about producing printed materials related to events, such as invitations, programs, menus, and signage.
• Learn to liaison with department members in coordinating events.
• Learn about the design, look, and feel of events from planning and production to running an event day-of.
• Learn how to liaison with vendors, such as caterers, rental contractors, florists, valets, entertainment, and Museum staff for MCASD sponsored events.
• Follow safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe work environment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

Excellent organizational, multi-tasking, attention to detail, and follow-through skills. Excellent creative and design skills. Good writing skills. Ability to learn independently or in a team environment. Good technical skills with a proficiency in MS Office. Working toward a degree in a related field. Interest in contemporary art preferred. Enrolled or ability to enroll in an approved academic credit program for this internship. GPA of 2.5 or greater.

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ADVANCEMENT INTERN 

Department: Advancement
Internship Host: Senior Membership and Annual Giving Manager, Corporate and Individual Giving Manager, and Donor Stewardship and Travel Programs Manager
Primary Internship Location: La Jolla
Number of Openings: 1

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

To provide Advancement Intern an educational experience in all areas of donor engagement, including but not limited to prospect research and tracking, donor solicitations and acknowledgements, record keeping and procedures, and the planning and implementation of museum events and fundraisers.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

• Learn about the moves management system and how donors are researched, cultivated and stewarded.
• Learn how to facilitate and track donor mailings.
• Learn about departmental record keeping and the importance of maintaining robust historical documentation.
• Learn about the MCASD travel program including trip planning, research and implementation.
• Learn about Museum membership, including new member solicitation, fulfillment and drafting strategic member communications.
• Learn how to navigate and update donor information in The Raiser’s Edge, the organization’s primary database.
• Learn about planning events, including members’ openings, private dinners and cocktail receptions, behind-the-scenes tours, and off-site events.
• Learn about planning, organizing, and implementing revenue producing fundraisers and special events that advance the fundraising strategies.
• Learn about expense budgets for events, emphasizing their cost effective execution.
• Learn about securing in-kind goods and services for the Museum’s special event programming needs.
• Learn about producing printed materials related to events, such as invitations, programs, menus, and signage.
• Learn to liaison with department members in coordinating events.
• Learn about soliciting, negotiating, and coordinating with national booking agents for MCASD’s music entertainment.
• Learn about the design, look, and feel of events.
• Learn how to liaison with vendors, such as caterers, rental contractors, florists, valets, entertainment, and Museum staff for MCASD sponsored events.
• Follow safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe work environment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

Excellent writing skills. Good organizational, multi-tasking, attention to detail, and follow-through skills. Ability to learn independently or in a team environment. Strong technical skills with a proficiency in MS Office. Working toward a degree in a related field. Interest in contemporary art preferred. Enrolled or ability to enroll in an approved academic credit program for this internship. GPA of 2.5 or greater.

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RETAIL OPERATIONS INTERN

Department: Retail Operations
Internship Host: Retail Operations Manager
Primary Internship Location: La Jolla
Number of Openings: 1

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

To provide Retail Operations Intern a learning experience in the Retail Operations department for student to gain a broad view of the museum retail industry. The Retail Operations Intern will learn about all facets of retail sales and management, including day-to-day store operations, leadership responsibilities, accounting, inventory management, buying, and visual merchandising.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

• Learn an overview of duties related to daily operations, opening and closing the store, assisting customers, operating the register, and maintaining the appearance of the store.
• Learn about retail buying and interfacing with vendors.
• Learn about e-commerce through maintenance of the online store, editing photos, writing product descriptions, uploading content, maintaining inventory, and processing orders.
• Learn about and plan in-store events.
• Follow safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe learning environment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:

Good organizational, multi-tasking, attention to detail, and follow-through skills. Good technical skills with a proficiency in MS Office. Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite or similar experience a plus. Working toward a degree in related field. Ability to learn independently or in a team environment. Interest in a career in retail management and knowledge of contemporary art preferred. Enrolled or ability to enroll in a school-approved academic internship program. GPA of 2.5 or greater.

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CURATORIAL INTERN 

Department: Curatorial
Internship Host: Assistant Curator
Primary Internship Location: Downtown
Number of Openings: 1

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

To provide Curatorial Intern a learning experience in the Curatorial department of the Museum, which oversees all aspects of artistic programming and operations of exhibitions. Curatorial Intern will learn about research, design, and installation of an exhibition.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

• Improve scholarship skills while researching and synthesizing information on historical and contemporary artists.
• Learn how to undertake interpretive projects and provide scholarly contributions to gallery texts, publications, and presentations.
• Learn all the various phases for an exhibition installation.
• Follow safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe learning environment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:

Excellent research skills. Good organizational, multi-tasking, attention to detail, and follow-up skills. Good technical skills with a proficiency in MS Office. Working toward a degree in Art History or a related field. Knowledge of contemporary art. Ability to learn independently or in a team environment. Enrolled or ability to enroll in an approved academic credit program for this internship. GPA of 2.5 or greater.

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COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

Department: Communications
Internship Host: Communications & Marketing Manager and Communications Associate
Primary Internship Location: Downtown
Number of Openings: 1

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

To provide Communications Intern an educational experience in the Communications department of the Museum, which oversees all of the Museum’s public relations, marketing, audience development, internal communications, and visitor services efforts to enhance MCASD’s image regionally, nationally, and internationally; and promotes increased attendance, optimized visitor experiences, media coverage, earned revenue, and contributions.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

• Learn about archiving press clippings.
• Learn about updating the Museum’s website with information about events, exhibitions, and artwork from the Museum’s permanent collection.
• Learn about adding events to online media and tourism sites.
• Learn about updating the Museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and YouTube.
• Learn about working on PR outreach mailings.
• Learn about distributing marketing materials to local businesses.
• Learn about assisting at the admissions desk with greeting customers and sharing information about exhibitions and events.
• Learn about visitor tracking.
• Follow safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe learning environment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

Excellent writing skills. Good organizational, multi-tasking, attention to detail, and follow-through skills. Ability to learn independently or in a team environment. Strong technical skills with a proficiency in MS Office. Working toward a degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, or related field. Interest in contemporary art. Spanish/English bilingual preferred. Enrolled or ability to enroll in a school-approved academic internship program. GPA of 2.5 or greater.

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GRANTS WRITING INTERNSHIP 

Department: Advancement
Internship Host: Grants Writer
Primary Internship Location: La Jolla
Number of Openings: 1

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

To provide Grants Writing Intern with an educational experience in and exposure to the grant writing process; to prepare Grants Writing Intern for a potential career in nonprofit management, fundraising for arts and culture institutions, corporate community outreach, project management, writing/editing, and equivalent professions. Grants Writing Intern will come away with hands-on knowledge of how to develop a grant project from inception to completion. They will learn how to locate funding prospects, to generate proposals, and how to retain and build strong institutional relationships with foundations and governmental agencies.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

• Learn how to research and identify likely sources of funding.
• Learn how to develop and write grant proposals.
• Develop familiarity with the nonprofit model and with the field of foundations.
• Learn how to follow up with additional information requested by funding sources.
• Follow safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe learning environment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:

Strong oral and written communications skills. Good organizational, multi-tasking, attention to detail, and follow-through skills. Ability to learn independently or in a team environment. Good technical skills with a proficiency in MS Office, especially Excel. Working toward a degree in related field. Knowledge of or interest in contemporary art preferred. Enrolled or ability to enroll in a school-approved academic internship program. GPA of 2.5 or greater.