Internship Opportunities

 
 

2014 FALL INTERNSHIP LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Thank you for your interest in internship opportunities at MCASD. This winter we are hosting learning experiences in our Education, Advancement, and Graphics Design 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, September through Dec ember, or the full quarter length, October through December, 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 2014 Fall 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 September 15, 2014, or until the internship is filled.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

EDUCATION INTERN – SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Department: Education
Internship Host: Education Curator
Status: Non-paid Internship, For Academic Credit
Primary Internship Location: Downtown and/or La Jolla
Hours per week: Up to 10 hours per week
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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EDUCATION INTERN – PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Department: Education
Internship Host: Education Curator
Status: Non-paid Internship, For Academic Credit
Primary Internship Location: Downtown and/or La Jolla
Hours per week: Up to 10 hours a week
Number of Openings: 1

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

To provide Education Intern an educational experience in the public programs division of the Museum’s Education department. Education Intern will learn about the development of exhibition-related programs and interpretative materials through observing guided tours, maintaining program database, and facilitating thoughtLAB programs.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

• Learn about the design and development of public programs for thoughtLAB, including facilitating the series Xcerpts -- a reading and discussion group that draws connections between the works on view and written, audio, and video resources.
• Learn about the development of and interpretative materials, such as exhibition’s audio tours.
• Learn about ongoing research into the Museum’s permanent collection.
• Follow safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe work 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. Ability to learn independently or in a team environment. 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 INTERN

Department: Advancement
Internship Host: Senior Membership and Annual Giving Manager, Corporate and Individual Giving Manager, and Donor Stewardship and Travel Programs Manager
Status: Non-paid Internship, Academic Credit
Primary Internship Location: La Jolla
Hours per week: Up to 10 hours a week
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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GRAPHICS DESIGN INTERN

Department: Graphics Design
Internship Host: Graphics Design Manager
Status: Non-paid Internship, Academic Credit
Primary Internship Location: Downtown
Hours per week: Up to 10 hours per week
Number of Openings: 1

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY:

To provide Graphics Design Intern an educational experience in producing high quality printed materials, exhibition graphics, building signage, and design for electronic distribution.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

• Learn how to utilize and implement style guides for design projects and implement over various platforms such as InDesign, Illlustrator, and Photoshop.
• Learn how to implement a cohesive design identity over various projects such as printed invites, email marketing blasts, flyers, and various signage.
• Learn how to produce high quality printed materials in various formats including offset printing, digital printing, large format, vinyl signage.
• Learn how to coordinate the production process with vendors.
• Learn how to preflight files before submitting digital jobs for output, alter and convert images when necessary, markup pages for prepress, make comps, place hi-res art, and supervise printing.
• Follow safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe learning environment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:

Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign, Illustrator, & Photoshop. Good organizational, multi-tasking, attention to detail, and follow-up skills. Enrolled or ability to enroll in an approved academic credit program for this internship. GPA of 2.5 or greater.