EXPERIENCE FOR LIFE
looking for ambitious, intelligent, undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students, interested in a career as a museum professional, working from office, nugget factory, art galleries, art & nature park, or two historic homes, with world-renowned institution fostering exploration of art, design and nature • Indianapolis, IN • (317) 923-1331
Posted: 12/2/2009 Academic Opportunities/ Help Wanted
Interested? The IMA has announced its spring 2010 internship opportunities online. Application deadline: Friday, December 11. The individuals pictured above are former or current IMA interns Sam, Ben and Jenny–All whom took advantage of the opportunity to blog during their time here at the Museum. It’s no joke that students selected to participate in the internship program gain practical experience, marketable skills, broad exposure to museum work, and an invaluable glimpse into the museum world.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art Internship Program is designed to mentor future museum professionals by providing real-world learning experiences. Internships are available for undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students. Interns participate in the ongoing work of the department to which they are assigned and often work on major projects or complete projects of their own. Interns are not paid; however, they can receive course credit.
The Marketing internship available in my department (formally known as Public Affairs) is a golden ticket! I may be slightly biased. With three maternity leaves on the calendar for early 2010, this intern will have a significant opportunity to do meaningful work. The lucky intern will engage in an array of social media efforts including blogging, twittering, facebooking and write copy for the IMA Magazine, press materials and eNewsletters. The intern will join the IMA’s celebrated Web team in managing and creating content on the IMA Web sites. Sound too good to be true? On top of all that, the intern will assist in the promotion of the opening of the IMA’s 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. That officially makes this internship a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Looking back on my internships at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, I appreciate the introduction to museum life and the follow up exposure to collections, curators, policies and procedures, major openings and donor events to daily operations. But what I know now, is how much I was appreciated by the museums in which I worked. You will carry the memories and connections you make during an internship for a lifetime.