Museum Operations Intern

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

10 Vernon St Brattleboro, VT 05301

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is an independent, non-collecting, contemporary art museum.

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The Operations Intern gets a crash course in virtually every aspect of running a small, non-collecting, contemporary art museum. On any given day, the Operations Intern may be answering the phones, getting mailings out the door, updating the website, drafting copy for press releases and gallery signage, researching exhibiting artists, organizing the archives, ordering merchandise for the gift shop, or all of the above. The intern will occasionally staff the front desk and help set up and carry out events. The Operations Intern plays a key role in exhibit installation and, depending on their schedule, may assist with school groups and other education-related activities.

Start date

Beginning of Fall 2017 Semester, September 5 (Flexible)

End date

End of Fall 2017 Semester, December 21 (Flexible)

Intern responsibilities

The Operations Intern must be highly reliable, responsible, and capable of representing BMAC to the general public, artists, volunteers, lenders of artwork, vendors, and other constituents. The intern must possess excellent oral and written communications skills, maintain composure under stress, take initiative, and hold oneself to a high standard of performance. Competency with PC computers and Microsoft Office applications are a must. Graphic design skills are helpful.
The Operations Internship provides valuable experience for someone potentially interested in working in museums, arts organizations, or non-profits in general. 10 to 30-hour weekly schedule to be determined based on mutual convenience. A modest travel stipend may be available for this position.

Required intern qualifications

The student applying for this position should have a background or interest in museum studies, art history, non-profit management, graphic design, or studio arts. Work experience in an office is very helpful. Competency working in a team is important. Applicants must possess good verbal communication skills, be flexible and composed under stress, have good organizing skills and be attentive to detail, and be able to compose written materials quickly and easily. Competency with PC computers is a must. Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and Internet Explorer is necessary. Knowledge of graphics programs such as Adobe Photoshop is helpful. Other general computer experience is appreciated. Any interested student may apply if s/he is a quick learner, capable problem solver, and willing to undertake a wide variety of tasks. The internship is adapted to the skills and interests of the intern to some extent.

Desired outcomes of internship

BMAC is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of museum and non-profit professionals. Our interns are organized, creative, motivated people looking to gain insight into how a community-focused contemporary art museum operates. Internships offer the opportunity to build professional skills and relationships with experienced museum mentors.

Compensation: Travel Stipend