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Summer Internship Program

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Six High Museum Summer Interns stand in front of a mirrored Anish Kapoor artwork.

2020 SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES

Photo of the High's college-age summer interns doing silly poses on a Jaime Hayon outdoor sculpture.

Gain experience in the Southeast’s premier art museum, featuring a significant permanent collection and world-class special exhibitions.

The High Museum of Art’s internship program is offered for eight weeks each summer to rising college juniors and seniors and to graduating seniors. Each intern will be awarded a $1,500 stipend to offset transportation, parking, and food expenses. Interns also receive many other benefits, including free admission to Museum functions, discounts at our café and gift shops, and the ability to observe and receive instruction that enhances their knowledge of the area in which they are assigned. Candidates accepted into the program are responsible for securing their own housing and transportation (including parking, which they will receive at a discounted employee rate) for the duration of the program.

The High’s 2020 Summer Internship Program will run from Monday, June 1, through Friday, July 24, 2020 (Monday­–Friday, 9 a.m.­–5 p.m.*).

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Application deadline: Friday, March 20, 2020

*Hours/days may vary according to internship position, as specified by Supervisor.

The High offers interns the chance to gain experience in fields where experience is crucial. We strive to give our interns projects that are meaningful and educational. In addition to contributing to important tasks in the departments to which they are assigned, once a week, interns will participate in a series of professional-development workshops in various departments and learn daily operational functions.

  • This year we are pleased to offer the following opportunities:

    Curatorial Department Intern

    Supervisor: Claudia Einecke, Francis B. Bunzl Family Curator of European Art
    Number of Interns Needed: 1
    Internship Summary: The intern will gain insight into and experience with curatorial practices, specifically regarding object research and stewardship. The work will be largely independent and satisfyingly results oriented. The intern will be mentored by a seasoned curator and an up-and-coming junior curatorial professional. The position will allow the intern to see firsthand the varied nature of curatorial work and to gain practice in object research and object record keeping. They will learn TMS, the Museum’s collection database. In concert with the curator and curatorial assistant, the intern will be involved in building object files for the newly acquired Shaheen Collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    • Strong writing skills
    • Comfortable with public speaking
    • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
    • Some art history knowledge preferred

     


    Education Department Intern

    Supervisors: Katie Domurat, Coordinator of Museum Interpretation, and Melissa Katzin, Manager of Family Programs
    Number of Interns Needed: 1
    Internship Summary: This position offers a glimpse of two areas of the High’s Education department: Family Programming and Museum Interpretation. This is a unique opportunity to experience how the different sections of the Education department work together and will provide the intern with a well-rounded understanding of museum education. The intern will survey smARTbox visitors; conduct research for the upcoming Julie Mehretu and David Driskell exhibitions; and assist with various tasks for summer camp, Toddler Thursdays, Second Sundays, and the Greene Family Learning Gallery. By having two supervisors with varied backgrounds, approaches, and experiences in museum education, the intern will receive a one-of-a-kind, well-rounded experience.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    • Strong writing skills
    • Comfortable with public speaking
    • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
    • Some art history knowledge preferred

     


    Development Intern

    Supervisor: Aishah Davis, Assistant to the Director of Development and Communications
    Number of Interns Needed: 1
    Internship Summary: The intern will learn about all areas of the High’s Development department: the Wine Auction, the Director’s Circle and its programs, Foundation and Government Relations, Major Gifts, and Membership. The intern will support these areas of the department by writing acknowledgment letters, processing gifts, researching donor records, mailing donor correspondence letters, assisting with event preparation, and organizing files. They will learn how important the Development department is to a nonprofit organization and how it raises funds for numerous areas of the organization.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    • Excellent writing and communication skills
    • Detail oriented, strong work ethic
    • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

     


    Fabrication Intern

    Supervisor: Rainey Rawles, Preparator of Fabrication
    Number of Interns Needed: 1
    Internship Summary: The intern will assist the Preparator of Fabrication with the construction of various casework and fabrication projects for the Museum. In this role, the intern will learn the necessary woodworking skills and techniques to complete these projects and will develop experience in servicing woodshop machinery and maintaining a carpentry shop. In addition, the intern will gain experience in art handling while assisting preparators with exhibition installation. This is a hands-on learning opportunity for current students who are interested in pursuing a career in museums or fabrication work.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    • Prior experience using woodshop machinery (must be comfortable in a carpentry shop)
    • Detail oriented, strong work ethic
    • Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment
    • Studio art major preferred

     


    Media Production Intern

    Supervisor: Ashley Wills, Media Production Specialist
    Number of Interns Needed: 1
    Internship Summary: The intern will receive comprehensive experience in media production at the High, including in-gallery equipment operation and video production by assisting with shooting, editing, organization, and equipment implementation.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    • A background in video production, including shooting and editing
    • Working knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro (After Effects a plus), DSLR operation
    • Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills
    • Ability to work with minimal supervision
    • Detail oriented, strong work ethic

     


    Registrar Intern

    Supervisor: Laurie Kind, Image and Rights Coordinator
    Number of Interns Needed: 1
    Internship Summary: The intern will gain an understanding of copyright law as it applies to the visual arts, including the concept of fair use and how it is currently used in art museums. They will gain experience with contract terminology for both nonprofit and commercial image uses; learn how to create/modify, send, and track new nonexclusive licenses based on our existing templates; and help in securing licensing agreements with artists and/or estates. For living artists, they would reach out to studios and gallerists to secure approved headshots and digital images that can be added into Piction (our image database). The intern will become familiar with the details of digital assets, such as pixel dimensions, resolution, file formats, and metadata; assist with loading new images and metadata to the Museum’s collection database (TMS); and have opportunities to observe photo shoots.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    • Excellent writing and communication skills
    • Detail oriented, strong work ethic
    • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • 2020 Internship Application deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020

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  • A Day in the Life

    Experience a day in the life of the Summer 2017 interns with the video below.

     

    Intern Features

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    Intern Insights

    We’re excited to share feedback and personal experiences from our 2017 interns to provide valuable insight into the High’s Summer Internship program. Below are Q+As with our 2017 interns that will help you learn what makes the High special and what you can do as an intern to gain work experience and contribute to the Museum’s culture.

     

    Curatorial

    Q: What has been the coolest thing you’ve worked on so far?
    A: Mary Margaret:
    I’m doing some research into the Museum’s civil rights photography collection. I’m doing limited biographies of all the photographers … going through all the photographs in the checklists, and I’m trying to figure out the circumstances under which they were taken.

    Q: If you want to intern at the High, you should be __, __, __.
    A: Patti:
    Creative, open-minded, and excited.

    Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned during your internship at the High?
    A: Patti:
    Putting yourself out there is important because it’s easy as an intern to blend into the background. Being outgoing [is important] and trying to get to know people while you’re here to make relationships.
    A: Mary Margaret: Museum work a lot of the time is seen as a curator putting her stamp on something and making it her personal thing. The stuff I’ve worked on showed me that it needs to be a collaborative process and that you need to look and try to find other people’s opinions. Being able to communicate with the people around you and get those opinions is something that I’ve learned from [the internship].

     


    Interpretation

    Q: What is interpretation in a nutshell?
    A: Sarah:
    Interpretation is how the Museum presents its art to the public … how we write about the art on the labels and how we create programming and activities for different age groups. Interpretation is the Museum’s voice for its collection.

    Q: What skills did you bring to the internship? What did you take away?
    A: Andrew:
    I look at more than just the stylistic things; [I also look at] the purpose of the piece. I took away a heavy approach on how to talk to a public. In college, you’re always talking to either your peers or your professors who have a common understanding of what you’re discussing, so using language that makes sense to people who may not understand artistic themes or methods [is important in interpretation].

     


    Membership and Development

    Q: What stands out to you about High Museum members?
    A: Alex:
    The members have fun in the space and enjoy the Museum and the events surrounding the exhibitions, like the Summer Kick-Off Party. They enjoy all aspects of the Museum. People enjoy pulling value from multiple places.

    Q: If you want to intern at the High, you should be __, __, __.
    A: Caroline:
    Creative, flexible, and collaborative.

    Q: What advice would you give to future High interns?
    A: Jaime:
    Be open to new experiences and to do something you weren’t expecting to get involved in. I never thought I was going to get into development, but I found this is one of my favorite fields and that it fits my personality. I had to find that while I was in an internship.

     


    Education

    Q: What is your favorite program at the High and why?
    A: Alexandra:
    My favorite program is Toddler Thursday, because every Thursday toddlers take over the Museum. They have such a fun and organic way of engaging with the art, and I think it’s really cool for everyone to see.

    Q: If you want to intern at the High, you should have __, __, __.
    A: Kadeshia:
    Flexibility, friendliness, and flow.

    Q: How would you describe the High Museum’s culture?
    A: Alexandra:
    It’s so fun! Everyone is there for each other. It doesn’t feel like a scary hierarchy; it feels more like a family.
    A: Haley: It’s really close-knit because everybody has one foot in everything.
    A: Sophia: They also treat you like adults. I don’t feel like an intern.

    Q: What advice do you have for the intern interview process?
    A: Alexandra:
    You have to put the time in to prepare. Don’t hesitate to apply if you’re abroad, because I was able to do an interview over WhatsApp. In addition, it’s good to think about how you would fit into the institution and the role you’re applying for.
    A: Kadeshia: Know what you’re going into and know what your responsibilities are going to be.

     


    Marketing and Public Relations

    Q: If you want to intern at the High, you should be __, __, __.
    A: Caroline:
    Collaborative, dynamic, and open-minded.

    Q: What’s a typical day like in Marketing and PR at the High?
    A: Molly:
    The Marketing and PR department is pretty creative. We’re always trying to think of new ways to gain attention on social platforms and in the media in general. Our days involve brainstorming and then activating our brainstorming on social media by walking around the galleries and talking to different people in the Museum. Our job involves a lot of interaction with other people and the public to create [a consistent] image of the High Museum across social media and in the news.

    Q: How is an internship in PR and Marketing different at a museum than in an agency or corporate setting?
    A: Caroline:
    The biggest difference I have found while interning at the High compared to in a corporate setting is that, at the High, it is more about educating and creating a community, which I find really interesting. Instead of trying to get people to buy something, we’re creating a dialogue around art, and we’re building a community within Atlanta and the greater art community. It’s cool to get to have more of a conversation with consumers.

    Q: How did you hear about the internship program, and what made you decide to apply?
    A: Molly:
    I found out about the program because I was interested in doing some kind of communications over the summer. The High seemed like the perfect place to combine my interests in communications and art. I was surprised by how many different internships the High provides, and this is what ultimately led to my application. I knew with so many interns doing different types of work, it would be a stimulating work environment.

     


    Additional Advice

    The High Museum has offered full-time positions to past interns.

    Q: What advice would you give to future High interns?
    A:
    Always maintain a high degree of professionalism and sensitivity in all workplace situations. Show that you are willing to take on new tasks with a positive attitude, openly accept feedback, and remain respectful of your colleagues and mentors.
    —Laura Jurotich, Assistant Manager of Member Programs (Summer Marketing Intern)