WCMA Opportunities: Internships for '19-'20

Two internships and a paid student opportunity with Agents for Creative Action! (ACA)  please scroll way down

Below are descriptions for two internships, with links to the Handshake application pages; Applications close this Sunday night — don’t delay!
Development Intern
WCMA’s Development team seeks an intern to provide essential support during the fall 2019 semester.
The Development department is responsible for fundraising and stewardship related activities and events,
and liaisons with key stakeholders all across campus, particularly in the Office of College Relations. The
department also serves as the definitive link between the Museum’s supporters and key influencers in the
community, and our engagement and curatorial staff.
An ideal Development intern will relish a significant learning opportunity that puts them at key
intersections of the museum’s work, and in direct support of our critical staff, as well as multifaceted
programming and collections that constitute WCMA’s unique offerings.
Duties include: supporting key stewardship of museum donors; conducting research for grant reports and
applications; assisting in grant writing; assisting to execute development related events for the museum;
and helping with other daily functions of a development office including filing, and interaction with donor
data in the college’s development databases.
Candidates should possess strong verbal and writing skills, a professional and confident manner, and
must be flexible, team-oriented, positive, detail-oriented, and discreet in handling donor-related
information. Facility in Word, Excel, the Google Suite, and Internet research are also important.
This is a paid, 8-10 hour per week academic year internship.
How to Apply:
Submit a resume/CV and one page cover letter via Handshake. Contact Andrée Heller
([email protected]) with any questions.

Digital Projects Intern We are seeking an intern who is interested in the use of art and museums, digital tools, and data. The digital projects intern will work closely with the Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities, as well as the Manager of Digital Initiatives, to support engagement with WCMA’s collections. 

This role is a good match for students in a variety of fields, and the projects the intern works on will be designed to align the museum’s needs with the interests and past experience of the intern. Possible projects relate to art history, computer science, statistics, ethnographic studies, gender studies, and many other fields. 

Applicants should be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and willing to experiment to develop programs and tools. The ideal candidate has experience in museum collections and is looking to learn digital tools and methods OR has experience in digital tools and data analysis and would like to work with visual media. 

Projects & tasks may include: 

  • Supporting digital projects connected to WCMA exhibitions 
  • Gathering and analyzing data to help interpret and share the collection 
  • Data visualization and digital methods to share and publicize WCMA projects and collections 
  • Building or modifying tools to use WCMA’s open data sets 
  • Managing WCMA’s open data platforms and partnerships 
  • Researching digital projects in the museum field 
  • Developing ideas for student, faculty, and public use of digital museum collections 
  • Creating teaching materials that use digital tools and/or WCMA digital data. 

WCMA’s Digital Projects WCMA uses digital tools, including a robust data set based on the museum’s 14,000+ item collection, to explore questions related to museum objects, exhibitions, and the role of art and the museum. We work with data about the museum collection itself, but also about how people inside and outside Williams interact with the museum and the items in it. 

We prioritize sharing our collection, making our data accessible through platforms like GitHub to encourage other individuals, schools, and museums to use the material in research and teaching. The WCMA digital team collaborates closely with WCMA curators and other museum departments and our digital work is closely tied to the values and mission of the museum. 

How to Apply Submit your resume/CV and a cover letter of about one page via Handshake. In your cover letter, please address: 

  • Your interest in museums, art collections, and art history; digital humanities; and/or data science 
  • Any past experience in the areas mentioned above 
  • Any relevant coursework or projects in data science (e.g., Stats, Comp Sci), art history, object-centered history (like archaeology), or related fields 
  • (Optional) ideas for the types of projects or content areas you’re particularly interested in exploring 

Contact Beth Fischer ([email protected]) with any questions.

 Agents for Creative Action, a student group, has a full description on our website here, along with the link to the application itself here (applications close this Thursday at midnight).
Here’s a blurb on ACA:

WCMA’s Agents for Creative Action is a year long program for Williams students that explores museum practice as creative process. Creative Agents animate WCMA’s collections and convene the public around art and ideas. During weekly training sessions with WCMA staff, Creative Agents develop storytelling skills and exercise creative thinking and making.

In addition to contributing to the museum’s present and future projects, Creative Agents are charged with creating and organizing a set of original programs and projects.

Creative Agents will:

Create spark talks and publish a zine for the exhibition SHIFT: New Interpretations of American and European Art.
Help shape and produce a student-focused program around our upcoming exhibition: Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano- L.A.
Develop and conduct a recorded interview with visiting artists and exhibition curators.
Develop and plan a program to take place over Winter Study.
Help plan a WCMA Trivia Night at the Log.
Plan a program for the Spring Semester.
Do audience research and share your findings with staff.