Job Title: Curatorial Intern
Reports to: Director of Curatorial Affairs & Chief Curator (Rene Morales), Internship Coordinator (Veronique Cote)
Position Overview: The Curatorial Intern assists PAMM’s curatorial team with research and development of current and upcoming exhibitions, curatorial presentations, and general departmental functions. The Curatorial Intern works collaboratively across the department and is an integral part of the curatorial team at PAMM. Duties will include compiling information about artists, composing interpretive texts, gathering support materials, preparing digital materials, creating mockups of artworks, and various administrative tasks. This curatorial internship offers an opportunity to conduct research related to artworks and artists featured at PAMM. The intern may on occasion be asked to work on tasks and projects for the Museum’s registration and education departments.
Once a month, all PAMM interns will take networking field trips to neighboring cultural organizations to hear from their administrators about various institutions’ practices. They will also have the opportunity to network with PAMM employees and learn about career paths through brown bag lunch meetings.
The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Internship will provide an active training ground for participants to gain new skills and knowledge of arts administration to apply to future employment in museums and cultural institutions. This is an unpaid internship opportunity and applicants must be registered for credits in an internship course to be eligible.
*Note that the internship will start remotely for employee safety and will move to a hybrid format (some remote work, some on the ground work) once the museum is officially opened to the public.
Schedule: Flexible schedule (depending on student's schedule and school requirements for the internship) between 9-5 M-F (Eastern Standard Time) for a minimum of 15h per week and a maximum of 20h/week.
- Students will explore curatorial career tracks in the museum world.
- Students will gain understanding of the planning process involved in creating art exhibitions while gaining insight and practical work experience with respect to other functions of the Museum’s curatorial department, as well as those of other departments.
- Students will gain hands-on experience with software used in collection management.
- Students will have the opportunity to network and learn about career paths in the Museum.
- Student will build a portfolio of curatorial writing samples.
- College/University Senior or Graduate Students with a degree in Art, Art History, Museum Studies, Curatorial Practices, or related fields. Graduate students are preferred and strongly encouraged to apply.
- Excellent written English skills.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Academic knowledge or practical experience in performing the essential functions listed below.
- Flexibility and curiosity with assignments.
- Pride and initiative in one’s work.
- Creativity and attention to detail.
- Computer skills and ability to learn (collection management system).
Essential Tasks may include, but are not limited to:
- Write short descriptions (blurbs) of artworks for upcoming exhibitions and other contexts.
- Compose catalogue text.
- Create checklists for upcoming exhibitions.
- Write bios for artists.
- Create scaled replicas of artworks for use in modeling exhibitions.
- Research the collection and create lists of artists/artworks per specific parameters (thematic grouping), for education or research purposes.
- Other research and administrative duties as required.
- Be an enthusiastic, helpful and positive member of the team.
- Be professional, responsible and mature in conduct and behavior.
- Be understanding of, encouraging to and friendly with all co-workers.
- Be self-motivated and use time wisely.
- Maintain open line of communications with each department on pertinent information.
- Maintain effective communication.
- Adhere to all work rules, procedures and policies established by the company including, but not limited to those contained in the associate handbook.
- Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Finger dexterity to pick up paper and use computer keyboard.
- Close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing artwork, data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading and writing.
Send resume, writing sample (approximately 500-1,200 words), unofficial school transcripts, and cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for this internship (in one attached document) to email@example.com with "Curatorial Intern" in the subject line. *
*Applications with missing components will not be reviewed.
Open until filled for Fall 2020 (Internship start date in September, ends with the course semester.)