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The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) offers hands-on internships for recent high school graduates, college students, and graduate students—and is currently accepting applications for summer (May–August) 2014. As a non-collecting institution, CAM presents numerous exhibitions each year in the fall, spring, and summer, featuring national and international artists from various cultural backgrounds who work across different media and presentational formats. As St. Louis’s premier museum dedicated to contemporary art, CAM offers a variety of unique opportunities for prospective interns in the following areas: Curatorial, Development, Education, Interpretation, PR & Marketing, Registrar, and Visitor Services.
Each internship is designed to challenge the candidate in his/her particular area(s) of interest through dedicated research and practice. Interns also lend support to the daily needs and greater goals of the organization. Participation in this program is on a volunteer basis, and great attention is paid to ensure a high quality experience for all interns. Each participant receives one-on-one mentoring, unrivaled access to the greater arts community, and preparation for the next step in their professional development.
Intern candidates must possess excellent oral and written communications skills, the ability to work on Mac and PC platforms with standard office applications/programs, familiarity with the area(s) to which they apply, and the necessary temperament to work cooperatively with other team members in a creative, fast-paced environment.
The program generally follows the university semester schedule, while the exact terms are considered case-by-case and determined by the intern, her or his supervisor, and the program manager. For those seeking academic credit, the necessary documents must be supplied prior to the start of the internship term. All internships are a minimum of fifteen hours per week, for ten weeks, and interns must be available for at least three evening or weekend events during their term.
As neighboring arts institutions, CAM and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts offer combined opportunities for their respective interns to interact with one another and museum professionals across both campuses. Group visits, workshops, and collaborations with other innovative, local, nonprofit, and/or community-oriented entities are vital components of this unique portion of the CAM internship.
available Internships (May–August 2014)
Applications are due April 7, 2014.
CAM presents approximately six major exhibitions each year, featuring the work of local, national, and international artists. The curatorial team also develops several smaller-scale productions for the Front Room and produces exhibition-related publications and programs. Curatorial interns will be a part of this team: researching, developing, and producing exhibitions and publications; coordinating with artists, galleries, and other museums; and generally supporting the needs of CAM’s Curatorial Department and the museum as a whole. Applicants are required to submit a 7-10 page writing sample with their application.
The Development Department at CAM is responsible for garnering a substantial portion of the museum’s annual operating budget. Interns work closely with the development team to ensure these duties are upheld, through projects such as: data entry using Raiser’s Edge; grants research; membership solicitation and donor prospect research; event planning, coordination, and execution; and other tasks in support of the Development team and the main CAM office.
CAM’s Education Department serves audiences from toddlers to adults with a range of programs such as New Art in the Neighborhood, LEAP Middle School Intensive, Teen Museum Studies, Stroller Tours, and PlayDates. Education interns will work with the Director of Education and the Education Assistant & Outreach Coordinator to assist with classroom instruction, school tours and outreach, long-term program planning, and daily administrative support. Interns in this area can expect an average of 18 hours a week for 12 weeks. Internship may include weekend hours.
The museum’s Interpretation Department maintains CAM’s website and a digital application for handheld devises, as well as CAM’s online presence on YouTube, iTunes, and other sharing platforms. Interns in this area will contribute to the design, development, and maintenance of these digital media initiatives. Interns will also assist in the recording, editing, and post-production work of artists’ interviews. Interns must have experience with the following software: MAC OS, Final Cut, and Adobe Creative Suite.
PR and Marketing
As the communications arm of a dynamic, non-collecting museum, CAM’s PR and marketing team has the imperative to deliver timely, well-prepared informational and promotional materials to numerous outlets, while maintaining a comprehensive strategy for distribution. As a part of this team, the responsibilities of PR and marketing interns include updating and researching press lists and outlets; writing and editing museum communication materials, including press releases, e-blasts, and e-newsletters; maintaining complete press files; and delivering appropriate materials to the museum archives and storage.
CAM seeks an exceptional intern to participate in and contribute to special projects for the Office of the Registrar. Projects include documentation, registration, cataloging, and reports. The registrar intern will experience hands-on training, working alongside the Registrar and team of preparators, and will be asked to perform independent research as required. A successful candidate must possess strong written and verbal skills, a critical eye, and a general knowledge of studio art practices. Preference will be given to candidates with a background in art and individuals pursuing a degree in studio art, art history, or museum studies. *Essay required: applicants are required to submit a one-page essay describing the role of a museum Registrar and an outline describing the duties of a museum preparator. This essay and outline will supplement the applicant’s resume and cover letter.
The Visitor Services team is staffed by a full-time Visitor Services Manager as well as Visitor Services Associates (VSAs) and is primarily responsible for maintaining exhibition and public museum spaces, monitoring exhibited works during open hours, fielding public inquiries pertaining to all aspects of CAM, and at every opportunity promoting a positive visitor experience. Interns in this area will join these efforts by lending support to a variety of areas, including membership and audience development; event operations; customer service; retail operations; and daily museum operations. Interns in this area should be available for some evening and weekend hours.
All applicants must submit a current resume, cover letter, and course or work schedule, if applicable. Each document may not exceed one page and should all be compiled into one PDF. Applications are due April 7, 2014.
This document should comprise an applicant’s current contact information, work and volunteer experience, and educational background.
Include at the top of the page: your name and internship to which you are applying.
Compose a thoughtful one-page response to the following prompts:
- Describe in detail your interest in the internship to which you are applying.
- Describe your interest in the institution and department to which you are applying.
- What background and skills do you bring to this program, and what makes you the ideal candidate for the position you seek?
- Define your personal goals for your internship term, how you hope to achieve them, and how you will contribute to the institution and this program as you strive toward your express goals.
Course and/or Work Schedule
Please provide a copy of your class and/or work schedule for the summer, if applicable. These materials should be submitted by email to:
Assistant to the Director
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Applications are due April 7, 2014.