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Katherine Dunham Internship Program
The Katherine Dunham Internship program offers a full-time paid summer internship with a focus on curatorial, programming, and museum administration to an African-American undergraduate or master’s level student living or going to school in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. For more information, visit camstl.org/dunham.
INTERN AT CAM + PFA
The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts offer hands-on internships for recent high school graduates, college students, and graduate students. Each of the two non-profit arts institutions offers its own unique array of opportunities to which prospective interns may apply. Together, the two neighboring institutions present diverse opportunities, as well as a concrete platform for professional development in an established inter-institutional network.
Each internship is designed to challenge the candidate in his/her particular area(s) of interest through dedicated research and practice. Interns will also lend support to the daily needs and greater goals of the organization. They will be assigned to a particular project or to a specific area at one institution, but all will have opportunities to interact with museum professionals across both campuses. Organized group trips to visit other museums and institutions, to attend lectures, and occasionally to host special guests of our own, are an especially vital component of this unique joint-program.
Participation in this program is on a volunteer-basis, and great attention is paid to ensure a high quality experience for all interns as well as both institutions. 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, dynamic, and fast-paced environment.
The program generally follows the university semester schedule (with the exception of project-based assignments) while the exact terms are considered case-by-case and determined by the intern, her or his supervisor, and the program managers. 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 15 hours per week, for 10 weeks. Additionally, interns at CAM must be available for at least three evening or weekend events during their term.
All applications must include a current resume and a completed Essay of Intent. Each of these documents is not to exceed one page, and should be formatted as a single PDF.
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