Paid Internship Opportunities: Fall Internships, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA

Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the worlds premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. With annual attendance of 120,000, it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams, making MASS MoCA perhaps the most fertile site in the country for new art. The museum thrives on making and presenting work that is fresh, surprising, and challenging.

MASS MoCA seeks full-time interns for various departments (see below). Spend any season in the culturally rich, naturally beautiful Berkshires, while gaining invaluable professional experience in the arts. Paid interns are given $125/week stipend and free housing within a block of the complex (cable, internet, and utilities included). Internship dates: September 12 – December 17, 2016.

Archive / Photography (1): The intern documents all of MASS MoCA’s visual and performing arts programs, as well as the programs’ education activities, art fabrication, studio residencies, development events and the overall vibrancy of our bustling 16-acre, 28-building campus. The intern organizes current and archive material within an online digital assets management system. In addition to comfort shooting still images, the intern should have significant experience in recording moving images and editing video with Final Cut Pro-X. The intern will also contribute to the museum’s social media platforms. A driver’s license might be helpful, but is not required.

Visual Arts (Curatorial) (1): Intern assists in the day-to-day operations of a busy curatorial department and helps with the preparations for upcoming programs, as well as the maintenance of current exhibitions. Responsibilities may include administrative duties, research, writing, and any number of unexpected errands or jobs required to help maintain an ambitious exhibition program of contemporary art. Intern also works with the Education department, receiving training to lead tours of exhibitions, interact with museum visitors, and develop focused “spotlight” talks on topics of special interest. This is a crucial part of the internship experience. The successful candidate should be self-sufficient, and have an eye for detail, strong writing and research skills, and a positive attitude about performing many kinds of tasks on a demanding schedule. Must have driver’s license and be willing to do a fair amount of driving.

Visual Arts (Registrarial) (1): Intern assists in the day-to-day operations of a busy curatorial department and helps with the preparations for upcoming programs as well as the maintenance of current exhibitions. This position is primarily focused on registrarial duties, including the maintenance of checklists and databases, preparation of loan requests, and assisting with condition reports. Responsibilities may also include research, correspondence with lenders and artists, assistance in the procuring of exhibition materials, installation of A/V equipment and lighting, and assisting in preparation, fabrication, and installation of artworks as needed. Intern also works with the Education department, receiving training to lead tours of exhibitions, interact with museum visitors, and develop focused “spotlight” talks on topics of special interest. This is a crucial part of the internship experience. The successful candidate should be detail-oriented, have good written and verbal communication skills, and have a positive attitude about performing many kinds of tasks on a demanding schedule. Must have driver’s license and be willing to do a fair amount of driving.

To apply: Send your application (found at http://www.massmoca.org/opportunities.php), cover letter, resume, and two letters of references to MASS MoCA c/o Meghan Robertson, Company Manager, via email at internapplications@massmoca.org or via fax at (413) 664-4519.

Deadline: July 18th, 2016 by 5pm EST

Internship posting page:  http://massmoca.org/about/jobsinternships

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