The Brandywine River Museum of Art seeks internship applicants with an interest in American art and the Brandywine Valley’s arts and cultural community for experiential learning opportunities. Interns will gain an in-depth understanding of specific areas of museum work by participating in departmental activities and projects under the supervision of mentoring education and curatorial staff. Through practical museum training, departmental tours and networking opportunities interns will prepare for careers in museum fields.
Brandywine is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and encourages BIPOC students and others who are underrepresented in the museum field to apply. Applicants seeking course credit may discuss requirements with staff and make necessary arrangements through their college/university prior to the start of the internship. In-person, remote and hybrid opportunities are available.
The Museum’s curatorial internship offers the opportunity for a student to learn about curatorial practice by participating in exhibition development and permanent collection planning. The intern will work directly with the curators on a variety of projects including:
· Writing social media posts for current and future exhibitions
· Assisting with ongoing collections DEAI research
· Benchmarking other institution’s curatorial activities online
· Selecting, researching, and recording “staff picks” videos about works from the collection
· Supporting curators with tasks related to upcoming exhibition projects
An art history background, with a particular strength in American art, is required as are excellent writing and research skills.
The Education Office engages visitors of all ages with the museum’s collection and special exhibitions through programs, tours and interpretive materials. This internship is an opportunity to learn about museum education by working alongside education staff to:
- assist with the design and implementation of programs for children and adults that highlight Brandywine’s permanent collection and upcoming special exhibitions
- facilitate a tour (in-person or virtual) of works on display or in the permanent collection
- engage visitors by creating and/or leading activities for families at up to four weekend events
- prepare lessons and activities for family programs that will accompany forthcoming exhibitions
- identify opportunities to further engage with diverse audiences through access and inclusion initiatives
Applicants should have an interest in writing, interacting with audiences, and creative activities. An art history, art education or studio art background is preferred.