Internships Mass MOCA

SUMMER 2010 INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS AT MASS MoCA

MASS MoCA seeks full-time interns for various departments.  Spend any season in the culturally rich, naturally beautiful Berkshires, while gaining invaluable professional experience in the arts. Paid interns are given $100/wk stipend and free housing with a block of the complex. Each applicant may apply to a maximum of 2 departments.

MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the country.  Housed on a restored 19th-century factory campus, our spacious, light-filled galleries feature changing exhibitions of the best art of our time, including dozens of newly commissioned works.  Our year-round schedule of performing arts ranges from popular music to new theater, contemporary dance to rollicking dance parties, and from alternative cabaret to beautifully screened films.   Artists who have been exhibited at MASS MoCA include Robert Wilson, Ann Hamilton, Gregory Crewdson, Matthew Ritchie, Tim Hawkinson, Oyvind Fahlstrom.  Artists that have performed on our stages Bang on a Can All Stars, Laurie Anderson, Pam Tillis, Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Joan Baez, Yo La Tengo and They Might Be Giants.

Visual Arts Summer (1): Interns will devote about half time to the Education department, giving regular tours of exhibitions, interacting with museum patrons, and developing focused “spotlight” talks on topics of special interest.  This is a crucial part of the internship experience. Interns assist in the day-to-day operations of a busy curatorial department and help 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.  The successful candidate should be self sufficient, 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 drivers’ license and be willing to do a fair amount of driving.

Production Interns (3): Interns work with the Production Coordinator, Master Carpenter, Master Electrician, House Sound Engineer, and house crew on all aspects of technical theatre and film.  This includes hands-on in all of the following areas – carpentry, lighting, sound, audio/visual, and running crew.

Marketing/Public Relations (1): Interns work on all aspects of publicizing the organization including writing press releases, giving tours of the galleries, preparing press packets, advertising for all upcoming performing arts events in surrounding areas, researching new forums for publicity, and assisting with public outreach and special events.

Public Education: (1) Intern works directly with the Education Coordinator on all aspects of the education department. The Public Education Intern will devote 5 days per week to leading interpretive public and private tours of current exhibitions, interacting with museum visitors, and developing focused “spotlight” talks for the Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective.  Additional responsibilities include general maintenance of current exhibitions, administrative duties, research, and writing / editing of educational materials. The successful candidate should be self-sufficient, have an eye for detail, strong oral, writing, and research skills, an enthusiasm for public speaking, and strong customer service skills. Weekend hours required.

Graphic Design (1): Intern works directly with the Director of Design producing a wide variety of printed and virtual matter for MASS MoCA, including, but not limited to, catalogues, posters, brochures, signage, websites, apparel, and packaging. Applicants should demonstrate creativity, versatility, enthusiasm, and a commitment to a career in graphic design. Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is required. Portfolio review and interview required.

Box Office (1) : Interns assist both the Box Office Manager and Assistant Manager with promoting performances and exhibitions to the public, act as a greeter and provide customer service (general information about MASS MoCA, North Adams, Western Massachusetts – often includes giving directions and/or recommendations of other highlights of Berkshire County) as well as maintaining the overall look of the lobby.  Interns are responsible for providing phone and administrative support, processing ticket orders, maintaining mailing list database, and responsible for daily cash draw.  Interns will also assist in giving tours of the galleries and any other vistor relation duties that may arise.

Development (1): Intern will be working directly with the Manager of Foundations and Corporate Grants and the Membership Coordinator on all aspects of MASS MoCA’s fundraising activities, including research, grant-writing, direct mail, special events and database management. Interns will be required to work up to 50 hours per week, although some weeks could be longer.  In an average week, you will spend two days working on foundations and corporate grants and two days on membership, with the remaining day alternating as workload requires. 

To apply to MASS MoCA Internship Program: Send application form (.pdf on http://www.massmoca.org), cover letter, resume, and two letters of references, via email, mail, or fax:

MASS MoCA c/o Meghan Robertson, Company Manager

1040 MASS MoCA Way North Adams, MA 01247

Internapp@massmoca.org Fax: (413) 664-4519

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