Open Internships (Spring 2011) at Rubin Museum of Art

Brooklyn College students have had some great experiences interning here – and remember you can get course credit for an internship (please contact Professor Ball, if you are interested in doing this).

Internship Information

Rubin Museum of Art Overview:
Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) is home to a comprehensive collection of art from
the Himalayas and surrounding regions. Through changing exhibitions and an
array of engaging public programs, RMA offers opportunities to explore the
artistic legacy of the Himalayan region and to appreciate its place in the
context of world cultures. RMA¹s collection consists of paintings,
sculptures, and textiles. Although works of art range in date over two
millennia, most reflect major periods and schools of Himalayan art from the
12th century onward. The exhibitions are organized with particular care to
assist viewers who are new to Himalayan art. Wall texts and interpretive
panels supply aesthetic, social, and historical perspectives to both
scholars and casual viewers. For more information, please visit: <>

150 West 17th Street (@ 7th Avenue)
New York, NY 10011

Intern Requirements:
Interns must serve a total equivalent of:
· 1 day a week minimum for 4 months for interns during the school
· 3 days a week minimum for 9 weeks for summer interns.

Intern Benefits:
All internships are unpaid. Academic requirements may be fulfilled by
arrangement with the individual college or university. In appreciation of
their dedication, interns receive the following benefits:
* Free admission at museums across the country
* 10% discount in the Café @ RMA
* 25% discount on most items in the Shop @ RMA
* Free admission to most RMA programs when/if available
* 10% discount on selected RMA programs
* Invitation to an annual appreciation event

How to apply:
Email resume and cover letter (noting your availability, qualifications, and
interest in the internship for which you would like to be considered) to:
Louise Brooks
Manager, Community Relations and Volunteer Programs
Rubin Museum of Art
212 620 5000 x328

Membership/Development Internships

Commitment: Two to three days per week
Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer semesters

The Membership/Development Intern will work with the Membership Manager and
Coordinator on RMA¹s membership program as well as the development
department. Duties will include assisting with data maintenance,
correspondence and mailings; conducting research on individuals and other
museums; assisting at membership events; general administrative duties and
other special projects. Academic requirements may be fulfilled by
arrangement with the individual college or university.

A bachelor¹s or master¹s degree candidate preferred, especially someone with
a strong interest in arts administration. The individual must have strong
computer, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Proficiency in
Microsoft Word and Excel are required.

Special Events / Group Visits Internship

Commitment: 10 or more hours per week
Semesters: Summer, Fall, Spring, full academic year
Positions Available: 2

The Special Events Intern will learn and exercise skills in industry
research, promotions, advertisement and media planning, event planning,
general administrative and logistical support. Projects will be drawn from
the following in accordance with season candidate interest, availability and

Tasks and assignments may include:
Researching and compiling databases of prospective sponsors (vendors &
corporate), event planners & industry clients, corporate and group visit
client targets, individual sponsors and donors; Developing sponsorship
presentations and outreach packages (mail and online); Creating and
executing mailings to special event planners, tour & travel firms and
cultural organizations; Organizing, creating and executing one special
event advertisement; Assisting on-site for special event(s) and eventually,
executing one special event (supervised).

Skills required:
Intern must be highly organized, resourceful and self-sufficient; Work
without constant supervision; Be able to conduct effective and thorough
research (online and phone); Have strong and polished writing and
presentation skills; Attentive customer service and excellent interpersonal
skills; Strong knowledge of basic desktop software.

Curatorial Internship
Commitment: 10-15 hours per week
Semesters: Fall, Spring, or full academic year
Number available: 1
Academic Level: Mature undergraduate, recent graduate, or graduate student

Description: Under the guidance of the Curatorial Coordinator, the
Curatorial Intern will perform research related to upcoming RMA exhibitions,
including one that will compare Medieval Christian and Tibetan Buddhist art,
and others on the topic of Himalayan Art. We seek an intern who has a strong
interest in researching topics related to stated exhibition themes,
specifically connections to Asian art. Applicants should also be comfortable
performing general office duties.

Tasks include: Perform online research of collections at national and
international libraries, museums, and galleries for creation of checklists
on topics outlined by curator and general office duties.

Skills Required: Art history research and Internet research skills. Skills
Desired (not required): Proficiency in Excel and Word
Community Outreach Intern
Commitment: 2-3 days per week
Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer, or full academic year
3 positions available
Description: Under the guidance of the Community Outreach Coordinator, the
Community Outreach Intern will perform functions critical to communicating
RMA’s mission and offerings to myriad audiences, including NYC’s senior,
Spanish and Chinese language speaking, deaf and hard-of-hearing, blind and
partially sighted, and immigrant communities, as well as tourists and Asian
art lovers.

Tasks include: Creating and managing lists in Excel; internet research;
traveling throughout New York City to distribute museum literature and make
personal contact with potential museum audiences; relationship building with
our local Chelsea business neighbors; meeting and greeting community members
at networking events; writing letters; assembling mailings.

Skills Required: Internet research skills and proficiency in Excel, Outlook,
and Word. Ability and desire to travel independently throughout New York
City to distribute museum literature.

Programming Internship

Commitment: Approximately 15 hours/week ­ Wednesday and Friday, Additional
days flexible
Semesters: Summer, Fall, Spring, Full Academic Year

Description: Programming is seeking an intern to assist with a variety of
departmental needs. The intern will be involved with both logistical tasks
associated with specific weekly events as well as research aspects of future
events. He/she may also have specific projects to spearhead during their
time here depending on interests, skill set, and availability.

Tasks Include:
– Assisting with the set up of weekly programs.
– Creating and organizing event flyers and signage.
– Assisting backstage or at the door during all relevant programs.
– Researching ideas for future programs, and obtaining contact and/or
biographical information about performers/speakers.

Skills: Candidate must be highly organized, self-sufficient and able to
conduct efficient research. Must also possess strong interpersonal skills as
there is potential for interaction with both with visitors to the museum as
well as performers/speakers. Proficiency in PowerPoint and Photoshop highly
desired, and proficiency in Excel and Word recommended. Must be able to work
on PC.

School Programs Intern
Commitment: 16 hours/2 days per week
The School Programs intern will work closely with the Assistant Manager of
School Programs and Coordinator of School Programs on two main projects:
Thinking Through Art, a multi-session residency program integrating the arts
into classroom curriculum using the arts and culture of the Himalayas; and
ongoing development, planning, and outreach for programs and workshops that
will take place at the Rubin Museum of Art¹s new Education Center, opening
in the new year. The intern will gain experience with day-to-day
administrative aspects of school partnerships, as well as hands-on
experience in the classroom as an assistant to the teaching artist. There
may also be opportunities for the School Programs intern to get involved in
other School Programs initiatives. For more information on School Programs,
click here:
Applicants for the School Programs Internship should have a demonstrated
interest in K-12 education; enthusiasm for using visual art as a teaching
tool; comfort working with diverse art-making supplies; strong
administrative experience, especially with Microsoft Office; and interest in
curriculum development and hands-on K-12 teaching experience. This
internship is ideal for someone self-directed and detail oriented, and
available at least 15 hours per week (Monday-Friday) between the hours of 9
AM-4 PM.

Louise Brooks
Manager, Community Relations and Volunteer Programs

Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011
140 West 17th Street | staff and delivery entrance
212.620.5000 x328 | office
212.675.0105 | fax <> |
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