VOLUNTEERS & INTERNSHIPS
The Museum offers a lively experience for volunteering, with practicums, and hands-on work experience to parallel academic research. With our valuable philosophy of establishing the museum as a laboratory, students, as future professionals, can gain valuable experiences to further goals and interests.
Our volunteers and interns work directly with all of our professional staff, across departments, making valuable connections in the operations of an art museum and non-profit organization.The Museum experience is not limited to people interesed in museums or art. The museum is a highly complex non- profit business with divisions in administration, art, education, marketing, public relations and more. No matter what your major, or your future career expectations, you can find valuable experience that will lend itself to future work.
There are many ways to get involved with the Museum. We encourage all of our volunteers to become MUSE or WaMAC members, as these student organizations help support student activities in the Museum. The organizations also provide a casual relationship with the museum if you are looking for an introduction to museum work.
To volunteer at the Museum, we ask that you commit to a minimum of 5 hours a week, during a semester. This is a great way to get a feel for museum work. Hours can be filled with daily tasks, or special projects, depending on what your interests and career goals are. We strive to balance each volunteer's time with daily tasks and portfolio pieces. A portfolio piece is something that is created to show others your skills, and adds to your vita. It can be anything from a publication to a byline on exhibition productions, depending on what you are working on. Daily tasks help reinforce the administrative side of the museum, teaching you valuable office and communication skills.
Your FIRST STEP is to fill out an application, and submit it to the Education Office at the Museum. You will then be called for an interview. Interviews are most commonly held during the first and last weeks of the semester, but please apply anytime, depending on the projects; we may have something that is a perfect fit for your skills and interests.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 757.221.2703.
Internships (may be taken for credit with approval from the Museum and the Department of Art & Art History)
Interns are the next level of volunteering. It requires a larger time commitment, but also gives you a greater in-depth experience where you work on larger projects. You must volunteer for the museum for at least one semester prior to your internship.
You can also choose to intern for college credit, to do so please read about the internship program, and make an appointment to consult with the Internship Coordinator at email@example.com or 757.221.2703.