The Brandywine Museum of Art seeks undergraduate or graduate students 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 staff. Through practical museum training, departmental tours, off-site field trips, and networking opportunities interns will prepare for careers in museum fields. Stipends are available and are determined by length and schedule of internship. Applicants seeking course credit may discuss requirements with staff and make necessary arrangements through their college/university prior to the start of the internship. Brandywine is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and encourages BIPOC students and others who are underrepresented in the cultural sector to apply.
The Brandywine River Museum is now accepting applications for the following 5 different Summer Internships:
1. Collections Management Intern
The Registrar’s Office manages the collections by cataloguing acquisitions, maintaining records, conducting inventories, condition reporting, supervising storage and arranging packing, shipping and insurance for loans to and from the museum. This internship is an opportunity to assist the registrars and preparators with: record keeping, inventory and storage projects, data entry, and image management.
- Assist with inventory of the Museum’s permanent collection & long-term loans
- Condition reports for permanent collection works going on display
- Assist with photography of new acquisitions
- Data clean up in collections database, TMS
Interns will develop essential museum skills in database management, condition reporting, and inventory procedures. An art history, museum studies, or studio art background is required; excellent organizational skills and basic computer literacy are essential. This internship is fully in-person and on-site at Brandywine Museum of Art.
2. Curatorial Intern
The Curatorial Office offers the opportunity for students to learn about all aspects of curatorial work. This internship provides an opportunity to gain experience in many phases of exhibition development, improve and expand upon research skills, learn curatorial record keeping, and write didactic texts. The curatorial interns will assist the Museum’s curators as they conduct research on the collection, organize future exhibitions, and select work for installation in the galleries. This year, interns will also work to research objects on view in the Museum’s historic properties and assist in developing revised curatorial commentary. The interns will work directly with the curators, performing tasks critical to the department’s advancement. An art history background, with particular strength in American art, is required as are excellent writing and research skills. This internship requires in-person work but can be hybrid.
3. Education Intern
The Education Office engages visitors of all ages with the museum’s collection and special exhibitions through programs 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 special exhibitions, engage visitors through leading activities and tours, and preparing educational materials. The intern will work with the Director of Audience Engagement and the education staff. An art-related background is preferred, but not required. This internship requires in-person work but can be hybrid.
4. Graphic Design Intern
The Marketing Office offers an internship which provides students working toward a degree in Graphic Design or Marketing with an opportunity to gain experience working on a variety of real-world projects. The intern will assist marketing staff on designing web & social media graphics, brochures, ads, posters, and PowerPoint presentations, producing project mock-ups, preparing files for print, resizing ads, producing videos, and photo editing, sorting, and tagging. A background in design and proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop) and Microsoft Office software (PowerPoint, Word, and Teams) are required. Applicants should include samples of design work. This internship requires in-person work but can be hybrid.
5. Research Center Intern
The Walter and Lenore Annenberg Research Center houses the museum’s reference library, archives, and special collections that support the research of the art collection. Research Center collection highlights include materials such as manuscripts, rare books, scrapbooks, and photographs, pertaining to the Wyeth family of artists, Howard Pyle and his students, and American book illustration. This internship is an opportunity to learn about the management of an art library through projects such as library cataloging, answering reference queries, archival processing, preparing and writing finding aids, and training in preservation methods and materials. The intern will work closely with the Research Center Manager, who will supervise all projects. Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, as well as strong research, writing, and communication skills are required. A background in art history and/or library science is preferred. Current library science or archives management students are encouraged to apply. This internship is fully in-person and on-site at Brandywine Museum of Art.
Application Deadlines Applications for Summer 2023 internships are due by end of day Tuesday, February 28, 2023. The reviewing and interview process will take place in March, and interns will be notified of selections by the first week of April. A stipend of $3000 will be allocated to each intern. Interns may also seek course credit, with further discussion and arrangements between their university and museum staff.
If you are interested in applying for any of these internship opportunities, please register for this event and I will send the link and/or information on how to apply. Let the Center for Undergraduate Research set you up for success for summer 2023!