The museum employs students in the store and in visitor services, events, custodial, and other departments. In short, they really run the place. All open positions are listed on the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources website.
Gallery Attendants are stewards of the visitor’s experience at the Weisman Art Museum. They serve as an enthusiastic, welcoming, and approachable presence throughout the museum as they support wayfinding, access to resources, promote public programs and events, provide general information about the collections and special exhibitions, help keep the art safe from damage, assist in ensuring the safety of museum visitors, and share information that provides the best possible experience at the museum for all audiences. Gallery Attendants receive training to support the experience of visitors of all ages, fostering positive connections between visitors and the museum.
To find WAM Gallery Attendant openings, search “Weisman Art Museum” (Job ID 347307) on the student job search page.
Events Assistants are responsible for the setup and execution of events hosted at the Weisman Art Museum. They serve as a welcoming and approachable presence to support all categories of event; WAM programs, artists presentations, UMN departmental rentals, and wedding clients. All event staff at the Weisman are cross-trained in four visitor-facing areas: visitor welcoming and orientation, in-gallery experience, safety and security, and events.
To find WAM Event Assistant openings, search “Weisman Art Museum” (Job ID 347311) on the student job search page.
Program Mentor, WAM Teen Architecture Workshop
• Thursdays, June 23 – July 21, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day.
• Orientation date TBD
• Must be available all sessions of workshop
Interested in mentoring teens in the Weisman Art Museum’s summer teen architecture workshop? Mentors from the U of M College of Design will lead teams of 4-6 students in this workshop, helping students explore, problem solve, and build a final model. This immersive architecture workshop, led by architect Josh Weinstein, is for high school students and held at the Weisman Art Museum. The workshop gives teens the opportunity to work with professional architects and designers from the community and the University of Minnesota. In a professional setting, high school participants will explore, design, and build creative solutions to a proposed architectural project. Mentors take on a leadership role in managing a team of 4-6 high school students throughout the summer. Mentors work directly with teens, guiding relationships with the team, facilitating workshop activities, sharing personal college experience, and explaining terms, techniques, and tool safety.
To apply to become a Program Mentor, search “Weisman Art Museum” (Job ID 347389) on the student job search page.
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Student interns work on focused projects in a variety of departments. Students interested in unpaid internships may submit an application at any time or check back for open positions below. New placements, when available, occur at the beginning of fall and spring semester and during the summer. Internships are available for academic credit.
Public Programs and Student Engagement Internship (Directed Study)
The Public Programs and Student Engagement Department develops accessible, arts-driven experiences that connect audiences with a wide range of opportunities that inspire creativity, incite dialogue, and bring the Weisman’s mission to life as a teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and surrounding communities. Program activities include interdisciplinary lectures and discussions, film screenings and performances, hands-on workshops and curriculum development with faculty across campus. Our department aims to create multiple entry points for audiences to engage with the museum and its resources.
The Public Programs and Student Engagement intern will pursue independent research on the upcoming Weisman Art Museum exhibition featuring artists Kara Walker and Winslow Homer. The intern will assist in the development of public programs, curriculum integration and related activities. Additionally, as time and projects allow, they will gain hands-on experience in arts administration, cultural partnership cultivation, coordinating program operations, and interfacing with a variety of stakeholders.
As our department regularly interfaces with other Museum departments, the internship provides a unique opportunity to observe the many moving pieces involved in adult, museum education and audience cultivation. The intern must possess excellent interpersonal skills, be proficient in research and writing, and be able to multitask while working independently.
The Public Programs & Student Engagement Internship is designed for third- and fourth-year undergraduates, and master’s candidates who are preparing for careers in Museum Programming, Arts Education, Arts Administration, Cultural Organizing, Museum Studies, Art History, or related fields.
Dates and Details:
- Application Open: May – July 1, 2022
- Start Date: September 12, 2022
- End Date: December 16, 2022
- Credit Load: 2 credits, pending advisor approval
- Reports to: Katie Covey Spanier, Director of Public Programs and Student Engagement
Application process: Please submit a cover letter that describes your interest in this position, your career goals [how can this position help you accomplish these goals?], resume, and one letter of recommendation to Katie Covey Spanier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The museum works with students who are interested in conducting research with the museum, and gives students the opportunity for immersive and interactive learning. Each year, UROP funds hundreds of students who produce new knowledge and creative work in partnership with the U of M’s world-class faculty. UROP serves students and faculty whose learning and teaching goals include outside-the-classroom enrichment.