Jobs & Internships
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.
WAM employs interns and student workers frequently for positions throughout the museum. See below for current opportunities.
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.
Weisman Art Museum AAMD Intern
Internship Period: May 2023-July 2023
Reports to: Katie Covey, Director of Public Programming & Student Engagement
Hours Per Week: 20 hours/week
Travel Stipend: $3,000
Application Deadline: April 15, 2023
The AAMD intern is a 12-week appointment that provides the opportunity to gain firsthand experience and professional training in museum community and public engagement work. The focus of the internship will be investigating efforts towards truth telling and reconciliation in museums, cities, and universities; and will support the development of new programs and related activities at Weisman.
The AAMD Intern will be a critically engaged member of the Weisman Department of Public Engagement, and will gain workplace skills through a hands-on, real world project. The internship will be tailored to support professional growth, and will provide a space for critical dialogue that challenges the role and function of museums today.
Specific tasks include: attend listening sessions with community advisors and produce written reports and analysis; conduct interviews; attend meetings with cross-departmental museum staff; produce oral reports to museum staff for internal meetings; and research, develop, and publish two blog posts related to their findings on the museum’s digital StoryMaps platform and website.
Pending availability, the intern will attend the 2023 AAM Annual meeting in Denver, Colorado with staff advisor, as well as another professional development opportunity to be determined.
- Demonstrated ability to question the role of museums in society and think critically and creatively to evaluate and improve that role;
- Demonstrated research skills that focus on community engagement in museums;
- Demonstrated understanding of the nature of museum public programming and community engagement, deepening their understanding of culturally specific approaches and practices;
Current undergraduate Native American students at any accredited college or university are eligible to apply. Seeking applicants with interest in gaining professional museum experience and enhancing their capacity for contributing to the expanding field of museum public practice. Must have completed freshman year of college by program start date.
Intern will be paid on a bi-weekly basis through UMN payroll. Intern may be able to receive funding or credit through their university or other means, it is the intern’s responsibility to obtain and complete any relevant materials. Internship schedules are flexible and can be planned around individual school and work schedules as necessary.
How to Apply
A complete application includes cover letter, resume, and two references. Please send all materials to Katie Covey Spanier at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for application is April 15, 2023.
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