Curatorial and Public Engagement Internship

Thank you for your interest in Pitzer College Art Galleries as a place to visit, learn and work!

Pitzer College Art Galleries offers curatorial and public engagement internships to students of college level or above, recent graduates and graduate students. Interns provide exhibition support and administrative assistance for the galleries. Internships are unpaid; however, paid work-study positions are available for Pitzer students upon approval by the Office of Financial Aid for Federal Work Study.

Position Summary:  Our program engages critically with contemporary art and the political issues by presenting compelling original works of art to diverse audiences. The objective of the internship program is to offer practical curatorial training experience to individuals interested in the arts and museum fields, to meet and work alongside talented artists and to help to support our incredible programming.

The Curatorial and Public Engagement intern will work directly with Director/Curator, Ciara Ennis and Curatorial Associate, Cheukwa Jones to develop strong professional skills in the arts and non-profit fields. In addition to collaborating with Art Galleries’ staff and artists, interns will either present a cumulative curatorial project at the end of their final semester or, create and facilitate dynamic programs and content for Pitzer students throughout their internship.

Hours and Duration

  • This is a temporary, part-time opportunity.
  • Average of 5-10 hours per week, Tuesday through Friday plus some weekends and evenings special events. Flexible schedule.
  • January through May; September through December

Responsibilities

Administrative Tasks

  1. Greet students, faculty, staff and visitors when they arrive.
  2. Have knowledge about current exhibitions and provide information to visitors.
  3. Record the number of visitors.
  4. Inspect all objects on display (count the objects for an easy reference). Report missing or damaged artwork immediately.
  5. Close galleries: turn lights off and lock all Art Galleries doors.
  6. Assist with answering telephones.
  7. Run errands on Pitzer campus and the 5C’s.
  8. Hang posters as requested.
  9. Assist in maintaining a clean and neat gallery environment.
  10. Assist with special projects as needed, including the culling of mailing lists, updating and archiving of exhibition files, and other administrative tasks.

Curatorial Support

  1. Conduct research for exhibition projects as assigned by the Director/Curator.
  2. Assist with mailings, logistics and support around exhibition openings and other special events.
  3. Assist with curator walk throughs.
  4. Develop content for social media posts.
  5. Track and collect press reviews.
  6. Gather feedback about the visitor experience.
  7. At the end of the internship, interns generate an exhibition, education program or other projects, which are then presented at the Galleries.

Public Engagement

  1. Assist at public programs and special events.
  2. Lead tours for various groups visiting the Galleries.
  3. Create and facilitate projects for students throughout the Galleries’ exhibition periods and provide a summary report and outcome of your projects.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with emphasis on Art or Media Studies.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Writing and research skills.
  • Highly organized and professional.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite.

General Information

  • All exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.
  • Viewing hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 PM, and by appointment.

Additional Information:  Demonstrate respect and understanding to the other student workers at the Galleries.

For consideration, please email a letter of interest and your resume to pitzer_galleries@pitzer.edu.

Pitzer College Art Galleries Mission

Pitzer College Art Galleries exist to provide visually arresting and memorable exhibitions for diverse audiences, students, artists, and members of the community that promotes the value and understanding of contemporary art within a local, national, and international context. Through curatorial creativity and innovative programming, Pitzer College Art Galleries seeks to provide context, support, and a critical framework for artists and curators working today and, by doing so, inspire meaningful dialogue that fascinates, excites, and invigorates.