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Internships

Interns are an essential part of AMOCA’s operations and staff. AMOCA is proud to offer both paid and unpaid internships to students interested in pursuing careers in the arts. Many of our staff members got their starts in the museum field with internships and it is our pleasure to continue encouraging students to persue careers in non-profit organizations through our intern programs.

Unpaid Internships

Unpaid internships are available to persons wishing to gain practical experience in the museum or non-profit sectors. Unpaid interns are eligible to recieve credit through their schools and our volunteer coordinator will work with you to develop a program to give you experience in your field of study, as it applies to AMOCA’s mission. We have unpaid internships year-round. To apply, please email your resume and a letter of intent to Angie Reyes at areyes@amoca.org.

Paid Internships – Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internships

Curatorial Internship:  Participation in all aspects of planning and presenting exhibitions.

Education Internship:  Planning and assisting with hands on activities and with written curriculum.

Eligibility:

  1. According to the Getty guidelines, these internships are “intended for members of groups underrepresented in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, particularly individuals of African American, Asian, Latino-Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent.”
  2. Applicants must reside or attend college in Los Angeles County.
  3. Be currently enrolled undergraduates. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2014, and those who will complete their degree by September 1, 2014 are also eligible to apply; (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.)
  4. Be available for ten consecutive weeks of full-time work (40 hrs/wk) between the dates of June 3rd and August 23rd, 2014.
  5. Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.

Application Deadline: April 26th, 2014

How to Apply:

Please send the following by email to  areyes@amoca.org with the subject line “Getty Internship: [curatorial or educational as applies]”. You may also submit by mail by sending your application to AMOCA, 399 N. Garey Ave, Pomona, CA  91767.

  1. A cover letter describing the academic and/or work experience, skills, and personal attributes that qualify you for the internship
  2. A current resume or CV
  3. A short writing sample (essay, term paper, article, etc.)
  4. Two letters of recommendation

Curatorial Internship

The curatorial internship with the American Museum of Ceramic Art is designed to give an overview of the skills and responsibilities required to organize, install, and present an art exhibition for a professional museum setting. The experience will also include exposure to AMOCA’s non-profit structure and to the museum’s permanent collection, as well as hands-on training in all aspects of the everyday maintenance and monitoring of a museum.

The 2014 proposed work plan is divided as follows:

  1. The intern will spend approximately 75% of his/her time on assignments related directly to AMOCA’s exhibitions. The exhibit entitled, Large As Life: Betty Davenport Ford, Elaine Katzer, Lisa Reinertson through August 31, 2014 will be installed during the first two weeks of the intern’s start-date. AMOCA’s 10th Year Anniversary Show will be the primary responsibility of the intern, which opens September 13th through January 31, 2015. The intern will also be helping with La Catrina, an interactive exhibition telling the story of the famous figure of la calavera Catrina, an elegant female skeletal figure made famous by Jose Guadalupe Posada and Diego Rivera.These three exhibitions will provide different curatorial experiences. Large As Life and La Catrina will provide the intern with hands-on installation experience. The intern will conduct condition reports, unpacking and moving of ceramic artwork, installation of vinyl title walls and didactic material. The 10th Year Anniversary Show will offer experience in curating, selecting artwork form our permanent collection, exhibition design/layout, invitation design and mailing, preparation of didactic material, marketing materials, and supplemental printed material. The intern will learn about exhibition design and the various decisions that a curator must make, including floor plans, object placement, traffic patterns, title walls, text panels, etc.
  2. The intern will devote approximately twelve hours per week to routine tasks related to museum-program operations and management.
  3. The remainder of the time will involve becoming familiar with such topics as AMOCA’s permanent collection, the infrastructure of a non-profit, development, and fundraising strategies.

Description of the intern’s duties and responsibilities and nature of the training:

  1. Under the direction of AMOCA’s Associate Curator, the intern will be directly involved in all aspects of mounting, maintaining, and dismantling an exhibition.
    • Exhibition Record Keeping: maintenance of master calendar, exhibition notebooks, marketing materials, publishing, incoming loans, contracts, exhibition-related events, and presentations.
    • Research and Documentation: preparation of artist biographies, images, audio-visual, and writing of interpretive exhibition didactics.
    • Exhibition Design and Installation: development and floor plan design using programs such as Sketch-Up, learn proper AAM art handling methods, art placement, knowledge of exhibition furniture and current installation methods and standards.
    • As an assignment designed to give the intern a start-to-finish responsibility and a feeling of accomplishment, the intern will take charge of data input, printing and mounting wall text and labels.
  2. The intern will perform such routine tasks as hosting the Information Desk, handling sales and invoices for the Museum Store, recording and acknowledging memberships, entering database information, coordinating mailings, and generating routine correspondence.
  3. The intern will gain an understanding of museum collection policies through an orientation on object accession, numbering and tagging items, photography, and condition reports – all information that is entered into the museum’s database. He or she will attend one meeting of the Board of Directors as a mean of gaining an understanding of the museum’s infrastructure and strategies. To achieve a sense of AMOCA’s role in the community, the intern will have an opportunity to visit some of the approximately twenty Pomona Art Colony venues, and others in the surrounding area. Other miscellaneous topics will include familiarization with museum terminology, how to properly present oneself in a museum setting, and how to interface with other institutions for the purpose of networking.

 

Education Internship

The Education Internship with the American Museum of Ceramic Art is designed to provide an overview of the skills and responsibilities required to develop educational programs and activities to enhance visitor enjoyment and understanding. The intern will assist in developing resources for public schools, colleges and other visitors, making use of wall text, brochures, interactive experiences, lectures, tours, and hands-on workshops. In order to ensure that the educational programs are on par with current educational standards, the intern will be introduced to the Common Core for Visual and Media Arts.

  1. The intern will spend approximately 80% of his or her time on assignments related directly to AMOCA’s education programs. The exhibit entitled, Large as Life: Betty Davenport Ford, Elaine Katzer, Lisa Reinertson will already be in place at the time of the intern’s start-date. He or she will see first-hand, how a curatorial statement can set the tone, how wall text and photographs can supplement displayed objects, how docents interact with visitors, and how AMOCA uses large-screen video presentations to enhance the visitor experience.The intern will get firsthand experience creating education material by co-developing writing assignments, public programs, docent training packets, exhibition guides and teacher packets for touring schools for three of the upcoming exhibitions.
  2. The remainder of the intern’s time will involve becoming familiar with such topics as AMOCA’s permanent collection, the infrastructure of a non-profit, development, and fundraising strategies.
  3. The intern will devote approximately 12 hours per week to routine tasks related to museum-program operations and management.

Description of the intern’s duties and responsibilities and nature of the training:

  1. Under the direction of AMOCA’s Education Manager, the intern will be directly involved in all aspects of researching, documenting, and preparing age-appropriate educational material.
    • Participate in the development and assessment of school tour curricula including docent training, outreach workshops, summer camp.
    • Undertake the development of art kits that not only elucidate past and current exhibitions, but also enhance current public school learning requirements such as world cultures, arithmetic, reading and writing.
    • Contact schools, colleges, teachers, and community groups to promote tours activities, and speaking engagements. Follow-up with mailings and personal contact to schedule visits to the exhibition.
    • Execute summer workshops for community groups such as the Boys and Girls Club of Pomona and more.
    • Plan educational public events for adults and children through a range of mediums that include lectures, workshops story-telling, hands-on activities, games, quizzes, etc.
    • Attend conferences and field trips as appropriate.
  2. Understanding museum education policies will include a general orientation on developing a learning and education strategy that meets the aims of our museum. Attendance at one board meeting will be arranged so as to understand the museum’s infrastructure and strategies. To gain a sense of AMOCA’s role in the community, the intern will have an opportunity to visit some of the approximately twenty Pomona Art Colony venues, and others in the surrounding area. Other miscellaneous topics will include familiarization with museum terminology, how to properly present oneself in a museum setting, and how to interface with similar institutions for the purpose of networking.
  3. Routine tasks will involve hosting the Information Desk, handling sales and invoices for the museum gift shop, recording and acknowledging memberships, entering database information, coordinating mailings, and generating routine correspondence.