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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paid Internships – Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internships
The American Museum of Ceramic Art is pleased to offer two paid summer internships sponsored by the Getty Foundation as part of its Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program. Founded in 2004 and located in the Pomona Arts Colony, AMOCA is the only ceramics museum on the West Coast. AMOCA’s mission is to educate by presenting, collecting, and preserving significant ceramic achievements, and by offering hands-on ceramic studio experiences.
Curatorial Internship: Participation in all aspects of planning and presenting exhibitions.
Education Internship: Planning and assisting with hands-on activities and with written curriculum.
The Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internships will run for ten consecutive weeks and pay a total stipend of $3,500.00 (before tax) distributed twice a month.
- 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.”
- Applicants must reside or attend college in Los Angeles County.
- Be currently enrolled undergraduates. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2013, and those who will complete their degree by September 1, 2013 are also eligible to apply; (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.)
- Be available for ten consecutive weeks of full-time work (40 hrs/wk) between the dates of June 3rd and August 23rd, 2013.
- Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
Application Deadline: April 28th, 2013
How to Apply:
Please send the following by email to email@example.com 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.
- A cover letter describing the academic and/or work experience, skills, and personal attributes that qualify you for the internship
- A current resume or CV
- A short writing sample (essay, term paper, article, etc.)
- Two letters of recommendation
Getty Curatorial Internship Job Description
The curatorial internship with the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA, 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.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- 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: Maintaining master calendar, exhibition notebook, 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 up-to-date design 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.
- Routine tasks will involve 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.
- Understanding museum collection policies will include an orientation on object accession, numbering and tagging items, photography, and condition reports – all information that is entered into the museum’s database. 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 other institutions for the purpose of networking
Getty Education Internship Job Description
The Education Internship with the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA, 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 California State Department of Education’s Content Standards.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- 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, and 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.
- 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.
- 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.