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  • 2018 Museum Internships: Call for Host Institutions

    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) administers the Windgate Museum Internship program, which provides $5,000 to four selected museums, galleries, foundations, and non-profits with craft collections and curatorial staff requiring intern assistance. The four selected institutions use the $5,000 award to pay an intern of their choosing, preferably an undergraduate or graduate student, to work under the direction of a curator or director in decorative arts, contemporary craft, or related exhibitions and programs. The goal of the program is to expand the number of future curators with education and interest in contemporary studio craft.

    Applications are now open for museums, galleries, foundations, and non-profits with craft collections and curatorial staff requiring intern assistance. CCCD will select four institutions that will solicit and select interns during the months of March and April 2017.

    Apply at craftcreativitydesign.slideroom.com by December 15, 2017.

    Download 2018 Windgate Museum Internship Host Application FAQs (PDF)

    For questions about the program, contact Anna Helgeson, Grants and Office Coordinator at ahelgeson@craftcreativitydesign.org or 828-785-1357 x102. To receive announcements about future opportunities, sign up for the CCCD e-newsletter.

    2018 Application Timeline

    December 15, 2017: Institutions will submit an application to CCCD via SlideRoom.

    Week of January 8, 2018: Four selected institutions will be notified of acceptance.

    Week of January 22, 2018: Selected institutions will provide finalized job descriptions and eligibility criteria for the internship, with museum contact information and application deadline. CCCD to promote opportunities to national network through e-newsletter, website, and social media.

    May 1: Institutions to notify CCCD of selected interns

    Host Institution F.A.Q.’s

    Who is eligible to be a host?

    Museums, foundations, and non-profits with craft collections and curatorial staff requiring assistance with engaging projects that will benefit both the host and intern. Host Institutions from the most recent grant cycle (2017) may not re-apply in 2018, however, institutions that have participated prior to 2017 may reapply for the 2018 program. The intern’s direct report must complete the SlideRoom application.

    How will the institutions be selected?

    Proposals are evaluated on the educational benefit to the intern, the museum’s marketing plan as well as the project’s impact on the field of craft.

    How do students apply to be interns?

    Students will contact the museum or institution directly with their C.V. and letter of interest. The selected museum or institution is responsible for the advertising, review, and choice of the intern.

    How are funds disbursed?

    Each invited museum or institution will receive $5,000 when CCCD receives a copy of the C.V. and application letter from the selected student intern, with a copy of the job description and contact information from the curator responsible for oversight of the internship.

    This funding is to provide an honorarium that will equal a salary of no less than $10 an hour to students for the internship. Museums and institutions may deduct from the total required FICA, but no part of the $5,000 can be used for administration costs.

    When do internships take place?

    Internships may take place any time from May 2018 – April 2019, with many scheduled for summer between terms.

    What are my responsibilities as a host institution?

    If selected, the host institution must provide a job description and eligibility criteria for the internship, with staff contact information and an application deadline. The host institution is responsible for the advertising of the internship position as well as application review and selection of the intern.

    Institutions agree to provide oversight for a meaningful internship and an evaluation of the program at the end of the internship by both the intern’s supervisor and the intern.

    What types of projects are funded?

    Well-defined projects that allow the intern to work closely with a craft collection and expert curatorial staff are most likely to be considered. Past assignments have included: research, loan arrangements, cataloging, publication support, exhibition design and installation, assistance with acquisitions, and administrative support.

    See a list of past recipients and projects on our website, www.craftcreativitydesign.org/grants.

    Intern F.A.Q.’s

    How do I apply to be an intern?

    Interested students will contact the host museum or institution directly with their C.V., letter of interest, and availability (students must be available for a duration of time between May 2018 ­and April 2019). Internship opportunities, instructions, and deadlines will be announced in our April e-newsletter and on our website, www.craftcreativitydesign.org/grants.

    Who may apply to be an intern?

    Students who are enrolled in an accredited program at the undergraduate or graduate level or who have graduated in the past six months with a focus on studio craft or art/craft history are eligible to apply. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Individuals who have received a Windgate Museum Internship in the past are not eligible for the 2018 internship program.

    When do internships take place?

    Internships may take place any time between May 2018 to April 2019. Internships may be scheduled for summer between terms.

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