The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design administers the Windgate Museum Internship program which provides $5,000 stipends to four undergraduate or graduate students. The selected interns work under the direction of curators or directors in decorative arts or contemporary crafts collections, exhibitions and programs in museums or organizations nationally.
After reviewing a strong application pool demonstrating a high level of interest in craft-related projects in museums and institutions across the nation, the Center is pleased to announce the 2014 Windgate Museum Internship Host Institutions: American Museum of Ceramic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Interested applicants should contact the institution directly. Please see the FAQ below for details on how to apply.
The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) offers an opportunity to interested individuals wishing to gain the skills and insight required to organize, install, and present an art exhibition in a professional museum setting. The incumbent will be exposed to AMOCA’s non-profit structure and to the museum’s 7,000-piece permanent collection, as well as hands-on training in all aspects of the everyday maintenance and monitoring of the museum.
To apply, please email, in PDF or Word Format, your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 909.629.1067 or mail hard copies to:
399 North Garey Avenue
Pomona, CA 91767
Deadline 15 April 2014
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston seeks an intern with a special interest in contemporary craft to work with the Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts. The intern will assist in research, correspondence, program planning, and administration related to exhibitions and publications focused on the broad landscape of craft today and contemporary American ceramics, both scheduled to open at the MFA during 2015. Other projects the intern may be involved with include researching objects from the museum’s permanent collection of contemporary craft in service of collection rotations; research assistance in support of acquisitions and proposals for future exhibitions; and general administrative support for the Wornick Curator as need arises.
For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample (1-2 double spaced pages) to: email@example.com. You may also submit your materials via postal mail to: Human Resources Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115.
Deadline 11 April 2014
The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA) at Utah State University seeks an undergraduate or graduate-level student interested in gaining curatorial and museum education experience. This paid internship provides a rare opportunity to work with Museum staff to research NEHMA’s ceramics collection and curate two complimentary exhibitions from the permanent collection for the two upcoming exhibits “Black Mountain College: Shaping Craft + Design” and “Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft.”
Applicants should submit a Letter of Interest, Resume or CV (including current GPA and at least two professional references) and one optional Letter of Reference in PDF format to Andrea DeHaan (firstname.lastname@example.org), Administrative Coordinator of the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. Please also direct any questions to this email.
No late applications will be accepted.
Applicants will be notified by April 18, 2014 about the status of their application.
Deadline 4 April 2014
Based in the V&A’s Research Department, the intern will work closely with curators on the ‘Disobedient Objects’ exhibition project. The intern will thereby develop their understanding of craft-based strategies of protest, their historical footsteps and their contributions to contemporary movements.
To be considered for this position, please provide the following to the Victoria and Albert Museum, to be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday 1 April 2014:
• A letter explaining your long-term career goals and why you are interested in this opportunity
• A CV covering your:
related experience in the areas of the above “Essential requirements”
• A list and full contact information (name, title, address, phone, e-mail) of two referees. Referees will be asked to comment in confidence on your academic and personal qualities for successfully completing the internship. Referees must be able to provide these details by Friday 11 April 2014 at the latest.
Application documents must be sent by email. All applications must be submitted as a complete package, not in installments.
All applications and queries should be addressed to:
Ms Nicola Froggatt
Research Grants Manager
Victoria and Albert Museum
Applicants will receive notification of the V&A’s final decision by Friday 18 April 2014.
Deadline 1 April 2014
Who is eligible to be a host?
Museums, foundations, and non-profits with studio craft collections and curatorial staff requiring assistance with engaging projects that will benefit both the host as well as the intern. Institutions that have participated in the past may reapply for the 2014 program.
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. For summer interns the deadline usually falls around March 31, 2014.
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. Students will be responsible for submitting a final report to the Center, approved by the host institution supervisor.
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 in the column to the left under Past Windgate Interns.
How are funds distributed?
Each invited museum or institution will receive $5,000 when the Center receives a signed contract, a copy of the vita and application letter from the selected student intern along with a copy of the job description and the name of the curator or supervisor responsible for oversight of the internship. This funding is to provide a salary of not less than $10 an hour to students for the internship. This will cover approximately 3 months of full time salary or 6 months of part time salary at 20 hours per week. Museums and institutions may deduct from the total required FICA, but no part of the $5,000 can be used for administration costs.
Who is eligible to be an intern?
Students who are enrolled in an accredited program at the graduate or undergraduate level or who have graduated in the past six months with a focus on studio craft or art/craft history are eligible to apply. Applicants should indicate their preferred timeframe of availability when applying to the institution (funding window is between May 2014 and April 2015 with length of internship to be dependent on intern’s availability). Individuals who have received a Windgate Museum Internship in the past are not eligible for the 2014 internship program. All applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
When do internships take place?
Internships may take place any time from May 2014 – April 2015. Most internships are scheduled for summer between terms.
How do I apply to be a host institution?
Simply follow the link above. If you would like to join our mailing list to receive application announcements or have any questions regarding the internship program, please contact us at email@example.com or 828.785.1357.
How will the institutions be selected?
Center staff selects proposals based on educational benefit to the intern, marketing plan as well as impact on the field of craft. An announcement is posted in our e-newsletter and on our website.
How do I apply to be an intern?
Interested students will contact the host museum or institution directly with their vita and letter of interest. These will be announced mid-March after the 16 February 2014 deadline for host institution applications. Check back for more information or join our mailing list.
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