The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is delighted to announce the 2014 Windgate Museum Internship program which provides $5,000 stipends to four undergraduate or graduate students who work under the direction of curators or directors in decorative arts or contemporary crafts collections, exhibitions and programs in museums or organizations nationally.
In 2013 the Center solicited applications for Windgate Museum Internship host institutions for the first time since the award was created in 2006. We received applications from a strong national pool of institutions, and are excited to be opening the call once again for 2014. Please follow the link below and keep in mind the deadline for the 2014 Windgate Museum Internship host institutions is 16 February 2014 (midnight, EST).
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 after the 16 February 2014 deadline for host institution applications. Check back for more information, or join our mailing list.
ASHEVILLE, NC – The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (The Center) is pleased to announce the opening of its Benchspace Gallery & Workshop, a new contemporary art and project space in downtown Asheville. A reception will be held Friday, January 24, 2014 from 5-7 pm to celebrate the opening of the gallery and it’s first exhibition, Taking Shape: Celebrating the Windgate Fellowship. The exhibition will run through May 3, 2014.