Internships at the KIA
The KIA occasionally has internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in art museums. Based upon their academic training and interests, as well as the availability of projects, interns work in one of the museum's departments--curatorial, education, development and marketing, or library/archives. Internships are unpaid and should include a commitment of 8-12 hours/week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Applicants for a semester/quarter or summer must submit requirements for the internships desired, below.
Applications should be sent via email to the staff contact listed in the appropriate department (see descriptions below). With your letter of interest, please include attachments (resume, writing sample, etc.) in PDF format.
Curatorial and Education
Duties will vary, but will require strong research, writing, and organizational skills. Attention to detail is critical. Experience with the public or communicating with children and adults may be helpful. Most projects require knowledge of art history. A position may be shared between these departments. Interested applicants must formally submit a brief (1-2 page) writing sample, plus a cover letter detailing interest in this internship, objectives to be gained through the internship at the KIA, and relevant experience and course work. Please send cover letter and resume to Karla Niehus, Associate Curator of Exhibitions, and Michelle Stempien, Curator of Museum Education
Marketing & Advancement
Various tasks in the Advancement department will be tailored to the candidate's interests and skills. The successful intern will have a positive, outgoing attitude; attention to detail; and a flexible schedule with 10-15 hours available. Duties may include data entry, mailings, event staffing, writing, photography, social media, and graphic design. This position may be shared between departments. Please send cover letter and resume to Katie Houston, Marketing Manager, and Cindy Trout, Advancement Officer.
Internships may focus on a particular aspect of library service (e.g. reference service, collection development and management, cataloging, programming, etc.) in an art museum setting. Duties may include assisting with programming, visitor service, developing both print and electronic materials, updating web-accessible documents and research tools, scanning and cataloging photographs and exhibition-related documents, and collection development projects, such as materials selection or de-accessioning. Interested students should be working toward a degree in library and information science, art history, public history. Previous library or museum experience is not required. Please send a cover letter, resume, availability and list of three references (two of which must be professional or academic). Attn: Ellyssa Seager, Museum Librarian
An intern may work at any agreed-upon time, generally between 8 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday, but occasionally for evening and/or weekend events. The KIA will make every attempt to set and adjust the schedule as needed to accommodate the intern's needs.
Internships are unpaid. Students must make arrangements through their academic institution for college credit, following the procedures set forth by that institution.
Staff is expect to dress casual professional. This does not include jeans, T-shirts, tennis shoes, or shorts. However, some work does require clothing that can get dirty or allows for ease of movement when working on exhibits or in the collection. Use your best judgment according to the situation. You may be asked to wear a nametag when working with the public.
The intern is expected to be able to get to the Museum using his or her own transportation. Free parking is available at the KIA.
Scheduling/Notification of Absence/Schedule Changes
The intern and his/her supervisor will determine a schedule that works for both the staff and intern at the beginning of the internship. If the intern is not able to come in, s/he should leave a message on the supervisor's voicemail (269.349.7775 ext. ____) or email - contact information will be provided at start of internship. If the intern must make a temporary or permanent change to the schedule, s/he should talk to his/her supervisor before doing so.