Founded in 1935, SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast devoted to modern and contemporary art. From the outset, the museum has championed the most innovative and challenging art of its time, and we continue to exhibit and collect work by both modern masters and younger, less-established artists. By embracing the challenge of the new and unexpected, we hope to encourage fresh ways of seeing, thinking, and engaging with the world. SFMOMA's internship program offers insight into the operations of one of the country's leading art museums and allows interns to gain valuable hands-on experience.
Education and Public Practice at SFMOMA is a curatorial department of pedagogical and cultural programming, which produces live and intensive public encounters exploring the meaning of art for public life. It comprises two program areas and a general administrative area. School Initiatives is dedicated to supporting the students and teachers in the Bay Area. Public Dialogue cultivates discourse around the role of contemporary art in public life through a commitment to lifelong learning and process-based, commissioned projects.
Full time, starting Monday, June 10, 2019 - Friday, August 16th, 2019
Through this internship we will provide learning opportunities and hands-on experience in the areas of museum event/program development as well as digital collections management. The intern will gain additional knowledge related to communications and public programs, and have the opportunity to work with education, collections, curatorial, and collections information access museum staff as well as external community partners on programs which have a focus on social justice and equity related programs as well as underserved audiences.
- A passion for social justice and equitable practices
- The ideal candidate is a current student pursuing a BA or MA in Education, Ethnic Studies, Museum Studies, Art History, Anthropology, or a related field with work experience in an education, cultural or community arts setting
- Knowledge of or interest regarding informal and formal education practices, diverse learning styles, and participatory program engagement practices
- Excellent interpersonal communication
- Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize in a fast-paced environment while meeting deadlines
- Familiarity with MS Office
- Must be self-motivated and able to take initiative on projects.
- Attention to detail and strong organization skills
- At least 18 years of age
This internship consists of two separate projects with Public Dialogue and School Initiatives:
CCSF Study Day
Work closely with the interim head of public dialogue as well as content strategy and digital engagement, curatorial, conservation, the Artist Initiative, and the library and archives on study days related to Rivera's Pan American Unity mural and the museum's partnership with the City College of San Francisco. Includes research and program development, documentation, tracking, logistics, outreach to faculty and external partners, as well as communications and web content including email marketing and social media.
Teacher Tagging Project
High school teachers designed lesson plans that utilized SFMOMA collection artworks by women, LGBTQ artists, and artists of color. Our goal is to make these artwork images more visible on sfmoma.org by asking teachers to generate tags/key word searches for select artworks through a number of workshops in June. Work closely with the associate curator of school initiatives and the collections information manager to organize and facilitate teacher tagging workshops, edit teacher generated tags, and include final tags in digital collection records to surface select artwork images on sfmoma.org.
Finally, the internship will assist in day-to-day activity within the education department including event assistance, support on the development of resources, and educational program planning.
- Intern Application on SnapHire
- Cover letter stating the department(s) (up to three areas) you are interested in. Describe the experience you bring to these particular areas.
- Statement of purpose: No more than one page, describing why you are interested in museum or nonprofit work, your reasons for applying to SFMOMA, and your goals for the internship.
- Two Letters of recommendation from a college professor or former employer
- College transcript: Transcripts can be unofficial, but need to be readable.
- Availability for an in-person interview starting in early April. Skype and phone interviews will be considered for students who are abroad or far from California.
We are happy to work with your educational institution to provide credit for this internship.
To learn more about our internship opportunities, visit the Internships Section of our website at https://www.sfmoma.org/join-the-team/internship-program/
Please apply online for an internship opportunity.
We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.