Curatorial Practices:

This internship will expose a student to all aspects of curatorial practices including collections development and research, collections management (including recording keeping), and collections care (including re-housing).

Other opportunities include:

  • primary research on museum objects being considered for acquisition, loan, or exhibition
  • answering phone and e-mail inquiries from the general public related to museum collections
  • object inventory for permanent collection in storage, long- and short-term loans, and temporary receipts
  • processing of temporary receipts including appropriate paperwork, tagging, description, research, and storage
  • data entry of catalog information
  • maintaining and updating filing system for existing and new accession filesparticipating in all aspects of installation, de-installation, rotation, and refreshing of permanent and temporary exhibitions, including traveling exhibitions if schedule permits

Qualifications:

  • Must possess a graduate degree or be currently enrolled in a graduate program

Please contact Doug McCombs, Chief Curator, to inquire about internships within the Curatorial Department.

Development/Fundraising:

The development intern’s primary responsibility is to assist in the day-to-day operation of the Development Department, as well as:

  • assist with research, marketing projects, and fundraising events as assigned
  • assist in the coordination and implementation of solicitation mailings, processing donations, and generating membership renewals and acknowledgements
  • work on special project assignments
  • maintain paper files including corporate and business files, in-kind contributions files, special project files, government grants files, and foundation files
  • assist in maintaining individual files and general office files as requested
  • coordinate materials to supplement grants and foundation, corporate, and individual proposals and applications
  • represent the Development Department at special events, openings, corporate events, membership cultivation activities, luncheons, etc. as requested

Please contact Nick DeMarco, Director of Development, to inquire about internships within the Development Department.

Event Planning:

The event planning intern’s primary responsibility is to assist in the day-to-day operation of the Event and Space-Rental Program. The intern will help:

  • develop and organize the existing space-rental program,and field space-rental inquiries
  • assist with the planning and execution of events
  • work with clients and vendors in a variety of settings 
  • become familiar with the space AIHA rents to customers, as well as the terms, regulations, and pricing associated with the spaces
  • communicate this information in a clear manner to potential customers
  • assist with the marketing of the space-rental program via the web, print material, etc.

Please contact Nick DeMarco, Director of Development, to inquire about internships within the Development Department.

Education: Family Programs

The Family Program intern’s primary responsibility is to work in the galleries and in our studio with children and adults to help them learn about exhibitions and the Albany Institute’s permanent collection. The Family Program intern will also:

  • help produce work samples and help with lesson preparation and clean-up
  • lead groups of children and adults in discussions in the Albany Institute’s galleries to help facilitate learning about exhibitions and collections
  • instruct and lead groups in art-making activities in the studio
  • assist with the development of new lessons
  • assist with program development and administrative tasks
  • assist with special programs and events as needed
  • assist with studio and art inventory

More about the Family Programs Internship

The Family Programs intern will work with family programs within the Albany Institute of History and Art Education Department. Interns will work directly with experienced museum educators who will expand interns' knowledge about the field of museum education and provide guidance for professional development. Interns in this position will gain significant understanding of and experience in the field of museum education, including gallery activities and interpretive program development.

The Family Programs intern will interact with children and families weekly, by assisting with discussion in the gallery and art lessons in the studio. These interactions will be an important component of the evaluation and development process.

Qualifications: Undergraduate/graduate student, interested in informal educational settings and art education. Candidates should also possess:

  • a rudimentary understanding of and respect for learning styles and teaching techniques
  • knowledge of art and art technique. Must have organizational skills and an aptitude for organizing information in a simple, usable, and amendable fashion
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills required. Must be willing to work with diverse groups of people including educators, volunteers, children, and parents

 

Please contact Maria Vann, Director of Education, to inquire about internships within the Education Department.

Education: School Programs

School Programs Interns assist museum staff with the development, set up, and delivery of our hands-on, object-based, interactive school programs. The museum’s school programs include lessons in the galleries and  art making activities in the studio to help students learn about exhibitions and the Albany Institute’s permanent collections.

Interns will work directly with experienced museum educators who will expand interns' knowledge about the field of museum education and provide guidance for professional development. The intern in this position will gain significant understanding of and experience in the field of museum education, including leading gallery activities and interpretive program development. 

Duties include:

  • Assisting with program development
  • Assisting with program set up and delivery
  • Conducting outreach to local schools and community organizations
  • Researching current trends in museum education and programming
  • Researching objects in the Albany Institute’s collections
  • Creating marketing materials for museum programs

 Qualifications:

  • Student currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Preferred areas of study: Education, History,  Art History, Museum Studies, or related field
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills
  • Experience working with school-aged children
  • Strong multi-tasking and communication skills

 This internship requires weekday commitments.

Please contact Maria Vann, Director of Education, to inquire about internships within the Education Department.

Public Relations and Marketing:

The PR/marketing intern’s primary responsibility is to assist in the day-to-day operation of the Public Relations and Marketing Office. Duties include:

  • assist with research, special projects, events, and database management 
  • assist with activities that help promote AIHA, enhance public participation, and encourage community awareness

Internship includes contact with the members of the press, writing calendar listings and media alerts, preparation of press materials, and related office duties including:

  • assist in the concept creation, writing, editing, coordination, and production of program brochures, reception invitations, press releases, public-service announcements, program flyers, and other promotional materials
  • assist the PR staff with media follow-up, including contacting media outlets and pitching story/feature ideas
  • keep and updating media log
  • update media contact list
  • post upcoming programs and events on local online community calendars
  • work on special project assignments
  • assist with mailings
  • represent the PR and Marketing Office at special events, openings, corporate events, membership cultivation activities, luncheons, etc. as requested
  • perform administration duties as needed
  • acquire and maintain a familiarity and knowledge of the Institute’s collections, exhibitions, and programs, both ongoing and upcoming

Please contact Aine Leader-Nagy, Director of Community Engagement, to inquire about internships within the Community Engagement Department.

Museum Shop:

The Museum Shop intern’s primary responsibility is to assist in the day-to-day operation of the Museum Shop.  Duties include cash register operations, customer service, merchandising, security, and inventory control and database management.

The Museum Shop intern also assists the shop manager with research and special projects as needed, and helps with a variety of events, such as exhibition openings, author book signings, vendor craft fairs, and off-site marketing opportunities.   Interns interact with the public on a daily basis and are expected to provide visitors with information about shop merchandise, as well as the museum’s facilities, collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. 

Please contact Elizabeth Bechand, Museum Shop Manager, to inquire about internships within the Museum Shop.