Jobs and Internships
Wolfsonian interns build their skills as aspiring arts professionals through hands-on training and exposure to a wide variety of museum operations and practices.
All undergraduate, graduate, and recently graduated students are eligible to apply. The Wolfsonian–FIU is happy to meet specific university requirements so interns can receive course credit for their work. Please keep in mind that our internships are unpaid and we do not provide housing.
Applicants must submit the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Education Department, 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami, FL 33139:
- Wolfsonian–FIU internship application form (link)
- Cover letter
- One recommendation letter (academic or professional)
Following a review of the application materials, select candidates will be contacted for an in-person, Skype, or telephone interview.
Spring: January–April (application deadline: November 1)
Summer: May–August (application deadline: March 1)
Fall: August–December (application deadline: July 1)
Interns must be able to work a full semester at a minimum of 10 hours per week within normal business hours, Monday through Friday. Exact schedules will be determined with department supervisors.
Education and Visitor Experience
The Wolfsonian's education department organizes group tours as well as public programs for adults (talks, performances, workshops), families (Discovering Design free family days, film screenings), and K–12 students (Zines for Progress). The department also oversees aspects of the museum relating to the visitor experience including the development of interpretive materials such as gallery and audio guides. Education interns will gain an understanding of all aspects of the department and assist with special projects alongside the education manager and head of education.
The Wolfsonian registration department is responsible for implementing policies and procedures related to the care, preservation and documentation of the museum’s diverse object collection which includes, but is not limited to paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, posters, drawings, furniture, textiles, ceramics, glassware, lighting fixtures metalwork, clocks, and machines. The registration intern will assist collection staff with inventory, cataloging, object location tracking, housing, packing, environmental monitoring of storage and galleries, integrated pest control and rights & reproduction requests. Interns will familiarize themselves with the museum’s collections management systems Re:Discovery database and will be trained in basic object handing as well as gain an overall understanding of the day-to-day responsibilities of a museum registrar.
The Wolfsonian–FIU has been digitizing collection materials for over a decade, and now boasts a digital image catalog of over 100,000 images (digital.wolfsonian.org). The value of this catalog to researchers, students, teachers, and others derives from the presence of quality metadata—description information about the objects in The Wolfsonian’s care. Beginning with information from our curatorial and library teams, digital collections interns verify for accuracy and completion, a process that calls for in-depth research on thousands of items as well as quality control on automatically generated metadata. Interns will gain an understanding of proper research methods and collection metadata creation, which are integral to an academic image database.
Development and Membership
The Wolfsonian’s development and membership office is responsible for raising operational funds and managing relationships with museum donors, board members, corporate sponsors, and members. Interns gain real-world experience by interacting with major funders, community supporters, staff, and both new and old friends of the institution; researching our history; and assisting at events. Special projects include helping us to create an impact report that measures vital statistics regarding engagement and the visitor experience.
Library interns will gain an academic understanding of the principals of information organization for rare books, special collections, and archives. Working under the supervision of The Wolfsonian's librarians, interns will learn to create metadata for primary resource materials; input data into new web-based software; apply best practices for evaluating photographs, illustrations, and other visual materials; and assemble archival enclosures for preservation purposes. Interns will also be tutored in the principals of copy and rare book cataloging, and provide supervised support for digital projects and library installations.
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