Internship and work opportunities at the Tang offer students the opportunity to become familiar with a range of museum careers. To get a better understanding of the specific jobs our students do, take a look at our Student Blog. Check out the information below and contact Tang Senior Museum Educator Susi Kerr firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Internships for Academic Credit
Internships for academic credit at the Tang are available each semester, in each department, on a case-by-case basis. Internship Proposals are crafted by students in coordination with the student's academic advisor and a Tang staff member who will be the student's on-site supervisor. Previous Tang internships have focused on creating lessons for our outreach program for schools and libraries; writing for the curatorial department; conducting research for collections; curating exhibitions; and assisting with museum conferences.
Internship proposals need to reflect an agreement that meets the student’s interests, the expectations of the Skidmore faculty sponsor (who will evaluate the internship for credit and for a grade), and the on-site supervisor (who will guide the student's activities at the Tang). It usually takes two to three weeks for a student to secure all the necessary information and approvals for an internship proposal.
How to Apply:
To begin the process, interested students should contact their academic advisor and email Susi Kerr (email@example.com). For application details, guidelines, and forms visit Skidmore's Office of Academic Advising web page.
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The Eleanor Linder Winter ’43 Endowed Internship
The Eleanor Linder Winter ’43 Endowed Internship at the Tang Museum is a one-year, pre-professional internship for a Skidmore senior. This internship functions as a bridge between Skidmore College and post-graduate life by providing academic and practical experience during the senior year as well as a post-graduate job for the summer after graduation. The Winter Internship is open to all majors at Skidmore College and does not require previous work experience at the Tang.
This paid internship is divided into two parts: an 8-10 hour-a-week position during the academic year that will provide experience working in two departments at the Tang; and a 20-hour-a-week position during the summer after graduation, working in one department determined by the needs of the museum and student interest. This is a full-year internship program. Students applying must commit to working the full two-semester academic year and subsequent summer.
How to Apply:
The application is a two-step process: submit your application on the Student Employment website, and email the required materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. For complete application requirements and more information about the Internship, click here.
This position is posted on April 1st. Applications are due May 1st. Students will be notified regarding the status of their application by June 1st.
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Student Employment Opportunities
The Tang employs Skidmore College students in various part-time positions year-round. Students across all disciplines interested in museum work are encouraged to apply. Descriptions of the types of jobs that students perform at the Tang are listed below.
How to Apply:
The availability of positions at the Tang varies throughout the year. Please check the following websites for currently available positions:
Academic year positions:
All student employment applications during the academic year are submitted online through Skidmore’s Student Employment webpage.
Fall Semester: DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 30, 2013 Students will be notified regarding the status of their application by May 15th.
Spring Semester: Positions are posted on November 1st and close on November 15th. Students will be notified regarding the status of their application by December 1st.
Summer positions: For summer employment opportunities, visit Skidmore’s Human Resources webpage. Positions will be posted on March 1st and close on March 15th. Students will be notified regarding the status of their application by March 31st.
Any students studying abroad can apply on line and interviews will be conducted through email or Skype.
Student Job Descriptions
Availability of student employment opportunities at the Tang varies throughout the year. The following descriptions provide an idea of the types of jobs that students perform at the Tang:
The person filling this position will assist in clerical work. Responsibilities will include:
- assisting with correspondence, filing, shipping and answering phones
- running errands
- restocking the museum store
- assist with Tang events including receptions
The person filling this position will assist with the Tang’s Collections. The Collections Assistant will gain knowledge and experience with various aspects of collections care. Responsibilities will include:
- art handling
- archival storage methods
- researching and cataloging of artworks
- clerical and maintenance tasks
The person filling this position will work with the Curatorial Department on many aspects of exhibition development. Responsibilities will include:
- research and writing for upcoming exhibitions
- compiling extensive artist exhibition histories and biographies for catalogue publication
- creating checklists and scale models of artwork for exhibition layouts
- edit text for the website, galleries, and books
- various administrative tasks
The desired candidate will be an adept researcher and writer, with experience writing on art and an interest in contemporary art and/or curatorial practice.
Digital Media Assistant:
The person filling this position will work with the Tang’s Digital Resources Content Producer to create and develop rich media for the Tang Museum's website. Responsibilities will include:
- assisting with video production, still photography and video compression
- helping to plan and develop a strategy to expand the Tang Museum’s online following
- posting content to Facebook, monitoring conversations, and engaging and building a community
- developing and driving content
- availability to assist on some evening video shoots
- familiarity with Final Cut Pro and Adobe Software a plus
The desired candidate will possess a willingness to learn, the ability to apply themselves to unfamiliar tasks, attention to detail, the ability to work independently as well as part of a team, an outstanding work ethic, and high standards for themselves and their work.
The person filling this position will work with the Tang’s graphic designer to scan and archive digital images for the museum. Responsibilities will include:
- scanning and digitalizing a variety of 2D and 3D media
- developing an eye for image quality, color and clarity
- working with Adobe Photoshop’s color correction tools
Education Assistant K-12:
The person filling this position will work with the K-12 Museum Educator on a variety of tasks. Responsibilities will include:
- helping with hands-on workshops and tours for K-12 students
- traveling to schools and libraries to help deliver programming
- developing user guides and outreach materials
- developing prototypes of related art projects
- staffing other Tang events, as needed
The person filling this position will work closely with the museum education staff to strengthen student engagement and programming for college audiences in the museum. Responsibilities will include:
- assembling historical information on student engagement with the Tang
- researching upcoming exhibitions and artists in order to develop rich programming ideas
- reaching out to campus groups to develop collaborative programming
- assisting with logistics for Thursday Nights at the Tang programming
- researching peer institution programming for college audiences
- collaborating with other Tang interns to strengthen the work of this position
The desired candidate will have good verbal and written communication skills, a sociable demeanor, the ability to work independently as well as a team player, an interest in building the Skidmore student community at the Tang and in making connections between academic life and exhibitions at the Tang.
Gallery Monitor Associate:
The person filling this position will advance the mission of the Tang by providing exhibition security and serving as a docent to visitors. Responsibilities will include:
- providing security in the art exhibitions by maintaining the safety of the art work
- ensuring visitors follow both museum rules and various exhibition rules
- serving as a docent with a strong educational component
- providing visitors with additional exhibition information to create a positive museum experience
- occasional staffing of the Museum Store and Visitor’s Service Desk