Work at the Tang

Are you a Skidmore student interested in museum work? Here, you’ll learn about for-credit and paid internships, and the Tang’s year-long endowed internships.

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.

To begin the process, students should contact their academic advisor and email Tang Assistant Director for Engagement Tom Yoshikami at tyoshika@skidmore.edu. For application details, guidelines, and forms visit Skidmore’s Office of Academic Advising.

Paid Internships

The Tang employs Skidmore College students in various part-time internships year-round. Students across all disciplines interested in museum work are encouraged to apply. Application information and descriptions of the types of jobs students perform at the Tang are listed below.

Academic year positions:
All student internship applications during the academic year are submitted online through Skidmore’s Student Employment webpage.

Fall Semester: Internships will be posted late July and close late August. Students will be notified about their applications shortly thereafter.

Spring Semester: Internships are posted in November and are due on January 15, 2021. Interviews will be conducted and students will be notified regarding the status of their applications shortly thereafter.

Summer internships: For summer internships, visit Skidmore’s Human Resources webpage. Internships are posted now and will close on April 27, 2021, at 5:00 PM. Students will be notified regarding the status of their application by early to mid May.

Students studying abroad can apply online and interviews will be conducted through email or Zoom.

Student Internship Descriptions

Availability of student internships at the Tang varies throughout the year. The following descriptions provide an idea of the types of jobs that students perform at the Tang:

Curatorial Intern

The person filling this position will work with the Curatorial Department on many aspects of exhibition development. Responsibilities will include:

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  • research and writing for upcoming exhibitions

  • compiling extensive artist exhibition histories and biographies for catalogue publications

  • creating checklists and scale models of artwork for exhibition layouts

  • editing text for the website, galleries, and publications

  • 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.

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Design Intern

The person filling this position will work with the Tang's head of design to craft print and digital material for events and exhibitions. Responsibilities will include:

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  • working with the Adobe Creative Suite

  • working with digital media such as social media, website, MailChimp

  • using pre-existing design systems and the creation of new design systems

  • interest in trending technology

  • developing an eye for image quality, color, and clarity

  • digitalizing a variety of media

  • dissemination of digital and print material

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Digital Media Intern

The person filling this position will work with the Tang’s Online Content Assistant to help produce and deploy media across the Tang Museum's website and social media accounts. Responsibilities will include:

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  • assisting with photo and video editing

  • helping to plan and develop strategies to expand the Tang Museum’s online audience

  • developing and deploying content

  • engaging with the Tang Museum's online community

  • availability to attend some evening events

  • familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and all major social media platforms

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.

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Education Intern for K-12 and Community Programs

The person filling this position will work with the K-12 Museum Educator on a variety of tasks. Responsibilities will include:

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  • creating programs for K-12 and a wide range of community organizations

  • assisting and supporting Educators with real-time online programs

  • exploring social media formats for further educational opportunities

  • assisting with creating and developing Tang Art Kits to reach communities beyond Saratoga particularly in areas with little to no resources

  • learn to teach and work with visual art objects

  • developing prototypes of art projects and other educational materials

Excellent communication skills with a wide variety of populations, openness with being creative, flexible with working on the spot, enthusiasm for learning with art and teaching people of all ages and from all backgrounds.

This is the perfect job if you love to work with people and desire to make an impact in the community! No background in art required, just a love to learn and explore new things!

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Public Programming Intern

The person filling this position will work with the Assistant Director for Engagement to develop and carry-out programming for the college and public audiences. Responsibilities will include:

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  • researching upcoming exhibitions and artists for future programs

  • assisting with logistics for programming

  • brainstorming ideas for future programs to connect Skidmore students and the Tang

  • developing outreach strategies for groups at the college and in the surrounding community

The desired candidate will be interested in working collaboratively and in building connections between the Skidmore community, regional audiences, and the Tang.

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Registrarial Intern

The person filling this position will work with the Senior Museum Registrar and the Collections Registrar. The Registrarial Intern will receive training to assist with a variety of tasks related to artworks on exhibit and gain knowledge of collections stewardship. Responsibilities will include:

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  • art handling

  • archival storage methods and materials

  • researching and cataloging of artworks

  • clerical and maintenance tasks

The desired candidate will have an interest in the position of museum registrar, possess a strong work ethic, attention to detail, the ability to work independently or as part of a team, and excellent communication skills.

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Tang Guides

A new initiative under the supervision of the Special Events and Publications Manager, the Tang Guides program introduces students to the Tang and the museum world; trains them how to be gallery ambassadors and tour guides, as well as how to talk about art; and gives them valuable real-world experiences interacting with visitors. Responsibilities will include:

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  • Serving as roaming docents in the galleries: Tang Guides provide visitors with additional information about the Tang and specific exhibitions as they roam the galleries

  • Providing security in the exhibitions: Tang Guides maintain the safety of the artwork on display and ensure visitors follow both museum and exhibition requirements

  • Staffing the museum’s Visitor Services Desk: Tang Guides answer the main museum phone line, check in visitors to the museum, and perform other administrative tasks as assigned

  • Offering tours as requested: Tang Guides lead tours of the Museum to individuals and groups who request them

  • Attending regular training workshops and tours, both in-person and via Zoom

The students filling these positions must be available to work evenings and weekends with regularity. They will receive substantive paid on-the-job training, which will cover proper museum protocols/procedures, information on how to lead museum tours, and instruction on ways to connect with visitors. Tang Guides will also have opportunities to interact with curators and artists to gain greater insight into Tang exhibitions.

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Endowed Internships

The Tang’s endowed internships are year-long pre-professional programs for Skidmore students interested in museum careers.

Winter Internship | Marchand Internship | Jacobs Internship | Charina Endowment Fund Internship

The Eleanor Linder Winter ’43 Endowed Internship at the Tang Museum is a one-year, pre-professional internship for a Skidmore senior. This unique work experience will function 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. This paid internship is comprised of an 8 hour-a-week position during the academic year, and a 20-hour-a-week position during the summer after graduation. The intern has the opportunity to work in multiple departments, determined by the needs of the museum and the student’s interest.

Regardless of which department the student works in, one of the Winter Intern’s primary responsibilities will be researching, planning, and coordinating the annual Winter-Miller Endowed Lecture. Most of this work will be done in the fall, with the lecture taking place in early spring as a capstone event for the Winter Intern. This is a full-year internship program. Students applying must commit to working the full two-semester academic year and subsequent summer.

Check out what past Winter Interns have done:

Caroline Coxe ’20 | E.B. Sciales ’19 | Rachel Rosenfeld ’18 | Sanjana Gothi ’17 | Emily Manges ’16 | Imaan Riaz ’15 | Celia Caldas ’14 | Rachel Aisenson ’13 | Alec Unkovic ’12

The Carole Marchand ’57 Endowed Internship is a one-year museum experience for a Skidmore junior. This unique work experience will function as an introduction to post-graduate life by providing academic and practical experience during the junior year as well as a summer museum job.

This paid internship is divided into two parts: an 8 hour-a-week position during the academic year that will provide experience working in a Tang Museum department (Administrative, Curatorial, Engagement, or Collections); and a 20-hour-a-week position during the summer after the student’s Junior year. Specifics about the department and individual projects are determined by the needs of the museum and the student’s interest. This is a full-year internship program. Students applying must commit to working the full two-semester academic year and subsequent summer.

Check out what past Marchand Interns have done:

Jane Cole ’21 | Serena Hildebrandt ’20 | Dayna Joseph ’19 | Laila Morgan ’18 | Evian Pan ’17

The Meg Reitman Jacobs ’63 Endowed Internship is a one-year, pre-professional internship for a Skidmore junior or senior in the Tang Museum’s Education Department. The unique experience functions as a bridge between college and the world beyond. The Jacobs internship is open to all majors at Skidmore College and does not require previous work experience at the Tang.

This year-long paid internship is divided into two parts: an 8 hour-a-week position during the academic year that will provide experience working in either the Education Department’s K-12 or College and Public Programs area; and a 20-hour-a-week position during the following summer (after graduation for seniors). Students applying must commit to working the full two-semester academic year and subsequent summer.

Check out what past Jacobs Interns have done:

Kira Lee-Mundschau ’20 | Monica Andrews ’19 | Geoffrey Greene ’18

The Charina Endowment Fund Endowed Internship is a one-year, pre-professional internship for a Skidmore junior or senior. The intern will work primarily in the Tang’s Curatorial department with access to collaborate with the Registration department. The intern’s work will be focused on the Tang’s collection of approximately 16,500 objects, representing a wide variety of materials, subject matter, and time periods and filled with oddities of material culture and masterworks by renowned contemporary artists alike.

This unique work experience will function as a bridge between Skidmore College and post-graduate life by providing academic and practical experience as well as a summer museum job. This paid internship is comprised of an 8-10-hour-a-week position during the academic year, and a 20-hour-a-week position during the summer (after graduation for seniors). Exact responsibilities will be determined by the needs of the museum and the student’s interest. This is a full-year internship program. Students applying must commit to working the full two-semester academic year and subsequent summer.

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