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Internships & Student Jobs

Are you a Skidmore student interested in museum work? Here, you'll learn about for-credit internships, the Tang's year-long endowed internships (which are paid), and the types of paid job opportunities available for students.

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's Museum Educator for College and Public Programs Tom Yoshikami at tyoshika@skidmore.edu. For application details, guidelines, and forms visit Skidmore's Office of Academic Advising.

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

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 8-10 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.

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 8-10 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.

The Meg Reitman Jacobs Internship

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 8-10 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.

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. Application information and descriptions of the types of jobs students perform at the Tang are listed below.

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

Fall Semester: Positions are posted on August 8 and close on September 8, 2017. Interviews will be conducted and students will be notified regarding the status of their application by September 22, 2017.

Spring Semester: Positions are posted on October 30 and close on November 27. Students will be notified regarding the status of their application by December 14.

Summer positions: For summer employment opportunities, visit Skidmore’s Human Resources webpage. Apply for positions until March 24. Students will be notified regarding the status of their application by April 14.

Students studying abroad can apply online 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:

Administration

Administrative Assistant

The person filling this position will assist in clerical work. Responsibilities will include:

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  • assisting with correspondence, filing, shipping and answering phones

  • running errands

  • restocking the museum store

  • assist with Tang events including receptions

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Registrar's Department

Registrarial Assistant

The person filling this position will work with the Senior Museum Registrar and the Collections Registrar. The Registrarial Assistant 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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Curatorial/Exhibitions

Exhibition Assistant

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 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.

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Digital Media

Digital Media Assistant

The person filling this position will work with the Tang’s Digital Resources Content Producer to help produce and deliver media for the Tang Museum's website and other digital area. Responsibilities will include:

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  • 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 social media accounts, 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.

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Education

Education Assistant for K-12 and Community

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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  • 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

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Education Assistant for College and Public Programs

The person filling this position will work with the Museum Educator for College and Public Programs 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 about 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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Visitor Services

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:

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  • 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

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Imaging Assistant

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:

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  • 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

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Museum Store and Publications Associate

The person filling this position will work with the Museum Store and Publications Manager to conceive, develop, and staff store events, and to create and foster new sales strategies for Tang Museum catalogs. Responsibilities will include:

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  • researching upcoming exhibitions and artists for future store events

  • assisting with logistics for store events

  • helping to select and buy merchandise for the store

  • obtaining catalog orders from galleries and bookstores

  • maintaining multiple databases

This position requires a mature, reliable individual with excellent interpersonal skills. Knowledge and appreciation of art books, art/ art history, especially contemporary art, is important. Some night shifts, including Thursdays, may be required.

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