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Education Internship

General Description

The Department of Education at Plains Art Museum seeks an Intern with a strong background in art education, museum studies, studio art, art history, cultural studies, and/or history to assist with youth education and outreach at Plains Art Museum. This internship is an experiential learning program that provides students with hands-on knowledge while exposing them to the inner workings of art museums and non-profit organizations. Applicants must be upperclassmen (juniors, seniors, or recent graduates) of undergraduate programs or students pursuing graduate degrees (masters and/or Ph.D.). This position requires a detail-oriented person who has strong interpersonal skills and is also self-motivating and conscientious of deadlines. It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete any necessary paperwork and obligations with his/her school. For questions about the Internship Program, please contact: Carol Prafcke, Director of School and Studio Education, Plains Art Museum 701.551.6109 cprafcke@plainsart.org

Duties & Responsibilities

Intern will gain in-depth fieldwork experience by working with youth, family, and outreach programs at Plains Art Museum. Interns will assist with designing school curriculum and resources and facilitating a range of programs, from Pre-K-12 school tours, family programs, and after-school programs to outreach events. Duties and responsibilities include: serving as assistant curator for the School Spirit: Celebrating Youth Art Month exhibition; designing K-12 curricular activities linked to the Education Collection and Permanent Collection at Plains Art Museum; assessing and redesigning learning materials connected to the Plains Art Case program; designing and implementing interactives for gallery and family spaces; assisting with development and assessment of outreach programs. The Intern will also be exposed to other areas of museum education such as best practices in gallery-based learning; evaluation protocols; development of self-guided interpretation; visitor research and analysis; facilitation of public programs; studio management. The intern may perform administrative tasks as needed. Lastly, this internship will include meetings with key Museum staff so that the Intern may learn about other career opportunities in art museums.

Application Process

Deadline: December 2, 2019
Phone/In-person interviews: December 10-11, 2019
Notification of status: December 16, 2019
Internship begins: early to mid-January 2020

Internship Schedule

  • Variable and dependent upon the type of internship (see applicant information form)
  • Intern will create a schedule with education staff
  • Intern must to maintain the schedule for the duration of the Internship (failure to do so will result in termination of Internship)
  • Internship hours are offered Monday–Saturday, 9 AM–9 PM
  • Attendance at night and weekend events is strongly encouraged

Application Instructions
Please submit the following materials to the address below to be considered for the internship

  • Fill out the application form
  • Résumé not to exceed 2 pages including
  • Academic history and achievements (year, major/minor, awards, scholarships, honors), Employment history
  • Personal Essay (max 1000 words): Describe how you envision an internship in Plains Art Museum’s education department will contribute to your educational and professional goals.
  • Sealed & Signed Letter of Reference from a faculty member with whom you have studied
  • School Transcripts from college/university—may be an official or unofficial copy

Mail materials to Plains Art Museum, Attn: Carol Prafcke, 704 1 st Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102 or email cprafcke@plainsart.org. Incomplete applications and applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.