Cape Cod Museum of Art offers a variety of unpaid internship opportunities for college students. Most internships are available for the fall and winter terms as well as during the summer.
CCMA’s mission is to collect, conserve, study, interpret and exhibit works by outstanding artists associated with Cape Cod and the Islands. Through its programs, the museum seeks to preserve the artistic heritage of the area and to foster artistic and cultural growth within the individual and the community.
Museum operations internships:
Assist Registrar with inventory of the museum’s permanent collection, photographing works from the permanent collection, assessing the condition of artwork on loan and organizing the permanent collection card catalog. This internship is open to college students with good computer skills. A background in photography and knowledge of Photoshop are useful.
Visitors Services Intern:
Visitor Services ensures a positive visitor experience at the museum. The Visitors Services Intern will assist staff in making sure the museum is ready for visitors, assist front desk volunteers with various visitor service issues (comfort, safety, comments or complaints, and accessibility) as well as ensure dissemination of accurate information. Prior visitor service and/or hospitality experience beneficial. The intern will be trained for museum specifics. This intern must possess excellent verbal and and written communications skills and have strong in organization skills with attention to detail, ability to multitask, handle stress, and work with people of diverse backgrounds and age levels. Must have basic experience with word processing and the ability to operate all standard office equipment.
Art Auction Intern:
Assist the Auction Coordinator in various aspects of planning and execution of the museum’s Annual Art Auction. This internship will expose an intern to a high energy, multi-faceted experience. Interns that apply should understand that the ability to multi-task and to demonstrate initiative are important. This position will provide a student interested in museum work and fundraising a wonderful experience working with an international event planner as well as nationally and internationally known artists.
The following is required for this internship:
• Assist in developing the Auction Catalogue
• Assist with pre-arrangements of the art auction
• Assist with Auction Catalogue ad sales
• Good computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
• Good writing skills
• Good interpersonal skills as the intern will be working one-on-one with artists and the public
• Proficiency with graphic design is preferable
• Should be available to work during the Art Auction which is help in late August, in the evening (not mandatory).
Museum Guide Writer:
Assist the graphic designer with preparation of the Museum Guide. This internship will mostly be spent researching biographical information and writing articles on artists in upcoming museum exhibitions. This is a general guide to the programs and exhibitions at CCMA prepared for the Cape Cod and Islands schools which enable them to include museum activities in the schools’ curricula. This internship is open to high school and college students with outstanding research and writing skills.
Summer Art Camp Intern:
Assist the art teacher in the weekly summer art camp program for students ages 6-12. Interns should have Art Education or Elementary Education background. Internships could last 8 weeks or as few as 2 weeks. Art camp runs from the end of June 28 through the end of August, 2011, 9:30 am - noon.
Graduate Level Internships
Assist the curatorial staff with research on all aspects of future exhibitions. These research projects will culminate in future exhibitions at CCMA. Highly motivated college seniors may apply for these internships. Candidates must have an art history background, exceptional research, writing and organizational skill, be self motivated and able to work with minimal direction.
The Beachcombers Club exhibition: A group of Lower Cape artist, 1914 to the present:
The Beachcombers was founded in 1914 and has drawn its members from visual artists, musicians, literary figures, and people involved with theatre. It is an all male club whose members have had careers of national interest. Research on members past and present, and their interrelationships, is needed for a major exhibition to be held in 2012 or 2013.
Edwin Howland Blashfield (December 5, 1848 – October 12, 1936) research project.
Edwin Howland Blashfield was a pupil of Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat in Paris beginning in 1867, and became (1888) a member of the National Academy of Design in New York. For some years a genre painter, he later turned to decorative work, where his academic background in painting and extensive travels to study fresco painting in Italy melded in work marked by rare delicacy and beauty of coloring. Considered a leading muralist of the late 19th century, he painted mural decorations or created mosaics in a number of places associated with the American Renaissance period.
The influence of the Jewish religion and culture on the art of Cape Cod
Research the impact of the Jewish religious beliefs and culture on the art of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
Assist the Archivist with processing archival records of the first 25 years of the Cape Cod Museum of Art’s existence and data entry.
Required: Enrollment in a graduate archival studies, public history, or information and library science program with a minimum of nine credit hours completed, or enrollment in a related graduate program combined with archival experience or training.
Required: Attention to detail; respect for privacy and confidentiality.
Preferred: Experience with archival processing; ability to lift archival boxes (50 lbs.).
• Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
• Frequent bending, crouching, stooping
• Normal office environment
To apply for an internship, the following information is required:
E-mail is preferred, with all attachments in Microsoft Word format. Applications may be e-mailed directly to Cindy Nickerson, Interim Executive Director, at email@example.com.
1. A statement-of-purpose cover letter:
• clearly stating the internship for which you are applying
• academic and career goals
• personal interests
• skills you could bring to an CCMA internship
2. A resume or cv
3. Letters of recommendation which may be e-mailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please have the sender include your full name in the subject heading of the e-mail.
Please note that all internships at the Cape Cod Museum of Art are unpaid positions.
• When applying for multiple internships please send a separate cover letter and resume in one e-mail for each position.
• Only one letter of recommendation is needed when applying for multiple internships.
• You may include the cover letter and resume in the body of the e-mail, or in a Microsoft Word attachment.
• In the subject line of the e-mail, include:
1. Your full name
2. The title of the internship you are applying for
3. Season of internship you are applying for
Materials not submitted via email should be addressed and mailed to:
P.O. Box 2034
Dennis, MA 02638
CCMA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.