Internships

UMOCA Internship Program

UMOCA’s Internships are a great way to gain professional experience while earning class credit.  Our internships range from Communications and Social networking assistance to Education and the Art Truck.

  • Communications
  • Curatorial
  • Curatorial – Preparatorial
  • Development
  • Development – Gala (Offered only in the Spring)
  • Education – Art Truck
  • Education – Docent
  • Education – Teaching Assistant
  • Graphic Design and Documentation
  • Visitor Services & Special Events

Contact Sam.Bontempo@utahmoca.org for an application and more information.

 

Internships are based on semester schedules (depending on the accrediting institution’s requirements)

  • Spring Semester: Early/Mid January – Mid/Late April
  • Summer Semester: Early/Mid May – Mid/Late August
  • Fall Semester: Early/Mid September – Mid/Late December

 

Due dates for Applications (application deadlines may be extended if positions are unfilled by the 30th of the month):

  • Spring Semester: December 15
  • Summer Semester: March 15
  • Fall Semester: July 15

 

Communications Internship Descriptions and Requirements

Program/ Department: Communications
Specific Dates: May – August, 2014
Hours/Days per week: 20 hours per week (16 hours in-house and 4 flexible).  Event hours include Exhibition Openings and other public programs, and can count towards flex hours.  Assistance with at least one event per month is required.

Project/Job Description:

  • Building communication outlets/ contacts in neighboring cities
  • Basic website maintenance
  • Drafting press releases
  • Pitching bloggers and other media contacts about events
  • Tracking and archiving both electronic and physical media coverage
  • Updating event listings and community calendars
  • Creating events on UMOCA’s Facebook page, Twitter account and blog, as well as interacting with followers
  • Creating and maintaining a list of contacts and updating these individuals with information about upcoming UMOCA events
  • Distributing posters and postcards throughout the downtown area to advertise for larger events
  • Document various events at UMOCA, by video and still photography, as needed (upload and document on server, equipment will be provided)
  • Also, some general help around UMOCA when preparing for exhibitions, and other duties as needed

 

Specific Skills/Requirements:

Prefer candidates with some communications background, and some experience in online marketing and comfortable in web-based applications (WordPress, Constant Contact, Facebook, etc.). Would like someone detail-oriented and able to analyze systems and figure out how to make them work better, but who is also interested in the bigger goals of both the department and the organization. Candidate should show strong interest in art, or in the general workings of a non-profit. Experience in Adobe Creative Suite a plus.

Additional Information:

Intern will work on a few ongoing projects, such as the Media Archive and organizing electronic files, throughout the semester, and help out with communications related to exhibition openings and events.  Some activities, such as pitching bloggers and scanning the Google Alerts, can happen remotely or at UMOCA. Supervisor is open to discussing.

 

Curatorial Internship Job/Project Descriptions and Requirements

Program/ Department: Curatorial
Specific Dates: May-August 2014
Hours/Days per week: 10-12 hours per week (8 hours in-house and 2 flexible).  Event hours including Exhibition Openings are also desired, and can count towards flex hours.  Assistance with at least one event per month is required.

Project/Job Description:

  • Research and development pertaining to current and upcoming exhibitions
  • Helping to produce short-form didactic texts for exhibitions
  • Assisting curatorial department in the installation of exhibitions
  • Giving tours if necessary
  • Assisting with events, performances, or lectures related to exhibitions
  • Assist in the production of artworks when necessary
  • Filing paperwork or performing data entry as it relates to the department
  • Assisting in editorial discussions and content management as it relates to exhibitions and related events
  • Preparing exit packages for lenders

 

Specific Skills/Requirements:

The department would like someone with a degree in art history with experience in studio (not required). Must be able to work independently and have an understanding of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint). Experience Photoshop and InDesign preferred. Excellent organizational and communication skills with an ability to adapt and/or problem-solve as it relates to writing, production, and fine-tuning of all aspects involved in presenting art. Should be enthusiastic and open-minded to all forms of art but have a particular interest in art from the last ten years.

 

Curatorial: Preparatorial Internship Descriptions and Requirements

Program/ Department: Curatorial – Preparatorial
Specific Dates: May – August, 2014
Hours/Days per week: 8-12 hours (possibly less between exhibitions, more during installations). Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule ideal.

Project/Job Description:

The Preparatorial intern will assist the Preparator with current and ongoing projects including fabrications for upcoming exhibitions, facilities and shop maintenance, exhibition operation and maintenance, and project design, planning, and troubleshooting.

The intern will gain hands-on experience with handling, installing, and building contemporary art works in a museum environment, learn to safely, comfortably, and aptly use a variety of power and hand tools, have a command over basic carpentry/fabrication, and improve critical thinking and design abilities.

Ongoing projects may include:

  • Shop safety and utility improvements
  • Material storage and equipment storage improvements
  • Detailed and functioning inventory system
  • Proper practices for recycling/donating/selling unneeded materials

Specific Skills/Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift heavy objects, safely operate tools and machinery, be able to meet project deadlines, work in a collaborative environment, come to work prepared for physical labor and wear safe working attire
  • Preferred experience with power tools, basic construction, fabrication, woodworking
  • Experience with applied design/drafting and/or CAD/SketchUp a plus
  • Applicants must be self-sufficient and possess strong organizational skills

Additional Information:

The intern must sign a liability waiver, due to the nature of the work. By doing so, the intern accepts all potential risks and dangers when accepting the internship position and its corresponding responsibilities.  In case of an accident or injury, UMOCA cannot be held legally responsible in any way.

 

Development Internship Descriptions and Requirements

Program/ Department: Development
Specific Dates: May – August, 2014
Hours/Days per week: 2-3 days per week would be ideal for general in-office internships. Days and times are quite flexible and can be adjusted as necessary. Some projects can be completed from home if prearranged with the supervisor. Assistance with at least one event a month is required.

 

Project/Job Description:

Various office & event tasks including: proofreading, filing, archiving, event planning & event management, grant & sponsorship research, information management, occasional design work, and some safe detective work.

Specific Skills/Requirements:

The strongest candidates have solid reading & writing skills, are able to work unsupervised, and are self-starters. Also, interns will be lifting tables, boxes, and other objects for events and office duties.  All candidates should be comfortable working with Microsoft Office and experience with Adobe InDesign or Photoshop is a plus.

Additional Information:

This internship is best for an individual who loves art and is interested in non-profit management and fundraising. Development internships can be tailored to fit individual students’ interests and goals.  Hours can also be split with Gallery Attending and Visitor Services Internships if the candidate needs more hours for credit than are available with documentation projects.

 

Development: Gala Internship Descriptions and Requirements

Program/ Department: Development-Gala

Specific Dates: The Gala falls on June 7, 2014 and attendance is mandatory. Although the bulk of the projects will fall in Summer Semester (late May and early June), the ideal candidate will be available to attend some gala meetings that may fall during Spring Semester (March, April & Beginning of May), and possibly available be involved in projects before the start of summer semester. These hours will be counted towards the summer internship. It is likely that many of the required internship hours will be fulfilled during the Gala time frame, however if they are not, additional hours are available throughout the summer to help in General Development with the opportunity to cross over to Visitor Services.

Hours/Days per week:

1-3 days per week would be ideal, with hours increasing as the Gala draws closer. Days and times are quite flexible and can be adjusted as necessary. But the ideal candidate will be readily available during the two weeks leading up to the Gala (May 20-June 1). Some projects can be completed from home if prearranged with the supervisor.

Project/Job Description:

Various office & event tasks including: proofreading, design work, filing, archiving, event planning & event management, grant & sponsorship research, filing, archiving, information management, and some safe detective work.

Specific Skills/Requirements:

The strongest candidates have solid reading & writing skills, are able to work unsupervised, and are self-starters. Also, interns will be lifting tables, boxes, and other objects for events and office duties.  All candidates should be comfortable working with Microsoft Office and experience with and willingness to learn Adobe InDesign or Photoshop is strongly preferred.

Additional Information:

This internship is best for an individual who loves art and is interested in non-profit event management and fundraising.

 

Education: Art Truck Internship Job/Project Descriptions and Requirements

Program/ Department: Education: Art Truck
Specific Dates:  May – August, 2014
Hours/Days per week: Approximately 5-15 hours weekly on average (dependent on how often the Art Truck is scheduled for visits).  Art Truck hours are random and range from partial to full day visits.  The hours are irregular, but flexible. Must be available Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Weekends. One in-house event per month in the Museum required.

 

Project/Job Description:

Recognized as best educational program in the State of Utah, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art Art Truck brings exciting and accessible contemporary art, created by leading local and national artists, directly to schools and community venues along the Wasatch Front-all inside one very large truck! Please visit our website for more details: http://www.utahmoca.org/art-truck/

Intern will drive with the Art Truck Educator to schools and community events, help set up the truck for school tours and events, count and monitor all participants that enter the truck, take photos during Art Truck activities, and help manage & tour school groups.

Specific Skills/Requirements:

The strongest candidates enjoy working with children, with either an education or arts background.  Must be friendly, have ability to accept direction in working with youth, be highly punctual and reliable. Some light lifting is required, and interns should plan to wear clothing that may become dirty during set up.

Additional Information:

This internship is best for an individual who loves art and is interested in art education. This internship can also be split with the Education or Visitor Services internship if the student desires, or has required hours.

For more information about the Art Truck: http://www.utahmoca.org/art-truck/

 

Education Internship Job/Project Descriptions and Requirements


Staff Member (Intern Site Supervisor): Jared Steffensen
Program/ Department: Education
Specific Dates: May – August, 2014
Hours/Days per week: 2-10 hours per week + special event hours.  Assistance with at least one event per month is required.

 

Project/Job Description:

Interns would be serving as support in UMOCA’s educational programming. Interns would be responsible for set up/cleanup and preparation of teaching materials, and assistance with classroom management & instruction within the program. Other duties as required for preparation of educational activities could include research, lesson, program, and material preparation outside or during regular internship hours.  Internships may also include assisting with tours and other educational programming.

 

Preferred dates to work if possible on the following dates: May 10th, June 14th, July 12th, and August 9th from 1:30-4:30pm for our Family Art Saturday program.

Additional hours may also be available if applicant is interested in our Art Truck Internship as a combined position. Please specify when applying.

Specific Skills/Requirements: Preferable experience and interest in working with youth, with either and education or arts background.  Must like working with young people, be friendly and have ability to accept direction in working with youth.  Must be highly punctual and reliable.

Additional Information:  Intern may be required to meet at alternate locations occasionally within the Salt Lake area.

 

Education: Docent Internship Descriptions and Requirements

Program/ Department: Education & Visitor Services
Specific Dates: May – August, 2014
Hours/Days per week: 3-10 hours per week. Available on Saturdays and one day each week for school tours. Additional hours for training workshops and independent research.

Project/Job Description: Interns would be serving as support in UMOCA’s educational programming through direct interaction with the public during docent led tours. Interns would be responsible for tour preparation research, tour planning, and providing tours. Interns will learn the methodology used in our Art Fitness program to help them engage in conversation with the public. Interns will use their own research along with the Art Fitness methodology to develop tours that encourage the public to ask questions about the works being discussed and to be able to respond to those questions in a meaningful/ informed manner.

Specific Skills/Requirements: Applicants must have strong communication skills especially when public speaking. Completion or currently enrolled in an arts program preferred including Art, Art History, Art Education, etc. Interested parties should not only have a strong desire to learn extensively concerning UMOCA’s exhibitions and programs, but also have a desire to do independent research on new contemporary art practices.

Additional Information: Docents may have an opportunity to continue participate in the Docent Program after the completion of their internship.

Graphic Design & Documentation Internship Descriptions and Requirements

Program/ Department: Documentation/Communications Intern
Specific Dates: May – August, 2014
Hours/Days per week: Varies.  8-12 hours a week.  Heavy on Friday nights and an occasional Saturday.

 

Project/Job Description:

  • Create and execute print-ready layouts for advertising and event marketing including, but not limited to: brochures, posters and postcards based on templates and graphic standards.
  • Collaborate with the marketing director to develop new ideas into viable design concepts and templates.
  • Optimize and create graphics for the web using Photoshop.
  • Document various events at the Museum, by video and still photography, as needed, including: Panels and talks, Openings, Artwork and Various educational programs.
  • Upload the files onto our servers and maintain a clear and consistent file structure.
  • Must be willing to sign a release agreeing that all images taken of UMOCA related events over the course of internship are the property of the Museum.
  • Equipment will be provided, but intern is welcome to use their own.
  • Intern may use designed collateral produced during their internship with UMOCA for self-promotion, but may not reproduce or sell images of art work or said collateral.

Specific Skills/Requirements:

Candidate must be proficient with the Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop (movie editing knowledge is a plus) as well as an ability to use a digital camera and camcorder. Your work must show a good understanding of color, lighting, composition and design principles, and you must also have an independent, creative spirit that wants to learn from hands-on experience.

Additional Information:

Hours can also be split with Gallery Attending and Visitor Services Internships if the candidate needs more hours for credit than are available with design and documentation projects.

 

Visitor Services & Special Events Internship Descriptions and Requirements

Program/ Department: Operations and Administration
Specific Dates: May – August, 2014
Hours/Days per week: General administration and event prep 6-10 hours per week with event hours approximately 20 hours per month. Flexibility is preferred as event times and occurrences change month to month.

Project/Job Description:

The internship has two aspects, Visitor Services and Special Events assistance in between events.

Special Events responsibilities include: assisting with initial contact with non-profit and corporate rentals; being aware of regulations and restrictions concerning rental spaces, times, staffing needs, food and beverage requirements; assisting with communication between departments and the main staff calendar to ensure there are no conflicting programs; assisting with food and beverage preparation when UMOCA is catering the event; assist with managing event staff, volunteers, and interns; general event management; set-up and tear down; and post-event paperwork and evaluations.

General Operations tasks include but not limited to: job description research, organizing archive information, and assisting with office supply orders.

 

Specific Skills/Requirements:

Applicants should be familiar with basic operating systems such as Word, Excel, and Microsoft Office; have basic managerial and administrative filing skills; be able to learn quickly and work independently; and possess an interest in contemporary art.

 

Visitor Services Internship Descriptions and Requirements

Program/ Department: Visitor Services
Specific Dates: May – August, 2014
Hours/Days per week: Weekday and Saturday hours are flexible working at the Front Desk 1-4 times per week 3-5 hours a day.  Availability evenings and some weekend nights for Special Events is preferable, at least one event per month is required.  Most events are 4-5 hours in duration.

 

Project/Job Description:

Our first contact with UMOCA guests is our Front Desk/Gallery Assistant staff.  During our regular gallery hours (11am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-9pm Friday) duties include greeting patrons and answering questions about the exhibitions, the UMOCA school (Photography classes, assisting with class registration), and Salt Lake in general.   Duties also include answering phones and transferring calls; selling merchandise, memberships, and art objects in our Art Shop; visitor survey database entry; and helping to open and close the galleries; as well as Gallery Attending.

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art holds several Special Events each month including, but not limited to: exhibition openings, lectures, films, music concerts and performance pieces, workshops, non-profit fundraisers, and private events for businesses. During Special Events Visitor Services Intern duties include: acting as crowd liaisons, providing information about exhibitions to the public, as well as Front Desk duties such as selling merchandise during events and assisting with opening/closing of the space.

 

Specific Skill/Requirements:

Students should be enthusiastic, friendly, proactive, and familiar with basic operating systems such as Word, Excel, and Microsoft Office.  Customer service-related experience including answering phone calls, and fielding a variety of questions in an efficient and helpful manner is preferred but not required.  Individual should be interested in gaining a knowledge of an art museum’s day to day operations and learning more about local, national, and international contemporary art practices.

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