The Gaston County Museum of Art & History offers internships in both the Collections and Education Departments. Full and part-time internships are available. Please contact Assistant Director, Ali Pizza at 704.922.7681 ext.105 or Alexandrea.Pizza@gastongov.com for more information.
Internship, Exhibition/ Curatorial Department (2 positions available)
Fall 2018 (16-24 hours/week)
The Gaston County Museum of Art and History is currently seeking 2 collections interns for the spring of 2018. One position will focus on archives and will be responsible for inventorying, cataloging and processing the collection. The second position will focus on processing a collection of photo negatives. Both positions will equip candidates with experience using PastPerfect Museum Software, accessioning, processing and preserving archives, basic construction skills, exhibit design and installation, and an immersive work experience. Interns will work directly alongside the Museum Curator and the Museum Registrar.
The successful candidate will be detail oriented, organized, and able to work independently and with a team. Willingness and proficiency with data entry is essential. A strong sense of self-motivation is key. The intern must be able to work with and meet deadlines, lift up to 30 pounds, and climb stairs and ladders. Preference will be given to candidates wishing to pursue a career in museums or archives. Knowledge of PastPerfect Museum Software is a plus.
Internship, Department of Education and Programs
The mission of the Gaston County Museum is to interpret the art and history of Gaston County and the region through education, preservation, and collection. The education intern will be an active member of the education department and will work closely with the Education Manager, Assistant Director, and other museum staff to develop and offer education programs and tours for onsite and outreach initiatives. Interested undergraduate students or recent graduates who wish to pursue a career in museum education are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be comfortable speaking to large groups of diverse audiences, and prefer working as part of a team.
Time Requirements & Location:
Intern will report to the Gaston County Museum of Art and History in Dallas, NC. Total hours for internship, and/or course credit will be determined by Assistant Director and Intern in conjunction with the Intern’s education institution.
Interested applicants should send resume, letter of reference, and a one page cover letter detailing their interest and what they hope to gain from the internship experience to Assistant Director, Alexandrea Pizza, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Phipps..."The curatorial internship at the Gaston County Museum was a wonderful experience. I was given a number
of mini projects such as writing artist bios, making art labels for the Southern Living exhibition, and accompanying curatorial
staff in picking up artworks from donors. However, my main project was working independently in collections accessioning
an array of objects into Past Perfect. The staff at the Gaston County Museum was extremely friendly and super welcoming.
They truly make you feel a part of the staff and I will be forever grateful for this experience!"
Logan Freeman..."Working at the Gaston County Museum of Art and History has been an excellent learning experience. As an educator
who is pursuing a master’s degree in public history it has given me insight to the museum field, particularly in museum education.
The staff has been welcoming and has ensured that I have had an experience that has helped me grow and they have helped to
prepare me for my future in the public history field."
Amy Drake ... "Interning at the Gaston County Museum was a great experience. I had the opportunity to work independently in
the collections, inventorying and storing objects. I also learned how to use PastPerfect through accessioning and cataloging
objects. I worked with the curatorial staff to develop ideas for two history exhibitions on the roles of eggs in international folklore
and the North Carolina Orthopedic Hospital. The staff is really friendly and welcoming, with a great sense of humor, and the
housing was great too! Literally a 2 minute walk from the museum, and decked out with a 1950's electric heater and 14 foot
windows - what more could you ask for?!"
Jennie McDuffie ... "As an elementary education major, the education internship was a perfect fit! The internship took me outside
the classroom walls and into a very hands-on experience. This experience helped me not only to gain connections, but to build
a relationship with the community. Even though I am from Gaston County, I learned so much more about the area from interning
at the museum. It was an eye opening experience!"
Kaitlyn Zydel ... "The curatorial internship at the Gaston County Museum of Art and History went above and beyond any internship
I have ever experienced. Treated as a staff member, I learned something new each day and I was given the chance to fully
understand the overall responsibilities and concerns of a museum. Working in the curatorial department was a growing experience
and an internship of the graduate level. Overall,the Gaston County Museum is a cultural gem and I am forever grateful for the
opportunity to participate in this internship. Not only did I learn about the plethora of careers in the museum field, but also I learned
more about the person I want to be and what career path I want to take."
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