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Emerging Arts Leader Intern, Exploratory

Seattle Art Museum
Seattle, WA
  • Expired: October 05, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.

Seattle Art Museum Emerging Arts Leader Internship
Winter Quarter 2023

Applications Due Date: November 1, 2022
Position Start Date: January 4, 2023 (Flexible)


TITLE: Emerging Arts Leader Intern
DEPARTMENT/LOCATION: Determined by Intern and Hiring Team
DEPARTMENT STAFF MENTOR: Internship Programs Coordinator


PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Seattle Art Museum connects art to life. SAM strives for its employees, volunteers, and interns to reflect the community in which it exists. Emerging Arts Leader internships are intended to open career pathways for individuals who bring dynamic backgrounds and perspectives to their work in art, museums, or community engagement.
While diversity can embody many characteristics, this internship program is intended to engage with historically under-represented groups in the museum field including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent.

 

EMERGING ARTS LEADER, EXPLORATORY
This interdisciplinary position is designed to provide emerging arts leaders from diverse backgrounds with an in-depth understanding of SAM's operations, programming, and audiences. This intern will build on skill sets relevant to their educational interests and will develop unique insights and perspectives about museum work that will carry forward into the next steps of their career.
One to two home departments will be chosen based on the intern's professional or academic experience and career objectives. During this 10 week program, the intern will work across departments to complete a departmental project, connect with staff, and develop a presentation inspired by SAM's special exhibitions or permanent collection.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Working with their supervisors, the intern will learn to navigate a multi-department organization, build a professional network, and learn about the career paths of other museum professionals. The intern will have ownership of a project in their chosen department, and will build skills in research, professional writing, public engagement, and/or community outreach.


FSLA STATUS: Temporary, Non-Exempt


COMPENSATION: $17.27 per hour, 15 hours per week, for 10 weeks. Hourly rate will increase with Seattle minimum wage on January 1st, 2023 (exact amount is TBD).


EXPECTED TIME COMMITMENT:
15 hours per week, for 10 weeks. Schedule is flexible within Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm office hours. Start and end dates may be flexible depending on intern needs and academic schedule.
Due to the hands-on nature of this internship, a majority of this position's work will be on-site. Limited weekly hours for remote work may be available, if flexible scheduling is needed.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  1. Working with host departments, complete departmental projects as assigned.
  2. Support the home department. This may include research and content development, program support, and administrative support.
  3. Connect with departments at SAM. This may include informational interviews, participating in department meetings, or attending museum events to connect with staff and alumni.
  4. Develop and deliver a presentation in one of SAM's exhibit spaces.
  5. Complete a job shadow with frontline volunteers during open hours.
  6. Complete a one-page reflection, blog post, or interview about your internship experience.
  7. Attend Enrichment Sessions, informational interviews, and check-ins as available.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  1. Demonstrated interest in and experience with the arts, either through school and associated activities or within a work setting. Competitive candidates will also be able to articulate why this Emerging Arts Leader Internship supports their professional goals in museums or the wider arts industry.
  2. Ability to ask for help and accept supervision and evaluation of your work.
  3. Ability to work with others professionally and tactfully.
  4. Ability to adhere to museum policies and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
  5. Proficiency in general computer use
  6. Understanding of issues related to social justice, race, or intersectionality.


EDUCATION
This internship is open to candidates at any stage of their career journey, and previous museum experience is not required. Competitive applicants will show a demonstrated commitment to the arts and leadership experience in community building.


WORKING CONDITIONS
Exposure: Work areas are primarily inside, in a climate-controlled environment with light background noise. Work is occasionally performed at other indoor and outdoor sites.


PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES REQUIRED FOR ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Stationary Work: Approximately 80% of time is spent stationary while working at a desk. Balance of time (approximately 20%) is spent moving around the work area. Occasional extended periods of standing may be required when assisting at Museum events.
Communication: Clear and effective communication with volunteers, donors, members, the public, and co-workers is necessary.
Moving: The ability to move up to twenty pounds on occasion is necessary for moving files, equipment, and supplies.
Office Work: Ability to effectively and regularly operate a computer, keyboard, and other office productivity machinery, such as copy machines and printers, and ability to inspect, prepare and use paperwork, files, equipment, and supplies is necessary.


Centering equity, diversity, and inclusion as an organization, and as individuals, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. SAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or any other protected class.


Please contact the Human Resources Department at (206) 654-3188 or HR@seattleartmuseum.org for additional information or to request reasonable accommodations for the application or interview process.


Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and proof that the applicant is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or qualifies for a testing exemption or accommodation.


APPLICATION PROCESS (APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1 AT 5 PM)
Applications are only accepted via the online form at http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/about-sam/careers#int.
Application materials in PDF format may also be sent to internships@seattleartmuseum.org.


Each application should include:

  • Application Form (completed online)
  • A Personal Statement of no more than 700 words detailing:
    • How you represent diversity in terms of culture, background, or artistic/professional experiences.
    • How questions of equity and inclusion shape your personal and professional goals.
    • What you hope to gain from this experience and how it might enhance your education and career plans.
    • Your past experience with collaboration, teamwork, or mentorship and how it influences your preferred working style.
    • How you consider yourself as meeting the criteria set out in the job description for this internship.
    • Outside of your host department, what other areas of museum work you are most interested in learning about (e.g. curatorial, conservation, development/fundraising, education, public programs)
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation, ideally from teachers, supervisors, or mentors. References should be emailed directly to internships@seattleartmuseum.org, with the applicant name noted in the Subject line.

Please reach out to internships@seattleartmuseum.org for any questions or assistance with our application process.

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o What you hope to gain from this experience and how it might enhance your education and career plans
o Your past experience with collaboration, teamwork, or mentorship and how it influences your preferred working style.
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