Jobs and Internships
Wolfsonian interns build their skills as aspiring arts professionals through hands-on training and exposure to a wide variety of museum operations and practices.
All undergraduate, graduate, and recently graduated students are eligible to apply. The Wolfsonian–FIU is happy to meet specific university requirements so interns can receive course credit for their work. Please keep in mind that our internships are unpaid and we do not provide housing.
Applicants must submit the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Education Department, 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami, FL 33139:
- Wolfsonian–FIU internship application form (link)
- Cover letter
- One recommendation letter (academic or professional)
Following a review of the application materials, select candidates will be contacted for an in-person, Skype, or telephone interview.
Spring: January–April (application deadline: November 1)
Summer: May–August (application deadline: March 1)
Fall: August–December (application deadline: July 1)
Interns must be able to work a full semester at a minimum of 10 hours per week within normal business hours, Monday through Friday. Exact schedules will be determined with department supervisors.
Undergraduate and graduate students choosing to work as interns in the curatorial department will be introduced to a variety of curatorial techniques and philosophies. Students will be instructed in all curatorial aspects and will take part in the daily tasks of the department and assist in preparing exhibitions, as well as engaging in research and writing projects. Interns will have the opportunity to conduct primary research through The Wolfsonian’s vast library of rare books and its art collection. An internship at The Wolfsonian will increase awareness of curatorial and museum practices, foster development of research and analytical skills, and enhance appreciation of material culture studies.
Education and Visitor Experience
The Wolfsonian's education department organizes group tours as well as public programs for adults (talks, performances, workshops), families (Discovering Design free family days, film screenings), and K–12 students (Zines for Progress). The department also oversees aspects of the museum relating to the visitor experience including the development of interpretive materials such as gallery and audio guides. Education interns will gain an understanding of all aspects of the department and assist with special projects alongside the education manager and head of education.
The Wolfsonian registration department is responsible for implementing policies and procedures related to the care, preservation and documentation of the museum’s diverse object collection which includes, but is not limited to paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, posters, drawings, furniture, textiles, ceramics, glassware, lighting fixtures metalwork, clocks, and machines. The registration intern will assist collection staff with inventory, cataloging, object location tracking, housing, packing, environmental monitoring of storage and galleries, integrated pest control and rights & reproduction requests. Interns will familiarize themselves with the museum’s collections management systems Re:Discovery database and will be trained in basic object handing as well as gain an overall understanding of the day-to-day responsibilities of a museum registrar.
Development and Membership
The Wolfsonian’s development and membership office is responsible for raising operational funds and managing relationships with museum donors, board members, corporate sponsors, and members. Interns gain real-world experience by interacting with major funders, community supporters, staff, and both new and old friends of the institution; researching our history; and assisting at events. Special projects include helping us to create an impact report that measures vital statistics regarding engagement and the visitor experience.
Library interns will gain an academic understanding of the principals of information organization for rare books, special collections, and archives. Working under the supervision of The Wolfsonian's librarians, interns will learn to create metadata for primary resource materials; input data into new web-based software; apply best practices for evaluating photographs, illustrations, and other visual materials; and assemble archival enclosures for preservation purposes. Interns will also be tutored in the principals of copy and rare book cataloging, and provide supervised support for digital projects and library installations.