Art Museum Intern

Department: Museum Programsmam-2
Location: Mackinac Island
Start Date/End Date: Early June to late August  (12 weeks, 32 hours per week)
Payrate: Unpaid internship; Free Mackinac Island housing

Now accepting applications for the 2018 season

Scope of Duties:
This position serves visitors to Mackinac State Historic Parks by working as an Art Studio Intern at the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum on Mackinac Island, Michigan. This full-time seasonal position is responsible for programming and care and cleanup of the Art Studio at the museum.

— Put visitors to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum and other MSHP sites first by treating them with respect, serving their needs, and providing an enjoyable and educational experience.

— Creating and implementing daily themes based on the museum and events on Mackinac Island for visitors to participate in creating art on Mackinac.

— Care and cleanup of the Art Studio, including inventorying supplies, requesting new supplies in a timely manner, and prudent use of supplies.

— Creatively interact and inspire public of all ages to participate in daily programs; assist in any special programming and help with tours as needed.

— Participate in any special events or special programming as required.

Position Requirements:
— Must be 18 years or older.

— Must have an interest in art and crafts programming and be dedicated to public engagement and education.

— Must be outgoing, enthusiastic, self-motivated, and have strong public speaking skills.

— Experience with or interest in learning art programming, simple arts, and crafts is strongly recommended.

— Must be able to follow verbal and written directions, and be able to verbally communicate with visitors and coworkers.

— Must be able to work assigned position length. Position works approximately 12 weeks, will start early June, and will work to late August.

Work Location and Schedule:
This is a full-time unpaid seasonal internship position, which typically works 32 hours per week for approximately 12 weeks from early June through late August (see position requirements). The workstation for this position is the the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, although the employee may be required to work at other MSHP park sites. The position is based indoors at the art museum on Mackinac Island, but occasionally works outdoors for special projects. Work schedule is set in advance and is subject to change depending on park operational needs. The employee may be asked to work evenings, holidays, and/or weekends as park needs dictate.

Physical Requirements:
This position will require the employee to be active and occasionally outdoors in all types of weather conditions. The employee must have the ability to do the following activities, with or without, reasonable accommodation: walking, sitting and/or standing for long periods of time, speaking before the public, and walking up and down steep inclines and steps. In order to carry out the duties, the intern may encounter frequent twisting, bending, stooping, reaching and grasping. The employee must have the ability to utilize ferry boat transportation to and from Mackinac Island.

Dress Code: 
The park maintains a dress code for employees in the public service to promote a productive and safe work environment and to maintain MSHP’s public image. This means no inappropriate hairstyles, jewelry, clothing or fashion statements are allowed. Employees are required to be in approved park dress code at all times while on duty, which includes the wearing of proper footwear. The park will furnish the employee with the required costume items which must be returned at the end of seasonal employment. Violation of the dress code may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

The employee works under the direction of the curator of education.

This is an unpaid internship, but MSHP will offer free housing on Mackinac Island to the selected individual in return for 32 hours per week of internship duties. Housing is dormitory-style with kitchen facilities available. We will also attempt to help to find a paid position in the area, possibly with MSHP, to assist with spending money.

If you have specific questions regarding this position, please contact Katie Mallory, curator of education, at 231-436-4100.

1. The application form must be printed on standard 8.5″ by 11″ paper and filled out.  Please sign and date where indicated.
2. Applications must be completed and mailed (no emails).
3. Please include a cover letter indicating you are interested in the Art Studio Intern position (there is no place to put that on the application, but you can say you wish to work at Mackinac Island State Park and in interpretation programs for preferences).

Download Application (please include a cover letter; see above):

Volunteer Application

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