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Summer Internship Program

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Six High Museum Summer Interns stand in front of a mirrored Anish Kapoor artwork.

2022 Summer Internship Program

Gain experience in a premier art museum, featuring a significant permanent collection and world-class special exhibitions.

The High Museum of Art’s internship program is offered for eight weeks each summer to rising college juniors and seniors as well as to graduating seniors. This is a paid internship. Interns also receive many benefits which include free admission to Museum functions, discounts at our café and gift shops, and the ability to observe and receive instruction that enhances their knowledge of the area in which they are assigned. Candidates accepted into the program are responsible for securing their own housing and transportation (including parking, which they will receive at a discounted employee rate) for the duration of the program.

Important Dates

The High’s 2022 Summer Internship Program will run:
Monday, June 6 through Friday, July 29, 2022

Application deadline: Friday, April 1, 2022

Our Program

The High offers you the chance to gain experience in fields where experience is crucial. We strive to give our interns projects that are meaningful and educational. In addition to contributing to important tasks in the departments to which interns are assigned once a week interns will participate in a series of professional development workshops in various departments and learn daily operational functions.

*Hours/days may vary according to internship position, as specified by Supervisor.

2022 Opportunities

EXHIBITION DESIGN INTERN

Supervisors: Skye Olson, Head of Exhibition Design

Department: Collections and Exhibitions

Internship Summary:
Learned about alternative paths in a museum career, like graphic design, exhibition design, exhibition planning, among other. The intern will have a behind the scenes experience on how to put together a museum exhibition in a supportive learning environment where can observe and learn from our process and ask questions.
Support the department by building and maintaining scaled models, assisting with graphics production and install, and digitally scaling images for models and floor plans.

Be a part of a collaborative team, and learn about the exhibitions process beyond the curatorial/content side of things. Gain useful experience with tools like Vectorworks software and physical model building.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong computer skills, including Adobe Illustrator
  • Graphic design knowledge

Number of Interns Needed: 1


CREATIVE AGING AND LIFELONG LEARNING INTERN

Supervisor: Laurel Humble, Head of Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning

Department: Education

Internship Summary:
Involvement with museum education programming for adult and older adult audiences, including program planning, implementation and evaluation.

Guidance for art historical research and writing and ways of translating research into educational materials.

Exploration of art history, art education, and museum education theory and practice.
Opportunities to observe an array of education programs from studio workshops to in-gallery conversations, and meet with external research partners, arts organizations, and health and aging services organizations across Atlanta.

A summer intern will support onsite and virtual summer programs, including professional development/trainings, walking tours, courses, studio workshops, and in-gallery conversations working with Teaching Artists to compile supply inventory and order additional supplies for workshops and classes

Greater familiarity with how a museum can work in collaboration with educators, Teaching Artists, and aging services professionals to offer engaging experiences with art that meet different educational, developmental, and professional needs of diverse audiences.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Some art history

Number of Interns Needed: 1


DIGITAL MARKETING INTERN

Supervisor: Kristen Brown, Digital Marketing Specialist

Department: Marketing/Communications

Internship Summary:
Opportunity of a closer look at the inner workings of a rockstar marketing team. Intern will get hands on experience with digital video content creation, email marketing, advertising, media planning and more by learning from experts in these fields.

Creative support for content on social media, including Reels, Stories and TikTok. Provide unique perspective on creative campaigns. Field general requests and inquiries on social media. Assist with traffic management of advertising executions. Assist with gathering engaging social media content to support exhibitions, museum programs, and special events. Assist PR team with administrative tasks (such as press clip management) and press event assistance (media previews, photo/video shoots, and others.)

Learn to work in a dynamic and collaborative team environment. Lear organizational and customer service skills. Lear processes and procedures for building marketing campaigns. Learn community management skills on social media channels.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, strong work ethic
  • Strong computer skills

Number of Interns Needed: 1

  • 2022 Internship Application deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2022

  • A Day in the Life

    Experience a day in the life of the Summer 2017 interns with the video below.

     

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    Intern Insights

    We’re excited to share feedback and personal experiences from our 2017 interns to provide valuable insight into the High’s Summer Internship program. Below are Q+As with our 2017 interns that will help you learn what makes the High special and what you can do as an intern to gain work experience and contribute to the Museum’s culture.

     

    Curatorial

    Q: What has been the coolest thing you’ve worked on so far?
    A: Mary Margaret:
    I’m doing some research into the Museum’s civil rights photography collection. I’m doing limited biographies of all the photographers … going through all the photographs in the checklists, and I’m trying to figure out the circumstances under which they were taken.

    Q: If you want to intern at the High, you should be __, __, __.
    A: Patti:
    Creative, open-minded, and excited.

    Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned during your internship at the High?
    A: Patti:
    Putting yourself out there is important because it’s easy as an intern to blend into the background. Being outgoing [is important] and trying to get to know people while you’re here to make relationships.
    A: Mary Margaret: Museum work a lot of the time is seen as a curator putting her stamp on something and making it her personal thing. The stuff I’ve worked on showed me that it needs to be a collaborative process and that you need to look and try to find other people’s opinions. Being able to communicate with the people around you and get those opinions is something that I’ve learned from [the internship].

     


    Interpretation

    Q: What is interpretation in a nutshell?
    A: Sarah:
    Interpretation is how the Museum presents its art to the public … how we write about the art on the labels and how we create programming and activities for different age groups. Interpretation is the Museum’s voice for its collection.

    Q: What skills did you bring to the internship? What did you take away?
    A: Andrew:
    I look at more than just the stylistic things; [I also look at] the purpose of the piece. I took away a heavy approach on how to talk to a public. In college, you’re always talking to either your peers or your professors who have a common understanding of what you’re discussing, so using language that makes sense to people who may not understand artistic themes or methods [is important in interpretation].

     


    Membership and Development

    Q: What stands out to you about High Museum members?
    A: Alex:
    The members have fun in the space and enjoy the Museum and the events surrounding the exhibitions, like the Summer Kick-Off Party. They enjoy all aspects of the Museum. People enjoy pulling value from multiple places.

    Q: If you want to intern at the High, you should be __, __, __.
    A: Caroline:
    Creative, flexible, and collaborative.

    Q: What advice would you give to future High interns?
    A: Jaime:
    Be open to new experiences and to do something you weren’t expecting to get involved in. I never thought I was going to get into development, but I found this is one of my favorite fields and that it fits my personality. I had to find that while I was in an internship.

     


    Education

    Q: What is your favorite program at the High and why?
    A: Alexandra:
    My favorite program is Toddler Thursday, because every Thursday toddlers take over the Museum. They have such a fun and organic way of engaging with the art, and I think it’s really cool for everyone to see.

    Q: If you want to intern at the High, you should have __, __, __.
    A: Kadeshia:
    Flexibility, friendliness, and flow.

    Q: How would you describe the High Museum’s culture?
    A: Alexandra:
    It’s so fun! Everyone is there for each other. It doesn’t feel like a scary hierarchy; it feels more like a family.
    A: Haley: It’s really close-knit because everybody has one foot in everything.
    A: Sophia: They also treat you like adults. I don’t feel like an intern.

    Q: What advice do you have for the intern interview process?
    A: Alexandra:
    You have to put the time in to prepare. Don’t hesitate to apply if you’re abroad, because I was able to do an interview over WhatsApp. In addition, it’s good to think about how you would fit into the institution and the role you’re applying for.
    A: Kadeshia: Know what you’re going into and know what your responsibilities are going to be.

     


    Marketing and Public Relations

    Q: If you want to intern at the High, you should be __, __, __.
    A: Caroline:
    Collaborative, dynamic, and open-minded.

    Q: What’s a typical day like in Marketing and PR at the High?
    A: Molly:
    The Marketing and PR department is pretty creative. We’re always trying to think of new ways to gain attention on social platforms and in the media in general. Our days involve brainstorming and then activating our brainstorming on social media by walking around the galleries and talking to different people in the Museum. Our job involves a lot of interaction with other people and the public to create [a consistent] image of the High Museum across social media and in the news.

    Q: How is an internship in PR and Marketing different at a museum than in an agency or corporate setting?
    A: Caroline:
    The biggest difference I have found while interning at the High compared to in a corporate setting is that, at the High, it is more about educating and creating a community, which I find really interesting. Instead of trying to get people to buy something, we’re creating a dialogue around art, and we’re building a community within Atlanta and the greater art community. It’s cool to get to have more of a conversation with consumers.

    Q: How did you hear about the internship program, and what made you decide to apply?
    A: Molly:
    I found out about the program because I was interested in doing some kind of communications over the summer. The High seemed like the perfect place to combine my interests in communications and art. I was surprised by how many different internships the High provides, and this is what ultimately led to my application. I knew with so many interns doing different types of work, it would be a stimulating work environment.

     


    Additional Advice

    The High Museum has offered full-time positions to past interns.

    Q: What advice would you give to future High interns?
    A:
    Always maintain a high degree of professionalism and sensitivity in all workplace situations. Show that you are willing to take on new tasks with a positive attitude, openly accept feedback, and remain respectful of your colleagues and mentors.
    —Laura Jurotich, Assistant Manager of Member Programs (Summer Marketing Intern)