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STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES AT THE NEUBERGER MUSEUM OF ART

The Neuberger Museum of Art is an integral part of Purchase College. As a vital center of community engagement the Museum supports the intellectual and professional development of its students and communities. The Museum offers many exciting interdisciplinary opportunities for students of all backgrounds and experience levels.


Neuberger Curatorial Fellows Program for Purchase College Students

The Neuberger Museum of Art Curatorial Fellowship Program is a competitive, advanced apprenticeship designed to pair Purchase College students with curators from the museum to co-curate an exhibition drawn from the permanent collection. In consultation with a faculty advisor, students may use this exhibition to satisfy their senior project or M.A. thesis requirement for graduation. The application is open to any Purchase College junior or sophomore from any discipline who has successfully completed at least 45 credits or to any first year student in the Masters Program for Modern and Contemporary Art History, Criticism, and Theory.

The fellowship spans three semesters (or two semesters and a summer session), requiring participation in the Neuberger Museum's intern programming, a minimum of ten hours per week at the Neuberger, maintenance of a journal of weekly activities, and completion of assigned research and readings to supplement museum projects. The fellowship will culminate in an exhibition co-curated with an advisor from the Neuberger curatorial staff. For undergraduates, four internship credits are awarded for the first semester; four thesis or senior project credits are awarded in the second semester; and four thesis credits or senior project credits are awarded in the third semester. For graduate students, credits and additional thesis requirements are arranged in consultation with the faculty advisor.

FFellowship application deadline: The last day of February.

For more information and to apply, click here


Internships

Applications for spring internships must be received by the end of advising week during the preceding fall semester.

Applications for fall internships must be received by the end of advising week during the preceding spring semester.

Interviews will occur shortly after the application deadline. Notification of placement will occur by the end of registration for the semester for which students are seeking placement.

To apply for an internship at the Neuberger, click here.

The internship program introduces students to museum professions and the role of the museum in society. The program brings students together with museum staff to allow students to explore careers in museums. Students work in one area of the museum and contribute to current projects. The nature of these projects is based on availability as well as student experience and interest.

Internships are offered during each academic term for credit or non-credit and students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. There are no paid internships. This is a competitive program with a limited number of interns accepted. Preference is given to those with fewer credits remaining toward graduation. Career services regulations regarding eligibility for credit and course registration apply. Please click here to see the Purchase College Career Development Center for questions regarding eligibility for credit and course registration. Internships are also available to students from outside Purchase College.

Internships are offered in the following areas of the museum:

  • Curatorial: Interns assist with the care of the collection and with exhibitions development, including research, writing, and exhibition design.
  • Development/Membership: Interns assist in all aspects of development for the Museum, including conducting research on potential funding sources and help to prioritize funding possibilities, researching and tracking individual donors, writing solicitation and acknowledgement letters, analyzing giving trends, and developing various new projects. Interns are also involved in grant editing, writing, and the compilation of proposals and reports.

  • Event Planning: Interns assist in all aspects of the organization and implementation of special events and cultivation events. Assisting the Development Staff, interns help secure raffle, silent/live auction items and goodie bag items and work on event solicitation and acknowledgement letters. Interns are also involved with the development of décor, production of the journal, production of PowerPoint presentation for events, and analysis of income and expenses in relation to previous years.

  • Education: This internship emphasizes the Museum's interaction with the public. Interns become familiar with Education Department programs including school tours, adult tours, Purchase student engagement programs, the docent program, teacher workshops and resources, as well as the educational philosophy of the department. Projects can include research, program planning, and resources development.

  • Preparation: Interns in the Preparation Department assist with a wide range of procedures and activities essential to the planning and implementation of exhibitions. Level One Interns primarily focus on the maintenance and organization of workshop spaces: Level Two Interns utilize their knowledge from level one in projects more closely related to the display of works of art for exhibition.

  • Marketing/Public Relations: Interns work with Museum staff to develop new audiences for the Neuberger Museum of Art. They help the Museum develop and execute new initiatives to get the word out about exhibitions and programs. They are involved in all aspects of marketing from the daily essentials to the creative. Skills: attention to detail a must; graphic design ability is a big plus.
  • Registration: Interns assist the museum's Registrar with day-to-day tasks and record-keeping, cataloguing, and partial inventories of the permanent collection as needed. Also, interns will be involved in the organization and implementation of details surrounding temporary exhibitions.
  • Visitor Services/Museum Store: Visitor Services interns work broadly with the Manager of Visitor Services and members of the External Affairs team on many aspects of visitor experience at the Museum.

Internship application deadlines:

Applications for fall internships must be received by the end of advising week during the preceding spring semester. Applications for spring internships must be received by the end of advising week during the preceding fall semester. Interviews will occur shortly after the application deadline. Notification of placement will occur by the end of registration for the semester for which students are seeking placement. To apply for an internship at the Neuberger, click here.


Work/Study Opportunities for Purchase College Students

Work/Study, a Federal program administered through Financial Aid Department, provides opportunities in various departments of the Neuberger Museum, i.e. education, marketing, development, curatorial, visitor services, exhibition assistant and museum shop. Visit Financial Aid to receive eligibility, and view available positions at Purchase College JobScore.

Purchase College Student Programming Committee
The Student Programming Committee is a group of students who work together with museum staff to develop and implement a variety of programs at the Neuberger designed especially for students. These programs include performances, lectures, presentations, and films. Students from every division of the college are invited to join. For more information, contact Olivia Kalin.

 
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