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Graphic Design Intern

Internship: Unpaid
Accepting applicants for Winter/Spring & Summer

The Milwaukee Art Museum is seeking a highly creative and talented junior or senior year student majoring in graphic design to get hands-on experience in creating real-time deliverables for university credit (where available with participating schools).

General Purpose: Provide production support to the Museum designers in producing leading-edge print and Internet-based materials. The materials created are for all areas of visual communication representing the Museum, including exhibition and program graphics, short-term exhibition branding programs, advertisements, web banners, museum brochures, and the Member magazine. Maintain the Museum brand across all materials. Assist in the layout and design of marketing and exhibition pieces. Make design and type corrections to these materials. Collect files when jobs are finished.

This is an opportunity to understand what it takes to concept, design, and layout design pieces from beginning to end, and to see how the creative department works with marketing and other departments to complete a job. You will learn how to prioritize jobs according to deadlines.

Education/Experience Requirements: Senior in college majoring in Art/Design. Skilled in design software, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, web applications.

Other Requirements: Portfolio of work.

Duties & Responsibilities: Work with Museum designers to produce a wide variety of internal and external Museum materials, from entire marketing campaigns (advertisements, rack cards, banners, media kits) to exhibition signage and graphics. Responsible, specifically, for labels for the Collection Galleries, PowerPoint presentations, visitor screens, and materials for Education, Visitor Services, Public Programs, Scholastic, and Lakefront Festival of Arts. Requires knowledge of printing processes. Must remain current on design production software.

Core Capabilities:

  • A good eye for high-end design and style
  • Passion for web technologies and graphic design
  • Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing
  • Team player in a high-intensity team setting
  • Ability to consistently complete tasks and meet deadlines

To apply, please send a cover letter with your availability, résumé and a portfolio with 5–10 design samples to internship@mam.org or mail Milwaukee Art Museum, Attn: Human Resources, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee 53202. Please put “Graphic Design Intern” in the subject line of your email.

Marketing and Communications Intern

Internship: Unpaid
Accepting applicants for Winter/Spring & Summer

Do you like to be in the middle of things? Are you a quick thinker, and a team player? Become an intern in the Marketing and Communications office. Creative and administrative responsibilities with this young and dynamic group include: researching; coordinating media previews, visits, and interviews; compiling press clips into comprehensive monthly reports; filling media requests; developing and maintaining targeted media lists; updating listings; and assisting with general communications. Applicants should be available at least 15 hours/week.

To apply, please send a cover letter with your availability, résumé with references and 1 to 2 writing samples to internship@mam.org or mail Milwaukee Art Museum, Attn: Human Resources, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee 53202. Please put “Marketing and Communications Intern” in the subject line of your email.

Volunteer Coordinator Intern

Internship: Part Time – Unpaid
Accepting applicants for Winter/Spring & Summer

Enjoy people? Interested in learning about non-profit management? The Visitor Services Department manages over 150 volunteers with diverse backgrounds. This internship offers real world understanding and hands on practice regarding visitor experience, human resources, events managements, and communications within the beautiful museum setting. Help manage, train, inspire and motivate volunteers on a daily basis. Must have volunteer and leadership experience, be self-motivated, and a minimum of two years of college. Schedule includes Mondays, Thursday evenings, Saturdays, and special events.

Please send résumé and cover letter to: internship@mam.org or mail Milwaukee Art Museum, Attn: Human Resources, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee 53202. Please put “Volunteer Coordinator Intern” in the subject line of your email.

Windgate Museum Intern

Internship: Part Time – Paid
Application deadline: April 15, 2015
Accepting applicants for Spring/Summer 2015

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s permanent collection galleries are under construction until late 2015. The Windgate Museum Intern will assist the Demmer Curator of Design with two projects—the reinstallation of the Design galleries and researching the permanent collection of studio and contemporary craft. The intern will assist with many aspects of the reinstallation (thinking about and researchgin objects; conceptualizing cases/platforms; writing didactics; participating in design meetings) of the Design galleries. Related to this, the intern will build files on MAM’s craft collection for future projects.

A graduate student currently enrolled in an M.A. program in the history of decorative arts, material culture, design or craft is preferred (but an advanced undergraduate student may be considered). The intern should have a keen interest in American studio craft, particularly glass as it is well represented in the Museum’s collection. Individuals who have received a Windgate Museum Internship in the past are not eligible.

The Windgate Intern will be paid $13 p/hour for 12 weeks (based on a 30 hour work week). Start and end dates are flexible between May–September 2015.

Please submit the following application materials (cover letter, CV, and a short writing sample) to hr@mam.org using “Windgate Museum Intern” in the subject line, or mail Milwaukee Art Museum, Attn: Human Resources, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee 53202.

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