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Membership Intern

Internship: Unpaid; 10-15 hours a week
Accepting applicants for Summer. Applications due by May 15.

The Milwaukee Art Museum is seeking a highly motivated, organized, and outgoing candidate who is passionate about the Milwaukee Art Museum, to assist the Museum’s Membership Team with special events, Membership sales and promotion, and administration for a large Membership program.

General Purpose: Assist with promoting membership at museum events including LFOA and MAM After Dark; completing administrative tasks and assisting with customer service follow-up.

This is an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the arts fundraising field through working events, fundraising and assisting with membership and customer service administration in the Membership Office at one of the nation’s premier Art Museums.

Education/Experience Requirements: Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in communication, non-profit management, museum studies or related field. Skilled in Excel, Microsoft Word and Powerpoint. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and fundraising software a plus. Sales experience a plus. Knowledge of Art History a plus.

Other Requirements: Reliable transportation/proximity to Museum. Ability to work some nights and weekends. Ability to stand for several hours; ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist with Membership preparation, sales and promotion for large scale events, including MAM After Dark and Lakefront Festival of Art.
  • Volunteer coordination for LFOA and other large-scale events.
  • Assist with Membership member servicing needs, including customer relations, information updating and follow up.
  • Conduct administration of ROAM Museum network, a national Museum reciprocal network offered to higher level members. Administration includes managing ROAM information requests, website updates, and outreach.
  • Conduct community outreach and research for the Museum’s Family Access Membership program.

Core Capabilities:

  • Excellent oral and verbal communication skills
  • Passion for the Milwaukee Art Museum and art
  • Positive team player in a high-intensity event 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 or mail Milwaukee Art Museum, Attn: Human Resources, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee 53202. Please put “Membership Intern” in the subject line of your email.

Department of Photography: Photography Research Intern

Internship: Unpaid

A part-time, unpaid internship is available in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. Graduate students or individuals with equivalent experience with an interest and knowledge of photographs are encouraged to apply.

The goal of this internship is to expose the intern to a wide range of curatorial and museum work. Activities include research on objects within the Museum’s photography collection, prospective acquisitions, and exhibition development. The ideal candidate is organized, detail-oriented, and self-starting. Familiarity with museum collection databases, art handling, and research principles is desirable.

The Photography Department holds over 3,000 works and includes pictures from the earliest days of the medium in the 1840s to its most recent developments. The collection is exceptionally strong in twentieth-century American photographs, particularly in the documentary style.

Duration of Internship:
A commitment of 8–10 hours per week over the course of 12 weeks is requested; hours are relatively flexible between the hours of 10 a.m.– 5 p.m., Monday–Friday. Weekend and evening work cannot be accommodated. This is an unpaid position, but credit may be available through your academic program. Please speak with your academic advisor.

Application Deadlines:
Winter internships: January 15
Summer internships: April 15
Fall internships: August 15

To apply, please send a cover letter with your availability and résumé with references to or mail Milwaukee Art Museum, Attn: Human Resources, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee 53202. Please put “Photography Research Intern” in the subject line of your email.