PMA Learning and Interpretation Department Summer Intern

PMA Learning and Interpretation Department Summer Intern

Intern will assist the Director of Learning and Interpretation and L&I staff to help visitors make connections to the PMA collection and special exhibits through programming and in-gallery experiences.

The Learning and Interpretation department strives to encourage curiosity and wonder for all visitors to the PMA.  By offering audiences of all ages opportunities to connect with authentic works of art through programs that offer open-ended experiences, intellectual rigor and exploration of the creative process, we intend to impact the lives of PMA audiences. 

Position Type: 
Volunteer Positions
Department/Division: 
Learning and Interpretation
Reports to: 
Peggy L. Osher Director of Learning and Interpretation
Essential Job Functions: 
  • Administrative assistance managing the museum docent group of 70+
  • Greeting and helping to coordinate the arrival of scheduled guided and self-guided school tours
  • In-gallery work with visitors on a regular basis
  • Assistance with and maintenance of interpretive materials in the galleries
  • Assist in preparation and execution of Family Day activities
  • Opportunity to develop projects related to candidate’s personal and professional interests as they relate to the L&I department’s priorities
  • Other administrative duties as assigned
Education and Experience: 
Ideal candidate has an interest in museum education Strong interest in working with a variety of people, including but not limited to school groups and museum docents Preferably pursuing a degree in Education, Art Education, Art History, or Museum Education; and has a knowledge of Art History. Must be at least a rising college junior Self-motivated and a desire to learn about museum education practice Must be able to attend various L&I events on some evenings and weekends Must be able to work independently, be a proactive problem-solver, a flexible and creative thinker, and possess strong organizational skills Ability to operate computers, and must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with coworkers and those outside the organization Ability to pass a criminal background check
Terms: 
The internship is unpaid, part-time, 15-24 hours per week – days of the week are flexible. Interns receive free admission to the museum for themselves and a guest, as well as discounts in the PMA Store and Café.
To Apply: 
Please send a résumé, cover letter, and completed PMA Volunteer/Intern application form by email to tours@portlandmuseum.org . The deadline for applications is April 30, 2016. The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply

Please send a résumé, cover letter, and completed PMA Volunteer/Intern application form by email to tours@portlandmuseum.org . The deadline for applications is April 30, 2016. The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.