Internships

Interns function as integral members of the Museum's staff, and their responsibility is more formal and more demanding than that of a volunteer. The Erie Art Museum utilizes a team management approach. In addition to specific duties in their individual areas of responsibility, Museum staff members assume joint responsibilities for a range of administrative and programmatic functions. Responsibilities assigned to Interns, like those assigned to permanent staff, reflect in some measure the talents, abilities and interests of the individual. At its most basic level, an internship is simple on-the-job training, requiring regular, scheduled attendance and elementary job and people skills; Interns are selected on the basis of an interview and evidence of previous work experience and personal initiative. The only paid internship the Museum offers is the Judy Cheteyan Scholar internship.

Interns are required to maintain a journal of daily activities, with comments and observations. The Museum works with Interns to accomplish educational objectives determined in collaboration with their faculty advisors. If the internship is not part of a university requirement, interns work with their museum supervisor in creating a list of goals they will accomplish during the internship.

Internships are usually a minimum of 200 hours or more with a minimum of 10 hours per week (20 hours a week is recommended). Each intern is assigned to several discrete projects to be completed during the course of the internship. Internship applicants should email the staff member in the area that interests them most. They should let the staff member know the total number of hours they wish to complete, the number of hours they will devote each week, and tentative start and end dates. The staff member will follow up via email and request a resume.

Download the Erie Art Museum's internship manual here.

Cheteyan Internship
Museum Studies Intern
Art Education Intern, Museum Education Intern
Folk Art and Ethnomusicology Intern
Communications Intern
Graphic Design Intern
Photography Intern
ClaySpace Studio Assistant





Interns 2015:

The Museum hosted four interns during the fall semester. (left to Right) Breanna Anderson, Edinboro University art history major, focused on Museum Education. Abria Donato, also an Edinboro art history major, was a Museum Studies intern. Taylor Rollins, a Mercyhurst University history major was also a Museum Studies intern. Kristin Collins, PSU Behrend communications major, was a Marketing intern.

The Museum relies on interns to assist with tours, exhibit installations, research, writing, and marketing. In turn the Museum gives them real responsibility, a chance to put their abstract studies to concrete use, and learn how a small staff collaborates on a multitude of tasks. We thank Abria, Breanna, Kristin, and Taylor for their wonderful attitudes, open minds, and hard work and wish them success in their future!


Cheteyan Internship
Every year the Erie Art Museum hosts one intern for a full-time internship for 12 weeks starting sometime in the winter, spring, or fall. This internship can focus on Exhibition Development, Museum Education, or Public Folklore. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree before the internship starts (those graduating in May 2016 can start the internship in September 2016). Prospective interns must be willing to relocate to Erie for the duration of the internship. The Cheteyan is a paid internship in which the recipient will receive a stipend of $2,500. Applications are due by September 15, 2015.

Download the application for more information

Museum Studies Intern

The Erie Art Museum offers internships in Museum Studies to qualified graduate and undergraduate candidates with backgrounds in art, art history, arts administration or museum studies.

Museum Studies Interns work closely with the Director, who conducts informational sessions on Museum organizational structures and governance; budgeting and financial management; grant-writing; fund-raising; and related subjects. Interns also work closely with the Curator and the Registrar on a variety of exhibition- and collection-related projects.

Interns assist in the daily operations of the Museum; assist in the installation of changing exhibitions; act as docents for exhibitions; conduct research and write copy based on that research; assist in developing educational activities related to exhibitions; assist in set up for lectures, workshops and special events; and assume day to day responsibilities for clerical and administrative tasks as the occasion demands.

If interested, email a resume to Museum Director, John Vanco.

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Art Education Intern, Museum Education Intern

The Erie Art Museum offers internships in Art Education and Museum Education to qualified graduate and undergraduate candidates with backgrounds in art, art history, any education specialization or museum studies.

Interns work closely with Museum Education Director and education staff in creating and implementing tour activities for school and civic groups. Interns first observe museum educators in action, then work on specific exhibits, targeting a variety of age levels and abilities. Interns are encouraged to explore various ways of working with students, including open-ended discussion, hands-on activities in both gallery and classroom settings, and utilizing other art forms such as movement, music, and writing. Interns also assist with the planning and implementation of community-based classes and assume day to day responsibilities for clerical and administrative tasks as the occasion demands. If the internship is during the summer, the intern will be involved with the Museum's summer camp program.

If interested, email a resume to Museum Education Director, Kelly Armor.

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Folklife And Ethnomusicology Interns

The Erie Art Museum offers internships in Folk Art and Ethnomusicology to qualified graduate and undergraduate candidates with backgrounds in folklore, anthropology, and music.

Interns work closely with Folk Art Director on various Museum projects such as field work, interviews and oral histories, identifying and assisting local folk artists, working with civic groups on public events, creating and leading tours for Museum folk art exhibits, and assisting with outreach. Interns with particular interest and skills will document folk artists' work by musical transcription, audio and video recordings, and photography. Interns will also be assigned clerical and administrative responsibilities as needed.

If interested, email a resume to Museum Folkart Director, Kelly Armor.

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Communications Intern

The Erie Art Museum's communication intern is responsible for working with the Director of Marketing and Development on press release writing and distribution; press conference organization and execution; special event planning and execution; exhibition communication and promotion support; Blues & Jazz Festival communication support, planning and execution; media clippings; and newsletter and website writing.

The position offers a well-rounded professional experience in all aspects of marketing, public relations, special events and development. Interested candidates must exhibit exceptional organizational skills, be a self-starter and be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

This unpaid internship offers a flexible work schedule to fit credit requirements.

Candidates should email a resume and three writing samples to Director of Development and Marketing, Carissa Snarski

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Graphic Design Intern

The Erie Art Museum presents an ambitious schedule of exhibitions, classes, workshops, concerts, lectures and more. This fast paced, hands on environment allows interns to experience how different departments work collaboratively to make these events possible.

Graphic Design Interns assist the Publications Coordinator in completing a variety of daily projects, as well as long-term projects such as brochures, programs, invitations, posters, tickets, signs, etc. that help create visibility and awareness for the Museum's exhibitions and programs. A qualified intern should be able to design and work on their own and show initiative in coming up with design solutions while taking into account materials, quantity and cost factors.

The ideal intern will have a background or completed studies in Graphic Design, be an excellent communicator with strong organizational, visual and verbal skills. Must be capable of working on Macintosh computers in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign as well as various peripherals such as scanners and printers. Only college senior students considered.

While this internship is unpaid, the individual will get a number of completed pieces to add to their portfolio. Interns' schedules are determined based upon the number of hours required for college credits, the Museum's needs and the individual's own schedule. Interested individuals should submit their resume with contact information and access to previous work (if available). Candidates will be contacted for an interview and portfolio presentation.

If interested, email a resume to Publications Coordinator, Andrea Krivak

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Photography Intern

The Erie Art Museum presents an ambitious schedule of exhibitions, classes, workshops, concerts, lectures and other programs. The Museum’s fast paced, hands-on environment allows interns to experience how different departments work collaboratively to make these events possible.

Photography Interns work with the Publications Coordinator to create photographic art for use in publications, as well as working with the Registrar to photographically document the exhibits for Museum archives. Interns photograph a wide range of subject matter, ranging from objects to exhibits to participants in the tours, classes, workshops and live concerts that the Museum offers. Only college senior students considered.

Photography interns’ schedules require some flexibility, to encompass after-hours and weekend events.

If interested, email a resume to Publications Coordinator, Andrea Krivak

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ClaySpace Studio Assistant

The Erie Art Museum offers a hands-on learning opportunity in community-based art at ClaySpace, the Museum’s community clay studio. The Studio Assistants work closely with the ClaySpace Coordinator and instructors on teaching methods, clay and materials preparation, community programming and other related projects. 

The Studio Assistants are responsible for working on Saturdays, providing technical advice to students, mixing clay in the clay mixer and maintaining the studio space. Additional responsibilities include setting up and assisting with workshops, birthday parties and public programming. 

In exchange, for working 20 f hours per month Studio Assistants have access to all ClaySpace’s equipment, wheels, and kilns, and receive 25 pounds of clay every three months. More clay and firing fees are available at a modest cost. A ClaySpace Studio Assistant can combine this responsibility with more hours at the Museum to create a formal internship in ceramics, community art, and/or education.

Contact Museum Education Director Kelly Armor via email or call 814-459-5477 for more information.