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2017-18 Academic Internships

Thank you for your interest in an internship at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The Wexner Center offers academic internships for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates. Interns gain experience and knowledge in the field of contemporary art and work under the guidance of our professional staff. Outside of regular responsibilities, interns will have the opportunity to meet with members of the Wexner Center staff as well as attend events and discussions with other interns, student docents, and volunteers. The Wex is committed to building an inclusive work environment that welcomes and values diversity. We strive to ensure that our work environment is as stimulating, inspiring, and diverse as the many artists, programs, and art forms we present. Students from all academic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applications will start to be reviewed on March 31 unless otherwise indicated. Interviews with selected candidates will take place between April 5-21, and notifications will be sent out by May 5. All finalists will need to complete a background check. For questions, please email edweb@wexarts.org.

 

Contemporary Art & Environmental Issues Internship

(Education Department, Fall 2017)

This individual will work directly with the Wexner Center’s Director of Education on Art & Ecology (link: https://wexartecology.org/), a half-year course for high school students on contemporary art and environmental issues. Responsibilities will include getting to know the students and encouraging their continued participation and artistic development; identifying early on in the course which students have the most rudimentary art skills and will need the most help; providing one-on-one advice to students on art studio–related issues such as concept development, design, construction, and technique; and providing administrative support to the project.

Requirements: The internship will run from mid-August 2017 through the first week of January 2018; Wednesday afternoons 2:45–5:30 PM are required, with some additional full or half-day field trips and late afternoons/evenings, for a total of roughly 7 hours/week. The intern must have experience in a broad range of studio art techniques, basic computer skills, and a strong interest in and enthusiasm for working with teenagers.

Amount and method of internship payment will be determined by student experience and status within the university. For questions, please contact Shelly Casto at scasto@wexarts.org.

Application deadline: rolling

 

Public & University Programs Internship

(Education Department, Fall 2017–Spring 2018)

This fall position is open to undergraduates and graduate students of all majors. Over the course of the academic year, the intern will have a direct role in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Wex programs for the campus community and general public. Key responsibilities will include supporting the annual student party, gallery talks, and Ohio State cosponsorships. The intern will also assist regularly with research and in the creation of interpretive material for exhibitions. A proposal for a final project will be discussed during the fall semester.

Requirements: Applicants should be available 10 hours/week with occasional evenings and weekends. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled in a college or university (graduating seniors, graduate students, and international students are welcome). Excellent organizational, communication, and writing skills are necessary. Intellectual curiosity, flexibility, and ability to work with the public are essential.

Amount and method of internship payment will be determined by student experience and status within the university. Position renewal possible.

Application deadline: March 31

 

Art on the Brain and Vets at the Wex Internship

(Education Department, Fall 2017–Spring 2018)

This internship could start as early as summer 2017 depending on the intern’s availability and is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors. The intern will assist with all aspects of preparing for, running, and evaluating the Wexner Center’s Art on the Brain and Vets at the Wex programs. Key responsibilities will include strategizing methods of breaking down access barriers for program participants, including transportation and navigation to our facility (for Art on the Brain), as well as program evaluation and marketing assistance.

Requirements: Weekly hours will vary, but will not exceed 10 hours/week. Applicants should possess patience, flexibility, and clear communication skills and should be physically able to assist someone in a wheelchair if needed.

Amount and method of internship payment will be determined by student experience and status within the university. Position renewal possible.

Application deadline: March 31

 

Gallery Teaching and Program Marketing Fellowship

(Education Department, Fall 2017–Spring 2018)

This position is open to undergraduates and graduate students of all majors. This fellowship provides the opportunity for participants to gain knowledge about museum and gallery-based education practices. Priority will be given to individuals who are participating in or have completed the Wexner Center’s docent program training. The intern will develop a gallery teaching practice, explore the use of social media in creating “stories” about our education programs, and gain insight into the practical mechanics and logistics of running programs.

Requirements: The fellow must have flexibility in their schedules to work with students in the gallery space during some weekday mornings (Tuesday–Friday), and will be expected to teach in the galleries for 2–3 morning hours/week on average. Much of the individual’s time beyond that will be spent doing teaching preparation and writing about department programs. The fellow will be working with minors.The duration of the position can span 2 or 3 semesters. An internship spanning 2 semesters must take place during the fall and spring sessions. Summer is optional.

Amount and method of internship payment will be determined by student experience and status within the university. Position renewal possible.

Application deadline: March 31

 

School Programs (K–12) Internship

(Education Department, Fall 2017–Spring 2018)

The intern will assist administratively in the school programs area. He or she will participate in planning, research, and implementation of a full range of school programs; fill requests for information and materials; run errands; and perform miscellaneous office and administrative tasks. The intern will assist the Educator and Manager of School Partnerships in developing and implementing a wide variety of programs for students and teachers; organizing and archiving program materials; creating or building an online presence for K–12 learning resources, either in a blog format or other online tool; performing online research; and gathering and organize learning materials for K–12 programs and other related projects.

Requirements: Candidates must be available at least 1–5 hours/week and have excellent written and verbal communication skills and research experience. Computer and technology literacy is essential, some basic design skills are helpful. The intern should have an interest in museum education, arts education, and/or K–12 education.

Payment: $10/hour

Application deadline: May 31

 

Shumate Council, Inclusion, and Diversity Initiatives Internship

(Education Department, Fall 2017–Spring 2018)

The intern will assist administratively with inclusion, diversity, and engagement efforts focused in the African American community. He or she will support and participate in planning, research, and implementation of a full range of inclusion and diversity initiatives and programs; fill requests for information and materials; run errands; and perform miscellaneous office and administrative tasks. The intern will assist the Educator and Manager of School Partnerships and Outreach and Engagement Manager in a variety of advocacy initiatives as they relate to African American community inclusion and engagement. He or she will also organize and archive program materials, help to create or build an online presence for program information, either in a blog format or other online tool; and perform note-taking during meetings as well as online research. The intern will also gather information or materials that support inclusion and diversity as it pertains to Shumate Council initiatives, diversity participation, and diverse audience building; and sit as a junior member and participate actively on the Shumate Council.

Requirements: Candidates must be available at least 1–5 hours/week, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills and research experience. Computer and technology is literacy essential, some basic design skills are helpful. Applicants should have an interest in inclusion and diversity, outreach and community engagement, and museum education.

Payment: $10/hour

Application deadline: May 31

 

Institutional Advancement Internship

(Advancement Team, Fall 2017–Spring 2018)

The intern will execute projects that support institutional advancement priorities in the areas of public affairs, marketing, development, education, patron services, and/or advocacy. He or she will conduct research, draft copy, frame impact messaging, and prepare briefings and plans. The intern will have the opportunity to propose and pursue a capstone project, study, or initiative that is mutually beneficial.

Requirements: Candidates must be available at least 8–10 hours/week. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled in a college or university (graduating seniors, graduate students, and international students are welcome). Excellent analytical, writing, and interpersonal communication skills are required, with an eye for detail; an ability to think strategically as well as pragmatically, a proactive style, and a commitment to teamwork are essential. An interest in contemporary arts is desired.

Amount and method of internship payment will be determined by student experience and status within the university.

Application deadline: rolling

 

Photography/Public Relations Internship

(Marketing/Communications Department, Fall 2017–Spring 2018)

The intern will assist with organizing the Wexner Center photo archive. He or she will capture photography of the center and its audiences for use in social media and institutional materials; assist with fulfilling photo requests from local, regional, and national media outlets; collect information and previous coverage on upcoming events and visiting artists; help track media coverage of the center as well as maintain and update current media lists, and identify new targets for media outreach. The intern will assist with distribution and online placement of event listings information. This internship may be extended through spring semester, if mutually agreed to by intern and supervisor.

Requirements: Candidates must be available 8–10 hours/week, and occasional weekend and evening hours may be required. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled in a college or university (graduating seniors, graduate students and international students are welcome). Some photography experience and an interest in contemporary art, film, music, or performance is essential, along with strong communication and organizational skills. A background in journalism, public relations, or marketing is preferred.

Amount and method of internship payment will be determined by student experience and status with the university.

Application deadline: rolling

 

Marketing/Community Outreach Internship

(Marketing/Communications Department, (Fall 2017–Spring 2018)

The intern will conduct research to verify contacts in Ohio State departments and local colleges and universities, as well as at other local outlets and public events. He or she will assist with maintaining and updating current outreach distribution channels as well as identifying new areas for possible distribution; and coordinating and managing the distribution of literature to drop sites around the campus and community area. Other tasks will include data entry, preparation of monthly mailings and assistance with outreach efforts at community and campus events, including on location at local festivals and other outreach events. This internship may be extended through spring semester, if mutually agreed to by intern and supervisor.

Requirements: Candidates must be available at least 10 hours/week, and occasional weekend and evening hours may be required. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled in a college or university (graduating seniors, graduate students and international students are welcome). Strong communications skills and a background in marketing or an interest in the arts is preferred.

This internship is offered for course credit.

Application deadline: rolling

 

GenWex Internship

(Interdepartmental position, Fall 2017–Spring 2018)

This position is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors. This is an ideal position for an individual interested in pursuing a career in the arts and culture sector. He or she will have the opportunity to interface with Wex staff across all departments as well as the external advisory committee that represents a broad variety of industries in Columbus. The intern will work directly with the GenWex Advisory Committee (specifically the staff committee chairs) composed of Wexner Center staff and young professionals who steer the Wex’s social and educational young patron programs. Responsibilities will include performing in-depth research on local and national young professional initiatives, programs, and events as well as research and analysis on local and national trends in careers in the creative sector. The internship will also require active participation in planning GenWex social events and educational programs throughout the year. The opportunity for special projects and events will be discussed.

Requirements: Candidates must be available 5–8 hours/week with occasional evenings and weekends. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and enrolled in a college or university (undergraduate, graduate, and international students welcome). Excellent communication, organizational, and networking skills are necessary, and applicants must be able to work independently or with a team. An interest in contemporary art, film, music, or performance is preferred.

This internship is offered for course credit.

Application deadline: rolling

 

The Wexner Center for the Arts is The Ohio State University's multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art. Through exhibitions, screenings, performances, artist residencies, and educational programs, the Wexner Center acts as a forum where established and emerging artists can test ideas and where diverse audiences can participate in cultural experiences that enhance understanding of the art of our time. In its programs, the Wexner Center balances a commitment to experimentation with a commitment to traditions of innovation and affirms the university's mission of education, research, and community service.