Colby Students

Student Advisory Board to the Colby College Museum of Art

Student Advisory BoardThe Student Advisory Board to the Colby College Museum of Art was founded in the spring of 2014 following the expansion and reopening of the Museum in 2013. In concordance with the Museum’s commitment to serve the Colby community, especially the students, the advisory board was created with the following tenets in mind: to foster and strengthen the relationship between Colby students and the Museum, to increase participation in Museum events and exhibitions, to promote the Museum as a space for student groups as well as individual students, to program specific events tailored to students, to serve as representatives of the student body to the Museum staff, to advise staff on the interests of the student body, to work with staff advisors to the board, to provide experience to the members, to learn about the internal workings of a collegiate museum, and to acquire skills related to public programming.

The Student Advisory Board is committed to the promotion of Museum events through social media, word of mouth, posters, the programming new events for students, and to maintaining and expanding the Friends of the Colby College Museum of Art list, which educates the student body about goings-on at the Museum. Applications for membership on the Student Advisory Board are solicited from interested Colby students, regardless of major or discipline, at the beginning of each fall semester.

See the board’s Facebook page for announcements regarding applications, events, and more.

Fall 2014 Student Advisory Board members are Chrissy Besheer ’15, Leah Bilodeau ’17, Mary Kate Fitzpatrick ’15, Nora Hill ’18, Alex Sarappo ’16, Francesca Soriano ’16, Veronica Vesnaver ’15, Marina Wells ’15, Jacob Zhang ’16. Ex officio: Maria Bowe ’15.


Museum Student Internship Opportunities

Summer/Fall/Spring
Opportunities will be posted (and applications accepted) at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters. To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and names of three references to kkwickma@colby.edu unless otherwise noted. All internships are paid.

**NEW**Office of the Associate Director Intern

Reporting to the Associate Director of the Museum of Art, this position will offer general administrative assistance to the Associate Director who oversees all aspects of the Museum organization, including strategic and organizational planning, collections initiatives and goals, resource management, visitor services, marketing and advertising, and digitization projects. The ideal candidate will possess a positive demeanor, have excellent organizational and writing skills, outstanding tact and discretion, and must have a prompt, professional, and courteous demeanor. This position is 10-12 hours per week.  Applicants must be able to commit to established work schedule. Please submit resume and cover letter to Patricia King no later than September 14, 2015. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Serious applications only please.

Collections Intern

InternshipsThe Collections Intern will work primarily with the registrars office, assisting with maintenance of Museum object records, inventory of the Museum’s collection, preparing correspondence and research as requested. Dependent upon experience, the collections intern may manage administrative tasks associated with the associate director’s office. Interns must be detail oriented, proficient with Macintosh computers, and digital imaging, have the ability to work independently or as part of a team, and be prompt, courteous, and reliable. Past experience working in a museum environment is preferred but not required. Excellent organizational skills, ability to handle multiple assignments, and attention to detail is essential. For more information, please contact Museum Registrar, Lorraine DeLaney.

Curatorial Intern

This internship offers an immersive introduction to the work of art curating. The intern will assist the curatorial staff on all tasks related to the development and realization of exhibitions. Tasks will include collection and exhibition research, meeting preparation, data entry, correspondence, and basic office upkeep. The curatorial intern will also assist the Museum’s exhibition preparators as needed. The successful candidate will have strong organization and communication skills and a genuine interest in learning more about the museum field. For more information, please contact Lunder Curator of American Art, Beth Finch.

Linde Family Foundation Education Intern

The Linde Family Foundation Education Intern will assist both the Mirken Curator of Education and the Mirken Coordinator of Education and Public Programs in a variety of duties. These may include, but are not limited to, the creation of in-gallery and digital didactics, curriculum writing, tour development, and some writing of publicity materials. Interns must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and have the ability to work both independently and as a team member. Interns must also be prompt and reliable. Prior museum experience, and working with school curriculum, is preferred but not required. Experience and interest in the arts, whether formal or informal, is required.

For more information, please contact our Mirken Curator of Education, Lauren Lessing.

The Mellon Program Research Assistant

The Mellon Program Research Assistant will work primarily with the Curator of Academic Programs and assist with the Museum’s outreach into the Colby curriculum. Responsibilities include developing object lists for Colby College class visits, assisting in collection searches and maintaining catalog records, researching potential partners for collection sharing, and providing logistical support for workshops, meetings, and symposia. Candidates must be detail-oriented, prompt, courteous, reliable, proficient with Macintosh computers, and possess excellent research and writing skills. Past experience working in a museum environment is preferred but not required.

For more information, please contact our Curator of Academic Programs, Shalini Le Gall.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

MFA will establish the Lunder Summer Internship Program in perpetuity in honor of Barbara and Theodore Alfond. The Lunder Summer Internship Program will provide funding for three to five Maine college students for a summer internship at MFA.  The internships will be awarded as need-based financial aid grants to qualified and eligible Maine college students as determined by MFA. For more information on how to apply, please visit MFA Boston The Lunder Summer Internships.

Francine and Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

The Francine and Clark Art Institute has established an endowed position in perpetuity called the Lunder Special Assistant to the Director. This program will fund one post-baccalaureate, year-long internship. The priority will be given first to Colby College graduates, second to college graduates who attended college in Maine, and third to college graduates who are Maine residents and attended college out-of-state.

For more information on the internship and how to apply, see the full job description here.

The Art Institute of Chicago 

The Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies, a scholarly collaboration of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Colby College Museum of Art, the University of Glasgow, and the Art Instititute of Chicago, will offer a paid summer internship for a Colby College student at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Students with a strong interest and aptitude for museum work will gain experience in the museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings during an eight-to-10 week period in the summer. Art history, studio art, and American studies students are especially encouraged to apply.

One intern will be selected by the Art Institute of Chicago to work on various projects, including exhibition preparation and collections research relating to the museum’s extensive resources and collections in American art, 19th-century European art, and especially Whistler and his close contemporaries.

Applicants should include a cover letter outlining their interest in museum work and its relevance to their academic program; a résumé, transcripts, and at least one letter of recommendation. Please submit your application materials to our Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies Fellow, Justin McCann.

Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art – Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

The Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies, a scholarly collaboration of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Colby College Museum of Art, the University of Glasgow, and the Art Institute of Chicago, will offer a paid summer internship for a Colby College student at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Students with a strong interest and aptitude for museum work will gain experience during a four-to six-week period during the summer. Art history, studio art, East Asian studies and American studies’ students are especially encouraged to apply.

The focus of the internship will be on various aspects of the Freer’s collection of American art. One intern will be selected by the consortium partners and will work on various projects—exhibitions, collections research, and public programs—relating to the Freer’s extensive resources and collections in Asian art and American art of the Aesthetic Movement.

Applicants should include a cover letter outlining their interest in museum work and its relevance to their academic program; a résumé, transcripts, and at least one letter of recommendation. Please submit your application materials to our Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies Fellow, Justin McCann.


Student DocentsStudent Docent Program

Colby students are provided with opportunities to teach in the Museum as part of the student docent program. After the completion of Art 211, the student docent course offered as part of the Art Department curriculum, students will give tours to groups of both adults and schoolchildren. Student docents will receive two nongraded credit hours upon completion of Art 211.