NMWA Internships–Engaging and Educational

Have you ever wondered about interning at the National Museum of Women in the Arts? Interns at NMWA gain experience in a museum setting, learning and advancing their careers while helping departments from education to curatorial to finance.

Kristie Landing, college senior and NMWA publications/communications intern, summer 2012:

  • Why were you interested in a NMWA internship?
  • I was doubly interested by the fact that NMWA is an acclaimed arts institution and an advocate of women’s rights and equality.
  • Can you describe your job?
  • My main job is researching artists and works in our collection and writing for NMWA’s Broad Strokes blog. I also contribute to other social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, write book reviews, and compile a daily email about current art news for the office.
  • What has been your favorite part of working at NMWA?
  • My favorite part of working at NMWA was getting to research artists. I learned so much about the artists in the collection and exhibitions and even studied artists of other genres, like dancer Isadora Duncan. Having great works of art at my fingertips was terrific and really gave my research an extra layer. It was amazing to just go downstairs and have art by Frida Kahlo or Georgia O’Keeffe right in front of me to study.

Ashley Harris, museum studies graduate student and NMWA education department intern, summer 2012:

  • What has been your favorite part of working at NMWA?
  • My favorite part has been helping with the Summer Teacher Institute and collecting/organizing data from the evaluations. Speaking to the participants, reading their feedback, and using that information to see the impact this program has on the schools represented—this process really made me feel part of something meaningful.
  • Would you recommend a NMWA internship?
  • Yes! I have learned a lot, and I have been able to contribute to the department in substantial ways.

Erika Berg, college junior and NMWA member relations intern, summer 2012:

  • Was this your first experience working in a museum?
  • Yes, this was my first experience working in a museum, and I think it helped me to gain a general understanding of the internal workings of a museum.
  • What has been your favorite part of working at NMWA?
  • Easily my favorite part was administering the visitor surveys on the weekends and getting to talk with visitors as they filled out the survey. I think my best interaction with a visitor was one weekend there was a man visiting with his two young daughters (they must have been 4–6 years old) and getting to listen to them tell me all about what they saw on their visit as their dad filled out the survey.

Interested in learning more? Click here to see which departments are currently accepting applications!

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  2. This is really interesting. have you come across the exhibition I curated in 2009, Iron Maidens which showed the work of UK and US women artists who work in cast iron? It toured 5 venues in the UK and is now touring the US. The first 2 venues were St Catherine Unversity, St Paul and the second St Johgn University, Minneaplois. Women working in cast iron would be good to research.

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