Internships: Supporting NMWA and Building Careers

Are you curious about interning at the National Museum of Women in the Arts? Interns at NMWA learn about museums and gain work experience in departments from publications to curatorial to development. What’s a NMWA internship really like? Interns’ experiences in their own words:

IMG_8840Brittany Beyer, recent graduate and NMWA development intern, Fall 2012:

  • What’s your educational background?
  • I graduated with a major in Women’s & Gender Studies and a minor in Art History. I applied for a NMWA internship because my majors and interests correlated perfectly with NMWA’s mission.
  • Can you describe your job?
  • I had the unique experience of being at NMWA every day—I was therefore able to work with a lot of different departments. I worked on various projects, including administering the on-site visitor survey and formatting its analysis; drafting a press release; writing blog entries on Women Who Rock; writing a book review to be published in Women in the Arts magazine; creating a visitor experience map; preparing membership department files for the archives; and inputting data into Raiser’s Edge.
  • What has been your favorite part of working at NMWA?
  • My favorite part of working at NMWA was working with my supervisors. They were very inclusive and helped me to understand how the museum functions on a larger scale rather than strictly from the perspective of one department. Oh, and Fro-Yo Fridays!

20111115_7627Deanna Doyle, art and museum studies graduate student and NMWA education intern, Fall 2012:

  • What has been your favorite part of working at NMWA?
  • My favorite part was giving tours. It’s fun working with visitors of different ages and from different backgrounds. I like watching their reactions when they learn something new or are really interested in a fact or artwork.

Katherine Rice, art and museum studies graduate student and NMWA development intern, Fall 2012:

  • What are your career goals?
  • To work in an art museum in some capacity.
  • What has been your favorite part of working at NMWA?
  • The NMWA staff and my fellow interns were my favorite parts. Everyone with whom I worked or interacted was helpful, warm, and, quite often, hilarious. I always felt comfortable asking questions, and always looked forward to coming in to work.
  • What was something fun or unexpected you learned about NMWA?
  • I was surprised, and pleased, to learn how small NMWA’s staff is. A smaller staff allows for more collaboration and interaction, which I really enjoyed.

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