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Internships

The Pomona College Museum of Art is an exciting learning resource for students at the Claremont Colleges. Students are a vital part of the Museum's mission, whether curating exhibitions, assisting with research for future exhibition or collection-based projects, creating programs for the Art After Hours evenings, or working behind the scenes with Museum staff in a variety of ways.  Internships at the Museum offer many different opportunities to become familiar with art museum work and the range of museum careers. Working with a relatively small and highly collaborative staff, Museum interns find they can take on substantial projects that are integral to the Museum and that extend across academic departments. Students in all disciplines who are interested in museum work are encouraged to explore internship opportunities at the Pomona College Museum of Art. More information about available internships may be found here http://www.pomona.edu/museum/about/opportunities.aspx.

Below, please find a list of interns, some of their projects, and their comments on the experience.

Meet Our Interns

Fall 2014

Noor Asif (SC ’16), Janet Inskeep Benton ’79 Art After Hours/Outreach Intern, since Fall 2013, Museum Programming and Art After Hours. Mentor: Justine Bae

Benjamin Feldman (PO ’15), Josephine Bump '76 Curatorial Intern, "Guerilla Girls: Art in Action." Mentor: Kathleen Howe

James Parker Head (PO ’17), Janet Inskeep Benton ’79 Curatorial Intern, since Summer 2014, Museum collections and curricular integration research, Mentor: Terri Geis

Srilekha Jandhyala (PZ ’16), Janet Inskeep Benton ’79 Art After Hours/Outreach Intern, Museum Programming and Art After Hours. Mentor: Justine Bae

Benjamin Kersten (PO ’15), Janet Inskeep Benton ’79 Curatorial Intern, since Fall 2012, "Pages: The Poetry of Mirella Bentivoglio," "Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice," "Allied Against AIDS: Sue Coe's AIDS Portfolio." Mentor(s): Frances Pohl, Rebecca McGrew, Kathleen Howe, Terri Geis, and Steve Comba

Thomas Low (PO ’16), Graham "Bud" ’55 and Mary Ellen ’56 Kilsby Collections Intern, Museum collections. Mentor: Steve Comba

Jenny Muniz (PO ’15), Graham "Bud" ’55 and Mary Ellen ’56 Kilsby Curatorial Intern, Since Summer 2014, "Prometheus 1930/2017" exhibition research. Mentor: Rebecca McGrew

Nicolas Orozco-Valdivia (PO ’17), Josephine Bump ’76 Curatorial Intern, since Summer 2014 "Project Series Invitational" and other exhibition research. Mentor: Rebecca McGrew

Anthony Perna (PO ’17), Josephine Bump ’76 Collections Intern, since Summer 2014, Museum collections. Mentor: Steve Comba

Anna Turner (PO ’15), Graham "Bud" ’55 and Mary Ellen ’56 Kilsby Collections Intern, since Fall 2011, Museum collections. Mentor: Steve Comba

Past Interns

Summer 2014

Zoë Jameson (PO ’15), Janet Inskeep Benton ’79 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), since Summer 2012, Native American contemporary artist research, Mentor: Kathleen Howe

Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

Daisy Adams (PO ’16), Josephine Bump ’76 Collections Intern, Museum collections. Mentor: Steve Comba

Shayda Amanat (SC ’14), Graham "Bud" ’55 and Mary Ellen ’56 Kilsby Curatorial/Research Intern, since Fall 2012, "Project Series 46: Hirokazu Kosaka: On the Verandah Selected Works 1969 - 1974," "Project Series 48: Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane," and "Portraits, Abstractions, and the In-Between: Gathering the Work of Frederick Hammersley." Mentor: Rebecca McGrew

Jett Bachman (PO ’15), Janet Inskeep Benton ’79 Art After Hours/Outreach Intern, since Fall 2012, Museum Programming, Art After Hours Fall 2013, and "Project Series 48: Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane." Mentor: Justine Bae

Winona Bechtle (SC ’14), Graham "Bud" ’55 and Mary Ellen ’56 Kilsby Curatorial/Research Intern, since Spring 2013, Museum archives, "Project Series 48: Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane." Mentors: Kathleen Howe and Rebecca McGrew

Erin Blagman (SC ’14), Graham "Bud" ’55 and Mary Ellen ’56 Kilsby Collections Intern, since Fall 2012, Museum collections. Mentor: Steve Comba

Hannah Pivo (PO ’14), Josephine Bump ’76 Curatorial/Research Intern, since Fall 2011, "It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969 - 1973," "Project Series 44: The Bureau of Experimental Speech and Holy Theses," "Project Series 47: Krysten Cunningham: Ret, Scutch, Heckle," and "Portraits, Abstractions, and the In-Between: Gathering the Work of Frederick Hammersley." Mentor: Rebecca McGrew

Abigail Wang (PO ’15), Janet Inskeep Benton ’79 Curatorial/Research Intern, Museum collections. Mentor(s): Terri Geis and Steve Comba

Summer 2013

Nidhi Gandhi (PO ’15), Janet Inskeep Benton ’79 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), "Resonant Minds: Abstraction and Perception." Mentor(s): Terri Geis and Kathleen Howe

Abigail Rodriguez (SC ’16), Getty Multicultural and Josephine Bump ’76 Collections Intern, Museum collections. Mentor: Steve Comba

Spring 2013

Brittnay Ahn (PO ’13), Janet Inskeep Benton ’79 Art After Hours/Outreach Intern, Museum programming & Art After Hours. Mentor: Justine Bae

Jamie Garcia, (PO ’14), Janet Inskeep Benton ’79 Curatorial/Research Intern, since Summer 2012, "Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice." Mentor(s): Kathleen Howe and Terri Geis

Lucia Moreno (PO ’15), Janet Inskeep Benton ’79 Art After Hours/Outreach Intern, Museum programming & Art After Hours. Mentor: Justine Bae

 


 

"My internship in the Collections Department of the Pomona College Museum of Art has been one of the highlights of my college experience.  Before my internship, I knew that I was interested in pursuing a career in the museum field.  My internship gave me the opportunity to gain practical knowledge in the care and handling of works of art and the process of integrating new acquisitions into the collection. I also was able to assist in an educational outreach program for local elementary students at the Museum’s Native American Study Center. The exposure I had to the daily workings of the Museum and the supportive staff solidified my desire to pursue a career in a museum.  Few museums allow undergraduate students to handle works of art, so my internship was a unique opportunity for a sophomore! It is an amazing chance to be able to take art history classes and work at a museum all on one campus.  I am confident that I would not have received a summer internship at the Frick Museum in New York City without my hands-on experience at the Museum.  I am excited to continue my internship at the Pomona College Museum of Art in future semesters.”

- Daisy Adams (PO ’16), Josephine Bump ’76 Collections Intern, 2013-2014

"Interning at the Pomona College Museum of Art has been one of the most valuable experiences I had in college. I had the fortune of working with Rebecca McGrew, senior curator at the museum, who taught me so much about curating, working with other people, and art history. While working for Rebecca, I learned the importance of detail-oriented diligence, especially while working together on the catalogue for the Hirokazu Kosaka retrospective. I also learned the importance of mediation, respect, and carefulness when dealing with others, especially artists. With Rebecca’s guidance, I was able to navigate cultural differences and become friends with Hirokazu Kosaka. Another great part of this internship was being able to see the full trajectory of a show: from its conception, to the research, to the creation of the catalogue, to the installation of the actual show, and everything in between. I was able to get a deeper understanding of a curator’s responsibilities, as well as the number of other people who help to create an exhibition. My internship also made me more confident in my own knowledge and abilities. This confidence is one of the greatest things I acquired during college and one of the most useful for life after graduation.”

- Shayda Amanat (SC ’14), Graham "Bud" ’55 and Mary Ellen ’56 Kilsby Curatorial/Research Intern, since Fall 2012

"My internship at the Pomona College Museum of Art allowed me to explore many aspects of the museum over the 2 year period I worked there. With responsibilities ranging from creating a browsable, public library of past exhibitions to cataloguing blueprints and requests for James Turrell’s Skyspace to hosting a series of educational “tea talks” on campus, the opportunities I was afforded at the Pomona College Museum of Art allowed me to explore a range of areas within the museum world and truly focus in on projects that interested me and benefited the student population on campus. A particular highlight for me was the culmination of a series of Tea Talks I conducted with Estephany Campos in conjunction with the exhibition "Project Series 48: Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane." During a series of 3 pop-up tea tables around the 5Cs, Estephany and I gathered zine submissions and began an in-depth conversation about consent and sexual assault on college campuses. Aside from the incredible conversations and community we were able to foster through this project, we also produced, printed and distributed a zine that featured anonymous testimonials (both visual and textual) from a wide range of students from all of the 5Cs. The skills I had to use and discover to implement a project of this magnitude have very much carried over in the work I am doing post-grad in the museum world. The scope and responsibilities of my projects as an intern were unlike anything else I have experienced, and have greatly influenced my career path and life.”

- Winona Bechtle (SC ’14), Graham "Bud" ’55 and Mary Ellen ’56 Kilsby Curatorial/Research Intern, Since Spring 2013

"Working as a summer intern at the Pomona College Museum of Art was one of the most rewarding experiences I've had at Pomona. Being a member of the museum staff gave me the opportunity to work closely with our permanent collection, conduct research, attend weekly meetings, visit local exhibitions, and see how our museum operates on a day-to-day basis. As an Environmental Analysis major, I never thought working in the museum field would be in my future, but now I'm not so sure. Because of the summer internship I gained invaluable insight about museum careers, practical work and research experience, and learned more about myself. Such experience led me to apply to and accept an internship at the Getty Conservation Institute this upcoming summer."

- Jaime Garcia (PO ’14), Graham "Bud" ’55 and Mary Ellen ’56 Kilsby Curatorial/Research Intern

"I never envisioned finding a summer internship that was so simultaneously challenging and rewarding, but I did. By title, I was a Curatorial Intern at the Pomona College Museum of Art; what that really entailed was so much more than I could have expected. I was entrusted with immense responsibility, allowed the freedom to explore and utilize my science major within the bounds of my project, advised and mentored by many amazing people, and really offered a unique opportunity for a rising college junior. The encouragement and openness from the museum staff in the face of a daunting project has lead to my own personal and professional development, and this experience has reinforced my desire to go into the arts."

- Nidhi Ghandi (PO ’15), Janet Inskeep Benton ’79 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

"I am an advocate of engaging with artwork as a means to enhance learning in any discipline. Working as an intern with Terri Geis this summer I did just that, by forming channels of communication and means of involvement between Pomona’s art collection and the school community at large. This goal forced me to hone my analytical skills; I had to be able to look at artwork and think about how it could benefit the curriculum of a course in any of the many areas of study Pomona College offers. Seeing a kaleidoscopic silkscreen of Chairman Mao, done by Andy Warhol, and realizing this could be a valuable tool for an ID 1 course entitled Myth, Media, and Markets in the Construction and Commemoration of Icons is one example of the analytical synthesis that I practiced everyday during my internship."

- James Parker Head (PO ’17), Janet Inskeep Benton ’79 Curatorial Intern, Summer 2013

"Working as a curatorial intern at the Pomona College Museum of Art has been a vital component of my academic experience at Pomona.  It has complemented and enriched my classroom education by allowing me to learn about art from a perspective that is different from what I experience in art history and studio art classes. During my sophomore year I worked on Performance at Pomona, part of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival. I helped build the set for Judy Chicago's firework performance, attended rehearsals with the Pomona-Pitzer football team for John White's piece, and even visited the local fire department to seek their participation in James Turrell's work, Burning Bridges. The summer before my junior year I worked at the museum on a Summer Undergraduate Research Project (SURP), in which I edited the catalog for an exhibition of work by Charles Gaines, and helped plan the Bureau of Experimental Speech and Holy Theses. This was an experimental social practice project that explored public speech and brought in many visiting artists to collaborate with 5C students. Most recently, I co-curated an exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artist Krysten Cunningham, whose practice encompasses questions of theoretical physics, spacial geometries, craft, art history, and spirituality. I wrote the essay for the exhibition catalog, an intellectually challenging but immensely rewarding experience. My internship has provided me with valuable mentors, unique experiences, and the inspiration to pursue a career in the arts. Overall it has been enjoyable, memorable, and indisputably worthwhile."

- Hannah Pivo (PO ’14,) Josephine Bump ’76 Curatorial/Research Intern