Opportunities

UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIPS

Internships at the Museum offer many different opportunities to become familiar with art museum work and the range of museum careers. Students in all disciplines who are interested in museum work are encouraged to explore internship opportunities at the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College. Internship positions are open until filled.


Academic Year 2020-2021

Curatorial Intern—Interpretation

*No longer accepting applications*

The Benton Museum of Art has a paid internship, supervised by Professor Rosalía Romero and Professor Victoria Sanch Lobis to develop and design printed and digital interpretation materials for the museum’s forthcoming exhibition treating photography related to the US/Mexico border.

This internship will involve research on the collection, curatorial and interpretation planning and implementation, and willingness to guide public tours or offer digital tours. Interns will attend weekly meetings with their cohort.

The intern should have an interest in Art History, though not required. Additional interests in Latin American/Latinx/Border Art and exhibition interpretation are preferred. Please email resume and cover letter with relevant work and academic experience to Professors Romero and Lobis (rosalia.romero@pomona.edu; vs.lobis@pomona.edu). If you are a student who receives financial aid, please include this information in your cover letter. Interns can work up to 8 hours per week.

Curatorial Intern—Exhibition Research

*No longer accepting applications*

The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College has a paid Curatorial Research Intern position available for the coming academic year. Curatorial Interns will work directly with Senior Curator Rebecca McGrew to support current exhibitions and future exhibition research. Tasks include: conducting research, writing a variety of exhibition related material from labels to press releases, and working on curatorial tasks connected to future exhibitions. Interns will attend weekly meetings with their cohort.

Please email resume and cover letter with relevant work and academic experience to Senior Curator Rebecca McGrew (rgm04747@pomobna.edu).  If you are a student who receives financial aid, please include this information in your cover letter. Interns can work up to 8 hours per week.

Collections Intern—Permanent Collections Research

*No longer accepting applications*

The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College will offer two Collections Internships Curatorial positions for the coming academic year. The collection database for the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College serves as the informational and interpretative spine for the permanent collection. Its content is accessible on the museum’s website and is searchable in several fields.

During the academic year 2020–21, collections interns will conduct research on specific artists and/or groups of objects based on type (basketry, textiles, lithography, etc.). Their research will provide the basis for new artist biographies, object-specific interpretative texts, and possibly more in-depth research such as exhibition history, bibliography, and provenance. Students working in these positions will collaborate with the museum’s collection manager, associate director/registrar, and director. Interns will attend weekly meetings with their cohort.

Please email resume and cover letter with brief writing sample (500 words or fewer) to Director Victoria Sancho Lobis (vs.lobis@pomona.edu)  If you are a student who receives financial aid, please include this information in your cover letter. Interns can work up to 8 hours per week.

Education Outreach Intern—Art Representing the U.S./Mexico Border

*No longer accepting applications*

The Benton Museum of Art has a paid internship to develop and implement programming directed to K-12 students with specific relation to the museum’s forthcoming exhibition and other permanent collection objects related to the culture, landscape, and history of the US/Mexico border. These programs will be offered through digital means and, when possible, in person through site visits to schools and at the Benton Museum of Art.

The position will be supervised by Professor Rosalía Romero and a professional Museum Education Consultant. This internship will involve research on the museum’s permanent collection, lesson plan development, and hands-on experience in engaging local school groups.

The intern should have an interest in Art History, though not required. Additional interests in Latin American/Latinx/Border Art and childhood education are preferred. Capability to speak Spanish also preferred. Interns will also attend weekly meetings with their cohort.

Please email resume and cover letter with relevant work and academic experience to Professors Romero and Director Victoria Sancho Lobis (rosalia.romero@pomona.edu; vs.lobis@pomona.edu). If you are a student who receives financial aid, please include this information in your cover letter. Interns can work up to 8 hours per week.

Education Outreach Intern—Native American Collection

The Benton Museum of Art has a paid internship, supervised by Associate Director/Registrar Steve Comba and a professional Museum Education Consultant to develop and operate a Native American focused lesson plan to be taught to Claremont Unified Schools third grade classes, both in-class when possible and at the museum’s Native American Collection Study Center. This year-long internship will involve research on the collection, lesson plan development and hands-on experience in teaching the plan to local schoolchildren. Interns will also attend weekly meetings with their cohort.

The intern should have an interest in Art History, though not required. Additional interests in Native American Art and childhood education are preferred. Please email resume and cover letter with relevant work and academic experience to Steve Comba (steven.comba@pomona.edu). If you are a student who receives financial aid, please include this information in your cover letter. Interns can work up to 8 hours per week.

Outreach Intern—Academic Programming

The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College has one paid Academic Programming/Course Connection Intern position available for the coming academic year for Pomona College students taking at least 3 credits a semester. This intern will report directly to Academic Curator Claire Nettleton, PhD, to support academic programs and integrate the Benton's collections and exhibitions into classes. Tasks include: researching the Benton's permanent collection and exhibitions for virtual class visits, researching potential course connections with the museum, assisting with digital presentations of material for classes, and assisting the Academic Curator with researching, planning, advertising and executing virtual academic events, gallery talks and intern program events at the museum. Interns will attend weekly meetings with their cohort.

Please email resume and cover letter with relevant work and academic experience to Claire.Nettleton@pomona.edu. If you are a student who receives financial aid, please include this information in your cover letter. Interns can work up to 8 hours per week.

Outreach and Communication Intern—Student-Centered Programming

*No longer accepting applications*

The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College (formerly the Pomona College Museum of Art) aspires to make the visual arts an essential part of the Pomona College student experience. The Museum’s exhibitions, collections, and related programs—including Art After Hours—encourage active learning and creative explorations across disciplines. The 2020-2021 school year is the Benton’s inaugural year and thus an especially exciting time for student engagement.

The Museum is offering a paid internship position to work with Justine Bae Bias, Communication and Engagement Manager, to make the Benton an integral component of student life. Responsibilities include: collectively planning, advertising, facilitating, and documenting student engagement events and programs; reaching out to Pomona College and other Claremont Colleges students through class years and 5C/7C groups; collaborating with student affairs and academic departments including residential and housing, academic cohorts, mentorship programs, affinity groups, and campus radio (KSPC); and more. Interns will also attend weekly meetings with their cohort. Interns must be available to work during Art After Hours on Thursday evenings from 5 to 10 pm.
 
Cover letters should include 2 or more ideas for virtual student engagement at the Benton for the fall semester and once we’re able to congregate in-person keeping in mind our upcoming exhibitions with artists Alison Saar, Alia Ali, and Helen Pashgian (exhibition information available on pomona.edu/museum) as well as works in our permanent collection. Please submit resume and cover letter with the specified information to Justine Bae Bias (justine.bae@pomona.edu). If you are a student who receives financial aid, please include this information in your cover letter. Interns can work up to 8 hours per week.

Outreach and Communication Intern—Museum Podcast

*No longer accepting applications*

The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College is offering a paid internship position to work with museum director Victoria Sancho Lobis to develop the museum’s emerging podcast series. The podcast intern will collaborate closely with the museum director as well other communication staff to conceive, script, edit, and produce podcast episodes featuring museum work and objects from the museum’s permanent collection. Interns will also attend weekly meetings with their cohort.

Previous experience with sound editing is required. Familiarity with art history and museum work preferred. To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and relevant mp3 samples to director Victoria Sancho Lobis (vs.lobis@pomona.edu). If you are a student who receives financial aid, please include this information in your cover letter. Interns can work up to 8 hours per week.