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Internships

2021 Summer Internship Program

The South Dakota Art Museum is pleased to offer paid opportunities for qualified graduate and undergraduate students to intern for the summer of 2021 (May 10 - August 20). Based on a system of supervised learning, the internships enable students to understand how a museum operates and how to relate this experience to academic and professional goals. Applications for the 2021 Summer Internship Program are being accepted through March 19, 2021 for the following positions:

The museum seeks applications from undergraduate juniors and seniors, and recent graduates majoring in the Visual Arts, Art Education, Museum Studies, Education, History, Graphic Design, Consumer Affairs, Marketing, Journalism, Business and those who are interested in pursuing a museum career. Excellent research, writing, communication and computer skills are required. Interns are responsible for arranging academic credit with their sponsoring institutions.

To apply, please review the internship detailed information and submit the internship application with a resume, transcript (unofficial) and writing sample to Taylor McKeown.

Please contact Taylor McKeown (605-688-6702) with any questions.

2021 Internships

(May 10 - August 20, 2021)

Collections/Registrar Internship

(one part-time position available)

The Intern will work with the Coordinator-Curator of Collections on cataloging and researching recent acquisitions. This will include detailed condition reports, preventive preservation, provenance research, registration of objects, data entry and archiving of documentation. During the internship, the intern will learn and practice proper methods for handling various works of art in addition to gaining experience with standards and best practices for maintaining collection related records.

Attention to details, good handling skills, communication, ability to lift over 40 lbs. are essential. This is a project-based internship, ideal for a student wanting to gain hands-on, behind-the-scene experience in the museum field.

Exhibits Internship

(one part-time position available)

This intern will assist the Coordinator of Exhibitions with the research, development, planning, coordination, curation, designing and installation of events, activities/programming, exhibitions, text/label copy and/or marketing materials for a series of art exhibitions. An interest in museum exhibition production, related programming and installation is a must. Interns will gain a general understanding of the curation, organization, coordination, preparation, designing and installation of museum exhibitions and related programming, have an opportunity to assist with activities already planned and initiate the planning of new activities in consultation with museum staff. Basic graphic design experience and an interest in and willingness to format various types of documents like object labels, text panels, activity guides and gallery brochures is a bonus.

Marketing Internship

(one part-time position available)

Intern will work with the Coordinator of Marketing and Membership and will assist in developing and implement current marketing plans, including:

  • The museum is celebrating our 50th anniversary throughout the summer so Summer 2021 projects will revolve around 50th anniversary exhibitions and virtual events as well as our annual membership campaign. Depending on the intern’s skill set and interests this position could focus on researching, writing and telling stories from our 50 years packaged for various media (social media, newsletters, web, press articles, brochures, ads, videos, etc.).
  • Assist in the promotion and marketing of exhibitions through advertising, press, social media, website, e-mail and direct mail
  • Assist in the planning, promotion, marketing and implementation of Museum events, workshops and Museum Store promotions
  • Assist in analyzing and expanding our Membership and Donor programs
  • Assist in expanding our e-mail marketing capabilities
  • Other duties could include staffing the information desk and welcoming visitors, member/visitor services, school tours, plan and staff events and classes
  • Help maintain the Museum website and social media sites

Graphic Design Internship

(one part-time position available)

Intern will work with the Coordinator of Marketing and Membership and will assist in the design and development of visual media for marketing and promotion efforts.

  • Design marketing materials for exhibitions, including postcards, posters and handouts
  • Design exhibit catalogs
  • Create museum promotional materials, including brochures, mailers, handouts and ads
  • Help maintain the Museum website
  • Maintain consistency of the Museum brand throughout all promotional materials
  • Other duties could include staffing the information desk and welcoming visitors, member/visitor services, school tours, plan and staff events and classes
  • Knowledge and experience in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator a must. Canva experience also helpful. Photography and video experience a plus.