Curatorial/Galleries and Social Media/Public Engagement Internships

Pitzer College Art Galleries offers curatorial and social media internships to students eligible for work study.

Curatorial/Galleries interns will work directly with Director and Curator Ciara Ennis and Exhibitions and Communications Manager Christopher Michno on exhibition research, installation, and publications. Additionally, during opening hours they will monitor the exhibition spaces and greet students, faculty, staff and other visitors when they arrive.

The Social Media and Public Engagement intern will work to expand engagement with diverse audiences on campus, in Los Angeles, and beyond through the curation of the Pitzer College Art Galleries’ social media streams, which include Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Additionally, they will create social media content from the exhibitions and programs with a focus on connecting with Pitzer’s curriculum and student body.

Hours and Duration

  • These internships are temporary, part-time opportunities.
  • Flexible schedule. 10 hours + per week, Tuesday through Friday plus some weekend and evening special events.
  • January through May; September through December

Curatorial/Galleries Intern Responsibilities

Administrative Tasks

  1. Greet students, faculty, staff and visitors when they arrive.
  2. Develop an understanding of the current exhibitions and be prepared to discuss artworks and their meaning with viewers.
  3. Record the number of visitors.
  4. Inspect all objects on display (count the objects for an easy reference). Report missing or damaged artwork immediately.
  5. Close galleries: turn lights off and lock all Art Galleries doors.
  6. Assist with answering telephones.
  7. Run errands on Pitzer campus and the 5C’s.
  8. Hang posters as requested.
  9. Assist in maintaining a clean and neat gallery environment.
  10. Assist with special projects as needed, including the culling of newsletter subscriber lists, updating and archiving of exhibition files, and other administrative tasks.
  11. Other duties as assigned.

Curatorial Support

  1. Conduct research for exhibition projects as assigned by the Director/Curator.
  2. Assist with administrative support for exhibition openings and other special events.
  3. Assist with curator walk throughs.
  4. Assist with developing content for social media posts.
  5. Track and collect press reviews.
  6. Gather feedback about the visitor experience.
  7. At the end of the internship, interns generate an exhibition, education program or other projects, which are then presented at the Galleries.

Public Engagement

  1. Assist at public programs and special events.
  2. Lead tours for various groups visiting the Galleries.
  3. Create and facilitate projects for students throughout the Galleries’ exhibition periods and provide a summary report and outcome of your projects.

Social Media/Public Engagement Intern Responsibilities

Administrative Tasks

  1. Develop an understanding of the current exhibitions, which will inform creation of meaningful and effective content for use in Galleries’ social media streams.
  2. Close galleries: turn lights off and lock all Art Galleries doors.
  3. Assist with answering telephones.
  4. Run errands on Pitzer campus and the 5C’s.
  5. Hang posters as requested.
  6. Assist in maintaining a clean and neat gallery environment.
  7. Assist with special projects as needed, including the culling of newsletter subscriber lists and other administrative tasks.
  8. Work with the Curator/Director and Exhibitions and Communications Manager to implement the Galleries’ social media and campus engagement.
  9. Work with the Galleries team to develop effective social media content.
  10. Assist in developing new social media and public engagement strategies.
  11. Publicize the Galleries’ openings, programming, and special events on social media streams.
  12. Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate student with emphasis on Art or Media Studies.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Writing and research skills.
  • Highly organized and professional.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite.

General Information

  • All exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.
  • Viewing hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 PM, and by appointment.

Additional Information:  Demonstrate respect and understanding to the other student workers at the Galleries.

For consideration, please email a letter of interest and your resume to pitzer_galleries@pitzer.edu.

Pitzer College Art Galleries Mission

The Pitzer College Art Galleries’ mandate is Education and Advocacy through the Pitzer College core values—social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, student engagement, and environmental sustainability. By following these precepts, Pitzer College Art Galleries engage and interrogate contemporary and historical issues of importance to expand our audiences’ understanding and contribution to our artistic, intellectual, and social culture. Through curatorial creativity and innovative programming, the Galleries seek to provide context, support, and a critical framework for artists and curators working today and, by doing so, inspire meaningful dialogue that fascinates, excites, and invigorates.