Studio Institute

Collections Intern

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art -- Collections Intern

Please see instructions on how to apply at the bottom of this page.


The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Collections Remix Intern will assist in curating an upcoming “Collection Remix” exhibition. The Brooks recently announced plans to move to a new, state-of-the-art facility on the downtown Memphis riverfront. In preparation for this move, which will occur in 2024 or 2025, the museum is curating exhibitions that provide new perspectives on the objects in its permanent collection. These “Collection Remix” exhibitions may be based around time periods, themes, concepts, or artistic styles. Ultimately, the results of these exhibitions will influence how the collection is displayed and interpreted in the museum’s new location.

The Collection Remix Intern will work with Brooks staff to curate the Fall 2019 Collection Remix. They will split their time evenly between two departments at the Brooks: Curatorial and Education. In this way, the Intern will gain firsthand experience curating an exhibition as well as developing educational programming to support that exhibition and make it accessible to members of the diverse Memphis community.

The Collection Remix Intern will work under the supervision of the museum’s Chief Curator. They collaborate with the Brooks Curatorial Department on a proposed checklist of objects in the Brooks permanent collection that fit the Collection Remix theme. They will conduct original research on a portion of these objects, then leverage that research to write original text labels for some of the objects in the exhibition. The intern will develop and propose a layout for one gallery of the exhibition. Additionally, working with the Education Department, the Collection Remix Intern will develop a full plan for education and interpretive programs to complement the Collection Remix exhibition. Possible programs include an Interactive Gallery to be housed within the exhibition, a family-friendly Gallery Guide, curator talks, and guided tours. The intern will develop these materials under the supervision of the Director of Education. Additionally, the Collections Remix Intern will meet with representatives from other museum departments (such as Development and Marketing) to get an overview of their role in the exhibition presentation process. By the end of the summer, the intern will gain invaluable firsthand experience in all aspects of developing and presenting a museum exhibition.

Projects Include:
- Work with the Brooks staff to curate the Fall 2019 Collection Remix
- Help the Brooks Museum prepare for their move to a new facility by designing and developing new exhibitions based on the collection
- Develop a full educational and interpretive plan for new exhibitions alongside the Education department

This position pays $15/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $500 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program. Visit the Program Details page for more information.  


BEFORE APPLYING, VERIFY YOU:
1) Will be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student as of the Fall 2019 semester. You must be a rising Junior or Senior.
2) Attend college in Memphis, or live in Memphis. 

3) Have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $5000. This number is on your FAFSA form, to see what it looks like -- click here. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:

1) To apply to a position, please click here and fill out the eligibility application form
2) Once your eligibility application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for the program. Note: once you're verified as eligible for Arts Intern, you can apply to as many positions as you'd like. You do not have to submit the eligibility application more than once. 
3) You will forward this confirmation email, along with your CV, cover letter, and transcript to the email below these instructions with the subject "Arts Intern 2019 Approved Application".

Once you've received confirmation of eligibility, email your application to Kathy Dumlao at Kathy.dumlao@brooksmuseum.org .