BMAC hires interns each fall and spring semester, as well as for the summer. Send in your materials anytime to apply for an upcoming internship. We are currently accepting applications for the Fall Semester 2016.
BMAC is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of museum and non-profit professionals. Our interns are organized, creative, motivated people looking to gain insight into how a community-focused contemporary art museum operates. Internships offer the opportunity to build professional skills and relationships with experienced museum mentors. Internships are unpaid, unless otherwise noted. To apply for one of the internships listed below, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to:
Erin Jenkins, Operations Manager
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
OPERATIONS INTERN — The Operations Intern gets a crash course in virtually every aspect of running a small, non-collecting, contemporary art museum. On any given day, the Operations Intern may be answering the phones, getting mailings out the door, updating the website, drafting copy for press releases and gallery signage, researching exhibiting artists, organizing the archives, ordering merchandise for the gift shop, or all of the above. The intern will occasionally staff the front desk and help set up and carry out events. The Operations Intern plays a key role in exhibit installation and, depending on their schedule, may assist with school groups and other education-related activities.
The Operations Intern must be highly reliable, responsible, and capable of representing BMAC to the general public, artists, volunteers, lenders of artwork, vendors, and other constituents. The intern must possess excellent oral and written communications skills, maintain composure under stress, take initiative, and hold oneself to a high standard of performance. Competency with PC computers and Microsoft Office applications are a must. Graphic design skills are helpful.
The Operations Internship provides valuable experience for someone potentially interested in working in museums, arts organizations, or non-profits in general. Ten- to 30-hour weekly schedule to be determined based on mutual convenience. A modest travel stipend may be available for this position.
There are no employment opportunities at this time.
Whether behind the scenes or in the Museum galleries, volunteers are integral to the success of BMAC. Volunteer hours are flexible, and training is provided when necessary. If you are interested in any of the opportunities described below, please contact Erin Jenkins at 802-257-0124, ext. 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GALLERY GREETERS play a vital role in shaping the visitor’s experience of BMAC, as they are very often the only Museum personnel with whom a visitor will interact. Gallery greeters work regular or occasional shifts on weekdays when BMAC is open to the public. They work at the front desk, where they welcome visitors and handle admission, Gift Shop sales, and general inquiries. This is a great opportunity for a friendly, responsible “people-person.”
DOCENTS are a vital part of our education program. They work closely with our museum educator to tailor activities and tours that are meaningful and engaging. Docents receive training in a variety of ways of looking at art including Visual Thinking Strategies, an approach to facilitating discussion that fosters critical thinking and literacy skills. Many of our tours are designed for school age children, but there are opportunities for volunteers to work with visitors of all ages.
EVENT VOLUNTEERS play an indispensable role in the successful execution of BMAC’s events, ranging from opening receptions and other events that take place at the Museum to major fundraisers held off site (e.g., Collegiate A Cappella Benefit Concert; Wine, Song, and Art Auction). Event volunteers assist with set up, clean up, decorations, food service, crowd management, artwork security, and much more.
PRODUCTION VOLUNTEERS help with the installation and de-installation of exhibits, often working closely with artists and curators, as well as with the general maintenance of BMAC’s historic building and grounds. Experience with art installation, painting, carpentry, and power tools is helpful.
OFFICE VOLUNTEERS work closely with BMAC’s administrative staff and help with filing, mailings, organizing the BMAC archives, and much more. Hours are very flexible. There’s never a shortage of work to be done, and we’re always grateful for the help!
ADVISORY COMMITTEES: A great deal of the planning, implementation, and evaluation of BMAC activities, including our exhibits, events, marketing, and fundraising activities, is carried out by advisory committees made up of volunteers working hand-in-hand with BMAC staff. Advisory committees are formed and meet as needs dictate. If you have expertise, experience, or just a willingness to help out that you think would be useful to BMAC, please let us know. There just might be an advisory committee for you.