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Internships & Employment


Special Events Internship

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is seeking applications for the Summer 2019 internship in Special Events.

The Special Events intern works closely with the Executive Assistant & Special Event Coordinator to plan, execute, and follow up on all summer special events at BRAHM. It is hands-on experience for those looking to pursue careers in event planning and hospitality management.

To apply, please email Jasmin McFayden, Executive Assistant, at admin@blowingrockmuseum.org for the position description. Then submit cover letter, resume, and at least two references by February 15, 2019. You may call Jasmin with questions at 828-295-9099 ext. 3011.


Marketing & Communication Internship

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is seeking applications for (2) Summer 2019 interns in Marketing & Communications.

Marketing and Social Media

Interns will work closely with the Marketing & Communications Director in planning and implementing the Museums communications strategy including copywriting, brand management, public relations, website management, social media, and email marketing. Interns will be challenged to grow their technical skills through the use of several marketing platforms such as FireSpring, MailChimp, and Buffer and their professionalism through interaction with other communications and museum professionals. This internship will be heavily focused on social media marketing and management. This is an unpaid internship.

To apply, applicants are asked to submit a cover letter describing their applicable experience, resume, and at least two references to Ashley Warren, Marketing & Communications Director, at ashley@blowingrockmuseum.org.

Special Exhibition Project Management:

BRAHM is excited to host a major exhibition in late-summer and fall 2019. Development, management, and implementation of a marketing plan for this exhibition will be led by the Marketing & Communications Director. In addition, a Special Projects intern will be added. The main task for this intern will be the development and implementation of a social media marketing plan for the exhibition. Other duties include aiding the Marketing & Communications Director in meeting deadlines, confirming ad placement, managing the museum's online presence in regard to the exhibition, tracking metrics, and distributing marketing materials. A stipend will be provided for this internship. Start dates and hours are flexible.

To apply, applicants are asked to submit a cover letter describing their applicable experience, resume, and at least two references to Ashley Warren, Marketing & Communications Director, at ashley@blowingrockmuseum.org.


Programs & Outreach Internship

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is seeking applications for Summer 2019 internships in Programs & Outreach.

Interns will work with the Programs & Outreach Director to gather information and create programs centered around current exhibits, topics, and events in the area. 

To apply, applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and at least two references to Willard Watson, Programs & Outreach Director, at programs@blowingrockmuseum.org.


Exhibitions & Collections Internship

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is seeking applications for Summer 2019 internships in Programs & Outreach.

Our interns gain hands-on experience in the arts and history through constructive, educational projects at the Museum.

To apply, applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and at least two references to Dianna Cameron, Curator of Exhibitions & Collections Director, at dianna@blowingrockmuseum.org.


Education Center Internship

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is seeking applications for Summer 2019 internships in the Education Center.

The Education Center intern works closely with the Education Center Director to plan, staff, and follow up on all summer workshops, camps, and art-making events at BRAHM. The intern may also assist with lesson planning and teaching for youth programming. It is a hands-on experience for those looking to pursue careers in art or museum education, as well as event planning and hospitality management. 

To apply, applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and at least two references to Jennifer Terrell Garonzik, Education Center Director, at jennifer@BlowingRockMuseum.org.


Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
Job Opening — Curatorial Assistant

Schedule: Part-time at 20 hours per week, non-exempt
Compensation: $15 - $16 per hour

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Art Management, Curatorial Studies, Museum Studies, or Public History, and a minimum of two (2) years museum or gallery experience, working with exhibitions and/or collections.

Position Overview
Ideal candidate will be organized and creative, excited about the arts, history, and culture, and have a desire to contribute and work collaboratively with a small, close-knit team at a young, growing non-profit organization.
Curatorial Assistant reports to the Curator of Exhibitions & Collections Director (Curator).
Exhibition tasks include assisting the Curator with research, development, management, communications, transportation, and installation and deinstallation of temporary, permanent, and traveling exhibitions.
Collections tasks include assisting the Curator with research, preservation, documentation, organization, storage, and display of artwork and objects from the permanent collection.
Curatorial Assistant supports the Curator through organizing and maintaining paperwork, digital files, and collections database management, as well as the supervision of interns and volunteers related to the exhibitions and collections departments, as assigned.
Curatorial Assistant works some after hours events (such as opening receptions) alongside other staff and volunteers, and is a key member of a small museum team.

Duties and Responsibilities — Exhibitions

- Assist with maintaining and organizing paperwork and digital files for each exhibition.
- Oversee incoming and outgoing deliveries of loaned artwork and objects arriving to and leaving from the museum.
- Prepare and complete condition reports for incoming and outgoing artwork and objects.
- Serve as a courier of artwork and artifacts, and travel with the Curator and/or other staff for department related projects, as needed.
- Install and deinstall exhibitions in the galleries, including some gallery preparation, and supervise interns and volunteers assisting with exhibition changeovers on behalf of the Curator, as assigned.
- Ensure that works of art and objects on loan are properly handled, preserved, stored, and displayed.
- Assist with exhibition research, as assigned.
- Draft and/or review written content for text panels, labels, press releases, and articles for exhibitions, as assigned.
- Collaborate with other staff members, interns, and volunteers at the museum on projects related to the exhibitions department.
- Communicate on behalf of the museum with collaborators, including guest curators, artists, other museums, galleries, and non-profit organizations.

Duties and Responsibilities — Collections

- Assist with maintaining and organizing paperwork and digital files for the permanent collection.
- Update, expand, and maintain accuracy and thoroughness of information relating to temporary loans and the permanent collection in Past Perfect.
- Oversee deliveries of incoming donations of artwork and objects arriving to the museum.
- Ensure proper preservation, storage, organization, labeling, and accessibility of artwork and objects in the storage vault.
- Assist with the assessment and coordination of preservation and conservation needs of artwork and objects in the permanent collection.
- Assist with researching artists, artwork, and historic artifacts in the permanent collection.
- Draft and/or review written content for text panels and labels accompanying works on display from the collection.
- Participate in the coordination of traveling exhibitions from the permanent collection.
- Collaborate with other staff members, interns, and volunteers at the museum on projects related to the collections department.

Other Duties

- Assist with the development and execution of long-term strategic planning for both the exhibitions and collections departments.
- As assigned by the Curator, supervise interns and volunteers on tasks related to theexhibitions and collections departments. Ensure quality, efficiency, accuracy, best museum practices, collaboration, and harmony within the team.
- Attend weekly staff meetings.
- Complete regular gallery checks—monitoring the condition of works, objects, and installations, as well as climate control and cleanliness.
- Work some after hours and weekend events alongside other staff and volunteers, as needed.
- Interact professionally with museum visitors, members, board, prospective donors and patrons, students, and volunteers, and positively represent the museum within the community.
- Maintain cleanliness and organization of the vault, workshop, and overflow storage.

Required Skills and Experience

- Passion for the arts, history, and culture.
- Strong organizational, creative, and problem solving skills.
- Flexible and detail oriented to the needs of each project, and a strong ability to multitask.
- Trained to handle, pack, install, deinstall, and store artwork of various media and historic artifacts, employing best museum practices.
- Confidence with supervising students, interns, and volunteers.
- Good oral communication skills.
- Ability to balance working independently and collaboratively in a team.
- Strong writing and research skills are desired.
- Proficient with both Mac and PC platforms and Microsoft Office. Skills with Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.
- Familiarity with Past Perfect or similar collections database is strongly desired.
- Trained to use hand tools and related equipment for gallery installations.
- Physical requirements include the ability to stand for long hours, climb ladders, and manage some heavy lifting. Must also be able to sit for long periods of computer use.
- Must have a valid drivers license and safe driving record for transporting artwork and objects on behalf of the museum.
- Degree in Art History, Art Management, Curatorial Studies, Museum Studies, or Public History.
- Minimum of two (2) years museum or gallery experience, working with exhibitions and/or collections.
- Sense of humor is a plus.

Application and Contact Information

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three (3) professional references to Dianna Cameron at dianna@blowingrockmuseum.org with the subject line, “Curatorial Assistant.”

Questions may be directed to Dianna Cameron via the email provided.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
No phone calls, please.