Saint Louis Art Museum Internship Personal Statement


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Summer Curatorial Internships

Every summer, the Curatorial Department offers unpaid, competitive eight-week internships from early June through early August. Learn more about these internship opportunities.


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Application deadline for the SLAM 2016 Summer Internship Program has been extended to March 25, 2016!

The Saint Louis Art Museum is a mid-sized art museum with collections covering a wide span of cultures and a broad scope of historical periods. Curatorial departments include: The Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas; American; Asian; Decorative Arts & Design; European Art to 1800 and Ancient; Modern and Contemporary; Prints, Drawings & Photographs. The Engagement and Interpretation department works with all Curatorial departments to refine gallery text and design and implement a wide range of visitor engagement activities.

Internships: The Saint Louis Art Museum offers 12 unpaid summer internships working with curators and interpretation staff to catalogue and interpret works in the Museum’s collection as well as perform research for upcoming exhibitions and engagement projects. Potential projects include: art photography research; projects relating to future exhibitions of European old master prints and drawings as well as post-war and contemporary American prints; research for the American art reinstallation; research toward authorship of several paintings from the Colonial and Federal period; French fashion research; 16th and 17th century sculpture research; conducting research for project in African Ocranic, or Native American Art; researching the Egyptian collection; projects related to special exhibition, Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan; and working on a fakes and forgeries exhibit, among others. 20 hours per week is required for a minimum of 8 weeks, but students may work for a longer period if they would like. Interns are selected based on their qualifications and how well their skills match available projects.

To apply, applicants must send the following materials:

  • A statement of applicant’s professional goals and how an internship at the Saint Louis Art Museum serves those goals; transcripts (need not be official)
  • A listing of job experience; a listing of languages spoken and/or read
  • The names and contact information (email and telephone numbers) of 3 references, 2 of which must be from a professor or academic advisor
  • A writing sample- something from a research paper with footnotes to give an idea of applicant’s research skills.

Please indicate dates of availability between June 14 and August 5, 2016.
Attendance is mandatory for the orientation program on June 14th, even if you plan to formally begin your internship later in the month.

For further information, or to ask questions, contact Melissa Bauer, Curatorial Department. Email: Phone:  314-655-5233.
Summer 2016 application deadline: March 25
Applicants notified by: March 31
Program dates: June 14, 2016-August 5, 2016

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