The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, will be offering five paid internships for ten weeks from June 2 – August 8, 2014 (the theater internships run June 9 – August 2). The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida and a part of Florida State University. It consists of art and circus museums, as well as a historic mansion and theater, all on a 66-acre site overlooking Sarasota Bay.
Summer internships combine practical, hands-on experience working on a project for a specific department with exposure to all aspects of the Ringling’s operation.
Deadline for application is March 3, 2014.
Position: Collections Management Intern
Department: Collections Management
Responsibilities: Upload, catalogue and archive digital images on TMS, the museum’s collections management database; assist with the development of image management solutions; assist with other projects as needed.
Qualifications: Graduate student with a museum studies, art history, history or library science background.
Position: Curatorial Intern (Asian Art)
Department: Curatorial (Asian Art)
Responsibilities: Participate in a research project exploring John Ringling’s collections of ancient and Asian art; assist with research on other Asian art collections at the museum.
Qualifications: Graduate student in art history, with an interest in the history of collecting and/or visual culture; excellent research and writing skills.
Position: Education Intern
Responsibilities: Assist in the development of scholastic and family programs; help to facilitate the Ringling’s summer circus program; contribute to docent training and evaluation.
Qualifications: Graduate student with strong research and communication skills; good working knowledge of art history; K-12 classroom or other experience with children.
Position: Library Intern
Responsibilities: Participate in research on the Ringling’s first director, Arthur Everett "Chick" Austin, and his book collection; assist in the preparation of a public program on Austin’s book collection; assist with other public programs; assist with reference and digitization.
Qualifications: Bachelors degree in art history or related field; current enrollment in an ALA-accredited MLS program with an interest in special and/or research libraries.
Position: Visitor Services Intern
Department: Visitor Services
Responsibilities: Assist with frontline operations and house management for the Ringling’s summer circus program; develop and conduct visitor surveys; help in identifying target areas for customer service training.
Qualifications: Candidates should have recently completed a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. Enrollment in a related Master’s Degree program is preferred.
Position: Theater Intern (June 9 –August 2)
Department: Historic Asolo Theater
Responsibilities: The intern will be working the Historic Asolo’s summer circus production. Duties will include pre-load-in preparation, load-in, and technical/dress rehearsals; working with performers once the show is in performance; running the show.
Qualifications: recent degree in theater and a minimum of two years technical theater experience.