Job Opening – Internship (11/2010)

2010 November 8

Spring Public Relations Internship
The Walters Art Museum

Baltimore, Maryland

The Walters Art Museum is located in downtown Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District at North Charles and Centre streets and is one of only a few museums worldwide to present a comprehensive history of art from the third millennium B.C. to the early 20th century. Collection highlights include Egyptian mummies, Renaissance suits of armor, Faberg eggs, Art Nouveau jewelry and old master paintings. Among its thousands of treasures, the Walters holds the finest collection of ivories, jewelry, enamels and bronzes in America and a spectacular reserve of illuminated manuscripts and rare books. The Walters’ Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Byzantine, Ethiopian and western medieval art collections are among the best in the nation, as are the museum’s holdings of Renaissance and Asian art. Every major trend in French painting during the 19th century is represented by one or more works in the Walters’ collection.

The Walters is pleased to offer opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate students, and those between degree programs, to intern in the Office of Public Relations for a period corresponding to his or her institution’s spring 2010 semester system. The internship is for a minimum of ten weeks, and the intern works 12-15 hours per week. No stipend is offered for these internships .Students are responsible for arranging academic credit with their sponsoring institutions. The Walters seeks applications from undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students or recent graduates majoring in communications, public relations, marketing, arts management or museum studies programs.

Job Description: The Office of Public Relations is looking for interns with excellent writing, editing and critical thinking skills who are organized and detail-oriented and can work independently in a fast-paced environment. Microsoft Word, Excel and Access computer skills are necessary as well as fluency with social media.

Tasks could include: Working directly with the Manager of Public Relations on special exhibitions by researching possible media outlets and collecting press coverage from traditional and online media outlets; assisting in drafting media advisories related to public events; drafting fact sheets and bimonthly media calendars; and conducting website research and database work. It is a small office so there would inevitably be “other tasks as assigned.”

Please submit the following:

*       Cover letter explaining your objectives for the internship and future career goals
*       Resume
*       Transcript
*       Two letters of academic reference

Send all of your materials, either together or under separate cover, to:

John Shields
Manager of Docent and Internship Programs
Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

After your materials are reviewed, you may be called to come to the Walters for a personal interview.  For more information please contact John Shields at (410) 547-9000, ext 235 or jshields@thewalters.org.

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