The Allentown Art Museum (AAM) is seeking an energetic and inventive intern for the School and Family Programs Internship for the fall of 2022. This individual will help design, develop, and implement fall and spring family programs including drop-in artmaking classes, leading ArtVentures activities, and more. A key project will be assisting in the development of the next season of Discover Art, including building an in-person tour focused on AAM’s special exhibitions, developing teacher guides, lesson plans, art projects, and digital content to support this program.

Interns will gain practical experience teaching in a museum and developing educational material. They will broaden their understanding of museums and their role in a community while developing greater interpersonal, writing, educational design, and teaching skills. Students will learn to adapt to a fast-paced working environment and will influence the reach and impact of museum programming.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that meetings will occur both in-person and on a virtual platform, and any physical interactions will strictly adhere to social distancing and hygienic measures as mandated by the Pennsylvania State policy.

For more information on the Museum’s programming, exhibitions, or COVID-19 response, please visit our site, www.allentownartmuseum.org.


Museum Description
Founded in 1934 and incorporated in 1939, the Allentown Art Museum (AAM) strives to be an inclusive regional resource that uses arts and culture as a catalyst to drive interaction, education, experimentation, and social change by offering exhibitions and programs that inspire, teach, transform, and engage–one person, one idea at a time. Our vision is to stimulate the active exploration of the arts and provide access, education, and engagement. Our goals include developing innovative programs to ensure that we can listen, respond to, and serve our community effectively. The Museum maintains a collection of 20,000 works of art in a 54,000+ sq. ft. facility, enjoying 60,000–70,000 visitors annually.

 

Qualifications
The Public Engagement department is seeking an individual who is energetic, personable, flexible, and passionate about the arts. The successful candidate must demonstrate some knowledge of K-12 educational theory or museum education theory. Candidates with experience teaching virtually or in-person and that can provide a portfolio of work that includes lesson plans or educational arts activities will be given special consideration. This individual will work with the Museum’s diverse audiences and therefore must possesses knowledge, sensitivity, and understanding of the social, political, personal, and cross-cultural needs of students and participants. Familiarity with graphic design and video editing/creation is a plus.

Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required.


Compensation

The Allentown Art Museum is proud to offer stipends to interns accepted into the fall 2022 program. Other benefits include a complimentary Student Membership that gives access to discounts at several local shops and eateries as well as a discount at the Museum Store. More information on Membership benefits can be found at https://www.allentownartmuseum.org/support/membership/ .

Stipends are provided at the end of the semester and are dependent upon the completion of the program.

 

Application Instructions
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants must supply the following materials in order to be considered for this position: 1) a letter of interest outlining how the candidate’s qualifications and experiences align with the position description; 2) a curriculum vitae.

Students who can provide a representation of your educational style such as a teaching video, lesson plan, arts activity, etc. will be given special consideration. All materials should be sent to education@allentownartmuseum.org with the subject line Family Programs Internship Application.

State and Federal Clearances as well as a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can begin work with the Allentown Art Museum.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The Allentown Art Museum is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.