Since 1990, the Chinati Foundation's Internship Program has provided hands-on museum experience to more than 240 students and recent graduates from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. During extended stays at Chinati, interns are engaged directly in all aspects of the museum's daily activities, working closely with staff, resident artists, visiting scholars, architects, and museum professionals. In addition to internships in education and public programs and conservation, Chinati offers an internship with a focus on development and fundraising. The Development Intern's responsibilities include: assisting the Annual Giving Manager and Director of Development with processing and acknowledging donations, research, membership development and fulfillment, special events, report writing, and general office/administrative duties. The development internship will last approximately six months. A B.A. or M.A. in museum studies, arts administration, non-profit management, communications or similar field is required. One year of experience in the development or museum field is preferred and a genuine interest in learning about museum fundraising is essential.
As Chinati's permanent staff is small, interns play an essential role in the museum's operations. Working closely with the Annual Giving Manager and Director of Development, the Development Intern will gain valuable experience for future courses of study and careers in museum and arts or non-profit administration. An average work week is 40 hours and occasional evening or weekend time may be required for special events.
Over the last 17 years, participants in the Internship Program have come to Chinati from around the world, including all parts of the United States, as well as Austria, Belgium, England, Germany, Holland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Brazil, Scotland, Sweden, and Australia.
As compensation, the Museum offers interns a modest stipend of $100 per week, a furnished apartment on the Chinati grounds, and travel to and from the El Paso or Midland/Odessa airports. The Development Intern will join a group of approximately four Chinati Interns who also live on-site and work with museum operations and conservation. Although Chinati's internships are geared toward students pursuing degrees in museum studies or non-profit management, the museum welcomes applicants of all ages and backgrounds.
Next Application Deadline: December 21, 2012
Chinati anticipates that the Development Internship will begin in late January or early February 2013. To be considered, all application materials must be received by Friday, December 21, 2012.
To apply, please email a statement of interest, resume, two writing samples, and dates of availability to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chinati encourages applications from international students and will work with accepted applicants to obtain the necessary visa but Chinati is unable to provide any financial support for this process.