As an intern at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you will be empowered to think creatively, ask questions, and make suggestions to help move the institution forward.
Crystal Bridges is a museum of American art located in Bentonville, Arkansas. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting and preserving outstanding works that illuminate American heritage and artistic possibilities. We are passionate about transforming lives through experiences that encourage the discovery of new ideas, expanded dreams and inspired actions. As an intern at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you will be empowered to think creatively, ask questions, and make suggestions to help move the institution forward.
The Access and Inclusive Programs internship in the Education department at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is designed to provide an overview of the skills and responsibilities needed as an educator working with a range of audiences in a museum setting. The internship will include both administrative and teaching experiences with diverse audiences including individuals with disabilities.
The intern will assist with several programs and initiatives at the museum and in the NWA community including launching a series of virtual learning modules for seniors, assisting with programming for adults living with early stage Alzheimer's and their care partners, offsite community engagement programs at locations like Open Avenues a work center for adults with disabilities, as well as assist in the development of related program materials including lesson plans and multi-sensory and tactile materials. They will conduct online research about access programs at other museums and enhance accessibility across the institution by writing and reviewing verbal descriptions of artworks and captions for videos. The intern is part of the Community Engagement department and team, which may require additional program assistance as needed as well as participation in team meetings and ideation sessions. There are a number of professional development opportunities throughout the internship including disability awareness training and sighted guide training, webinars related to accessibility and inclusion, and opportunities to learn about various museum departments through voluntary lunch and learns and other programs with fellow interns.
Areas of Support
The Access and Inclusive Programs Intern will actively participate and perform duties in some of the following functional areas:
- Senior Learning Module Support
- Assist with outreach to senior centers to encourage engagement with a new series of virtual learning modules for seniors and their families
- Inventory supplies for kits accompanying senior learning modules and lead volunteers in assembling kits
- Assist with distributing senior learning module art kits to senior centers across the NWA region
- Program Support
- With Access and Inclusive Programs team members, attend and support access programs at Crystal Bridges including performing administrative tasks and teaching with works of art in the galleries and assisting with art making in the studio.
- With Access and Inclusive Programs team members, visit offsite locations such as Open Avenues to assist in the facilitation of programs.
- Administrative assistance on organizing reports and evaluation data.
- The intern is part of the Community Engagement department and team, which may require additional program assistance as needed as well as participation in team meetings and ideation sessions.
Please click on the link listed below to access additional information about Crystal Bridge's Learning and Engagement Department and the programs that are offered:
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: In the work environment described below, position requires work at a desk, utilizing a computer and a telephone for prolonged periods of time, good eye/hand coordination, bending and stretching for filing, and physical stamina to lift a minimum of 25 pounds to a height of at least three feet for file and materials storage as appropriate for the demands of the office. Visual acuity to review written materials is required for this job.
Work environment: If the interns personal equipment is used, the museum accepts no liability for any damage caused to said equipment while being used for museum purposes, nor loss or corruption of electronic files on devices.
Diversity Internship Program: Crystal Bridges is committed to a diverse workforce and to providing training for the next generation of non-profit professionals. Recognizing the desire and responsibility to support and develop greater diversity in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, Crystal Bridges will assertively recruit interns from underrepresented demographics to support our organizations and industry's diversity and inclusion strategic initiatives. Students representing ethnically underrepresented groups in the museum industry are encouraged to apply.