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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002
Hours
  • Mon. – Fri. 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 5pm

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Art Studio Internship Program

Are you an art, education, or museum studies student or recent graduate looking for an exciting and rewarding internship opportunity? Look no further than the Art Studio at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Interns in the Art Studio interact with families and professionals daily, participate in museum-wide events, expand their knowledge about museum and art education, design special projects for museum guests, and contribute ideas to our daily programming.

Interns working in the Art Studio

We've had many amazing and creative interns in the past, and wanted to share a few of their stories with anyone interested in applying to our program.  Besides sharing their most memorable experiences during their time at The Carle, our former interns also have words of encouragement for any prospective interns.

college intern in the art studio

Our intern alums have taken their passions for art and museum education onto exciting adventures and careers.  Jessie Magyar (January-Term 2010), continued to volunteer regularly in the Art Studio after her internship ended, during the year before starting grad school. Jessie is now an art therapist at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, incorporating experience she gained at The Carle into her therapy practice:

“At the Carle, I not only gained practice in helping people engage with art, but I also gained a depth of understanding in why the arts matter within development, education, and life. I was able to combine my interests in studio art, museum studies, education, and human development. The Studio itself also provides a continuous flow of inspiration. My internship experience at the Carle was a transformative experience, and it continues to inform my work today. I would encourage anyone considering an internship at the Carle to do it! It is such a unique, special place.”

class in the Art Studio

Other interns brought their talents home with them, continuing to share their experience at the Carle with the larger community. Paige Cunningham (Spring 2010), runs an Art Co-op in West Cape May, NJ, along with teaching art and literacy programs for children, helping at an arts-based summer camp for children, teaching adult community art classes, and volunteering at a local nursing home doing yoga and art with seniors. Paige also found the Art Studio to be an inspiring place:

“…the atmosphere is a nurturing, supportive, friendly, warm, creative one where everyone’s mark matters. Working at The Carle was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had…The internship really opened my eyes to the different ways to create with children and adults.”

college student helping a child

Ally Lynes (Spring, 2014), currently an English Teacher in Thailand for the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), had this to say about her internship:

“The Carle is an amazing place to watch Museum guests develop and enhance their creativity every day, but don’t think it has to be just them! I gained so much inspiration, creative drive, and overall excitement about art making simply from observing those around me.”

The opportunity to design your own Special Sunday project for Museum guests is one of the highlights of an internship here in The Art Studio. Interns have found that it is a rewarding experience to go through the process of designing and developing a project from beginning to end and to see the unexpected ways guests approach and interact with the project. The chance to develop an independent project in the Studio allows for the opportunity to build confidence and discover new experiences in artistic practice.

Interns in the Art Studio

Hannah Fiske (Summer, 2013), about her Special Sunday project Roll With It!:

“My project was to roll different round objects in paint to make prints…I think my favorite memory from the project was seeing kids and adults use the printing tools in ways I had not thought of, such as bouncing them, creating a game while making marks, or using the abstract shapes to create very detailed images.”

Luna Goldberg in the Art Studio

Luna Goldberg (Spring, 2013), recently received a Fullbright Student Research Grant to Israel. In her words she describes what she will be studying during her year there,

"I will be conducting research on the effects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the work of contemporary visual artists in the region and their ability to offer insight on the social value of art. Through ethnographic work with artists and museum professionals, I will examine how contemporary Israeli art is influenced by the sociopolitical issues that pervade the Middle East as well as whether the arts can be used as a tool to mobilize individuals and how they might promote mutual understanding among people."

Interns in the Art Studio

“Stepping out of your comfort zone is essential! I learned so much from Diana and Meghan. They gently pushed me to try new things and were always supportive.” Margaret Frothingham (Summer, 2013)

Melissa Hammond

The Carle has a warm and supportive community of co-workers working in all Museum departments. Mel Hammond (Summer 2010), advises Art Studio interns to “Definitely try to meet and talk to as many people as you can-both Museum staff and guests. You can learn a ton!”

Creating an Art Studio Display

The Special Sunday project is not the only project interns work on. They also contribute visuals and tutorials for our resource center, design window displays, contribute blog posts about their projects and experiences, and create activities for the light table and special activities for toddlers. The Studio is a supportive and challenging environment to both guests and staff.

Making art outside

For motivated interns, there is never a dull moment in the Art Studio. After graduating with a degree in fine art from UMASS Amherst, Alison Crofton-Macdonald (Summer, 2011), was hired as a creative assistant in a busy interior design firm outside of Boston. She has some great advice for future interns: 

“It goes way too fast, so be in the Studio as much as you can. Don’t be afraid to throw out ideas for projects that seem impossible. Crazy ideas are usually a good place to start, and the Studio staff can help you tailor it to fit the Studio programming.”

Former interns are active participants in their arts communities in a variety of ways. All are either working on or have completed their undergraduate degrees in a variety of majors. Some have worked towards higher degrees and certifications in fine arts, art therapy, and education. Others work for community arts organizations, professional photographers, and teaching roles with preschool and elementary-aged children.

If you feel like this opportunity is perfect for your interests and career path, visit the Internship Program page for descriptions, application requirements and deadlines. For more examples of projects by Art Studio interns, click the “Art Studio Internship” category on the right.

Thank you to all of the Art Studio intern alumni who shared their thoughts and stories!

Making Art Together is generously sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority.

by Meghan Burch

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 12:53 pm and is filed under By Meghan Burch, Internship Program. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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