The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, will be offering paid internships for ten weeks, from June 3 – August 8, 2019. The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida and a part of Florida State University. It consists of art and circus museums, as well as a historic mansion and theater, all on a 66-acre site overlooking Sarasota Bay. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2019.
Summer internships combine practical, hands-on experience working on a project for a specific department with exposure to all aspects of The Ringling’s operation.
Six departments have opening positions available: Archives, Conservation, Curatorial, Education, Library, and Grounds.
Education Requirements: Graduate studies in history, cultural studies, or related field with an interest in archives or history museums
Responsibilities: Participate in the activities of the department; work on digitization projects; catalogue, edit, and enter data in The Museum System (TMS) collections management database; assist with reference requests and other duties as required
Special Qualifications/Experience: Knowledge of digital photography preferred
Education Requirements: Graduate studies in art conservation
Responsibilities: Participate in a range of painting conservation activities, including examination, analysis (using an Osiris Infrared Reflectography Camera), documentation, and treatment of works from the permanent collections; participate in the exhibition and loan-related activities as required; consult with other members of the collections team as necessary
Special Qualifications/Experience: Specialization (or intent to specialize) in painting conservation
Education Requirements: Graduate studies in art history or related field
Responsibilities: Assist Curator of Asian Art with research on collection and loan objects for forthcoming exhibitions, as well as planning a small exhibition of Chinese ceramics and possible online content.
Special Qualifications/Experience: Strong research skills required; previous museum or gallery experience preferred; proficiency in Chinese or Japanese language highly desirable.
Education Requirements: Graduate studies in art, art history, museum studies, museum education, elementary education, or related field
Responsibilities: Assist museum educators with the development of in-gallery guides and activities for families; facilitate family programs; assist with other educational programs and activities as required
Special Qualifications/Experience: Experience working with children required; availability to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends required
Education Requirements: Undergraduate or graduate studies in Library and Information Science or has completed the M.L.I.S. degree
Responsibilities: Develop research aids to be used by the library, both written and electronic. These will include: LibGuides for publication on FSU website and accessible to other institutions; printed subject guides for in-library use; and an introduction to the use of the Ringing Art Library.
Special Qualifications/Experience: A background in art history or an M.L.I.S. student who wishes to specialize in art librarianship.
Education Requirements: Undergraduate or graduate studies
Responsibilities: Assist grounds crew with the assessment of native trees on The Ringling property using the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) tree health method; collect tree health information for the database; contribute to the development of action plans to improve tree health
Special Qualifications/Experience: Interest in biology, botany, horticulture, or environmental science preferred
If any of these departments interest you, additional information and application materials may be found here.