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Arthur E. Klauser Collections and Community Outreach Intern 5th Year Internship Program

The Arthur E. Klauser Education and Community Outreach Internship is a paid 5th year program available to one outstanding DePauw graduate each year. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to facilitate object-based learning at DePauw University while also developing and implementing program opportunities for the Greencastle K-12 community. Students with an interest in objects and teaching—especially those with related internship or work experience—will be encouraged to apply. A specific major is not required for program consideration.

Program objectives

This 5th year internship program is the first of its kind to provide post-baccalaureate training in object-centered teaching and outreach at DePauw.  As such, the intern will receive extensive mentoring from professional staff, and will have the opportunity to further enrich their educational goals by working with campus and community partners.  Possible opportunities include:

  • Strengthen research skills.  The intern will have the opportunity to meet with faculty one-on-one to facilitate use of collections.  One example might be meeting with faculty in Religious Studies, learning more about their course needs, and then researching appropriate religious icons in the university collection for their course.  This includes learning how to create digital finding aids and the use of CONTENTdm.
  • Learn basic collections management skills.  This includes physical inventory, object retrieval, re-housing, photography, and professional museum database software.
  • Practice and implement social media tools.  This might include social media, QR codes, Podcasts, tablet computing, and audio tours.
  • Put K-12 lesson plans in practice.  The intern will have the opportunity to work directly with K-12 teachers and students to lead tours and strengthen local curricula.  This may be especially useful for education majors and students interested in formal/informal teaching.

 Student Benefits

The internship program will provide students with a personalized internship working directly with the gallery/collection program at DePauw.  This includes:

  • Hands-on experience in arts administration, collections management, exhibition install and preparation, and museum education with emphasis on program management.
  • Career and graduate school mentoring from gallery staff.
  • One DePauw course each semester at no charge, provided the course furthers the student’s career and/or graduate school goals.
  • Other professional development opportunities such as local and regional workshops, online webinars, etc.

 Application Process

E-mail applications in digital format by April 21, 2014 to:
Craig Hadley, Curator of Exhibitions and University Collections
c/o Misti Scott, Departmental Secretary
E: mscott@depauw.edu

Your application should include a statement of 500-750 words covering the following:

  1. Your goals for the internship.
  2. What qualities you think you can bring to the program.
  3. Your professional goals for the year following the internship.  This might include admission to an M.A./Ph.D. program; work in a museum or gallery, teaching, or other career.

 In addition, your application must include:

  1. Current resume or CV.
  2. Two letters of support.  A DePauw faculty member should write at least one of the letters.

 Interviews will take place shortly after applications are due.

Important Dates to Remember

Application deadline: April 21, 2014
Final Decision: May 1, 2014
Internship Dates: August 27, 2014 - May 15, 2015