Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas
detail: Sheridan Square 1950: Manhattan by Armin Landeck

Employment Opportunities

Academic Programs Intern

First Review of Applicants: February 2, 2015. Apply Now

General Internship Responsibilities

Interns will participate in a full range of professional staff activities, including gallery tours and talks. They will also have the opportunity to conceptualize and write for gallery installations and exhibitions when the exhibition schedule allows. All interns will assist with a variety of departmental duties in order to gain broad understanding of museum operations and attend various staff meetings. The Spencer will begin a major renovation in May 2015 and lasting until the Spring of 2016. Because of construction, some internship duties may vary from previous years.


Specific Academic Programs Internship Responsiblities

The Academic Programs (AP) Intern serves as an interface between the Spencer Museum of Art and the University of Kansas, connecting students and faculty with the museum and its collection. As a staff member in the department of academic programs, the intern works with the director of academic programs, the AP coordinators, and the multicultural coordinator to develop and implement dynamic programming for university students and faculty, curriculum-structured gallery experiences, opportunities for object based teaching and learning, and new extracurricular initiatives with the Museum.


Required Qualifications

  1. Must be a University of Kansas graduate student seeking a master's or Ph.D. degree.
  2. Enrolled in six credit hours of graduate coursework or at least one hour of thesis/dissertation (approval form from graduate program required).
  3. Fluency in spoken and written English, as evidenced by application materials and interview.
  4. Demonstrated computer competency (Office, Outlook, databases, web skills).
  5. Must have a flexible schedule and be available to work weekends and after hours if needed.
  6. Ability to routinely lift storage boxes weighing 20-40 lbs (due to needs during the renovation).

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Teaching experience at the post-secondary level.
  2. Familiarity with academic departments at the University of Kansas.
  3. Specialized skills in design, desktop publishing, and/or social media.
  4. Experience with digital initiatives and/or humanities projects.
  5. Flexibility, creativity, and initiative.
  6. Strong written and oral presentation skills.
  7. Interest in a museum career is taken into consideration.
  8. Ability to work collaboratively with others.
  9. Competence in language skills relevant to curatorial area (when relevant).
  10. Interest in object-based teaching and learning.

Additional Candidate Instruction

Please provide the following information in your application materials (CV and cover letter), attached as one document, PDF preferred.

  1. The Spencer Museum of Art currently has multiple internship opportunities available beginning August 2015 through July 2016. Please rank in order of preference which internship you prefer to be considered for.
  2. Museum or related career goals.
  3. Educational experience in relevant fields of study.
  4. Work experience.
  5. Brief writing sample.
  6. Language skills.
  7. Other skills such as computer use, database experience, matting and framing.
  8. Provide telephone number and email address where you can be reached.

Additional Information

Applicants may contact the appropriate internship supervisor or Jennifer Talbott with questions. Please complete all areas of the application, including all application questions. Applications will not be accepted without all questions answered.


Contact Information

Jennifer Talbott, jtalbott@ku.edu or Celka Straughn straughn@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

$600 Bi-weekly

Application Review Begins

02-Feb-2015

Anticipated Start Date

17-Aug-2015

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Works of Art on Paper Intern

First Review of Applicants: February 2, 2015. Apply Now

General Internship Responsibilities

Interns will participate in a full range of professional staff activities, including gallery tours and talks. They will also have the opportunity to conceptualize and write for gallery installations and exhibitions when the exhibition schedule allows. All interns will assist with a variety of departmental duties in order to gain broad understanding of museum operations and attend various staff meetings. The Spencer will begin a major renovation in May 2015 and lasting until the Spring of 2016. Because of construction, some internship duties may vary from previous years.


Specific Works of Art on Paper Internship Responsibilities

The Works of Art on Paper Intern works closely with the Curator of Prints and Drawings in all aspects of curatorial work involving the museum’s collection of an estimated 21,000 prints, drawings, photographs, artist’s books and other works of art on paper. The intern gains valuable experience in curatorial work and contributes to the smooth functioning of a major university art museum.


Required Qualifications

  1. Must be a University of Kansas graduate student seeking a master's or Ph.D. degree.
  2. Enrolled in six credit hours of graduate coursework or at least one hour of thesis/dissertation (approval form from graduate program required).
  3. Fluency in spoken and written English, as evidenced by application materials and interview.
  4. Demonstrated computer competency (Office, Outlook, databases, web skills).
  5. Must have a flexible schedule and be available to work weekends and after hours if needed.
  6. Ability to routinely lift storage boxes weighing 20-40 lbs (due to needs during the renovation).

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  2. Competence in relevant European and/or Asian languages.
  3. Ability to work independently and in collaboration with museum staff, university faculty and students.
  4. Ability to formulate probing questions about art and its many roles.
  5. Deep interest in the arts and their relevance to multiple fields of inquiry.
  6. Interest in a museum career is taken into consideration.
  7. Competence in language skills relevant to curatorial area (when relevant).

Additional Candidate Instruction

Please provide the following information in your application materials (CV and cover letter), attached as one document, PDF preferred.

  1. The Spencer Museum of Art currently has multiple internship opportunities available beginning August 2015 through July 2016. Please rank in order of preference which internship you prefer to be considered for.
  2. Museum or related career goals.
  3. Educational experience in relevant fields of study.
  4. Work experience.
  5. Brief writing sample.
  6. Language skills.
  7. Other skills such as computer use, database experience, matting and framing.
  8. Provide telephone number and email address where you can be reached.

Additional Information

Applicants may contact the appropriate internship supervisor or Jennifer Talbott with questions. Please complete all areas of the application, including all application questions. Applications will not be accepted without all questions answered.


Contact Information

Jennifer Talbott, jtalbott@ku.edu or Steve Goddard, goddard@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

$600 Bi-weekly

Application Review Begins

02-Feb-2015

Anticipated Start Date

17-Aug-2015

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Education Intern

First Review of Applicants: February 2, 2015. Apply Now

General Internship Responsibilities

Interns will participate in a full range of professional staff activities, including gallery tours and talks. They will also have the opportunity to conceptualize and write for gallery installations and exhibitions when the exhibition schedule allows. All interns will assist with a variety of departmental duties in order to gain broad understanding of museum operations and attend various staff meetings. The Spencer will begin a major renovation in May 2015 and lasting until the Spring of 2016. Because of construction, some internship duties may vary from previous years.


Specific Education Internship Responsibilities

The Education Intern works with the education staff to develop and implement programming for community audiences, university students, and museum/school partnerships.


Required Qualifications

  1. Must be a University of Kansas graduate student seeking a master's or Ph.D. degree.
  2. Enrolled in six credit hours of graduate coursework or at least one hour of thesis/dissertation (approval form from graduate program required).
  3. Fluency in spoken and written English, as evidenced by application materials and interview.
  4. Demonstrated computer competency (Office, Outlook, databases, web skills).
  5. Must have a flexible schedule and be available to work weekends and after hours if needed.
  6. Ability to routinely lift storage boxes weighing 20-40 lbs (due to needs during the renovation).

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  2. Flexibility, creativity, and initiative.
  3. Interest in object-based teaching and learning.
  4. Ability to work independently and in collaboration with museum staff.
  5. Specialized skills in design, desktop publishing, and/or social media.
  6. Interest in a museum career is taken into consideration.

Additional Candidate Instruction

Please provide the following information in your application materials (CV and cover letter), attached as one document, PDF preferred.

  1. The Spencer Museum of Art currently has multiple internship opportunities available beginning August 2015 through July 2016. Please rank in order of preference which internship you prefer to be considered for.
  2. Museum or related career goals.
  3. Educational experience in relevant fields of study.
  4. Work experience.
  5. Brief writing sample.
  6. Language skills.
  7. Other skills such as computer use, database experience, matting and framing.
  8. Provide telephone number and email address where you can be reached.

Additional Information

Applicants may contact the appropriate internship supervisor or Jennifer Talbott with questions. Please complete all areas of the application, including all application questions. Applications will not be accepted without all questions answered.


Contact Information

Jennifer Talbott, jtalbott@ku.edu or Kristina Walker, kewalker@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

$600 Bi-weekly

Application Review Begins

02-Feb-2015

Anticipated Start Date

17-Aug-2015

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Global Indigenous Art Intern

First Review of Applicants: February 2, 2015. Apply Now

General Internship Responsibilities

Interns will participate in a full range of professional staff activities, including gallery tours and talks. They will also have the opportunity to conceptualize and write for gallery installations and exhibitions when the exhibition schedule allows. All interns will assist with a variety of departmental duties in order to gain broad understanding of museum operations and attend various staff meetings. The Spencer will begin a major renovation in May 2015 and lasting until the Spring of 2016. Because of construction, some internship duties may vary from previous years.


Specific Global and Idigenous Art Intern Responsibilities

The Global and Indigenous Art Intern works with the curator on various projects involving the Museum’s collection of material culture made by historical and contemporary native peoples of the Americas, Africa, and Oceania. These research-based projects will contribute to ongoing efforts to document these ethnographic collections fully and accurately in the Museum’s internal and public databases.


Required Qualifications

  1. Must be a University of Kansas graduate student seeking a master's or Ph.D. degree.
  2. Enrolled in six credit hours of graduate coursework or at least one hour of thesis/dissertation (approval form from graduate program required).
  3. Fluency in spoken and written English, as evidenced by application materials and interview.
  4. Demonstrated computer competency (Office, Outlook, databases, web skills).
  5. Must have a flexible schedule and be available to work weekends and after hours if needed.
  6. Ability to routinely lift storage boxes weighing 20-40 lbs (due to needs during the renovation).

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  2. Interest in a museum career is taken into consideration.
  3. Flexibility, creativity, and initiative.
  4. Background in and/or enthusiasm for anthropology, indigenous studies, history, geography, art history, or other related field.
  5. Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with museum staff, university faculty, students, artists, and indigenous peoples.
  6. Prior experience with relational databases, especially as used for museum collections.
  7. Expertise or familiarity with Native American, African, and/or Oceanic art and culture.
  8. Competence in language skills relevant to curatorial area.

Additional Candidate Instruction

Please provide the following information in your application materials (CV and cover letter), attached as one document, PDF preferred.

  1. The Spencer Museum of Art currently has multiple internship opportunities available beginning August 2015 through July 2016. Please rank in order of preference which internship you prefer to be considered for.
  2. Museum or related career goals.
  3. Educational experience in relevant fields of study.
  4. Work experience.
  5. Brief writing sample.
  6. Language skills.
  7. Other skills such as computer use, database experience, matting and framing.
  8. Provide telephone number and email address where you can be reached.

Additional Information

Applicants may contact the appropriate internship supervisor or Jennifer Talbott with questions. Please complete all areas of the application, including all application questions. Applications will not be accepted without all questions answered.


Contact Information

Jennifer Talbott, jtalbott@ku.edu or Casey Mesick, cmesick@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

$600 Bi-weekly

Application Review Begins

02-Feb-2015

Anticipated Start Date

17-Aug-2015

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European and American Art Intern

First Review of Applicants: February 2, 2015. Apply Now

General Internship Responsibilities

Interns will participate in a full range of professional staff activities, including gallery tours and talks. They will also have the opportunity to conceptualize and write for gallery installations and exhibitions when the exhibition schedule allows. All interns will assist with a variety of departmental duties in order to gain broad understanding of museum operations and attend various staff meetings. The Spencer will begin a major renovation in May 2015 and lasting until the Spring of 2016. Because of construction, some internship duties may vary from previous years.


Specific European and American Art Internship Responsibilities

The European and American Art Intern works with the curator in all aspects of this curatorial department, learning all the functions of a curator and assisting with all departmental activities including research and work on current and future exhibitions, acquisitions, offered donations of artwork, loan requests, and sharing stored and displayed collections with students, faculty, and other visitors, among other tasks.

  •  Assist the curator in all exhibition projects, including research, organization, label writing, grant applications, working with the collections and sometimes with artists, exhibition installation, contact with the public.
  • Respond to inquiries from students, faculty, and the public about the European and American art collection, including loan requests for objects, and showing objects in storage to students and others.
  • Assist the curator with general correspondence and with inquiries about offered gifts of artwork and other activities related to donors.
  • Catalogue new objects that come into the collection through gift or purchase and create curatorial files and do research on these objects as needed.
  • Participate in and help to organize departmental programming and publications.
  • Help with research and proposal writing for potential acquisitions of artwork for the permanent collection.
  • Attend relevant gallery talks and lectures at the Spencer Museum and elsewhere.
  • Attend Museum and departmental meetings, including monthly staff meetings.
  • Other duties as specified.

Required Qualifications

  1. Must be a University of Kansas graduate student seeking a master's or Ph.D. degree.
  2. Enrolled in six credit hours of graduate coursework or at least one hour of thesis/dissertation (approval form from graduate program required).
  3. Fluency in spoken and written English, as evidenced by application materials and interview.
  4. Demonstrated computer competency (Office, Outlook, databases, web skills).
  5. Must have a flexible schedule and be available to work weekends and after hours if needed.
  6. Ability to routinely lift storage boxes weighing 20-40 lbs (due to needs during the renovation).

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  2. Competency in at least one European language.
  3. Flexibility, creativity, and initiative.
  4. Interest in object-based teaching and learning.
  5. Ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with supervising curator, and also with other museum staff, university faculty and students.
  6. Teaching experience at the post-secondary level.
  7. Interest in a museum career is taken into consideration.

Additional Candidate Instruction

Please provide the following information in your application materials (CV and cover letter), attached as one document, PDF preferred.

  1. The Spencer Museum of Art currently has multiple internship opportunities available beginning August 2015 through July 2016. Please rank in order of preference which internship you prefer to be considered for.
  2. Museum or related career goals.
  3. Educational experience in relevant fields of study.
  4. Work experience.
  5. Brief writing sample.
  6. Language skills.
  7. Other skills such as computer use, database experience, matting and framing.
  8. Provide telephone number and email address where you can be reached.

Additional Information

  • This position is also eligible to participate in the university health insurance program. Visit http://policy.ku.edu/graduate-studies/benefits-for-GRAs-GTAs-GAs for more information.
  • Students may apply for one or more positions.
  • Students who previously have held an SMA internship are also eligible to apply again for the same internships or different internship.
  • Interns are also eligible for a $1,000 travel stipend.
  • SMA interns qualify for in-state tuition and fee rates.

Applicants may contact the appropriate internship supervisor or Jennifer Talbott with questions. Please complete all areas of the application, including all application questions. Applications will not be accepted without all questions answered.


Contact Information

Jennifer Talbott, jtalbott@ku.edu or Susan Earle, earle@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

$600 Bi-weekly

Application Review Begins

02-Feb-2015

Anticipated Start Date

17-Aug-2015

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Asian Art Intern

First Review of Applicants: February 2, 2015. Apply Now

General Internship Responsibilities

Interns will participate in a full range of professional staff activities, including gallery tours and talks. They will also have the opportunity to conceptualize and write for gallery installations and exhibitions when the exhibition schedule allows. All interns will assist with a variety of departmental duties in order to gain broad understanding of museum operations and attend various staff meetings. The Spencer will begin a major renovation in May 2015 and lasting until the Spring of 2016. Because of construction, some internship duties may vary from previous years.


Specific Asian Art Internship Responsibilities


Required Qualifications

  1. Must be a University of Kansas graduate student seeking a master's or Ph.D. degree.
  2. Enrolled in six credit hours of graduate coursework or at least one hour of thesis/dissertation (approval form from graduate program required).
  3. Fluency in spoken and written English, as evidenced by application materials and interview.
  4. Demonstrated computer competency (Office, Outlook, databases, web skills).
  5. Must have a flexible schedule and be available to work weekends and after hours if needed.
  6. Ability to routinely lift storage boxes weighing 20-40 lbs (due to needs during the renovation).
  7. Fluent in at least one East Asian language (Chinese, Korean or Japanese), as evidenced by writing sample.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Outstanding research and written and oral communication skills.
  2. Strong written and oral presentation skills.
  3. Ability to work independently and in collaboration with museum staff, university faculty and students.
  4. Ability to formulate probing questions about art and its many roles.
  5. Interest in and knowledge of Asian art and culture, both historical and contemporary.
  6. Interest in a museum career is taken into consideration.

Additional Candidate Instruction

Please provide the following information in your application materials (CV and cover letter), attached as one document, PDF preferred.

  1. The Spencer Museum of Art currently has multiple internship opportunities available beginning August 2015 through July 2016. Please rank in order of preference which internship you prefer to be considered for.
  2. Museum or related career goals.
  3. Educational experience in relevant fields of study.
  4. Work experience.
  5. Brief writing sample.
  6. Language skills.
  7. Other skills such as computer use, database experience, matting and framing.
  8. Provide telephone number and email address where you can be reached.

Additional Information

Applicants may contact the appropriate internship supervisor or Jennifer Talbott with questions. Please complete all areas of the application, including all application questions. Applications will not be accepted without all questions answered.


Contact Information

Jennifer Talbott, jtalbott@ku.edu or Kris Ercums, kiercums@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

$600 Bi-weekly

Application Review Begins

02-Feb-2015

Anticipated Start Date

17-Aug-2015

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Collections Intern

First Review of Applicants: February 2, 2015. Apply Now

General Internship Responsibilities

Interns will participate in a full range of professional staff activities, including gallery tours and talks. They will also have the opportunity to conceptualize and write for gallery installations and exhibitions when the exhibition schedule allows. All interns will assist with a variety of departmental duties in order to gain broad understanding of museum operations and attend various staff meetings. The Spencer will begin a major renovation in May 2015 and lasting until the Spring of 2016. Because of construction, some internship duties may vary from previous years.


Specific Collections Internship Job Responsibilities

The Collections Intern assists with collection management needs specifically for the works on paper collection as well as the entire museum collection.

  • Assist with art handling (retrieving objects for visitingclasses in the print study room and teaching gallery).
  • Cataloguing and data entry (creating incoming receipts for new acquisitions and loans, artist biographic research, recording measurements, catalogue raisonné research, condition reporting, recording inscriptions, etc.).
  • Assist with visiting classes to the print study room.
  • Inscribe objects.
  • Attend staff and departmental meetings.

Required Qualifications

  1. Must be a University of Kansas graduate student seeking a master's or Ph.D. degree.
  2. Enrolled in six credit hours of graduate coursework or at least one hour of thesis/dissertation (approval form from graduate program required).
  3. Fluency in spoken and written English, as evidenced by application materials and interview.
  4. Demonstrated computer competency (Office, Outlook, databases, web skills).
  5. Must have a flexible schedule and be available to work weekends and after hours if needed.
  6. Ability to routinely lift storage boxes weighing 20-40 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  2. Experience with data entry or collection management databases.
  3. Experience with or knowledge of printmaking, photography, or drawing.
  4. Interest in object-based teaching and learning.
  5. Ability to work independently and in collaboration with museum staff, university faculty and students.
  6. Knowledge of a foreign language.
  7. Interest in a museum career is taken into consideration.

Additional Candidate Instruction

Please provide the following information in your application materials (CV and cover letter), attached as one document, PDF preferred.

  1. The Spencer Museum of Art currently has multiple internship opportunities available beginning August 2015 through July 2016. Please rank in order of preference which internship you prefer to be considered for.
  2. Museum or related career goals.
  3. Educational experience in relevant fields of study.
  4. Work experience.
  5. Brief writing sample.
  6. Language skills.
  7. Other skills such as computer use, database experience, matting and framing.
  8. Provide telephone number and email address where you can be reached.

Additional Information

  • This position is also eligible to participate in the university health insurance program. Visit http://policy.ku.edu/graduate-studies/benefits-for-GRAs-GTAs-GAs for more information.
  • Students may apply for one or more positions.
  • Students who previously have held an SMA internship are also eligible to apply again for the same internships or different internship.
  • Interns are also eligible for a $1,000 travel stipend.
  • SMA interns qualify for in-state tuition and fee rates.

Applicants may contact the appropriate internship supervisor or Jennifer Talbott with questions. Please complete all areas of the application, including all application questions. Applications will not be accepted without all questions answered.


Contact Information

Jennifer Talbott, jtalbott@ku.edu or Kate Meyer, kmm0045@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

$600 Bi-weekly

Application Review Begins

02-Feb-2015

Anticipated Start Date

17-Aug-2015

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