Olmsted Fellow Internship Program:
The Olmsted Fellow Internship Program is a prestigious opportunity for selected undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of academic fields to gain valuable, on-site experience at one of America’s leading public gardens. The experiences may entail responsibilities in research, economic development, design, horticulture, conservation, public relations, marketing, environmental stewardship and sustainability, and other facets of the Arboretum’s mission areas. Selected through a review process that incorporates such criteria as academic performance, demonstrated ability to achieve goals, leadership potential, and sound character, Olmsted Fellows are capable of developing and utilizing advanced skill sets that result in personal and professional growth potential, as well as contribute value to Arboretum priorities and service.
Position Description: Art & Exhibit Intern
This internship represents an excellent opportunity to gain real life experience in exhibition planning and development as well as graphic arts applications. The North Carolina Arboretum offers engaging outdoor and indoor exhibits for all ages and interests. The Arboretum is seeking an enthusiastic intern to assist with the front-end and formative research, development, feasibility and design of a newly proposed traveling exhibition in the Spring of 2014.
This position provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the museum and non-profit industries and reports directly to the Exhibit Curator.
- Assist the Exhibit Curator in front-end evaluation for feasibility of content.
- Develop master plan messaging for base content.
- Develop three conceptual models for the exhibition thematic model.
- Develop message delivery devices based on front-end testing of content.
- Assist with research and definition of content.
- Assist with testing formulated content for future exhibit.
- Research grant opportunities and assist in writing applications.
- Design graphic themes of for immersive, directive, labeling and theme headings of exhibition and exhibit units.
- Work with design-build illustrator on conceptual and possible final designs prior to construction.
- Produce prototype interfaces and graphics, labels and text panels for testing.
- Completion of the first two years of college with a concentration in graphic design, art, art history or a related field.
- Must be either currently enrolled or a recent graduate (graduating less than 12 months before the position term start date).
- Basic knowledge of art theory, print media, and file type association.
- Ability to work under tight deadlines and support team members in exhibits and marketing.
- Ability to process critique as part of design process.
- Preferred work experience in museums, galleries, graphic design firms and similar organizations.
- Excellent communication and organization skills including basic knowledge in MS Office applications.
- Working knowledge of Adobe Creative suite, InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Strong interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work with a diverse group and to politely engage with Arboretum guests.
- Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs occasionally, up to 30 lbs frequently, and up to 10 lbs constantly. Ability to stand for long periods of time.
A competitive process will be applied to intern selection through submitted application and interview.
Hours: 20 hrs per week, Monday to Friday flexible schedule.
Pay: $9.00 per hour with the potential of earning 3 credit hours or equivalent based on University policy. Internship credit is available subject to approval by your educational institution.
Duration of Assignment: 12 weeks, preferably January to April. Attendance mandatory.
Location: The work site is located at The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC. Intern must provide own housing and transportation.
To Apply: The application package will consist of a NC State application (available at www.ncarboretum.org), cover letter, resume, official transcript, and two letters of recommendation.
All application materials and reference letters should be mailed or delivered to:
Olmsted Fellow Internship Coordinator
The North Carolina Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, North Carolina 28806-9315
APPLICATIONS DUE JANUARY 20, 2014.