Student Assistant Opportunites

Student assistantships provide Oberlin students the opportunity to help in the Education Office, perform professional research on the collection, or to prepare a museum exhibition. Recent students, working with museum curators, have assisted with exhibitions using a wide range of objects from the collection, including photographs, Japanese prints, and old master and contemporary prints. Others have created finding aids for archival materials and helped with classes in the Print Study Room.

AMAM Education and Public Programs Intern, Summer 2016

The Curator of Education at the Allen Memorial Art Museum is seeking a student intern who will work from May 31 – August 26 to help with Education Department programs.  Major duties will include: assisting with the eleventh annual Oberlin Chalk Walk event and related public workshops; helping plan and run a week-long summer camp for elementary school children; working on the creation of interpretive materials for the museum’s fall exhibitions and permanent collection; providing tours of the galleries to school-age and public groups; training and docenting at the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright designed house for Sunday Open House dates; creating and adding to museum’s online and social media content; archival and research work, and administrative duties. The preparation and activities related to the Chalk Walk will take place outside and require a moderate amount of physical activity.

The ideal candidate will have working knowledge of Art History and/or have taken the Practicum in Museum Education course.  Applicant must be detail-oriented, capable of working both collaboratively and independently, possess strong research skills, and be comfortable speaking to and working with learners of all ages.  Basic computer proficiency is needed.  Background working with kids a plus.

Position will be paid at a rate of $8.50/hour, and should expect to work between 15-20 hours per week.

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant abilities (please note that the cover letter will serve as your writing sample), and a copy of your current resume to Jason Trimmer, Curator of Education, through the Jobs at Oberlin.

Applications must be received by Monday, April 18, no later than 5pm.
Candidate interviews will take place at the end of April.

AMAM Student Curatorial Assistant, Summer 2016

A part-time (15-20 hours per week) Oberlin College student is needed for the summer 2016 term to aid the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum in collections research and in preparations for upcoming exhibitions. The student will likewise work closely with a prominent contemporary artist on research related to an upcoming installation at the AMAM.

The applicant must have taken at least 4 courses in Art History or another relevant field, and have excellent research and writing skills. Candidates with additional backgrounds in History, Comparative American Studies, or Africana Studies are especially encouraged to apply. The applicant must be a current student (i.e. not a graduating senior) to be considered.

Please submit a CV; cover letter with a brief summary of interest and abilities, including foreign language skills; the names of three references; and an unofficial transcript by5pm on Friday, April 29, 2016 through the online system.

AMAM Curatorial Assistant in the Office of Academic Programs

The Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) at Oberlin College seeks a recent Oberlin College graduate (class of 2011 or later) with extensive background in art history to fill the position of Curatorial Assistant for the AMAM’s Office of Academic Programs. This is a non-continuing, full-time, 12-month Administrative and Professional Staff position beginning Friday, July 1, 2016 and reporting to the Curator of Academic Programs.

The incumbent will assist the Curator of Academic Programs with all aspects of faculty outreach and the management of the Wolfgang Stechow Print Study Room. Daily tasks will include scheduling, developing and co-leading museum visits from courses across the College of Arts and Sciences and Conservatory, as well as research on artworks in the collection, administrative tasks, art handling, and training and supervising student assistants. The curatorial assistant will have the opportunity to develop and teach museum sessions on her/his own and assist in the curation of exhibitions at the AMAM. The incumbent may also have the opportunity to curate a small exhibition in the museum’s Education Hallway and deliver a Tuesday Tea talk.

The position requires a Bachelor’s degree with major in art history or successful completion of at least five art-history classes at the college level. The incumbent must have excellent administrative and writing skills, be proactive, and capable of working independently and as part of a team. The incumbent must be extremely responsible, highly organized, punctual, detail-oriented, and with strong research and verbal presentation skills. Candidates must also be able to lift archival boxes and handle works with utmost care. Basic computer proficiency, including knowledge of Word and Excel, is required.

Prior museum or gallery experience is preferred. Experience working with different artistic mediums and/or integrated media is desired. Additional expertise in areas other than art history, especially the natural and social sciences, is preferred, as is interest in pursuing a museum career and/or graduate studies in art history art or a related field.