Curatorial Intern



Job Title: Curatorial Intern
Department: Curatorial
Employment Status: Part-Time, Non-Exempt
Supervisor: Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art
Issue/Reissue Date: 3/19/2024

Job Summary:
Under the general direction of the Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, the Curatorial Intern assists with departmental projects while learning about exhibition planning and preparation. The Curatorial Intern will assist with the implementation of three temporary exhibitions opening at the museum in August and October 2024. Areas of assistance may include research, transcribing texts, label writing and editing, processing audio and digital files, sourcing historical images, and obtaining image use permissions. Additionally, the Curatorial Intern will work closely with the Assistant Curator to organize a display of objects to be on view in the museum library space. This position offers an opportunity to learn how curators work cross-departmentally with collections, installations, design, communications, and IT departments while honing administrative and communication skills.

The Honolulu Museum of Art:
Opened in 1927, the Honolulu Museum of Art is a home for art and education created for the benefit of the entire community. Founder Anna Rice Cooke envisioned a museum that would bring people together through the power of art and “the deep intuitions that are common to all.” The museum was conceived of as a place of meaningful exchange and dialogue, celebrating the diverse artistic and cultural traditions of Hawaii’s multi-ethnic population. From this founding intention grew the museum of today, with a world-class encyclopedic collection of more than 55,000 works of art, representing a stunning breadth of places and eras, from all corners of the globe and from the ancient past to the present day.
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Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicant must be pursuing a bachelor's degree and have finished their sophomore year before the start of the internship.
  • Demonstrated research and writing skills and attention to detail.
  • Willingness and desire to learn.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Higher educational or work experience in a related field, such as art history, museum studies, archeology, Hawaiian studies, or a related field.
  • Experience in a museum environment or nonprofit organization.
  • Educational focus on modern and/or contemporary art.
  • Experience with audio and digital file formats.

Key Tasks:

  • Assist with the creation of gallery labels.
  • Research and document objects and artists as requested.
  • Research upcoming special exhibitions, gallery labels, and web entries.
  • Research artists and artworks on view or in the collection.
  • Assist with transcribing texts.
  • Source historical images and obtain image use permissions.
  • Assist with designing the display of objects.
  • Other internship-relevant duties as requested.

Educational Outcomes:

  • Intern will gain a basic understanding of curatorial and broader museum practices.
  • Intern will learn about audience-focused interpretive strategies and exhibition label preparation.
  • Intern will strengthen research and communication skills.
  • Intern will learn how to write concisely, proof, and edit documents.
  • Intern will develop resources for future study or work in these areas.

The Honolulu Museum of Art is committed to practicing salary transparency. The pay rate for HoMA interns is $20.00 per hour. This opportunity includes:

  • Shop, Museum Café, and Art School discounts for the duration of the internship.
  • Onsite parking provided.

Working Conditions and Atmosphere:
The Curatorial Intern works under the general direction of the Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art with periods of independent work. Works in an office, gallery, and museum vault storage environment. Variable working hours up to 19 hours per week. Ability to operate general office equipment including computer, copier, printers, fax machine, etc. Ability to lift, carry, push, pull, up to 25 lbs. of general office material or equipment.
The employee must be able to fulfil all Essential Duties with or without a reasonable accommodation. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of all activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusivity:
HoMA welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life, and this is reflected in our diverse community of employees. We encourage applications from candidates across a wide variety of backgrounds, including, but not limited to, people of all races and ethnicities, people with disabilities, women, veterans, and all members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
HoMA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. HoMA recruits, hires, trains, promotes, compensates, and administers all personnel actions and benefit programs without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, including pregnancy and gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, reproductive health decisions, marital status, arrest and court record, citizenship, credit history, military and veteran service, victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse victim status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.
The statements contained herein describe the scope of the responsibilities and essential functions of this position but should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work duties and requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other areas to cover absences or relief to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.
HoMA maintains a policy of nondiscrimination in all employment practices and decisions, ensuring equal employment opportunities for all qualified individuals. This applies to both HoMA employees and applicants for employment with the Museum. Any form of harassment of any employee because of any protected status is also prohibited.

Contact Information

Contact: Human Resources, Honolulu Museum of Art
Email: [email protected]

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