Internships

Souls Grown Deep Foundation Internship Program

What:  Three internships, open to students of color, are being offered annually at select museums participating in the Souls Grown Deep Foundation collection transfer program. Part-time professional experience at a leading art museum during the academic year. Includes a trip at the outset of the internship to visit the Foundation in Atlanta and the artists and communities it serves in the Southeast. The 2019 excursion will be scheduled during a weekend in January 2019.

Who:  Designed for students interested in exploring professions related to museums and the visual arts. Priority is given to rising juniors and seniors at accredited undergraduate programs.

  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of two years of academic coursework
  • While a demonstrated interest in art and art history is preferred, students in all majors are encouraged to apply
  • Previous museum experience is not required

Where:  Internships, one each, at the New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans, LA), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA), and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA).

When:  Applications due on November 1, 2018. Three inaugural semester-long internships, offering $5,000, to begin in January 2019, and conclude in May 2019.

Three academic-year internships at three other museums to be announced offering $10,000 have an application deadline of April 15, 2019; begin in September 2019 and conclude in May 2020.

Interns are required to commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week.

How:  Applicants should prepare the following materials:

1. ESSAY

Please explain what you would hope to learn from the experience of interning in one of the following: New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans, LA), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA), or the the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA), and what you seek to contribute and to achieve from participating in the Souls Grown Deep Internship Program. Maximum of 800 words.

2. ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

3. RESUME

Please include internship and work experiences, relevant academic courses, and computer and language skills.

4. LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

In addition to the emailed attachments above, applicants must have at least one confidential letter of recommendation sent to their preferred museum at the email address below. A letter of recommendation may be submitted by faculty at your college or university or by current or past employers who are familiar with your skills and abilities. For example, your direct supervisor at your job, volunteer placement, or internship. The letter of recommendation must come directly from the recommender’s institutional email address and should clearly indicate the applicant’s name in the subject line.

Applicants should apply directly to their museum of choice using the urls below. Letters of reccomendation should be sent to the email addresses below:

New Orleans Museum of Art: www.noma.org/about/employment/; education@noma.org
Philadelphia Museum of Art: https://philamuseum.applytojob.com/apply/t5J6zfKdgX/Souls-Grown-Deep-Fou...internships@philamuseum.org 
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: www.vmfa.museum/about/jobs/; recruitment@vmfa.museum

 

Background

Founded in 2010, the Souls Grown Deep Foundation is dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting the contributions of artists from the African American South, and the cultural traditions in which they are rooted. We advance our mission by advocating the contributions of these artists in the canon of American art history, accomplished through collection transfers, scholarship, exhibitions, education, public programs, and publications. We are concurrently at work to support the communities of those artists whose reputations we advocate.

An ever-increasing number of art historians, curators, museum directors, art critics, and journalists are studying, exhibiting, and publishing the hundreds of objects being transferred to multiple museums over the next several years, and the over 10,000 documentary photographs, and scores of archival interviews and recordings now part of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation Collection at the Southern Folklife Center at UNC, Chapel Hill. Our original focus--staging exhibitions and publishing catalogues--has now transitioned to having the nation's leading museums assume that responsibility. Thankfully, the original aspirations of our founder William S. Arnett are being met: the artists we champion must be and are being championed by others.

About the SGDF Internship Program

In light of an expanding mandate, the Foundation is offering a grant program beginning in 2019. Three undergraduates will receive grants of $5,000 each in 2019 for semester-long placements, and $10,000 each for academic-year placements, to develop professional experience in art museums that have received art from the Foundation. Successful applicants will be afforded the opportunity to work alongside the curators, conservators, educators, and administrators responsible for newly acquired Foundation collection works, and gain experience in museum work in general. The internship will begin with a trip to visit the Foundation in Atlanta and the artists and communities it serves in the Southeast, including an excursion to Gee’s Bend, Alabama.

The Mellon Foundation's pioneering study on the challenges of diversifying museum staff pointed to the need to support students at the undergraduate level, to encourage the pursuit of graduate education. Our program will offer yet another avenue for students of color to develop a professional museum background in our emerging field through any one of a number of arenas: curatorial, registrarial, conservation, education, or administration.

About the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

The Souls Grown Deep Foundation is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting the artwork by artists from the African-American South. The Foundation holds the largest and foremost collection of works of African-American artists from the Southern United States, encompassing over 1,000 works by more than 160 artists. The Foundation advances its mission by advocating the contributions of these artists in the canon of American art history, accomplished through collection transfers, scholarship, education, public programs, and publications. Through grants and other initiatives, the Foundation has also extended its mission to serve those communities that gave rise to the visual traditions of the artists represented in its collection.