The MFA is pleased to offer a paid internship in the Teen Programs Department within the Learning and Community Engagement Division. This internship opportunity is offered to an outstanding student who is currently an undergraduate attending an accredited university. The criteria for this internship are:
- Currently enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program
- Proof of Federal Student Aid eligibility (i.e., page one of FAFSA report declaring you are eligible for aid: please redact your income and any award amounts)
Description of Teen Programs
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Learning & Community Engagement Division is responsible for programs that give visitors of all ages opportunities to make direct connections with the Museum’s collection and exhibitions. The Division offers internships to college students who enjoy working with teens and are interested in learning more about the many facets of Museum Education.
Teen Programs includes four major program areas: The Teen Arts Council (TAC), STEAM Team (Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Math), Curatorial Study Hall (CSH) and our soon to be launched, Teen Summer Docent Program.
The TAC is a 15-year-old program that employs 15 Boston-area high school juniors and seniors. TAC members are introduced to a wide range of museum professions and learning opportunities while also gaining valuable work experience. They have the opportunity to work on a variety of activities such as creating and producing teen focused events, greeting and giving information to Museum visitors, and creating wall labels to accompany the Museum’s art collections. They also attend workshops and training sessions designed to develop their creative and critical thinking skills and workplace competencies while serving as ambassadors to their peers by inviting them to engage with the MFA.
The STEAM Team centers around science, technology, engineering, art and math and consists of six (6) teens. The STEAM Team works closely with the museum’s Conservation staff. They watch art go through its metamorphosis from existing out in the world to being displayed in the galleries.
Our Curatorial Study Hall allows four (4) teens the opportunity to curate exhibitions within the museum. CSH Teens research, pick pieces from the collection, write labels and curate their thought process as an exhibition in the museum galleries.
Finally, in our Teen Summer Docent program, ten (10) teens help visitors become familiar with artwork in the MFA’s collections. Teens will learn valuable Visual Thinking Strategies that will allow them to provide constructive tours in the galleries.
This internship is a one-year position and takes place on-site in the Museum’s galleries and office space as well as virtually via Zoom. Teen Interns assist by helping the teens to understand a range of art concepts, navigate museum culture through our various programs, and explore the galleries. Interns are expected to carry out their daily responsibilities, assist with the development of systems that help the teen programs run efficiently and implement lesson plans within the four programs. This is a valuable opportunity for those interested in working with teens, explore working in a museum setting, as well as gain pre-practicum experience when applying to the workforce.
The Teen Programs Intern will receive tangible educational benefits such as planning and implementation process required in launching/sustaining new initiatives within the MFA’s Teen Programs. Interns will have the chance to pursue learning and networking opportunities within the Museum. They will also have the chance to contribute to the inner workings of the department with particular emphasis on youth initiatives and daily facilitation. The four distinctively different programs allow for diverse new challenges.
- Work alongside a range of experienced professionals who are motivated to provide mentorship and guidance.
- Gain valuable skills in customer service by communicating with a variety of audiences, visitors, and teens.
- Understand the different stages of teen development by working directly with high school students.
- Learn skills in program management, conflict resolution, and meeting diverse needs.
- Learn valuable communication skills by working both in-person and in virtual classroom spaces.
- Learn the intricacies of art inquiry discussions, galleries, and programming by working in an encyclopedic institution.
- Review the process of curriculum development and effective lesson planning.
- Develop reflective practice habits to set goals.
- Hear from museum professionals during enrichment sessions to gain more exposure to museum life.
- Support Teen Staff with program management and implementation of all four programs within the museum.
- Maintain the organization and technical support in the office.
- Help Coordinators prepare projects for Teens.
- Supervise Teens during programming and dinner periods.
- Escort Teens around the museum and other various locations.
- Support the Teens in developing career, organizational and social competencies.
- Maintain communication with both internal staff and external community partners who work with Teen Programs.
As we intensify our efforts toward becoming a truly inclusive institution, ensuring that diversity, equity, and access are lived values, we actively encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to apply for the MFA Teen Programs Internship. We are especially mindful of those in our community impacted by inequity due to ability, language, class, age, gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity, and are working diligently to address perceived and real barriers that keep anyone from fully experiencing an internship at the Museum.
- Currently enrolled in a degree at an accredited university.
- Proof of Federal Student Aid eligibility (i.e. page one of FAFSA report declaring you are eligible for aid: please redact your income and any award amounts)
- Proof of eligibility to work for pay in the United States.
- Passionate interest in Youth and/or Program Development, Art, Community Relations and Public Affairs
- Interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) disciplines
- Proven ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.
- Proven ability to interact successfully with high school students.
- Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and take initiative.
- Those studying Art Education, Sociology/Psychology Education and Liberal Arts are encouraged to apply.
The Teen Programs Intern will work weekly during the school year (September through June), 3 paid hours a week on Wednesdays 4pm-7pm for 40 weeks. During the summer, interns work Tuesday through Friday at 30 hours per week (for 6 to 7 weeks) all at $16 an hour (pre-taxed). Interns are allowed up to one week off.
To apply, please submit: A resume and cover letter indicating your interest in the position.