Duke University students can gain important work experience at the Nasher Museum in many ways: internships for academic credit, paid summer internships and museum study grants, or work at the museum.
UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP COURSE
ARTHIST 310 is a practicum held at the Nasher Museum designed to provide professional museum experience as well as an opportunity to explore the museum and its operations from a variety of viewpoints. Students must be available for a total commitment of approximately 6 hours/week for a weekly seminar with museum staff, plus 5 hours working in the intern’s assigned department (schedule to be arranged between the student and supervising staff). Students are evaluated on their work in their assigned departments, participation in the weekly seminar, and the completion of short, written assignments such as a blog post, artwork spotlight, and exhibition analysis. Grades are assigned by the supervising staff in consultation with the instructor.
Interns may apply to work with the following departments: academic programs, business office, curatorial, communications/marketing, development/external relations, museum education, or registrar/collections management. NOTE: only one student each semester will be assigned to the curatorial department.
To apply for the internship complete the application and send it, along with an updated resumé and cover letter that outlines how the internship fits into your educational and career goals and includes your first and second choices for departments, to Marianne Wardle, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programs (email@example.com). Students will be interviewed by the pertinent museum department, and if selected will be given a permission number to enroll.
SUMMER INTERNSHIPS IN MUSEUM STUDIES
The Nasher Museum offers paid summer internships for Duke Students:
- To work at the Nasher Museum (deadline January 29, 2016)
- To work at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy
- Grants to fund unpaid internships elsewhere
- Looking for an internship at an art museum? Find a list of them here.
DUKE STUDENT JOBS
Students fill many part-time paid positions at the museum. Work-study students are welcome.
VISITOR SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE
Visitor Services Representatives handle admissions fees, answer the telephone and direct calls, greet and keep an accurate count of visitors, assist visitors with the purchase of museum memberships and answer visitors’ questions. nasher.duke.edu/apply
Gallery Guides lead tours of the museum for K-12 students, adult groups and the public. Students must commit to 3 semesters. Recruiting is held at the end of the spring semester. If interested contact Jessica Ruhle, Associate Curator of Education, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Periodically, work-study positions are available with specific museum departments, including curatorial, education, membership, registrar, special events and public affairs. For information about possible openings, contact Nikki Gaskin, Human Resources Manager, (email@example.com) or 919-684-3307.
Security guards patrol the galleries to ensure the protection of artwork, report safety violations and answer visitors’ questions during business hours, including weekends, and for evening events. If interested, contact Sgt. Jimmie Jones, Protection Services Manager, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 919-684-3352.
For general information on application and hiring procedures, please contact Nikki Gaskin, Human Resources Manager, (email@example.com) or 919-684-3307.
Only a small portion of the museum’s permanent collection is on view at any time, so a variety of tools are available to help you explore the Nasher’s artworks, whether currently on view or in storage.
Information about artworks in a range of media, styles, periods, and cultures can be found at our new website promoting visual literacy How Do You Look?
The Nasher Museum’s Study Storage offers faculty and students up-close experience with works of art not currently on view in the exhibition pavilions. Facilities include works on paper with more than 3,000 prints and drawings; painting storage with works from the Renaissance to the present; and object storage with Greek and Roman pottery and glass, Ancient American ceramics and African and European Medieval and Renaissance sculpture and artifacts. Study Storage is a gift of Christine and Pierre Lamond and Alice Martin Whelihan.
A wide range of departments have visited Study Storage including
- Art, Art History and Visual Studies
- Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
- Classical Studies
- Cultural Anthropology
- Duke Divinity School
- Environmental Sciences
- Foreign Languages
- Kenan Institute for Ethics
- Thompson Writing Program
- Theater Studies
- Women’s Studies
To arrange a visit to Study Storage contact Erin Hanas, Coordinator of Academic Programs, at 919-684-8067 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Most visits to storage take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 10 AM and 5 PM.
Please note that all visitors are requested to leave bags and backpacks in the lockers by the Lecture Hall when they arrive. Only pencils are allowed for use in the exhibition pavilions and Study Storage and no food or drinks are permitted in these areas.
Gallery for Learning
Students can work with faculty to design installations in the museum’s Academic Focus Gallery relevant to their courses. The gallery is located on the main floor near the University Classroom. Departments that have utilized the Academic Focus Gallery include: Classical Studies; Cultural Anthropology; Romance Studies; Eurasian Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies.
The Academic Focus Gallery is a gift of Susan and Trent Carmichael and the Morrow Family.
Students in the course “The Archaeology of Death” report on objects from the collection. Photo by Marianne Eileen Wardle.
Humanized Objects: Between Person and Thing
Exhibition in the Nasher Academic Focus Gallery
January 16 – March 6, 2016
The works displayed here (from a wide range of times and cultures) highlight the portrayal of the human figure in art and made objects, and probe the boundary between things and humans. They are organized into three overlapping thematic groupings: sacred objects, effigies, and functional objects. This installation was organized by Kati Henderson as part of her master’s project, Ambiguously Human, which considers the ways different disciplines, from visual art and philosophy to biology and computer science, define what is human as opposed to what is an object.
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Open Storage: Duke faculty and students using the collection for learning
Exhibition in the Nasher Academic Focus Gallery
October 17, 2015 – January 2, 2016
The works located in this case reflect choices made by three Duke faculty members for use by their students over the course of this semester. Professor Elvira Vilches of Romance Studies is teaching a course, “Nature, Body, Mind: Chocolate and Tobacco in the Hispanic World and Beyond,” and the works selected for her course relate to the production and serving of cacao in the ancient Americas. Three archaeology courses focus on the ancient Mediterranean collection: “Classical Greek Archaeology” (art history professor Timothy Shea) and “Principles of Archaeology and the Archaeology of Death: Ritual and Social Structure in the Roman World” (classical studies professor Alicia Jimenez). Students in each of these courses were assigned to closely observe the objects, prepare detailed descriptions of them and write papers that provide context for them in the ancient world.
For more information about using the Academic Focus Gallery, contact Erin Hanas, Coordinator of Academic Programs, at 919-684-8067 or email@example.com.
Nasher MUSE (Museum Undergraduate Student Exec) serves as the undergraduate student voice of and for the Nasher Museum. As a bridge between the widely diverse student body and the museum, MUSE fosters student ownership of the museum, advises museum staff on effective ways to engage the Duke undergrads, and is proactive in promoting the museum throughout the Duke community and beyond.
MUSE organizes student-centered events at the museum many times each year and initiates critical conversations about contemporary issues in the museum environment.
MUSE does not plan or select exhibitions for the museum.
PLEASE NOTE: Membership with MUSE requires significant personal initiative and time commitment to attend weekly meetings, plan programs and staff programs/events. Members often spend considerable time outside of weekly meetings to plan and promote events. Attendance at events is also required.
To join MUSE, please apply now! Applications are due November 20.