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 Interns – Summer 2015

The Curator of Education at the Allen Memorial Art Museum is seeking a student intern who will work from June 1 – August 21 to help with Education Department programs.  Major duties will include: assisting with the tenth 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. This position is only open to students who will be return to campus as students in the fall.

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), a copy of your current resume to Jason Trimmer, Curator of Education, at jtrimmer@oberlin.edu. Applications can also be dropped off at the front Visitor Services desk of the museum.

Applications must be received by Monday, April 20, no later than 5pm. Candidate interviews will take place at the end of April.


AMAM Student Curatorial Assistant (Modern and Contemporary) - Summer 2015

A part-time (15-20 hours/week) current Oberlin College student (enrolled through Fall 2015) is needed for the Summer 2015 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 applicant must have taken at least 4 courses in art history or another relevant field, and have excellent research and writing skills. Preference will be given to students focusing on modern or contemporary art.

Please submit a CV with GPA; cover letter with a brief summary of interest and abilities, including foreign language skills; the names of three references; and a list of relevant course work to Denise Birkhofer, Ellen Johnson ’33 Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, at dbirkhof@oberlin.edu, by 5pm on Monday, April 20, 2015.


 AMAM Student Curatorial Assistant (Asian Art)  - Summer 2015

An Oberlin College student is needed part-time (10-12 hours/week) for the summer to aid the Assistant Curator of Asian Art in collections research and in preparations for upcoming exhibitions. The student’s primary focus will be on the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s collection of Asian art prior to 1900.  A strong background in both Asian art history and Chinese or Japanese language is preferred; however, applicants in either of the following categories will be considered:

A: a strong background in art history or Asian studies with at least 200-level proficiency in Chinese or Japanese language.

B: native fluency in Chinese or Japanese, but no art history background.

In addition, the applicant must have excellent research and/or writing skills, be very detail-oriented, highly responsible, and capable of working independently. Previous museum or gallery experience is a plus but not required.

The intern will be will be paid at a rate of $8.50/hour.

Please submit a one-page resume with GPA and the names of three references (preferably Oberlin faculty), a one-page cover letter with a brief summary of interest and abilities, and an unofficial transcript to Kevin Greenwood, kevin.greenwood@oberlin.edu, Joan L. Danforth Assistant Curator of Asian Art.

Applications must be received by Monday, April 20, no later than 5pm. Candidate interviews will take place at the end of April.  Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


AMAM Curatorial Assistant (Academic Programs) – 2015-16 Academic Year

The Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) at Oberlin College seeks a recent Oberlin College graduate (class of 2010 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 Monday, July 1, 2015 and reporting to the Curator of Academic Programs.

Responsibilities: 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.

Requirements: 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.

Desired Qualifications: 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.

To Apply: Please send as one pdf file a letter of application with résumé, GPA, undergraduate transcripts, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references to lmilkova@oberlin.edu by Friday, April 10, 2015. Applications received after that date may be considered until the position is filled.

Compensation: Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with education and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.


AMAM Print Room and Research Study Assistants - Fall 2015

The Office of Academic Programs at the Allen Memorial Art Museum is seeking TWO part-time (12-14 hours/week) Oberlin College student assistants for the FALL 2015 semester (with the possibility of continuing into the spring semester) to help with College and Conservatory classes using the museum’s collection. The duties of the student assistants will include:

             pulling out, setting up, and putting away works of art from museum storage
             monitoring classes and ensuring the safety of the art during class visits
             conducting research on objects in the collection, art movements, periods, and artists
             research in preparation for future exhibitions and related events
             a variety of administrative tasks

Applicants must be very detail-oriented, highly responsible, capable of working independently, in possession of strong research and communication skills, as well as able to lift archival boxes and handle works with great care. Computer proficiency is needed, particularly Word and Excel. Applicants must have taken AT LEAST FOUR art history classes. Please note that studio art or architectural history courses cannot be substituted for the required four art history classes. In conjunction with the AMAM’s yearlong exhibition theme “The Body,” greater consideration will be given to students with interdisciplinary academic background, especially in the sciences and social sciences.

Please submit the following documents in a single file via email to Curator of Academic Programs Dr. Liliana Milkova (lmilkova@oberlin.edu) BY 5 PM ON MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015:

             One-page resume with GPA and a list of references (Oberlin faculty preferred)
             One-page cover letter with a brief summary of interest and abilities
             Unofficial transcript

INTERVIEWS WILL BE HELD DURING THE WEEK OF MAY 11, 2014. WE WILL CONTACT ONLY CANDIDATES SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW.

ALL CANDIDATES MUST BE CURRENT OBERLIN COLLEGE STUDENTS IN FALL 2015.