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.

Fall 2014 AMAM Print Room and Research Student Assistant

The Office of Academic Programs at the Allen Memorial Art Museum is seeking a part-time (10-12 hours/week) Oberlin College student assistant for the fall 2014 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 Americas,” greater consideration will be given to students with interdisciplinary background including but not limited to Africana Studies, Comparative American Studies, Comparative Literature, Hispanic Studies, History, Jazz Studies, Latin American Studies, Musicology, and Politics.

Please submit the following documents in a single file via email to Curator of Academic Programs Dr. Liliana Milkova ( by 5 pm on Friday, May 9, 2014:

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 (please note that the letter will serve as your writing sample)

Unofficial transcript



Student Curatorial Research Assistant, Summer 2014

A part-time (15-20 hours/week) Oberlin College student is needed for the summer 2014 term to aid the Curator of European and American Art in collections research and in preparations for upcoming exhibitions. The student will assist with the installation of the upcoming exhibition “Art and Life in Early America: The First Hundred Years, 1776-1876,” as well as contribute to research on the AMAM’s collection. 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 interested in art prior to 1900 and to those who have knowledge of French, Italian, or German.

Please submit a one-page resume with GPA and the names of three references (Oberlin faculty preferred), a one-page cover letter with a brief summary of interest and abilities, and an unofficial transcript to Andaleeb Banta,, Curator of European and American Art, by Friday, April 25, 2013.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

AMAM Education and Public Programs Summer Interns 2014

The Curator of Education at the Allen Memorial Art Museum is seeking two (2) student interns who will work from June 1 – August 29 to help with Education Department programs.  Major duties will include: assisting with the seventh annual Oberlin Chalk Walk event and related public workshops; helping plan and run two week-long summer camps for teens and elementary school children (one in June, one in August); working on the creation of new gallery labels, and other interpretive matierals 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 days; creating and adding to museum’s online and social media content; archival and research work, and administrative duties. Duties will be worked on collaboratively with both interns, as needed, but specific projects will be divided up between the two positions.

The ideal candidate will have working knowledge of Art History and/or have taken the Practicum in Museum Education course.  Applicants 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.

Both positions will be paid at a rate of $8.50/hour, and should expect to work between 20-25 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 Applications can also be dropped off at the front Visitor Services desk of the museum.

Applications must be received by Friday, April 18, no later than 5pm. Candidate interviews will take place at the end of April.


The Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) at Oberlin College seeks a recent Oberlin College graduate (class of 2009 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 June 2, 2014 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 six 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 Latin American studies, music and 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 [at]  by April 4, 2014.  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. An excellent benefits package is included.