START Gallery offers internships each spring, summer, and fall. An internship at START Gallery is a terrific opportunity to pursue an interest in arts management and to become more intimately involved within the daily operations of the gallery.
To be a START Gallery intern you must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at Wake Forest University and be present on the Reynolda campus for the internship semester. Furthermore, it is important that the intern express a legitimate interest in the mission and goals of the gallery. Former interns have predominantly been upperclassmen, but START Gallery does not require that applicants be in a certain grade-level. Instead, we encourage students to apply who are mature and established in their course of study.
Please Note: Because credit for semester internships is offered through the Office of Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship and the Art Department, it is strongly advised that applicants for semester internships are (or are planning to) Art History / Studio Art majors or minors, or Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise minors.
The START Gallery intern’s duties will include both assistance with clerical gallery procedures and events as well as research, development, and implementation of multiple self-initiated projects.
One of the primary roles of the intern will be to help staff the START Gallery and maintain the daily operations of the gallery. This includes engaging with visitors to the gallery, facilitating art sales, and minor/routine maintenance. The intern may also be involved in maintaining inventory records and management systems, updating and producing content for social media, and installing exhibitions. Interns will be expected to staff the gallery for approximately 6-8 hours per week (at least 20 hours during the summer), and may be asked to come in during weekends.
In addition to clerical duties, interns will be expected to work on a number of projects during their internship that are developed in conjunction with the gallery manager. These projects are expected to be in line with the interests of the intern as well as those of START Gallery. Projects should result in a deliverable that can directly contribute to the needs of START Gallery while also benefiting the personal development of the intern. In the past, projects have involved significant research and practical implementation throughout the semester.
As a START Gallery intern, you will play a role in effecting tangible change in gallery practices and programming. Through the development of personal projects you will both benefit START Gallery and create tangible deliverables that you can be proud of. In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn gallery management skills that, otherwise, would be difficult to acquire, including a knowledge of practices and procedures to prepare exhibits for shipping, receiving, storage, preservation, installation and disassembly.
Internships during the fall and spring semesters are offered for 3 hours of course credit. Stipends for summer internships are available through the Office of Career and Personal Development.
To Become a START Gallery Intern
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you are interested in applying for an internship. In your email please include when you would like your internship to occur (spring, summer, or fall).