Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

Student Internship in Museology at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Established in 2007 by the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology, this eight-week internship is awarded every summer to Willamette University juniors, seniors, and recent graduates who have not yet entered graduate school.  Preference is given to students who have completed a semester-based internship at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.  The internship provides students (especially those with an interest in museum careers) with a unique, hands-on introduction to the curatorial, educational, operational, and preparatory structure of a small university art museum.  Interns will work on a variety of projects depending on the museum’s needs, give gallery talks, and conduct original research on a specific object(s) in the museum’s collection with the guidance of a faculty advisor. This research will culminate in a paper, educational materials and exhibition labels as needed by the museum, and if possible, a public presentation on campus during the following academic year.

This internship represents a full-time commitment - 40/hours per week for 6 weeks. It involves working at the museum on a variety of projects as well as undertaking an independent research project with a specific outcome. The intern will be paid an hourly wage (total student payment will not exceed $2,500 per internship). Faculty Advisor Stipend: $500.

Application:

Students interested in applying for the Internship in Museology at the HFMA must fill out the Application Form and must write a research proposal as described on the form. These materials along with a current transcript (unofficial is fine) must be submitted electronically (as .pdf files) by the specified deadline. In addition, at least two weeks prior to the deadline, applicants must alert their proposed faculty sponsor and the museum's Director or Collection Curator regarding the necessary recommendation forms (listed below) to be submitted separately by these individuals in support of the application:

All application materials must be received by CASA no later than March 6, 2015.

Please submit all materials electronically (as attached .pdf files) to:
April Miller

Expected Outcomes:

  • A paper generated by the student intern.
  • Educational materials and exhibition labels as needed by the museum.
  • If possible, a public presentation on campus during the following academic year.
  • A one page report from the faculty advisor.

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Previous Recipients of the Student Internship in Museology at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art

2013
Kirsten Straus ’13 (Classical Studies Major)
Sponsor/Faculty Advisor: Professor Ann Nicgorski
Museum Advisor: Jonathan Bucci
Project: Coins of Ancient Empires: The McIntyre Collection Updated

Ms. Straus created an online exhibit of coins in the museum's collection. Kirsten used her $2,500 award to create an online exhibit that is comprehensive but easy to process and understand by anyone viewing the exhibit. Kristen researched a number of new programs for presenting her online exhibit and then chose the one she feels best displays the exhibit and the correlating information. She included coins currently on display as well as coins that are not currently on display. 

2012
Student Intern: Reva Main '12 (Art History Major, Art Studio Minor)
Sponsor/Faculty Advisor: Professor Roger Hull
Museum Advisor: Jonathan Bucci
Project: Online Exhibitions of the Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh Gallery, the Carl Hall Gallery and the Grande Ronde Gallery

Ms. Main's project is to create online exhibitions of the Hallie Ford Museum’s permanent collection. Reva will use the $2,500 award to create an interactive website for the Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh Gallery, the Carl Hall Gallery and the Grand Ronde Gallery.

2011
Student Intern: Emily Schmierer '11
(Anthropology major, Spanish major)
Sponsor/Faculty Advisor: Professor Rebecca Dobkins, Anthropology
Project: Art of Ceremony: An Online Exhibition

Ms. Schmierer organized a series of photos from the Art of Ceremony Exhibit that was held at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in 2008. The collection includes over two thousand photos, consisting of documentation of exhibit preparations, opening ceremonies, exhibitaion installation, and exhibition objects themselves. In collaboration with Prof. Rebecca Dobkins, Ms. Schmierer created an online exhibit of all these photos, along with information from interviews and other important documentation. This creation of the online exhibit has allowed the audience to enjoy the photos from the physical exhibit long after its closure in 2008.

2009
Student Intern: Holly Steere '09
(History major, Art History minor)
Sponsor/Faculty Advisor: Professor Rebecca Dobkins, Anthropology
Project: Transportation of a Native American Collection: A Look into Museum Policies and Practice

Ms. Steere researched the Native American lithics collection held by Willamette University since the 1940s. The collection, now housed in the Hallie Ford Museum, was amassed primarily by Major Oliver McCleary (1888-1989), and includes a wide range of tools, personal adornments, sculptures, and vessels from the Columbia River region. Her research, in collaboration with Prof. Rebecca Dobkins and Collections Curator Jonathan Bucci resulted in an exhibition of a selection of the objects in the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Gallery, in anticipation of that gallery’s reinstallation in 2010. In addition, Ms. Steere’s archival and library research provided invaluable new information about McCleary and several of the items in the collection.

2008
Student Intern: Lauren Saxton '09 (Classics and History majors)
Sponsor/Faculty Advisor: Professor Ortwin Knorr, Classics
Project: Ancient Greek Coins

Ms. Saxton catalogued and researched a collection of the Greek coins from the McIntyre Collection of ancient coins that was donated to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in 2006. Her collaborative work with Prof. Ortwin Knorr resulted in a fine on-line exhibition of selected examples. Her research also formed the basis for the first public exhibition of these coins as part of the 2009 re-installation of the Sponenburgh Gallery at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.