Main components of the AAMD/UNCF Museum Diversity Initiative
• Leadership Development and Career Readiness assistance will be provided to all AAMD/UNCF Fellows through virtual career and job readiness coaching (i.e. webinars). This component will allow for Fellows to focus on areas such as building their content expertise as it relates to museums and career opportunities, principles of business and nonprofit management, project management, IT-related business productivity skills and workplace communications.
• A paid Fall 2014 semester internship program that will expose students to professional museum careers, such as accounting and finance, development, community relations, marketing, etc. Selected AAMD/UNCF Fellows will be deployed as interns to an AAMD member institution near their college or university campus. During the semester-long internship, they will, acquire new skills, gain an understanding of the professional needs of museums and make a meaningful contribution to the organization to which they are assigned.
• Professional Development training through mandatory attendance at the AAMD Conference. Fellows will have an opportunity to network with art museum directors from across the United States, Canada and Mexico and attend multiple presentations and panel discussions.
As part of their application for the program, students must submit an essay which includes their career aspirations, leadership experiences, and their most significant achievements. Students are also required to upload their academic transcript(s) and resume to be considered for the internship. In addition, students must select a faculty member to serve as their advisor throughout the fall 2014 internship period by inviting him/her to complete the Faculty Advisor Form. Students will not be considered for this oppportunity without the submitted Faculty Advisory Form.
Selected candidates must be able to work a minimum of 15 hours per week at the museum.