Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Loo Family Asian Art Intern - 18357BR

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Loo Family Asian Art Intern

Spencer Museum of Art
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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Position Overview

Interns will participate in a full range of professional staff activities. They will have the opportunity to conceptualize and write for gallery installations and exhibitions when the exhibition schedule allows. All interns will assist with a variety of departmental duties in order to gain broad understanding of museum operations, including attending various staff meetings and assisting at the visitor services desk.

Job Description

The Asian Art Intern works closely with the Curator of Global Contemporary and Asian Art on research and documentation of the collection, exhibitions, and other aspects of curatorial work within the department.

  • Conduct research on objects in the museum collection and assist in cataloging newly acquired works of art.
  • Assist with collection research and documentation, logistical planning and research related to future exhibition projects, class and storage visits.
  • Contribute to the exhibition planning process, including writing and editing exhibition labels.
  • Work effectively with other members of the museum staff on team-driven projects.
  • Attend staff meetings and museum events.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be a University of Kansas graduate student seeking a master's or Ph.D. degree.
  • Enrolled in six credit hours of graduate coursework or at least one hour of thesis/dissertation (approval form from graduate program required).
  • Strong spoken and written communication as evidenced by application materials and interview.
  • Demonstrated computer competency (Office, Outlook, databases, web skills).
  • Must have a flexible schedule and be available to work weekends and after hours if needed.
  • Routinely lift storage boxes weighing 20-40 lbs with or without assistance.
  • Fluent in at least one East Asian language (Chinese, Korean or Japanese) as evidenced by application materials and interview.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Outstanding research and written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong written and oral presentation skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with museum staff, university faculty and students.
  • Ability to formulate probing questions about art and its many roles.
  • Interest in and knowledge of Asian art and culture, both historical and contemporary.
  • Interest in a museum career is taken into consideration.
  • Acceptance of Federal Work Study (for eligibility please fill out a FAFSA form through the KU Financial Aid Office).

Additional Candidate Instructions

Application Process:
Please provide the following information in your application materials (CV and cover letter), attached as one document, PDF preferred.
  • The Spencer Museum of Art currently has multiple internship opportunities available beginning August 2021 through July 2022. Please rank in order of preference which internship you prefer to be considered for.
  • Museum or related career goals.
  • Educational experience in relevant fields of study.
  • Work experience.
  • Brief writing sample.
  • Language skills.
  • Other skills such as computer use, database experience, matting and framing.
  • Provide telephone number and email address where you can be reached.
Additional Information:
  • This position is also eligible to participate in the university health insurance program. Visit for more information.
  • This position is an 11 month (24 pay period) appointment beginning August 9, 2021 ending July 9, 2022.
  • Students may apply for one or more positions.
  • Students who previously have held an SMA internship are also eligible to apply again for the same internships or different internship.
  • Interns are also eligible for a $500.00 travel stipend contingent upon available funding.
Statement on Diversity & Inclusion
As a premier international research university, the University of Kansas is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that nurtures the growth and development of all. KU holds steadfast in the belief that an array of values, interests, experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and our workplace. The promotion of and support for a diverse and inclusive community of mutual respect requires the engagement of the entire university.

Contact Information to Applicants

Kris Ercums
785 864 6788


Jennifer Talbott
785 864 0135

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Work Schedule

20 hours per week, schedule to be determined by Supervisor.

Anticipated Start Date


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Spencer Museum of Art
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University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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