What the Gund Associate Program Offers
The Gund Gallery Associate Program offers Kenyon students an opportunity to complement their formal liberal arts education with meaningful career experiences and informal learning opportunities. Working with museum professionals, Gund Gallery Associates are able to participate in all aspects of museum work including behind-the-scenes operations, curatorial research and planning, collection maintenance and educational outreach. An extension of the classroom, the program integrates theory with practice by building and promoting collaboration and exchange between students, faculty and community.
Gund Gallery Associates gain practical museum experience, work with museum professionals and have special access to visiting artists and scholars, special field trips and other activities.
Duties and Expectations
The Gund Gallery Associate Program offers both paid and volunteer positions. Volunteers positions are for students who want to be involved in a specific project, but cannot commit to a work schedule. Paid positions require interns to perform duties in visitor services and to participate in focused projects in the areas of Audio & Video Production, Collections Management, Curatorial Practice, Communications, Education, Film Curation, Publications Design, or Visitor Experience. Associates typically work 2-10 hours per week. After one year as a Gund Gallery Associate, participants can apply to take on a managerial role as a Gund Gallery Associate Leader.
Area Focus Projects
Gund Gallery Associate Projects are designed to be meaningful and enriching experiences. Throughout the academic year, our associates can be found …
- Leading tours for members of Kenyon College and the local community
- Curating exhibitions, researching, and writing gallery materials
- Creating new content for social media and the Gund Gallery website
- Editing catalogs, gallery publications and programming materials
- Developing programs for Knox Country school and after-school programs
- Supporting collections management efforts
Applications are accepted and hires are typically made at the beginning of the fall term. Museum staff will interview each candidate to match the Museum’s needs with the educational and professional goals of the student.
All currently enrolled Kenyon College students can participate in the Gund Gallery Associate Program.
Fall 2021 Application Timeline
- September 6: Application Deadline at Noon
- September 6-10: Interviews
- September 10: Acceptance Decisions
- September 13: New Associates Meeting
Please prepare the following documents and apply through Kenyon’s Handshake application portal. Do not send materials directly to Christopher Yates.
- Cover letter expressing why you would like to work at the Museum and in which program area(s) you would like to gain experience
- Writing sample.
In recent years, Gund Associates have secured competitive summer internships at the following:
- Adah Rose Gallery (D.C.)
- Berger Hirschberg Strategies (D.C.)
- BravinLee Gallery (NYC)
- Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution (D.C.)
- City Arts (NYC)
- Cleveland Museum of Art (OH)
- Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution (NYC)
- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR)
- Dallas Museum of Art (TX)
- David Zwirner Gallery (NYC)
- Diane Arbus Archive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC)
- Elizabeth Dee Gallery (NYC)
- Exhibition A, an initiative of Half Gallery (NYC) led by Cynthia Rowley (designer) and Bill Powers (gallery owner)
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts (NYC)
- Freer & Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution (D.C.)
- Girl Scouts summer camp (CA)
- Laura Rosenthal Casting (NYC)
- London Vogue (UK)
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA)
- Museum of Modern Art (NYC)
- New Museum (NYC)
- Phoenix Art Museum (AZ)
- P.P.O.W. Gallery (NYC)
- Rubin Museum (NYC)
- Smithsonian (D.C.)
- Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC)
- Yossi Milo Gallery (NYC)
For more information on the program, please contact:
Gund Gallery at Kenyon College