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The Frost Art Museum is fortunate to be a part of FIU, one of the largest research universities in the country. We provide our students, faculty and staff with access to art from around the world and develop programming to engage our community.

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Internship/volunteer Opportunities

  • The Ziff Internship for Curatorial Diversity

    The Ziff Internship for Curatorial Diversity at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, is offered to a junior or senior FIU student who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or as a person of color, and wishes to embark on a career in the curatorial field. Our intention is to hire a student who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or as a person of color and we welcome intersectional identities, but we are an equal opportunity employer and all qualifying students are welcome to apply.

    By focusing on talented people from different backgrounds and viewpoints this internship aims to increase the diversity of the curatorial field, helping to build the next generation of art museum professionals. Reporting to the Chief Curator, the Ziff Intern works in partnership with the other members of the museum staff to gain first-hand experience with the research, documentation, and presentation of objects. During the ten-week internship, the selected candidate will contribute to research and writing projects related to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions and learn about the duties of the museum’s curator, registrars, and preparator.

    The 2021 Ziff Internship takes place over ten weeks during the spring semester, for twenty hours per week.

    Please include a short essay explaining your background experience, motivations, and goals for applying for the Ziff Internship for Curatorial Diversity. The essay should be no more than two pages in length and include a description of your background, and cultural or museum interests and experiences, as well as any other information you believe is relevant to your application. Questions may be directed to Grace Frawley at 305-348-6086 or gfrawley@fiu.edu.

  • The Rubin-Ladd internship

    The Rubin-Ladd internship at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU is offered to two junior or senior FIU students each fall semester and aims to train students to teach with objects expanding the museum’s audience reach. During the course of this internship, students will gain experience working in museums and develop transferable skills in critical thinking, visual analysis, public speaking, educational theory and community engagement.

    After participating in a training program led by Frost Art Museum staff, Rubin-Ladd interns will conduct tours of the Frost Art Museum’s exhibitions for a variety of visitors. Interns will design curricula, present lessons, and develop activities for groups from partnering Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS), integrating science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) initiatives. Interns will also curate in-person and virtual tours for various audiences throughout the academic year.

    Curatorial Research Working with chief curator, the interns will complete five (5) hours per week of curatorial work. During this time, they will research the objects in the museum’s collection, and discuss the history of the objects, the context in which they were made, the history of the museum, and the role of exhibitions in creating dynamic programming.

    Conducting Tours For ten (10) hours each week, interns will work under Chief of Education to develop lesson plans and prepare and practice conducting tours to school groups. During this time, they will learn how to apply evidence-based teaching strategies that support learning in an informal setting, how to teach with objects, and hands on sessions to develop their visual thinking, observational and teaching skills.

    Prior to conducting school tours, Rubin-Ladd Student interns will prepare and practice in collaboration with the education and curatorial teams. Interns will communicate with teachers to meet their expectations and needs and learn how to align their tours with student’s needs. They develop pre-visit and post-visit guides. They facilitate 30-minute virtual tours introducing MDCPS students to ideas about museums, musuem education, collecting and art making leading to a desired learning objective for that tour.

    Independent Study Rubin-Ladd Student Docent interns spend five (5) hours weekly of self-study, curriculum projects, and writing reflections. This time is critical for independent research, planning tour outlines, responding to feedback, and developing curricula.

    The 2021 Rubin Ladd Internship takes place over twelve weeks during the fall semester, for twenty hours per week. Please include a short essay explaining your background experience, motivations, and goals for applying for the Rubin Ladd Student docent Internship. The essay should be no more than two pages in length and include a description of your background, and cultural or museum interests and experiences, as well as any other information you believe is relevant to your application. Questions may be directed to Grace Frawley at 305-348-6086 or gfrawley@fiu.edu.

  • Gallery Guides & Volunteers

    If you love art and enjoy working with people, then we’d love you to join our team of gallery guides and volunteers. A volunteer position comes with benefits like guest passes and behind-the-scenes access to exhibitions, events and more. Recruitment takes place twice per year during the Fall and Spring semesters.

    Gallery Guides & Volunteers

Faculty Resources

The museum welcomes faculty to bring their classes to the museum to provide a visual component to their courses. In addition to our exhibitions, our collection of over 6,000 works is available as a resource. Faculty should contact the Curatorial Department, to discuss viewing the collection.

Student Resources

We provide our students with a critical component to their academic learning. Through our exhibitions, collections, and programming we create multiple entry points for our students to engage with art.

In addition to our diverse exhibition schedule, we hold annual exhibitions for students to complement courses, highlight university programs, and feature our amazing students.

Exhibitions

Wall of photos displayed in Otros Lados, a First Year Experience exhibition

First-Year Reading Program Exhibitions

In 2016, the museum launched an initiative with the Common Reading Program to attract new students to the museum. All incoming students entering FIU read the same book and discuss it in their First-Year Experience course. The museum developed an exhibition to complement the book with visual literacy, and introduce students to the museum. In its first year, the museum provided 24 tours and welcomed 2,465 first-year students to the museum.

Entrance to Terence Price II's gallery

MLK Exhibitions

For several years, the museum has developed an exhibition in the winter to coincide with the university’s MLK Commemorative Celebration. In 2016, the museum defined the scope and goal of the exhibition, and established it formally as an exhibition series. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibition series addresses issues of race, diversity, social justice, civil rights and humanity to serve as a catalyst for dialogue and enrich our community with new perspectives.

Portion of a student exhibition

Student Exhibitions

The museum works with faculty and students to produce exhibitions that are curated by students or include works by students. Annually, we hold the Master of Art Education exhibition, Master of Fine Arts exhibition, Master of Fine Arts Curatorial Practice, and History of Medicine through the Arts Honors College exhibition.