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If you love art and enjoy working with people, then we’d love you to join our team of gallery guides and volunteer at the Frost Art Museum FIU.

Volunteers

We rely on our volunteers to support our vast educational programs, and we have many different types of volunteer positions with varied levels of training and time commitments. Our volunteers, lead art activities at our Family Day, set-up and assist with workshops, programs, and events, and serve as representatives of the museum.

Each fall new volunteers are recruited from our FIU campus and community. High School students are welcomed during the summer. Applications are accepted in August and in January of each year. All volunteers are required to submit a volunteer form, background check, digital fingerprinting and participate in an interview.

Gallery Guides

As gallery guides you will engage with our diverse visitors by leading tours on our exhibitions, collection, and Sculpture Park. We welcome visitors from around the world to our exciting events,and provide them with enriching programs that create memorable learning experiences.

Gallery Guides have the opportunity to partake in unique artful experiences include visits to other museums, sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes looks at museum exhibitions, as well as one-on-one conversations with artists, curators and scholars.

Applicants undergo rigorous training to learn the highest standards of content and presentation. Those wishing to volunteer should be comfortable with public speaking and working with diverse groups of visitors.

Once accepted into the Gallery Guide program:

  • Commitment to a minimum of 3 hours a week or at least 75 hours of volunteer service per year.
  • Availability to volunteer during a weekday, weekend, or evening hours
  • Adherence to Frost Art Museum guidelines.

Benefits

  • Use of The Dahlia Morgan Members Lounge and Library
  • Use of FIU Library for non students
  • Guest passes to local and international art events
  • Free catalogs of current exhibitions
  • Electronic access to training materials
  • Parking discounts
  • Interaction with a diverse public including artists, special guests, and speakers
  • Invitation to all lectures and opening receptions
  • Special topic docent workshops
  • Academic training by University faculty
  • Eligibility to audit University Art History courses (Gallery Guides only, after completing one semester of volunteering, and limited to course availability)
  • Recognition event and award ceremony

 

Apply

Recruitment takes place twice per year during the fall and spring semesters. For more information, please call the Education Department at frostedu@fiu.edu or 305-348-2890.

Become a Volunteer

Internship 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.