Wichita State University students are invited to apply for paid internships, which offer valuable experience in the everyday workings of a university art museum. These internships offer students invaluable experiential learning that is informative on both intellectual and practical levels. Tasks may include assisting with research for exhibitions, cataloging works of art, helping with publicity, participating in exhibition installations, working on programs, and giving exhibition tours. Internships for course credit in fulfillment of curricular requirements are available in coordination with many academic departments.
To apply, please send a current resume accompanied by a cover letter to Ksenya Gurshtein, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art or Jana Erwin, Head of Education, summarizing your past experiences related to art and/or museum work, your goals for the future, and an explanation of why you would like to intern at a university modern and contemporary art museum. Please note: We strongly recommend visiting the Museum's exhibitions and exploring this website before writing the cover letter.
The Kouri Assistantship Endowment and the Mary Joan Waid Exhibition Student Support Fund provide 2-3 paid internships each semester to qualifying students. We would like to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Sam and Jacque Kouri and Mary Joan Waid for their dedication to life-changing student experiences at WSU and investment in the Ulrich as a training ground for future cultural professionals.
This internship was an invaluable experience for me. My work in the curatorial, education, and collections departments allowed me to grow in my understanding of museum functions. From co-curating exhibitions, to organizing education events, to condition reporting works from the collection, the hands-on experience I gained during this internship has helped me become more well-rounded, informed, and confident in my abilities going forward. My supervisors were wonderful mentors. They were not afraid to challenge me, but were always ready to lend a helping hand if I needed it. I loved being part of the Ulrich community, and I am confident the experiences and lessons that I learned during this time will help me in my future endeavors. --Nellie Elliott, former Ulrich intern