Kluge-Ruhe Internships

About Kluge-Ruhe

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is the only museum dedicated solely to the exhibition and study of Indigenous Australian art in the United States. It is located 10 minutes from UVa grounds at 400 Worrell Drive, Peter Jefferson Place, off the 250 East Bypass at Pantops. Programs include rotating exhibitions in the gallery, research, collections management, conservation, publication and public education. The museum is open to the public open Tues - Sat 10 am - 4 pm and Sun 1 - 5 pm. You can find out more about the collection by visiting the website www.kluge-ruhe.org.

Spring 2018 Internship

The Spring 2018 Undergraduate Curatorial Intern will work closely with the Curator and the Education and Program Manager to develop an exhibition for the museum’s lobby space that introduces museum visitors to the diversity, sophistication, and contemporaneity of Indigenous Australian people, art, and culture. This will entail meetings to discuss the direction and learning goals for the exhibition, conducting research, communicating with artists, art centers and copyright holders in Australia, and working with a vendor to design and produce the exhibition’s panels.

The position requires 150 hours of work over the Spring 2018 semester, approximately 10 hours per week for 15 weeks. Intern will receive a stipend of $2600 (in two installments, February & May.) Position begins Feb. 5, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY Applicants must be current UVA undergraduates with a specific interest in working with Australian Aboriginal art.  Students enrolled in the University Museums Internship course are ineligible.

CONTACT Please direct questions about the internship to Lauren Maupin, Education and Program Manager, ldm3d@virginia.edu

APPLY Complete and submit the form below and supporting documents to Lauren Maupin, ldm3d@virginia.eduDEADLINE is January 22, 2018. 

Application Checklist:

  • Contact Form
  • Letter of Interest (one page describing your interest in the position and any relevant experience or qualifications)
  • Spring 2018 Course Schedule (your weekly availability)
  • Résumé
  • Unofficial Transcript

Summer 2018 Internships

The Kluge-Ruhe will offer 2 paid summer internships for highly motivated undergraduate UVA students, preferably in the field of anthropology, art history, global development studies, or art.

Applications are open to rising second, third, and fourth year students in all fields of study who are in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher). 

Internships will be 30 hours per week, 10 weeks. Interns will receive a stipend of $3500

  • Collections Intern
    • Intern will receive hands-on training in the digitization and research of museum collections. Research and writing skills are required for this position; digital photography and experience in Adobe Photoshop preferred. 
    • The intern will work directly with the Collection Manager on the following projects, which will ensure the proper documentation and registration of objects in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection and allow them to be accessed by students and researchers:
      • Assess and document objects
      • Aid in the rehousing of small objects in the collection 
      • Digitize objects (digital photography, image processing, embedding metadata)
      • Conduct object-based research 
      • Assist in editing collections data for a future online database
      • Additionally, the intern will assist with office duties (mailings, answering phone) and other tasks necessary to running a small museum such as helping with exhibitions and special programs.
    • For more information about this internship, contact Nicole Wade, Collections Manager, anw9s@virginia.edu.
  • Education Intern
    • This internship presents a unique opportunity for a student to have hands-on experience working with the Kluge-Ruhe Collection staff on developing programs and assist with visitor services. The intern will learn about museum programming from idea to evaluation, the use of Understanding by Design as a model for museum education, and basic marketing for museum programming. As an outcome of this placement, the intern will create a portfolio of projects that will serve him or her in future career opportunities. 
    • ​Intern will receive hands-on training in the educational programming of a museum. Research and writing skills are required for this position; previous museum or gallery experience is preferred. The intern will work directly with the Education and Program Coordinator on the following projects, which will ensure the Kluge-Ruhe Collection meets its mission of educating the public about Australian Indigenous art and culture:
      • Assist when needed with visitor services and volunteer management
      • Assist when needed in the development of programs to support exhibitions
      • Market the programs on social media and web platforms
      • Plan and implement educational programs to various audiences and age groups 
    • For more information about this internship, contact Lauren Maupin, Education and Program Coordinator, ldm3d@virginia.edu.

How to Apply

Follow the application instructions to complete the online application and upload documents. NOTE: Kluge-Ruhe applicants are required to submit a cover letter in addition to the other application components. 

  • Cover Letter - one page addressing the following:
    • Why are you interested in interning at Kluge-Ruhe and working with Aboriginal Australian art?
    • Which department you would like to work with (Collections or Education)?
    • Please share any experience, skills, or interests that may be relevant to this internship. 

All application materials are due March 2, 2018


Photo: The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection's building in Charlottesville, proudly flying the Aboriginal flag. Photo by Tom Coghill.