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 Tues-Wed 10am-4pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-4pm, and Sun 1-5pm. You can find out more about the collection by visiting the website www.kluge-ruhe.org.
Internships are available for Academic Year 2020-2021
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection seeks highly motivated UVA undergraduate students for internships in academic year 2020-2021. The museum is offering internships in museum education, collections management, and the curatorial department.
Academic year internships require 150 hours each semester, for a total of 300 hours over the course of the 2020-2021 academic year (roughly 10 hours/week).
Internships include a stipend of $3500, disbursed in payments of $1750 at the start of each semester.
EDUCATION INTERNSHIP The Kluge-Ruhe Education intern will work directly with the Manager of Education and Programs and the Education Coordinator on Aboriginal art resources for K-12 teachers. The intern may also be involved in other aspects of museum education, such as planning and delivering programs to various audiences and age groups, marketing programs on social media and web platforms and assisting with exhibitions as needed. As an outcome of this placement, the intern will have a portfolio of projects that will serve him or her in future career opportunities. Strong writing skills, a deep interest in museum education, and experience teaching children are required for this position; knowledge of K-12 curricula and experience developing lesson plans are preferred. Qualified applicants are those seeking careers in the education or museum education sector.
COLLECTIONS INTERNSHIP The Collections intern will receive hands-on training in the digitization, documentation, and research of museum collections. Research and writing skills are required for this position; digital photography and experience using Adobe Photoshop preferred. Applicants preferably will have a background in the field of anthropology, art history, global development studies, or studio art. The intern will work directly with the Collections Manager on the following projects, which will ensure the proper documentation and registration of objects in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, providing physical and virtual access to 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 and policy-related research
- Assist in editing collections database records for online collections search
- 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.
CURATORIAL INTERNSHIP The Curatorial intern will work closely with Henry Skerritt, Curator of Indigenous Art of Australia, on a range of tasks including the research and selection of objects for exhibition onsite at Kluge-Ruhe and in other exhibitions on UVA grounds. Students with backgrounds in anthropology, art history, global development studies, or studio art are best qualified for this position. The position requires excellent research and writing skills.
ELIGIBILITY Applications are open to rising 2nd, 3rd, and 4thyear UVA students from all fields of study with a demonstrated interest in Indigenous Arts/Studies. Applicants must be current UVA undergraduates in good academic standing. Students enrolled in the University Museums Internship course are ineligible. ***Note that Kluge-Ruhe is located off grounds at 400 Worrell Drive in Pantops, and interns are responsible for their own transportation.
HOW TO APPLY Download the application form. Send completed application form and supporting documents (statement of interest, a current résumé, and your unofficial transcript) to Catherine Walden, firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is August 1, 2020. Please be sure to select which type of internship you would prefer (you may choose more than one).
Photo: The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection's building in Charlottesville, proudly flying the Aboriginal flag. Photo by Tom Cogill.