The Internship Program of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) offers university and post-graduate level students from diverse academic disciplines the opportunity to acquire required work experience for their respective degrees and interact with other students and museum professionals. They will also develop an individual project that will permit them to define or redirect their academic and professional interests, before finishing their formal studies and integrating formally into the labor force. This is an unpaid internship at the MAPR which can be validated for credit in the university with the approval of the institution that grants the final degree. The MAPR has received student interns from the country's public and private universities as well as from France, Jamaica, and Switzerland.
What is an internship?Back to top
An internship is a structured learning opportunity in which the person is exposed to one or various departments of an institution. Priorities are established and tasks assigned to be undertaken during a set amount of time under the direct supervision of a department manager or director.
Program objectiveBack to top
The program objective is to create an alternative space where university level students can put into practice their acquired knowledge and allow them to develop skills for the future. The program also exposes them to the world of non-profit organizations.
Program missionBack to top
The mission of the program is to provide an opportunity for development and structured learning in which the university student is exposed to one or various departments of the MAPR and in which priorities and tasks for completion are established under the direct supervision of the immediate supervisor and coordinator of the program.
The Internship Program, run by the Education Department of the MAPR, evaluates and interviews the applicants and notifies those who will participate as interns at the MAPR. The interview process may include telephone and personal interviews with the interested candidates.
Requirements for internshipsBack to top
Candidates for the internship program are:
- 3rd or 4th year university students,
- Recently graduated university students who wish to expand their knowledge before fully entering the workforce,
- Master’s degree students.
Interested students should submit the following information:
- Internship Application, which should be submitted four weeks before the date that the program begins.
- Two (2) letters of reference.
- A written essay of a maximum of two pages that includes:
o The reasons why you desire to be considered for an internship at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico,
o What you hope to gain from this internship,
o What you hope to have learned once the internship is completed,
o Indicate the number of approved university credits and/or classes taken,
o Submit a copy of current transcript of credits,
o Official university document approving participation in the Internship Program at the MAPR
Once the intern finishes their work, the MAPR will provide them with a certificate for the completed hours. This is an unpaid internship.
If the university concedes credits to the intern for the internship, they are responsible for assuring that the intern makes the proper arrangements for the credits to be recognized. The intern should provide the documentation for his evaluation and required certification.
Academic areas potentially eligible for internshipsBack to top
Among the academic areas potentially eligible for internships are:
Graphic design and Multimedia
Graphic design of print and digital material for diverse projects. Assist in the production and editing of video and audio recordings to include in the online educational section of the MAPR’s website.
Catalogue library materials, photo collections and poster art. Digitalize documents for the digital archive. Transcribe the recorded tapes of activities and integrate them into the library’s archive.
Special projects in the area of preservation, conservation, and restoration of works of art.
Design and offer tours and related activities for the different audiences (families, teenagers, adults, and children) the MAPR receives on a daily basis. Collaborate in the development of events and guided tours that incorporate other cultural institutions in the community (example: Foundation for Architecture, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Performing Arts Center).
Develop guided tours for the blind, the deaf, and people with Down Syndrome and other handicaps.
Arts education and Pre-school education
Develop tour guides and educational portfolios for teachers and families, as well as other adults and children.
Special project for the activARTE Ángel Ramos Foundation Gallery and MAPR gardens.
A lesson and tour integrating the standards of excellence established by Department of Education of Puerto Rico and the MAPR collections.
History of art and curatorship
Special research projects for the Curatorship Department.
Design, implement and analyze public polls about exhibitions, activities, art workshops and MAPR facilities.
Personally survey the public at the MAPR exit and/or through the use of telephone calls or in public places (commercial centers, town squares, etc).
Music and art
In collaboration with the Conservatory of Music, organize a music program integrated with the arts and MAPR activities.
Registrar's Division / Colleciton Stewardship
Special projects in the area of registration such as cataloguing materials and works of art.
Assist in the creation of content (text/interviews/videos) for the MAPR website. Design evaluation programs/surveys via the web site.
Translate informative and educational materials for print and digital media.