Qatar Museums invites internship applications

DOHA: Qatar Museums (QM) has announced accepting applications for the Fall 2018 Internships.

The Fall Internship period will run from October to December and is open to university students, recent graduates, and high school students. The deadline for students wishing to apply is August 30.

This year, QM is advertising 68 internship placements, covering a variety of projects and learning experiences.

These include openings in the Orientalist Museum, the Children’s Museum, the Museum of Islamic Art, the Department of Education, Culture Pass, Architectural Conservation and Events. All interns will be granted a Certificate of Completion Letter upon the successful competition of the programme.

Dr Jelena Trkulja, Director of Education at QM said: “Students have shown considerable interest in the Summer Internship Programme and we are excited to offer internships on an ongoing basis during the Fall and Spring semesters (part-time) and during the Summer (full-time).”

“Informal learning is one of the pillars of QM and our internships are instrumental in helping younger generations choose a path that fits their personal interests and goals. By exposing more and more students to the exciting career options available at cultural institutions and by contributing to the creation of a knowledge-based economy, QM is supporting the cultural goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.”

The Summer Internship edition, which has recently concluded, saw 23 participants work as integral parts of teams across QM.

Hind Ghanim Al Saad Al Kuwari, a Graphic Design student at Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar, who interned at the Department of Education working on the Visual Literacy project that aims to increase engagement with the QM audience, said: “The great thing about this experience is that I got to see and be a part of a project like this from the idea stage to its realization.”

“I experienced researching and curating content to create a narrative and was able to sit and discuss the content and history of artworks and photographs with specialist curators. I was able to create multiple directions for the branding of the challenge and get feedback on my work, which is always invaluable.”

Aya, a Georgetown University-Qatar graduate with a B.S. in Foreign Service, who also interned at the Department of Education, said: “During this internship, I learned how educational resources (teachers’ guides and lesson plans) are developed and have had a fantastic opportunity to work on creating some of them for future use in Qatar Museums’ programmes and teacher engagement initiatives.”

Fatima Ramzan, also a VCU-Qatar student, who had the chance to work with the Fire Station team this summer, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my internship and now have very valuable experience under my belt. I had the chance to mentor students and had a lot of interaction with many people as part of the internship that has built up my confidence. All the artists were very supportive and easy to engage with, which made me excited to work with them. As a whole, I believe that this internship was successful in furthering my knowledge of a career in the field of art and has been the best out of all the internships I have done so far.”

QM is dedicated to sharing knowledge in the fields of arts and culture and nurturing young generations by exposing them to the work of cultural institutions. QM offers internship programmes that integrate knowledge and theory acquired in the classroom with practical skills development in a professional museum setting.

For more information about the Internship Programme, including the full list of open positions, visit: http://www.qm.org.qa/en/Internship-programs

Source: The Peninsula Qatar