The Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses museum offers internships in many areas of interest.  Interns work closely with Hermann-Grima + Gallier staff to conduct research, organize events and programs, and pursue their interests in the museum. The internship program provides invaluable hands-on experience and professional training for a variety of careers in the arts and cultural fields.

WHO WE ARE

The Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses are a nationally accredited museum with two historic houses in the French Quarter. Each house offers guided tours six days a week, and our Exchange Shop (gift shop) is open seven days a week. Both the Hermann-Grima House (built 1831) and Gallier House (built 1859) are involved in ongoing preservation, curation, educational programs, and community involvement.

GENERAL DUTIES

Internships can be tailored to specific fields of interest including curation, education, and development/community relations. Duties will vary depending on selected field but ultimately teach an overall understanding of museums operations. They may include (but are not limited to)

  • Attending staff meetings and other meetings when appropriate
  • Collections inventory and database management
  • Assistance with field trips and educational programs
  • Special events including our lecture series and fundraisers
  • Fundraising campaigns and recordkeeping
  • Research for social media posts, blogs, newsletters, and other communication
  • Assisting docents with daily tours and duties
  • Proper care and handling of artifacts in our collection

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Organization and ability to follow directions are imperative. This opportunity is prioritized to students pursuant in an advanced degree in Museum Studies, History, Art History, Architecture, Education, Urban Studies, or African American Studies.  Undergraduate students will be considered if space is available. Because working with children is involved, applicants must pass a background check. Applicants also need reliable transportation to the French Quarter and a mobile phone for communication.

AREA SPECIFIC INTERNSHIPS

Education Intern

  • Responsibilities
    • Assisting with research, special projects, educational programs and activities that help promote HGGHH programming
    • Museum and program related computer work and data entry
    • Filing, scanning, and organizing educational archives
    • Assisting Director of Educational Programming with programs, i.e. children’s educational series and lectures
  • Qualifications
    • Strong verbal and written communicational skills (especially with young children and people with special needs)
    • Must have good listening skills, attention to detail, organization, self-motivated, and works well with others
    • History, Museum Professions, or Education major is preferred (not required)
    • Database, Excel, Word, Google Drive/Docs/Spreadsheets
  • Outcomes
    • Learn how to develop, design, implement and promote educational program related to the mission of the Museum

Curatorial Intern

  • Responsibilities
    • Assist curator with inventory of 19th- and 20th-century collections of decorative and fine arts
    • Assist curator with cataloging objects in collections database, standardizing formatting
    • Upload collections images and related documents to our cloud-based collections database
    • Scan/photograph images and objects in the collection
    • Seek out image rights for museum exhibits and blog

Outcomes

  • Intern will learn best practices/methods for:
    • Handling and cataloging collections objects
    • Basics of collections database management
    • Museum nomenclature
    • Museum registration

Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of 19th-century art/decorative arts/architectural history
  • Basic knowledge of scanning, digital image editing
  • Attention to detail
  • Master’s degree candidates preferred

Giving and Community Relations Intern

  • Responsibilities
    • Use donation management software to gather and record information
    • Assist with fundraising communication and event planning
    • Research local events and organizations for community partnerships
    • Assist with social media and other communication strategies
    • Special event planning in many aspects including marketing and event details
    • Attend networking and outreach events as appropriate
  • Qualifications
    • Outgoing and organized with strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to work under time constraints and pressure
    • Interest in marketing, advertising, PR, development
  • Outcomes
    • Knowledge of DonorPerfect program and other development recordkeeping methods
    • Understanding of nonprofit and development language and practices including event planning
    • Experience with multifarious communication tools and event management
    • Awareness of the marketing needs of museums including education, curation, and administration
    • Problem-solving with small budgets and short turnaround times
    • Networking within multiple communities: museums, nonprofit, French Quarter and more

Design Intern

  • Responsibilities
    • Work with the Director of Giving and Community Relations to brainstorm and mock up design ideas for website, social media, and print
    • Present ideas to Executive Director and Director of Giving and Community Relations
    • Work with others, such as printers, programmers, developers or other technicians, to complete the final product
    • Follow specified HGGHH brand standards
    • Create innovative designs to support brand and marketing/product initiative.
    • Manage projects through multiple rounds of approvals and edits.
    • Design for print and digital media. (Posters, brochures, website, email, digital outdoor signage, and more)
    • Create artwork to achieve promotional goals.
    • Work with images as needed to provide creative and effective graphic designs.
  • Qualifications
    • Proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
    • Must be pro-active, detailed oriented, and possess good follow-through while adhering to deadlines.
    • Must be able to multi-task and prioritize tasks sufficiently while working independently.
    • Possess knowledge of current technology as it relates to advertising and design.
    • Strong organizational skills.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
    • Ability to work under tight deadlines.
    • High standard of professionalism, ethics, excellence and integrity
    • Must have own laptop and access to Adobe Creative Suite. (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign etc.)
  • Outcomes
    • Learn to develop, design, and produce design and marketing materials for a cultural institution following AAM best practices guidelines
    • Will develop materials for use in portfolio
    • Will develop necessary skills to work collaboratively and in a team environment

HOURS and DURATION

Interns typically work 10-20 hours per week, depending on the area of interest and the needs of both the intern and the organization.  Internship hours may be customized to fit the specific requirements of a degree program or other educational initiative. Internships are not paid.

For more information or to apply for an internship, please contact Gabrielle A. Rossi, Director of Educational Programming at gabrieller@hgghh.org

Shop at The Exchange Shop

Support the historic houses by shopping through the Exchange Shop and Consignment Shop.