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  • Worcester Art Museum Offers Paid Internships for Minority Students

    (WORCESTER, MASS., JANUARY 8, 2002)-The Worcester Art Museum is seeking applications for its paid summer Minority Internship Program.

    Interns in the program spend eight weeks working with Museum staff in all departments. Minority students from Central Massachusetts who expect to graduate high school this spring in good standing are eligible. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2002.

    Applications for the Minority Internship Program are available from school principals, social workers, and youth workers in Central Massachusetts or by contacting the Worcester Art Museum at 508-799-4406, extension 3007. The application is also available online. An informational video featuring former interns talking about their experiences is available to borrow free of charge. Call the Museum for more information.

    Developed in 1996 to encourage diversity in museums, this internship program introduces young minority adults to the museum field. Interns are exposed to the variety of careers available in an art museum by working with staff in the Museum's Administration, Curatorial, Education, Development, and Marketing divisions. Each intern works full time and earns a stipend. Museum staff and members of the Museum's Diversity Committee interview semi-finalists applying for the internships.

    Previous interns have gone on to study art and art history in college, pursuing interests they developed during the internship. One intern has studied art conservation in France, while another is pursuing a degree in teaching at Massachusetts College of Art. Many participants in the Minority Internship Program return to work as teaching assistants in the Museum's education department during school vacations. Last year's interns were Maggie Brophy of Boylston and Allen Penniman of Ashburnham.

    The Minority Internship Program is a part of the Worcester Art Museum's Discovery Program made possible through the Helen Stoddard Discovery Fund, and the Booth Family Fund for Education and Outreach of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Additional support is provided by Harriet M. Hight and the Museum's Diversity Committee.

    Museum Background

    A cultural jewel of New England, the Worcester Art Museum first opened to the public in 1898. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Its extensive four-season studio arts program enrolls 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (sponsored by Commerce Bank), and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and full-time college students with current ID, and FREE for Members and all youth 17 and under. Admission is also FREE for everyone on Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon (sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company). The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Expanded parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.

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