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Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in working at USC PAM. Below are positions currently available:

 

Internship Opportunities

Collections Management Internship 

USC Pacific Asia Museum is relocating the museum’s permanent collection of over 15,000 objects from an offsite storage facility back to the museum building after a long seismic retrofit project. Our collection includes various types of works of art and ethnographic objects from Asia and Pacific Islands, spanning more than five thousand years. This internship will focus on assisting the Collections staff in completing the final phase of the move as well as any curatorial need during the re-installation of the permanent galleries. The intern will participate in the following tasks: handling of objects, cross checking object information against the collections database, confirm object labels, and updating object locations. The intern will learn basic handling of artworks, as well as accessing and using the collections database, Mimsy XG, from the staff.   

Terms: 

This unique internship is available to students who are interested in gaining more experience in the museum field. This unpaid internship requires the intern to be able to commit 10-15 hours on a weekly basis between August 28 through December 8, 2017. Hours are flexible but must be during regular business hours Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 5:30 pm. Intern must have a reliable method of transportation as the work will be taking place at the museum in Pasadena – 14 miles from USC campus. The Metro Gold Line Memorial Park Station is .5 mile from the museum. 

Further qualifications: 

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student, who is interested in museum and collections management and/or who is passionate about art. Background in museum studies, art history, cultural studies or related fields is preferred. 
  • Works well as a team 
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills 
  • Attention to details  
  • Ability to work multiple tasks at the same time 
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel 

How to Apply: 

Please send the following to Annie Lee at annie.lee@pam.usc.edu 

  • Letter of interest of how the requirements are met for the position, what the intern hopes to contribute to the goals of the department and what the intern hopes to learn.   
  • Resume and contact information (phone/email) for 2 references (teacher, professor, former employer, etc.) (NO FORMAL LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION REQUIRED) 

 

Cultural and Arts Programming Internship 

 The USC Pacific Asia Museum Cultural and Arts Programming Intern will participate in the year-round programming at the USC Pacific Asia Museum including films, lectures, panels, performances, and cultural events/festivals. By being actively involved in the whole process from generating program ideas to event production, all the way through to marketing and outreach, the Cultural and Arts Programming Intern will gain valuable experience in arts and cultural programming on a variety of topics for diverse audiences. 

This unpaid internship requires the intern to be able to commit 10-15 hours on a weekly basis. Hours are flexible but must be during regular business hours Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 5:30 pm. Intern must have a reliable method of transportation as the work will be taking place at the museum in Pasadena – 14 miles from USC campus. The Metro Gold Line Memorial Park Station is .5 mile from the museum.  

Qualifications: 

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student 
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills 
  • Team-player 
  • Strong interest in event programming and execution 

How to Apply: 

Please send the following to Bethany Wearden at bethany.wearden@pam.usc.edu: 

  • Letter of interest of how the requirements are met for the position, what the intern hopes to contribute to the goals of the department and what the intern hopes to learn.   
  • Resume and contact information (phone/email) for 2 references (teacher, professor, former employer, etc.) (NO FORMAL LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION REQUIRED) 

Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteering at USC Pacific Asia Museum is a great way to learn about art and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands, meet people with similar interests, and share your knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors. Volunteers are a vital and valued part of the museum. Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow volunteers, the rewards of helping others, and the opportunity to make a difference.

There are many ways for volunteers to support USC Pacific Asia Museum including: 

  • Fulfill essential visitor services, including welcoming and directing guests to galleries and around the museum, and supplying information about USC PAM’s array of offerings.
  • Assist in art-making workshops
  • Assist at festivals, evening events, and other public programs.
  • Provide logistical support for performances and events.

Requirements: 

  • Delight in working with the public.
  • Become familiar with the exhibitions, collections, and programming in order to answer visitor questions confidently.
  • Attend in-service trainings.

How to Apply: 

Please fill out this online form and a museum staff member will contact you regarding upcoming volunteer opportunities: https://goo.gl/forms/wVRuMDBdkWRiONH22