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Internships at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory is an organization built upon the dedication of volunteers and interns. There are a variety of ways to get involved and support the museum's operations, programs, outreach and events. Internships are offered during spring, fall and summer terms. Scheduling for internships is flexible and, though unpaid, training is provided. 

Current positions:

Summer Education Intern:

The Mattress Factory Education Department is looking for a full-time intern who is available Monday - Friday, 9am-4:30pm, June 30th - August 12th, 2014. There are some evening hours that will be arranged ahead of time. This position is unpaid but can be taken for credit.

The Summer Education Intern will assist teaching artists in our Community ARTLab and Factory 14s Summer Classes. There is an opportunity to work with students from ages 7-18 as well as families. The intern will have the opportunity to prepare and teach their own lesson as well have the experience of museum teaching. Students will spend time working on a variety of art-related projects, looking and experiencing art in the galleries and exploring the neighborhood and community. Interns will create projects alongside students as well as mentoring students, providing support to teaching artists, cleaning and setting up. Interns will prepare for classes, spend time with students during lunch and lead small group activities.

The intern for this position will be deeply invested and interested in art education in a museum setting, be comfortable making art in a variety of media and have experience working with students.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Shannon Berkheiser, Education Programs Coordinator at internships[at]mattress.org.

No calls please.


Past MF Intern Comments:


"Interning at the Mattress Factory was an incredibly rewarding experience.  As an intern in the Education department, I had the opportunity to not only witness the inner-workings of such a department, but actually be a contributing member of the team at the Mattress Factory.  I actively worked on specific research projects, participated in staff meetings, and prepared many educational materials for both the public and our own educators.  I also had the opportunity to assist other MF staff members with overlapping projects such as researching and writing for blog entries, and corresponding directly with exhibiting artists.  Over the course of my internship, I have formed great relationships with the MF staff and will surely take away valuable knowledge and experiences than will contribute to my future career in the arts."

-Museum Education Intern, Spring 2013


"I found working with the artists to be an extremely fulfilling and valuable experience. I learned a lot about being an artist and making art just by working in the same place as them. Even when the tasks were difficult, I felt like I was learning about the nature of the artistic process and how other people in my field choose to solve problems both creatively and practically.”

-Curatorial Intern, Summer 2006


Many thanks to our dedicated team of interns and volunteers whose contributions make the Mattress Factory a success. Education programs, special events and general museum operations would not be possible without the generous support of MF Volunteers and Interns. Get involved with a diverse group of art supporters and enthusiasts through MF Volunteer and Internship programs today!

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