The Anderson Gallery seeks applications for the position of Anderson Gallery Intern for the 2015-16 academic year. This is a paid internship offering 5-10 hours per week, with additional hours required during weeks of exhibition installation. This internship provides an excellent opportunity for a student to gain insight into the professional practice of gallery administration as well as hands-on experience working with visiting artists and providing graphic design support to the gallery. The position is a good fit for a graphic design student with marketing experience, however, applications will be accepted from any student of junior or senior standing in the department of art+design. (see requirements below for more information)

General responsibilities: (under the guidance of the director)

  • Production of supplementary print materials for gallery exhibitions; including promotional posters, gallery labels, vinyl lettering, etc.
  • Manages scheduling of gallery monitor staff
  • Provides support for reorganization project of gallery media; occasional video editing for translation to the web, audio file production and maintenance on gallery ipods, etc.
  • Assists with PR initiatives, including social media posting, website updates, flickr uploads, etc.
  • Functions as primary student-gallery liaison for campus-wide PR
  • Assists in packing/unpacking works of art, installations and strikes of exhibitions and gallery prep (including patching and painting walls, cleaning, lighting, possible work on ladders, etc.)
  • Provides support in coordination of opening receptions, lectures and other public events
  • Other duties as assigned

Internship project:

The Gallery Intern additionally functions as the curator and designer for the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition (opens in early March). In this role, the gallery director and design director will assist, however the exhibition is the responsibility of the gallery intern. Roles include:

  • Working with the gallery design director (John Fender) on the creation of an exhibition catalogue, invites and related print materials for exhibition
  • Curatorial duties including receiving/organizing accepted works of art, designing the layout of the gallery and coordinating with artists for installation
  • Event coordination for the opening reception, including the award ceremony.

Requirements for application:

Applicants must:

  • be a junior or senior at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, be enrolled in classes, and be majoring in a Drake University Art +Design program;
  • have prior experience in graphic design (see below)
  • be highly motivated, able to meet sometimes tight deadlines, multitask, and work independently;
  • be easily accessible on a regular bxasis via email
  • be willing and able to receive feedback and constructive criticism on matters pertaining to graphic, web, and exhibition design, writing, printing, etc.
  • have an interest in gallery or museum work.

The following would be helpful but not required:

  • possess an art historical vocabulary and have a rudimentary knowledge of art historical movements;
  • completed classwork or has previous experience in marketing
  • has a thorough understanding of Adobe CS (Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop) and have ready access to these programs;
  • Success in and completion of the following courses or their equivalents or has achieved, through other means, the skill sets taught therein: Digital Print Production, Graphic Design 1, Typography 1


Applicants should drop off resume with cover letter and samples of work to Alina in the Art Office. You may supply a disk with work examples, hard copies and/or provide information linking to a web portfolio. Resume and cover letter must be submitted in hard copy.

Applications will be accepted WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 through noon FRIDAY, Sept. 4. Interviews will be conducted shortly thereafter. Position begins immediately.

Questions? Feel free to contact Heather Skeens at