The National Gallery has begun taking applications for its 2005-06 internship.
Gallery director Nancy Barnard said the internship is an excellent opportunity for a recent or soon-to-be Caymanian high school graduate to get a year of work experience before college.
‘The experience that a year at the National Gallery will provide in terms of business and art skills will be second to none, and this internship will provide another opportunity for the succession of young Caymanians into the workforce,’ she said.
The term of the internship is flexible, but will run approximately nine months, Mrs. Barnard said.
Sponsored by Deutsche Bank, the internship pays a stipend of $12,000 plus benefits.
Interns will learn many aspects of gallery/museum work, including curatorial, educational and collections management, exhibition design, public relations, membership and volunteer co-ordination and administration.
Last year’s intern, Josephine Shibli, said the Gallery internship allowed her to do things she would not have been able to do in a corporate working environment.
‘In house, I was trusted with large responsibilities, whereas in a large company, my tasks would have been limited,’ she said. ‘But because of the small amount of staff at the Gallery, I became entrusted with large projects.
‘For example, I do all the preparations for the monthly children’s programme Art Trek.’
Ms Shibli said the internship gave her some unique opportunities.
‘I have been on a live broadcast at CITN several times and had the pleasure of going on a radio talk station to talk about my work with the annual Art at Governor’s,’ she said.
Ms Shibli finished high school last June and started her internship last August.
‘My internship has been such a great success with the Gallery, that it has inspired them in the annual implementation of the programme, to give Caymanians the chance to excel in a career in the arts,’ she said.
Ms Shibli was very appreciative of the internship.
‘I would like to thank Deutsche Bank for graciously making this opportunity available to me and future applicants,’ she said.
Sophie Ebanks, Marketing Manager for Deutsche Bank Cayman, said the bank was ‘delighted and honoured to be a part of the National Gallery internship programme.
‘Education and the arts have long been a focus of Deutsche Bank, and what better way to achieve this than through education in the arts for our young Caymanians,’ she said.
Application deadline for the 2005-2006 internship is 30 April. The successful applicant will be notified by 31 May, Mrs. Barnard said.