Student Employment - Berman Museum of Art


The Berman Museum is accepts applications each semester for "as needed" positions. All students are trained on reception desk coverage and routine security of the museum. Additional responsibilities may include exhibition tasks, collections projects and/or education programming. Training will be provided.

Reception Desk duties:

  • Contact with the public; greeting visitors, answering questions about the museum and exhibitions.
  • Answering the phone, taking messages
  • Security – monitoring security camera
  • Project work (data base work, envelope stuffing, etc.)

Collections/Exhibition Duties:

  • Handling art work, placing works on racks
  • Condition reports
  • Exhibition installation/deinstallation
  • Label cutting and installing wall labels
  • Research projects
  • Data entry projects
  • Wrapping/unwrapping works
  • Sculpture cleaning
  • Inventory
  • Campus loan program – delivering/picking up work from other buildings on campus

Education Programming:

  • Helping to develop curriculum materials for visiting
  • K-12 school groups
  • Helping to develop curriculum support materials for
  • Ursinus community faculty and students
  • Helping to develop an interactive, educational Website and related online initiatives for the Museum
  • “Peer Docent” training program: helping to oversee and develop a one-of-a-kind program in this region devoted to training middle school and high school students to become museum mentors for their classmates
  • “Adopt-A-Work” program: helping to oversee and develop a program aimed at bringing high-risk, often high-poverty urban students into the Museum’s vaults to develop personal relationships with permanent collection pieces
  • Working on public programming development: artist residencies at the Museum, special performances, public lectures, gallery talks, etc.
  • Publicity: designing promotional emails, posters, flyers for Museum programs
  • Undergoing training to give guided tours of exhibitions to school and adult groups
  • Research for upcoming exhibitions
  • Contributing written labels for exhibitions
  • Helping to develop programming for exhibitions
  • Helping to develop outreach to K-12 audiences, seniors, and students on campus

Attributes we are looking for:

  • Has an interest in the arts and working in aspects of the museum environment (although no experience is necessary).
  • Shows a combination of creativity, initiative, and dedication.
  • Enjoys challenging and diverse work.
  • Pleasing personality, likes to work with the public both on the phone and in the museum, and is responsible and mature
  • Able to work independently, as well as with other students on various projects.
  • Able to lift heavy objects, clean and is able to work on more gritty projects from time to time.
  • Good computer skills