A Guide to Gallery Internships: Part 2

Hello and welcome to Part 2 of our Gallery Internship Guide!  This post is all about nailing your interview, making a great impression and having a greater chance of being hired. 

First off, if you’ve been contacted about coming in for an interview, congratulations!  You’ve clearly captivated the Gallery Director with your resume and cover letter.  Hopefully, you know a thing or two about the gallery by now.  Nonetheless, before your interview, you should continue your research so that you are well acquainted with previous shows, the gallery’s reputation, and how long they have been established. Galleries want to hire interns who are familiar with their role in the art world.  Experience in installation and office work is a plus.  Don't be afraid to let them know whether you have administrative skills,  and of course whether you can navigate thoroughly through Microsoft Office and Adobe programs; though be sure to mention that you are open to learning any new programs they may have to teach you.

Come Prepared- Bring a notebook and pen to write down important information that may be discussed during the interview. This shows the interviewer that you are serious about the position and are willing to learn more.

Look the Part-  As artists we are all most comfortable in our grungy jeans covered in paint splashes and coffee spills, though that is certainly not the appearance that you want to have for an interview. Making a great first impression does not just rely on what you say. As an intern you would be representing the gallery and you want to visual state that you can do so in the most professional manner. 

Ask Questions - Be genuinely curious.  What is the normal day like?  How many hours would I be expected to work? Is there any form of payment? Plus, any other additional questions that you feel you should know the answers to before walking away from the interview process that will be beneficial. The interviewer will appreciate your interest and enthusiasm for the position. 

Be honest - Truthfully talk about your skills and experience.  If you have never installed work for an exhibition, say so; yet, follow with the fact that you're eager to learn.  Also, express that you are interested in helping with any task, even ones such as mopping the floors or retrieving the mail.  Gallery directors want someone who will do any task to help the space, no matter how big or small. 

We hope this helps you feel more comfortable and confident in your interview process.  Check back with us next week for the third and final part of our Gallery Internship Guide, which will cover how to get the most out of your internship while you are there.