Internship and Scholarship

Meet our 2022 Jean Cushwa College Internship

Samantha Mills

Samantha Mills of Cavetown, Maryland, has been awarded the Jean Cushwa College Internship at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
The internship is offered to a qualified college student who is majoring in Fine Art, Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies, or a similar field of study.
Mills, 19, is a sophomore at Frederick (Md.) Community College where she is pursuing an arts and humanities degree.

Art is something Mills has had an interest in since she was younger.

“I really grew into it in middle school,” she said.

She then pursued her love of art after being accepted at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, from which she graduated in 2021.
Mills said she heard about the college-aged internship while she was in high school and was excited when she could finally apply because she thought it would be a good opportunity.
“I want to go into museum studies, specifically the preservation side of things,” she said, noting that she wants to go to University of Maryland, College Park, where she plans to study historic preservation.

Through her internship, Mills will become familiar with the day-to-day operations of the museum and contribute to a variety of museum projects and functions. The work of the intern will support the museum’s art collections, exhibition planning and management, and/or art education program activities.

She will receive an overview of the museum’s operations as well as specific museum training in collections, exhibitions, art education management, and museum best practices.
During her 10-week internship, Mills will work closely with Kellie Mele, Director of Education, and Sarah C. Wolfe, Collections Registrar and Exhibition Coordinator. Mills will also receive a stipend of up to $1,000 for her time.

In her spare time, Mills said she likes to make collages and pottery. And when she’s not creating art, she likes to play video games with her friends.
Qualified students apply in the spring and are evaluated and interviewed by a selection committee. Applications for the next Jean Cushwa College Internship will be in the spring of 2023.

 


Jean Cushwa Art College Internship – NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2023

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is now accepting applications for the Jean Cushwa College Internship.

The Jean Cushwa College Internship is offered to one qualified college student who is majoring in fine art, art history, art education, museum studies, or a similar field of study.

The intern will become familiar with the day-to-day operations of the museum and contribute to a variety of museum projects and functions, under the supervision of staff. The work of the intern will support the museum’s collections management and care, exhibition planning, and/or art education program activities.

All interns, regardless of prior experience, will receive an overview of the museum’s operations as well as specific museum training in collections, exhibitions or art education management, and museum best practices. Interns will benefit from an introduction to behind the scenes work of a professional art museum, and from the opportunity to develop professional skills. The intern must submit to a background check and drug test.

The intern will be chosen through an interview process involving museum curatorial and education staff. The internship is funded through the Jean Cushwa Art Internship Fund.

The intern will receive a stipend of up to $1,000 upon completing about 74 hours.

To apply: Please submit the following required materials by March 3, 2023:

• Résumé
• Current, official transcript
• Letter of interest (cover letter)
• One letter of recommendation from a professor or advisor

Send complete application* to educator@wcmfa.org. Zip file is not necessary. Max. email size is 10 MB. *Official transcript may be sent by your school separate from your application packet.

Subject line must be Cushwa Internship Application.

If selected for an interview, you will be contacted by the museum no later than April 30, 2023.

Questions may be directed to Kellie Mele at educator@wcmfa.org.


Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship Award - NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2023

– Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is now accepting applications for the Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship Award.

The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one graduating high school senior who resides in Washington County, Maryland.

The student must plan to pursue a career in visual art, art history, art education, design, architecture, or museum studies. Funds are to be used to support tuition and fees for the first year of college.

To apply: Please submit, no later than March 3, 2023, a letter of interest, a copy of your current transcript, and one letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor.

Make sure that your application materials include the following information to support the selection criteria:
• Personal information (your name, address, email, phone number, etc.)
• High school and date of expected graduation
• College you plan to attend and estimated start date
• Chosen major/course of study
• High school activities:
o Transcript and/or grade report
o Organizations and activities, including leadership positions
o Academic and/or art honors, school awards, or recognitions
o Volunteer community service (if beyond 75 hours required for Student Service Learning)
o Community recognitions, honors, or awards
• A brief description of your career goals in the aforementioned career fields
• A letter of reference from your high school art teacher or guidance counselor

Send complete application packet to: Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

The winner will be notified by April 30, 2023, and publicly announced at the Washington County Public School Art Awards Ceremony (virtual) on the evening of May 24, 2023. The winner will also be expected to give a brief (5 minute or less) speech about his/her personal artistic development. Details about the event will be given closer to the date.

Further questions can be sent to Director of Education Kellie Mellie at educator@wcmfa.org.