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Civil War Lighting Design

Title: Lighting Design Intern
Department: Exhibits
Supervisor: Lighting Designer
Hours: 12 hours/week, 150 per semester
Timeframe: Year-round

Status: Paid.

Project Summary: The lighting intern will work with the Lighting Designer in the design, specification, installation and maintenance of lighting and related systems for exhibitions and interpretive projects at the History Center, historic sites and traveling exhibits.

The lighting intern will produce mock-ups, layout drawings and specification packages for new projects and maintain existing exhibits, including changing burned out lamps, re-focusing misaimed fixtures and reprogramming the lighting control system.

Ideal degrees: BFA or MFA candidate in lighting design.

Student Qualifications:
Can be undergraduate or graduate level student with a passion for lighting design and demonstrated experience working in a professional environment.

Must possess the following:

  • Proficiency in Vectorworks Spotlight CAD
  • Working knowledge of electrical theory related to lighting
  • Working knowledge of lighting control systems – Paradigm, CueServer.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Maintenance of existing lighting systems at the History Center including lamp check, maintaining stock and updating documentation as needed.
  • Builds mock-ups of lighting effects and prototypes of interactive exhibit components.
  • Creates layout drawings and assembles bid packages for new exhibitions
  • Assists in Lighting Designer in project management tasks including sourcing materials and services.

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • Experience in museum lighting design
  • Experience in working with a group on a creative project

Additional application requirements:

  • Letter of recommendation
  • Portfolio review

To apply, please visit the Internship Program Application Process page.