Student Opportunities Overview

Student Engagement at The Trout Gallery 


We are YOUR campus art museum.  Take advantage of cultural life at Dickinson by joining a public tour, attending our spring student Gala, reserving a custom-art-evening for your club or group, studying in The Gallery during finals, attending our openings (free food) and other special events.

The Trout Gallery also offers opportunities for students from all disciplines to become involved with museum life.  Students may choose from a variety of opportunities based on their personal interests, career goals, and available time commitment during a given semester. From the intensive Curatorial and Museum Education Internships, to the informal Trout Fan, all Dickinson students now have the opportunity to live creatively at Dickinson.

Applicants for paid positions must have already completed one year at Dickinson.  Academic year 2019-2020  paid positions have already been filled. We will begin accepting applications for 2020-2021 on Feb 05, 2020 and they are due February 25, 2020. Trout Ambassador applications for Fall 2020 are now being accepted. Trout Fans may sign up at anytime by emailing



  • The Trout Gallery Museum Education Internship

Museum Education Interns receive training in education theories, museum interpretation strategies, museum education trends, events planning, and special exhibitions content.  All Museum Education Interns complete a research project relating to current or upcoming exhibitions.  Typical examples include an Audio Guide, Family Guide, K-12 Teacher’s Guide, or Special Program. 80 hours per semester, eceives Dickinson transcript notation. One Semester. Up to 2 interns are accepted per semester


  • Museum Ambassador

Trout Gallery Museum Ambassadors provide a conduit between museum exhibitions and programs and the larger Dickinson and Carlisle Community.  Ambassadors blog, photograph, video, talk about and otherwise communicate Trout Gallery happenings via social media and networking platforms.  Ambassadors commit to one hour of “Trout engagement” time per week as well as bi-monthly meetings (Thursdays 12-1:15PM) to learn about events and new exhibitions at The Gallery.  Engagement time may include participating in programs, teaching kids, attending tours, or recording behind-the scenes happenings.  Ambassadors receive Trout Fan benefits as well as docent training, and a budget to plan student-centered Gallery events. Experience as a Museum Ambassador provides excellent background experience for paid and internship positions at The Trout Gallery.  1-2 hours per week. Requires a one-semester commitment. [Maximum 25]

  • Trout Fans

Do you want to be involved with The Trout Gallery, but don’t have time for a regular commitment?  Become a Trout Fan!  Trout Fans receive regular email updates on happenings at The Trout, invitations to participate in behind-the scenes events, monthly prizes, and an invitation to our after-hours gala in the spring. 

Paid Education Positions: 

Education Marketing and Events Management Assistant:

Manages and updates the organizational structure and marketing initiatives that support Trout Gallery Education programming, events, and student engagement.   Manages student staffing and materials for events and programs. Develops a marketing footprint for Trout Gallery Education programs.  Manages creation and distribution of print-based education materials.  Handles web-blasts, web-page updates, posts events to a variety of media outlets and handles circulation of printed marketing materials. Coordinates with the Technology Assistant to update and maintain the various software and web systems used to support programming and organize student workers.  Coordinates with the Social Media Assistant to organize publicity campaigns.  Ability to learn web-based marketing applications and computer database management systems is necessary. Famiiliarity with Mail chimp, Eventbrite, WordPress and Excel by the time of employment is necessary. Website design experience is a plus.  10 hours per week. One-year commitment preferred. Selected applicants must attend a training week BEFORE classes begin in the Fall.


  • Social Media Assistant:

Maintains and develops the social media footprint for The Trout Gallery.  Directs and coordinates a team of student social media contributors who video, photograph, and write-about Trout-related news.  Knowledge of Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter required.  Excellent organization and management skills required.  Background in studio art or art history preferred.  4-6 hours per week. One-year commitment preferred.


  • Technology Assistant:

Develop and provide technical support for museum technologies.  Examples include The Trout Gallery App, related Audio Tours, social media platforms, and museum scheduling and database software.  Ability to work independently and meet deadlines essential.  Good computer skills, and a background in computer programming are important.  Familiarity with Java and WordPress and  plus. 4-6 hours per week. One-year commitment preferred. 


  • Museum Interpretation Assistant:

Assists with college class visits and school-age education programs, delivers gallery interpretive programs to the general public, develops education materials, and staffs special events. Maintains clean and organized museum spaces.  Art History, studio art, and/or education background preferred, but related coursework or experience in exhibition content areas may substitute.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.  Must have availability an average of two Saturdays per month and be able to meet weekly Tuesdays 12-1:15PM.   Flexible schedule preferred. 6-8 hours per week.  Four Assistants needed per semester, with the option to renew for a second semester. 


  • Foreign Language Assistants:  

Currently seeking Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Japanese Assistants.  Language Assistants are trained in museum exhibition content and lead language programs for college classes using objects on view in current exhibitions.  Lessons are collaboratively planned and edited by language assistants, relevant faculty, and Trout Gallery staff.  Hours vary weekly.  Approximately 4-6 hours per week during 4 planning weeks and 1-2 hours per week the rest of the semester.