Mathers Museum Selects Clowes Interns

Three Indiana University Bloomington students have been selected as the recipients of the inaugural Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Internships at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

Margaret Slaughter, a masters student in IU's Department of Religious Studies, Ethan Miller, a senior in IU's Departments of Art History and English, and Kaila Austin, a senior in IU's Departments of African American-African Diaspora Studies, Art History, and Painting will serve as the Summer 2017 Clowes Interns at the museum.

This new program is the MMWC's first offering of competitive, paid internship experiences, building on decades of practicum student programming, and significantly increasing the MMWC's ability to cultivate dedicated museum professionals at the undergraduate and master's level.

"We are thrilled that the Allan Whitehill Clowes Foundation has partnered with us to launch this new museum internship program," noted Jason Baird Jackson, director of the Mathers Museum. "Because we know that paid internships are a key high-impact educational practice, they figure prominently in not only the Mathers Museum strategic plan but in the campus' strategic plan as well.

"I am extremely impressed by the quantity, quality, and diversity of the applications that we reviewed in the first round. That process suggests that Indiana University students are hungry for additional museum training opportunities and are well prepared to benefit from them."

Internship cohorts of three students per semester will participate in the program over a 10-semester pilot (fall, spring, summer) through summer 2020. On-campus internships undertaken during fall and spring semesters will enable IUB students to gain valuable work experiences without interrupting their studies by relocating to distant locations or for unrelated part-time work.

The program will also advance a public service mission through the option of funding future summer session work in off-campus museums as well. This option expands the range of professional opportunities available to museum-focused IUB students, while strengthening the work of these peer institutions.

"With a long-term goal of improving Indiana's professional museum workforce, this program's primary objective is to increase the quantity, quality, and accessibility of real-world professional development experiences available to students seeking museum careers," said Jackson.

The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc., a private foundation, was established by Allen W. Clowes, a leading philanthropist in Indianapolis, Indiana, who during his life made major contributions to various charitable organizations that promoted or preserved the fine arts, music, literature, education, science and history. Most of these organizations are located in Central Indiana.

The primary mission of the foundation is to support charitable organizations that promote or preserve the Arts and Humanities and to support charitable organizations that were supported by Mr. Clowes during his life or are similar to those supported by Mr. Clowes.

For information on applying for 2017 Fall internships, please see

About the Mathers Museum of World Cultures
A research center of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Indiana University Bloomington, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures is an American Alliance of Museums-accredited institution offering research and training opportunities for IU students, educational support and services for IU faculty and elementary/secondary school teachers, and family-friendly exhibits and programs.

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures is located at 416 North Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana, and admission to the museum and its programs is free. During normal hours of operation, the MMWC exhibition hall and Museum Store are open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Free visitor parking is available by the Indiana Avenue lobby entrance. Metered parking is available at the McCalla School parking lot on the corner of Ninth Street and Indiana Avenue. The parking lot also has spaces designated for Indiana University EM-P, EM-S, and ST permits. During the weekends free parking is available on the surrounding streets. An access ramp is located at the Fess Avenue entrance, on the corner of Ninth Street and Fess Avenue. Reserved parking spaces are available on Ninth Street, between Fess Avenue and Indiana Avenue. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please call 812-855-6873.