Paid Internship Opportunity: Civic Art Collection Intern, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA


The Civic Art Collection Intern, under direction of various SFAC Civic Art Collection staff, performs a wide variety of professional registration, conservation and administrative duties in support of the Arts Commission’s public art and collections management program.

SFAC is charged with the goal to preserve the many artworks accessioned by the city of San Francisco. The City’s collection of monuments and contemporary artworks is valued in excess of $90 million dollars with over 3,000 works in the collection, from historic monuments to contemporary works. The CAC Internship will provide an opportunity to assist with projects related to the cataloguing, display, maintenance, and conservation of the Civic Art Collection. Recently, the city completed a multi-year inventory project that has been an integral planning tool for the team. The city uses a collections management database (EmBARK) to organize details of artworks in addition to maintaining an extensive physical archive. SFAC is responsible for managing various types of projects to care for the collection including typical maintenance, conservation treatment (stabilization/restoration), and assessment projects. The collections team is underway with projecting long-term management and conservation needs for this diverse collection. This internship position will assist with completion of phase II of this project, and tasks will include: researching materials and treatment histories of individual monuments, correlating data to identify trends to anticipate conservation needs, geo-locating monuments for future mapping, and updating information in the collections management database. The internship will expose students to multiple facets of public art collections care and planning long-term preservation goals. In addition to the project listed above the intern will assist with other ongoing projects as needed including a public mural investigation and various conservation stabilization and restoration projects. During the internship, the student will be mentored by the collections team and learn software skills (Embark database), best practices for collection care, write condition reports, how to plan and manage conservation projects, and project budgeting.

Internship Period

Summer only internship. Internships will commence on June 6, 2016 and ends approximately August 26, 2016. Selected intern must be able to commit to the twelve-week session. Upon completing the internship, there is no implied offer of extension.


  • The intern must have computer literacy in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and the Adobe Design Suite (Acrobat and Photoshop are most relevant). Experience with collections management systems preferred, and any experience with database systems or large inventories is desired. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, organized, and collaborative with good communication skills. Academic credit will be arranged. Internship will be structured around a 40 hour work week, Monday through Friday, with some flexibility in reporting times.
  • Ability to: implement modern business procedures and operate standard business machines; maintain detailed, complex records pertaining to the management, movement, exhibition, storage, and disposition of art objects; use a computer to input and maintain records and to produce reports and correspondence; prepare clear, accurate and understandable documents such as reports, memos, correspondence and statistical information; evaluate information, prioritize and organize multiple assignments and projects; speak in a clear, well-organized and concise manner in order to provide work-related information appropriate to the understanding of the listener; listen, ask relevant questions and effectively elicit information; deal tactfully and courteously with a variety of individuals and groups and establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, the general public, and representatives of other departments and organizations.
  • Requires completion of three years (equivalent to 90 semester units or 120 quarter units) of education from an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor’s Degree in art or architectural conservation, art, art history, museum studies, arts administration or a closely related field; or completion of one year (equivalent to 30 semester units or 40 quarter units) of graduate level education from an accredited college or university leading to a Master’s Degree in art or architectural conservation, art, art history, museum studies, arts administration or a closely related field.

Deadline: May 28, 2016 by 5:00 pm

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