Archives Internship (PAID), The Freer Gallery of Art

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, are located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Committed to preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting exemplary works of art, the Freer and Sackler house exceptional collections of Asian art, with more than 42,000 objects dating from the Neolithic period to today. Renowned and iconic objects originate from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, the ancient Near East, and the Islamic world. The Freer Gallery also holds a significant group of American works of art largely dating to the late nineteenth century. It boasts the world’s largest collection of diverse works by James McNeill Whistler, including the famed Peacock Room.

THE PERSON SELECTED FOR THIS EIGHT-MONTH PAID INTERNSHIP WILL: • Work full-time in a professional archival setting for 32 weeks (mid-August 2020 to April 2021).
• Process, arrange, and describe five archival collections that focus on women who stud-ied art, architecture, and culture and were dealers or collectors of art.
• Produce publicly accessible finding aids for each collection.
• Learn about and participate in the Smithsonian’s archival management.
• Engage in intern and museum programs at the Freer and Sackler and elsewhere in the Smithsonian.
• Earn a $20,800 program stipend.

• Recent graduates (BA or MA/MLIS) or current MA/MLIS candidates with course-work in archival science, information science, public history, history, art history, Asian studies, or gender studies.
• Excited about making archival information accessible to the public.
• Interested in art, culture, and the role of women in collecting and scholarship.
• Great at communication, problem solving, and multitasking.

Apply online at “Start Your Application” and search for “Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Internship Program.” Indicate “Archives (Paid)” as your program choice.

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