Category Archives: Professional Development

Professional development includes unpaid opportunities such as: mentoring, leadership, volunteering, call for papers (cfp).

Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Resident, Yale University

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

General Purpose:  

The Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Residency is a nine-month term-limited position to provide library professionals with substantive exposure to rare materials cataloging. The Residency is made possible by the Nadia Sophie Seiler Memorial Fund and hosted at the Yale Center for British Art. The Residency runs from October 2020 to June 2021. 

Under the general direction of the Senior Catalogue Librarian, the Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Resident creates, enhances, and maintains original and complex bibliographic and authority records for a wide range of special collections materials in various formats for the Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Yale Center for British Art. The Resident will also contribute to YCBA projects and meetings concerning the description, curatorship, and discovery of rare books and manuscripts. 

Cataloguing projects for the Residency will be selected based on the Resident’s interests and experience. Possibilities include: the J. R. Abbey collection of color-plate books illustrated in aquatint and lithography; single-item manuscripts documenting British art, society, and culture; atlases and maps from the Paul Mellon Bequest; image collections, including photographs, prints, or sketchbooks; realia / 3D objects; a toy theater collection; small collections of archival material.

At the culmination of the Residency, the Resident will present a public talk on a topic relevant to the substantive experience gained during his or her tenure. The Resident will also receive funds to attend the 2021 RBMS Conference.

In compliance with Yale’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Resident will work remotely initially. In-person work will begin when permitted by Yale University guidelines.

  • Provides original cataloging/creates metadata for materials in all formats and subject areas. Applies descriptive standards (RDA, AACR2, DCRM, DACS, or VRC, etc.), structural standards (MARC, MODS, METS or EAD, etc.), and controlled vocabularies (LCNAF, or LCSH, etc,). Creates authority records applying standards and best practices, and assigns call numbers using Library of Congress Classification system.
  • Provides intellectual and physical management of ORBIS and other library databases. This may include authority control, record loading, ingesting objects, quality assurance processes, and working with stakeholders throughout the library community.
  • Analyzes bibliographic and metadata problems, recommends policies, develops processes and best practices, and creates documentation.
  • Engages with cataloging and technical service staff, other librarians, curators, and collection managers in an effort to meet their needs, and the needs of our users.
  • Researches, plans and oversees special projects.
  • May manage vendor services and relationships.
  • Trains and revises the work of students, assistants and other librarians.
  • Participates in national metadata/cataloging initiatives, i.e. the Program for Cooperative Cataloging programs (BIBCO, NACO, SACO).
  • Participates in the library’s management, assessment, training and development programs.
  • Keeps abreast of national and international developments including new metadata standards, technologies, trends, and techniques.
  • Establishes a record of service to the Library, the University and the profession.
  • May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

This position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 1. Salary: $46,800 for nine months ($5,200 / month). Librarian ranking information can be found at: http://bit.ly/YULRanksPromotions.

Application review will begin immediately and continue until July 31, 2020.  Please include a cover letter with application. The cover letter should include an explanation of interest in the Residency.

Required Education and Experience:  

Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited Library school. 

Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of current national cataloging/metadata content and structural standards. Knowledge of subject analysis and classification systems.
  • Experience designing projects and bringing them to conclusion in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications. Analytical ability. Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to initiate and adapt to change. Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations. Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.
  • Preferred Education and Experience: Experience or coursework in cataloging rare materials. Record of involvement or desire to engage with special collections and other cataloging communities.

Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at https://bit.ly/YaleCareers-61755BR.  Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

https://your.yale.edu/careers

Kress Museum Interpretation Fellow, High Museum of Art

The Kress Museum Interpretation Fellowship will focus on developing dynamic interpretive tools to tell compelling stories for all audiences about the Museum’s European art collection and European special exhibitions. The Fellow will report to the High’s Shannon Landing Amos Head of Museum Interpretation and will work closely with the Bunzl Family Curator of European Art. The Kress Museum Interpretation Fellow will apply a combination of art history training, understanding of learning theory, and sensitivity to the learning needs and styles of widely diverse audiences to support the significant expansion of interpretive tools for the Museum’s permanent collection. The Fellow will gain a full range of interpretive experiences including written, audio, digital, film, gallery teaching, and online which will target varied audiences from adults to families. The Fellowship will provide a supervised environment where an aspiring interpretive educator can develop the hands-on experience and the confidence on which to base a future career. The High Museum of Art takes a team-based approach to exhibition development. We work collaboratively across departments to create experiences that inspire and delight our audiences. Our institutional mantra of growth, inclusivity, collaboration, and connectivity guides all our decision making.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

Doris and Shouky Shaheen Collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist Art
• The Fellow will research and write labels and web text about the 25 paintings in the collection given to the High Museum in the Fall of 2019.
• The Fellow will provide training to the High’s 140 docents on these works of art that are new to the permanent collection.

Engaging Visitors with European Works on Paper
• The Kress Fellow will research and contribute content about the High’s collection of over 660 European works on paper that can be used in multiple digital platforms both in-gallery and online.

Calder Picasso Exhibition
• In the Spring of 2021, the High will host a major exhibition entitled Calder Picasso. The Fellow will work with the design, curatorial, and interpretation team on didactics for the exhibition that will be a major attendance driver for the Museum.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE
B.A. in art history; M.A. in art history or museum studies preferred. We would prefer a candidate with some teaching experience, preferably in a gallery setting (teaching assistant, student docent, etc.) and good writing and presentation skills.

LANGUAGE SKILLS
Excellent communication skills (needs to be a good listener) and writing skills.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Ability to assemble statistical information.

REASONING ABILITY
Ability to assess and evaluate information as to its validity and appropriateness.
Ability to organize and express information in clear, logical sequence.

OTHER SKILLS/ABILITIES
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and willing to work at least some weekends. Proficiency in computer word-processing and database programs like Microsoft Office 365. Ability to learn collection database, The Museum System (TMS). Attention to detail, accuracy, ability to work independently and with a variety of people, and a professional demeanor all essential.

CONTACT
Submit resume to Human Resources, Woodruff Art Center

To Apply: https://www.woodruffcenter.org/jobs/kress-museum-interpretation-fellow/

Call for applications: Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) Internship Award, 2020-2021

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to invite applications for the eighth VRAF Internship Award in visual resources and image management. This internship is generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

The VRAF Internship Award provides financial support for graduate students and recent graduates preparing for a career in visual resources and image management. The award grants $3,000 to support a period of internship in archives, libraries, museums, visual resources collections in academic institutions, or other appropriate contexts. It also provides $1,000 for professional development, and a one-year complimentary student membership in the Visual Resources Association.

Candidates should apply after developing a project with a specific collection and prospective supervisor. Priority will be given to applicants who submit projects that support art historical or related visual cultural heritage research and scholarship. The VRAF Internship Award Committee favors opportunities in which the intern may integrate skills acquired during the course of his or her academic training to manage a project from beginning to end, with the host institution receiving needed help in making valuable but hidden cultural collections visible. Projects that would not occur without funding for an intern may be given special consideration. A complete description of the internship and application instructions are available at: https://vrafoundation.org/internship-award/.

In this unpredictable and unfamiliar time of COVID-19, it is clear that remote work and research are dependent upon online collections. VRAF believes that there are many learning opportunities for interns to help provide scholarly and public access to collections by working remotely if needed in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Applications are due on July 24, 2020. The award recipient for 2020-2021 will be announced on August 17, 2020.

Curatorial Fellowship Diversity Arts, Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago is an acclaimed undergraduate and graduate institution that provides a comprehensive education in the arts, communications and public relations. We constantly aim to reach our full potential as an educational innovator, incubator of new creative practice and generator of real-world success for young creatives. We are located in the heart of Chicago, across the street from historic Grant Park, and housed in some of the most iconic buildings in the South Loop.

Columbia College Chicago a private urban institution of over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, four-year College offering a distinctive curriculum that blends liberal arts, creative and media arts and business is currently searching for a Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP) offers one paid 24-month Curatorial Fellowship for Diversity in the Arts, which begins in September 2020. This position will help the MoCP expand and diversify its holdings by researching and planning for the collection and exhibitions; helping to develop associated publications, and supporting the curricular use of the museum’s collection in areas that are currently underrepresented on the museum staff, such as African, Asian, Latin American, Islamic, and Native American art.

The Curatorial Fellowship provides recent graduates in the field with important professional experience.

This is a grant funded position. The position is 25 hours per week.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Diversify the museum’s programs and holdings by researching and planning for the collection and exhibitions. 
  • Assist with associated publications including books, texts for exhibitions and catalogue entries for collection.
  • Support the curricular use of the museum’s collection to reflect the economic, racial, cultural, and educational diversity of contemporary society.
  • Conduct print viewings and tours as needed for students and the general public.
  • Develop an exhibition of contemporary photography for presentation in year two of fellowship. Research, correspond with artists, write texts, and plan all aspects of the exhibition in collaboration with museum staff.
  • Perform related duties as assigned. 

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Art History or related field with emphasis on Photography, Modern or Contemporary Art required.
  • Previous museum experience a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills are required.
  • Strong knowledge of (or familiarity with) two or more areas in African, Asian, Latin American, Islamic or Native American Art. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills including the ability to manage multiple assignments concurrently.

To Apply: https://colum.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=2000002U

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.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE:
• 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 https://solaa.si.edu.Select “Start Your Application” and search for “Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Internship Program.” Indicate “Archives (Paid)” as your program choice.

If there are any questions, interested applicants are welcome to ask questions at AVRreference@si.edu.

https://asia.si.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Paid-Internship-Archives.pdf

INTERNSHIP PROPOSAL for Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI), SUMMER 2020 (paid)

Our team is seeking a currently enrolled student of archival studies from an accredited program listed in the Society of American Archivists to intern with the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative for the summer of 2020. This internship will involve reviewing and preparing files related to the creation, history, and work of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF) in preparation for the material’s transfer to the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA).


Guided and supervised by staff from SCRI, SIA, and FEMA, this internship provides an opportunity to learn about the history of domestic cultural heritage emergency management at the national level as well as all facets of current cultural heritage emergency projects under the mission of SCRI and HENTF.

The specific duties of this internship include:
-Processing an estimated 22.5 cubic feet of archival material according to SIA guidelines (inventorying, arranging, boxing, and preparing a folder list); and
-Researching and preparing a brief history of HENTF and providing this supplemental material to SIA.


Proposed start date: June 1, 2020
Proposed end date: August 14, 2020 (11 weeks)
Schedule: Part-time (24 hours per week) or Full-time (40 hours per week)
Stipend: $4,200 – $7,000 (based on available hours)


Application requirements:
1) Current resume or CV.
2) Cover letter addressing the following points: 1) Experience with archival materials; 2) What you
hope to accomplish through this internship, and how it would relate to your academic and career
goals; 3) What about the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative in particular interests you and
leads you to apply for this internship (2-page maximum).
3) Copy of transcript
4) One reference (information that you can input through SOLAA system)

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Interviews with short-listed candidates will be conducted two weeks later. Selection will be made by mid-April 2020.


For more information, please email culturalrescue@si.edu.

Paid Summer 2020 Internship at Grand Valley State University (in-person or remote)

Grand Valley State University is seeking an intern/practicum student to work with the Strategic Assessment Librarian during the summer of 2020.  This paid internship will focus on the creation of resources that will support library faculty and staff in their assessment work.  The successful candidate will develop skills and experience in collaboration, project management, technical writing, and information organization.

This 100-hour paid internship can be completed entirely remotely, or at the GVSU Allendale campus.  If additional work hours are needed to receive course credit, we can support an additional 35 hours of unpaid internship time with special projects (135 hours total).  The pay rate will be $23.55/hr for 100 hours.

Position Responsibilities:
• Employ best practices and appropriate methods, such as surveys and focus groups, to collaboratively assess library faculty/staff assessment resource needs
• Analyze needs assessment data to identify appropriate format and content for a toolkit of assessment resources
• Research and synthesize best practices for library assessment
• Work with Strategic Assessment Librarian to develop, evaluate, and revise toolkit
• Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

• Strong project- and time-management skills
• Clear written communication skills, including the ability to translate information for non-experts
• A general understanding of and interest in library assessment and/or assessment tools, methods, and trends
• Strong research skills, including experience strategically searching library databases and reading scholarly materials in the LIS field

If you are interested, please send a CV and brief statement of interest to Kristin Kerbavaz at kerbavak@gvsu.edu.  The statement of interest can be as little as a paragraph summarizing your interest in assessment and how this position would help you meet your professional goals.

Review of applications will begin on April 1st, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.

Internships (Paid) at Palm Springs Art Museum

The Program: The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) announced that it has selected the 10 art museums, including the Palm Springs Art Museum (PSAM), which will host its class of 2020 interns, the second year of the Association’s paid internship program. Each institution will host an intern for 12 weeks between June – August 2020 and provide a focal point for those interns’ work and career development in different museum departments, as well as create a mentorship opportunity to support the student during their internship. 

AAMD’s program is designed to engage college students from underrepresented backgrounds, to encourage and nurture their career opportunities in the art museum field—while providing the financial support necessary to make participation in an internship possible. 

The interns will receive a stipend of $6300 (gross), paid bi-weekly, and will be encouraged to attend two professional development seminars (with costs covered through a paid travel grant). 

The Palm Springs Art Museum: Palm Springs Art Museum (PSAM) creates transformative experiences that expand our understanding of ourselves and the world. Our collections, exhibitions, and programs connect people to the art and culture of our community and time. We foster and inspire reflection and renewal for local, national, and global audiences. 

An American Alliance of Museums accredited institution, Palm Springs Art Museum, founded in 1938, presents exhibitions and special installations; acquires or commissions works for the permanent collection; screens films of international origin; hosts live theatre and solo performances; and last year welcomed a quarter million visitors, including over 6,000 schoolchildren who participated in tours and arts education programming. 

The main museum facility in Palm Springs opened in 1976. Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert—a LEED-certified structure—opened in 2012. In 2014, the Architecture and Design Center opened, helping to revitalize downtown Palm Springs and preserve the community’s Mid‐Century architectural heritage. 

Exhibitions range from major special exhibitions to smaller focused presentations, in all media and all of the museum’s areas of emphasis: Architecture and Design, Art of the West in the Americas, Modern & Contemporary Art, and Photography. 

Public Programs relating to all of our exhibitions feature artists, curators, and scholars in lectures and gallery talks. Gallery talks also highlight unique works in the collection. 

The Internship Position: The Internship main mentor will be Rochelle Steiner, Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programs, who leads the newly integrated content departments – curatorial, collections, exhibitions and education – however, the intern will interact with various senior staff members. 

The intern will be hosted within either the Curatorial or Education department, depending on the successful applicant’s interests and strengths. This match will be determined during the recruitment process. 

The role may include the following: 

If focused on Curatorial, working in conjunction with a curatorial staff member to: 

o Understand current guidelines for information dissemination within the galleries; 

identify works in most need of information; research works in Collection and write interpretive labels. Emphasis will be placed on information about works by artists of culturally diverse backgrounds. o Advance the Museum’s Collection Diversity study—we have begun a study to research 

and study the backgrounds of artists in our collection so that these backgrounds can be acknowledged and celebrated, as well as expanded upon in future collecting priorities. 

If focused on Education, working in conjunction with an education department staff member to: 

o Contribute towards the planning and execution of Teen Docent training, Art Camp 

training and community programs o Assist with the curriculum and ensure that educational standards for students are met. 

Professional Development Opportunity: Each AAMD intern will have the opportunity to participate in two professional development gatherings during their internship with the intern’s mentor from the Palm Springs Art Museum. This will give the interns opportunities to network with each other and with other museum professionals. The first professional development gathering will occur during the American Alliance of Museum’s (AAM) annual conference in San Francisco. The orientation program will take place on May 17, 2020. Interns will also be registered for a one year membership to AAM and for the entirety of the conference. The second professional development gathering will take place TBD on a Friday in August 2020. Exact date and location will be made known as soon as possible. 

Who may apply? The internship is open to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in art history, arts education, museum studies, architectural studies, or other art-related fields. Familiarity with, and interest in modern and contemporary art, art of the West, and/or Native American art is strongly desired. Writing skills are important. 

Palm Springs Art Museum welcomes applicants of all backgrounds and expressions, and strongly encourages individuals from historically underrepresented communities to apply for this internship. As PSAM is the largest cultural institution in the Coachella Valley, applicants who are residents of the Coachella Valley and greater Riverside County are encouraged to apply. 

Application Process: The intern will be selected through an application and interview process to work closely with the curators, educators, and other staff members on projects relating to the museum’s collections or education programs. 

Please submit the following: 

• Your resume 

• Your academic transcript 

• Names and contact information for two references 

• Brief letter (one page) stating why you are interested in the internship and why it would be of value to you. 

Applicants need not be a U.S. citizen, however the successful applicant must make his/her own arrangements to legally enter the U.S. for the period of the internship. 

A full time commitment of 12 weeks is required. 

Please submit application materials by email to curatorial@psmuseum.org. 

Application deadline: March 15, 2020 and a selection will be made by April 10, 2020 after a Skype interview and reference checks. Funding: The AAMD intern is expected to reside in Palm Springs or greater Coachella Valley for the duration of the summer internship, and will receive an honorarium of $6,300 (gross), paid bi-weekly. Additional funds will be provided for the Professional Development travel opportunity.

Two Summer 2020 Internships (Paid), Art Institute of Chicago

Emerging Art Leaders Internship, Library Cataloging (Summer 2020, Paid)
Job ID 11008
Apply online: https://www.artic.edu/careers/internships

Position Summary
Do you find yourself at the intersections of art history and information?  Does the idea of creating and maintaining meticulously organized systems excite you? If so, then the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries invites you to apply for their Emerging Art Leaders Internship for Summer 2020.

The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries constitute a major art and architecture research collection serving staff at the Art Institute of Chicago and scholars in the fields of art and architectural history. Collections include more than 500,000 print titles, 100,000 auction catalogs, and over 40 subscription databases. All periods and media are covered, but special emphasis is placed on architecture of the 18th through 20th centuries and 19th century painting, prints, drawings, and decorative arts. Special collections include over 10,000 items spanning six centuries.

As a cataloging intern, you will work in Ex Libris Alma and OCLC Connexion to import, edit, and enhance MARC bibliographic records using Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), the LC/NACO Authority File, and the cataloging instructions found in Resource Description and Access (RDA). You will also create call numbers using Library of Congress Classification (LCC) and work on projects to maintain existing data in the library catalog. During the course of this internship you will work alongside art library professionals and gain hands-on experience with the various functions of technical services including acquisitions, cataloging, serials maintenance, and physical processing.

INTERNSHIP OUTCOMES
-Mentor relationships with field practitioners
-Peer-to-peer relationships with fellow interns
-Greater understanding of the functions of the technical services department of the Libraries, including acquisitions, cataloging, serials maintenance, and physical processing
-Hands on experience with metadata and resource management functions in the Libraries’ Integrated Library System (Ex Libris Alma)
-Awareness of the inner-workings of a large art museum with a global collection

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
-Copy cataloging exhibition catalogs and art history books using Ex Libris Alma
-Editing and enhancing existing MARC bibliographic records using RDA, LCSH, and the LC/NAF
-Assigning call numbers using the Library of Congress Classification System
-Assisting with other technical services projects as needed

QUALIFICATIONS
Required
-Undergraduate or graduate student located in or near the Chicago area during the internship period who has completed at least one academic year of post-high school study; recent graduates (within one year of graduation) will also be considered
-Enthusiastic curiosity for learning and applying the principles and procedures of professional library work including methods, practices, and techniques of library copy cataloging and classification
-Strong analytical and organizational skills and an attention to detail
-Ability to concentrate on detailed information over an extended period
-Good communication and interpersonal skills
-Committed to the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums

Preferred
-Current student or recent graduate of an ALA-accredited program
-Reading knowledge of at least one non-English language
-Knowledge of art history, architecture history, or closely-related field

About the Emerging Art Leaders Internship
The Emerging Art Leaders Internship is open to all qualified candidates with individuals from groups historically underrepresented in the arts museum field particularly encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to those who demonstrate commitment to the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums.

This internship is part of a museum-wide effort to provide students from diverse backgrounds, including those underrepresented in the museum field, the opportunity to gain experience, career awareness, networks, skills that will together position them to succeed as future art museum leaders. Those selected join an intern cohort and have access to a range of programs to support their development in addition to their specific departmental placement. Mentorship is provided throughout the intern experience. Interns are also encouraged to remain connected to the museum and to other interns as part of an alumni network.

This project is made possible, in part, through the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI), funded by the Walton Family Foundation and Ford Foundation. Additional funding for DAMLI is provided by the James and Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation.

APPLICATION
Application must include the following materials:
-Resume
-Cover letter that also includes answers to the following questions:
-What you hope to gain from this internship experience
-What you will contribute to this internship-What challenge(s) or barrier(s) you face (personal, cultural, socioeconomic, educational, etc.) as you consider pursuing a career in the arts, and how this internship might play a role in helping to surmount those obstacles
Please combine all application materials into a single PDF for upload.

PRIORITY DEADLINE
For fullest consideration, applications should be submitted by Monday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

Intern Information:
-Length of Program: Summer Term (300 hours, June-August)
-College Credit: Available
-Compensation: Paid

Emerging Art Leaders Internship, Library Reader Services (Summer 2020, Paid)
Job ID 11007
Apply online: https://www.artic.edu/careers/internships

Position Summary
Are you an emerging library professional with an interest in art libraries and special collections? Are you committed to helping individuals access information? If so, then the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries invite you to apply for their Summer 2020 Emerging Art Leaders Internship in Reader Services.

The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries constitute a major art and architecture research collection serving staff at the Art Institute of Chicago and scholars in the fields of art and architectural history. Collections include more than 500,000 print titles, 100,000 auction catalogs, and over 40 subscription databases. All periods and media are covered, but special emphasis is placed on architecture of the 18th through 20th centuries and 19th century painting, prints, drawings, and decorative arts. Special collections include over 10,000 items spanning six centuries.

As the Reader Services intern, your role is two-fold. You will use growing knowledge of the Libraries’ special collections to research and identify museum-quality objects and will provide excellent reference assistance in-person, by phone and email, and remotely through carefully designed digital resources. You will work in collaboration with professionals across library departments and in consultation with the Director of Libraries to earn hands-on training in multiple areas of art librarianship, including reference duties, collection management, electronic resources management, metadata creation, and primary research on library materials.

INTERNSHIP OUTCOMES
-Mentor relationships with field practitioners
-Peer-to-peer relationships with fellow interns
-Understanding of Reader Services department functions, including e-resources management and database lifecycles, interlibrary loan, instruction, circulation, and reference services
-Hands-on experience with resource management functions in the Libraries’ integrated library system (Ex Libris Alma) and patron interface (Ex Libris Primo)
-Familiarity with reading room workflows and policies
-Experience in creating different types of metadata
-Critical thinking skills in analyzing books, electronic resources, and art objects
-Knowledge of how to handle rare and fragile materials as well as archival materials
-Awareness of the inner workings of a large art museum with a global collection

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
-Research and report on special collections material
-Create metadata, including images and catalog links, for special collections material
-Research museum exhibition history and write descriptions that enhance library content on the Art Institute’s website
-Improve findability of e-resources through editing, updating, and creating records in the integrated library system
-Select, retrieve, and set up general and special collections material for group visits
-Develop LibGuides content on library collection strengths to assist patrons
-Utilize art history reference tools and respond to in-person and e-mailed reference inquiries
-Contribute to collection development decisions by assessing and recommending database and monograph purchases

QUALIFICATIONS
Required
-Current MLIS student located in or around the Chicago metropolitan area; recent graduates (within one year of graduation) will also be considered
-Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
-Experience conducting research in a library and writing in a clear, succinct style
-Skill in multitasking and managing multiple projects
-Commitment to the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums

Preferred
-Previous library work experience
-Some knowledge of art and architectural history
-Familiarity with the challenges of working with special collections and archives

About the Emerging Art Leaders Internship
The Emerging Art Leaders Internship is open to all qualified candidates with individuals from groups historically underrepresented in the arts museum field particularly encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to those who demonstrate commitment to the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums.

This internship is part of a museum-wide effort to provide students from diverse backgrounds, including those underrepresented in the museum field, the opportunity to gain experience, career awareness, networks, and skills that will together position them to succeed as future art museum leaders. Those selected join an intern cohort and have access to a range of programs to support their development in addition to their specific departmental placement. Mentorship is provided throughout the intern experience. Interns are also encouraged to remain connected to the museum and to other interns as part of an alumni network.

This project is made possible, in part, through the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI), funded by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Additional funding for DAMLI is provided by the James and Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation.

APPLICATION
Application must include the following materials:
-Resume
-Cover letter that includes answers to the following prompts:-What you hope to gain from this internship experience
-What you will contribute to this internship
-What challenge(s) or barrier(s) you face (personal, cultural, socioeconomic, educational, etc.) as you consider pursuing a career in the arts, and how this internship might play a role in helping to surmount those obstacles

Please combine all application materials into a single PDF for upload.

PRIORITY DEADLINE
For fullest consideration, applications should be submitted by Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm CST.

Intern Information:
-Length of Program: Summer Term (300 hours, June-August)
-College Credit: Available
-Compensation: Paid