Job Opening Title: Photograph Collection Opportunity (Experiential Education)
Institution/Organization Name: American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): New York, NY
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. Since 1914, JDC has exemplified that all Jews are responsible for one another and for improving the well-being of vulnerable people around the world.
Today, JDC works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.
Photograph Collection Opportunity
The Photo Collection of the JDC Archives contains over 100,000 images. These photographs offer a rich historical overview of activities conducted by JDC for 10 decades in over 90 countries around the world. More than 60,000 photographs have already been digitally scanned. The Archives is seeking an Experiential Education Project participant to assist us with the cataloguing and preservation of the photograph collection. Geographical scope and range of topics in the photograph collection lets the participant to suggest areas that interest them.
• Integrating new photographs into existing cataloguing system.
• Entering and copy-editing information into the Archives database.
• Researching online to enrich descriptive data for photographs.
• Integrating unprocessed collection of photographs in our nearby offsite facility.
A familiarity with Word, Excel and database procedures is recommended. Library or archival training is preferred. Ideal candidate will have an interest in photography or pictorial history.
The opportunity is unpaid. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to internship(at)jdc.org.
Audio-Visual Media Collection Opportunity
We eagerly look forward to working with an Experiential Education Project participant on projects to preserve, reformat, and provide access our historic film and video collections. These collections contain over 1,000 films and videos depicting JDC’s work, which range from early silent films in the Soviet Union, to many films from the World War II era and its aftermath, to more recent footage of JDC’s global humanitarian work in regions such as Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America. There are over 1500 audio recordings, including oral histories and eyewitness accounts that testify to JDC’s efforts to meet needs around the world at critical moments in Jewish and world history over the past century. The collection includes a variety of video formats and corresponding equipment to enable viewing.
• Cataloging video collections and creating labels for video assets
• Aiding in the implementation of preservation and collections management plans
• Viewing programs to summarize content for the collection inventory and identify works worthy of digital transfer
Interest in archives and information science is recommended. Familiarity with databases required. Experience with processing of archival audio-visual materials is preferred, but not necessary. Concurrent coursework in Archives, Library Science, Museum Studies, or History.
The opportunity is unpaid. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to internship(at)jdc.org
There are two Smithsonian PD Internships, one of which is about biodiversity, but I think the other one might be of interest:
Copyright Research Internship
Location: National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC).
Dates preferred: Any six weeks, June – August.
This project is ideal for a candidate with the following characteristics: Students pursuing a Masters in Library & Information Science or recent graduates of an accredited MLIS program. Basic knowledge of copyright issues within the context of the library field. Demonstrated attention to detail and strong technical writing/documentation skills. Students with an eagerness to learn more about digital librarianship are strongly encouraged to apply.
Brief description of project:
Intern will implement and evaluate a copyright status research workflow created by SIL staff. Working from a list of potential titles for digitization, the student will investigate copyright status on an item-by-item basis, documenting outcomes and making suggestions for modifications to the workflow as necessary. Intern will also analyze the process for feasibility of implementation and help create documentation and outreach/training materials.
Intern will have the opportunity to increase his/her knowledge of copyright laws and digitization processes. Intern will also gain experience researching copyright issues and have the opportunity to evaluate a workflow in a research library and suggest modifications while gaining exposure to mass digitization in a complex production environment.
Additional Professional Development Internship Information:
This paid internship program is open to United States citizens (or permanent residents) who are currently enrolled in an advanced (masters) library degree program from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or those that have graduated in the past six months.
2) Resume detailing your experience, career interests and internship goals
3) Unofficial Academic Transcripts from all college/universities attended
4) Academic Essay: Two pages describing how academic goals, qualifications and career aspirations relate to the internship at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries
5) Two letters of professional or academic recommendation (e.g., professors, past employers, supervisors).
Use the SOLAA System to Apply Online: https://solaa.si.edu
Interns may receive up to $500 per week, which is awarded to the student as a stipend. Internships are full time (35 hours per week) for six weeks. Internships typically begin in early June, though exact dates are flexible, depending on project and supervisor.
1) At least a 3.0 GPA in the major (as verified by the submission of academic transcripts) 2) Demonstrated interest in the research and museological activities of the Smithsonian Institution and work of Smithsonian Libraries 3) Demonstrated knowledge or coursework related to Smithsonian areas of interest; solid writing, analytical, and computer skills are mandatory. 4) Suitable Smithsonian Libraries’ projects for members of applicant pool.
Final Report & Evaluation
Interns are required to submit a three to four-page report to the Smithsonian Libraries summarizing their internship activities upon completion of their internship as well as submit a blog entry about their experience.
Further inquiries about Smithsonian Libraries Internships should be directed to:
Erin Clements Rushing (email@example.com)
The Menil Foundation seeks an intern/volunteer to help process and organize the digital assets of the Jasper Johns Drawings Catalogue Raisonné.
The qualified applicant will work alongside the Senior Project Associate to survey and organize the catalogue raisonné’s records and digital assets. Tasks will include surveying existing digital files to assess quality and eliminate duplicates; implement file-naming standards; and metadata creation.
Qualifications and Requirements:
Currently pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science, or equivalent.
Familiarity with records management and digital archiving principles.
Ability to work independently.
Knowledge of Filemaker Pro databases and Adobe Creative Suite preferred, but not necessary.
An interest in Post-Modern and Contemporary Art is a plus.
This is an un-paid position that offers an invaluable learning experience and opportunity for individual research or fieldwork. Transportation will be covered. The position calls for 1-2 days / 8-16 hours per week (schedule is flexible) and is open to students who will receive academic credit dependent on school policies.
If you’re in school and would like to get internship or practicum credit at THE big art museum, the application process is now open. There are separate applications for each internship period (the earliest, linked above, is October – December of this year, the deadline for which is September 1st). The other internships are posted here:
Interns are given a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire valuable work experience in a museum environment under the direction of specialists. Duties and content are chosen to suit the intern’s academic background, interests, career plans and to fit with the projects underway at the Gallery at the time. Interns may work in the official language of their choice.
As an intern, you will work under the supervision of a National Gallery of Canada staff member who specializes in your field of interest. You will be introduced to the daily activities of the section and be responsible for a specific project.
The internship is non-remunerated and the intern is responsible for their own living costs (housing, meals, travelling costs, etc.).
The internships, vary in length and format, depending on the program of study of each candidate and the ongoing projects at the Gallery. It is essential to verify what are the requirements of your academic institution for the granting of credits.
I don’t know anyone personally who has completed this internship; if anyone reading has done it, or would be interested in reading an interview about the experience, let me know in the comments!
Similar to (but different from) the VRAF Professional Development Grant is the VRAF Internship Award, which is a fantastic way to fund or supplement an un- or underpaid internship in arts and visual resources work.
The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) Internship Award provides financial support for graduate students preparing for a career in visual resources and image management. The award grants $4,000 to support a period of internship in archives, libraries, museums, visual resources collections in academic institutions, or other appropriate contexts.The recipient will receive a stipend of $3,000 for 200 hours completed at the host site. A professional development component of $1,000 supports conference attendance or attendance at the Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management. The recipient will receive a one year complimentary student membership in the Visual Resources Association.
Who May Apply
Students currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library or information science, art history, architectural history, architecture, visual or studio art, museum studies, or another applicable field of study may apply for this award. Applicants must have completed at least 10 credits of their graduate coursework before the application deadline, or demonstrate an equivalent combination of coursework and relevant experience.
I would strongly consider applying even if your (planned or proposed) internship is only tangentially related to visual resources or arts librarianship: metadata, digitization, conservation, rights management, administration, or plain old cataloguing.
Only one VRAF Internship is awarded per year. Once an award recipient has been selected, he or she will select an institution to act as host for the internship. This Institution must be approved by the VRAF Internship Award Committee. VRAF and VRA are not responsible for matching candidates with a host institution, but will gladly assist with the process.
This Internship Award will be granted during the 2014 to 2015 academic year. The intern is required to work on site at their chosen host institution for a minimum of 200 hours. The intern will choose to initiate their internship in the fall of 2014 or the winter or spring of 2015. The internship must begin within 30 days of the official beginning of the selected academic session of the participant’s home institution and be completed within one academic semester or two academic quarters. Exceptions are allowed by agreement between the selected intern and the VRAF Internship Awards Committee. In all cases, the internship must be completed within twelve months of the recipient being notified of the award.
This language can be complicated: if you’re a recent graduate, why would you need to start the internship within the beginning of a semester? (What’s your “home institution” in that case?) Especially if the award isn’t necessarily going towards internships for graduate credit? Unfortunately, I hold no answers for you; you’ll have to work towards “agreement” with the awards committee.
To apply for the award, please submit the following:
- A current resume.
- A current transcript [this does not need to be issued directly from the institution].
- An essay of up to 300 words addressing the applicant’s professional goals, expectations of the internship experience, and any skills or background that might benefit visual resources. A brief description of the proposed project is desirable.
- The names of two professional or scholastic references with address, telephone numbers, and email addresses.
- Recommended, but not required: Host institution and contact information of internship supervisor.
Application materials in electronic form are preferred and should be submitted as a single PDF file to:
Visual Resources Consulted
- 7/31/2014; Deadline for submission of applications to the VRAF Internship Award Committee.
- 9/12/2014; VRAF Internship Award Committee announces the award recipient for 2014 to 2015.
Pursuant to our ongoing discussions about unpaid internships, I thought this opportunity might be of interest:
Culture, Arts, and Innovation Summer Student – Baycrest Health Services, Toronto
(This link will eventually stop working; see excerpts instead)
“CAI is seeking a summer student to oversee a comprehensive campus-wide project involving Baycrests’ permanent art collection (over 900,000 works of art), as well as assist in the coordination of several arts based events throughout the summer in partnership with the National Ballet School and units within our Long Term Care setting.
“The incumbent will oversee a campus-wide art initiative that seeks to expand upon and modernize our current art inventory records. Utilizing museum database program Past Perfect as well as Microsoft Excel, the student will scan our campus, update records, research artists and key collection pieces, with an end goal of creating a comprehensive up-to-date database of our permanent collection holdings. With this new found knowledge, the student will be asked to curate a series of digital exhibitions….
“All the while, the student will be exposed to and called upon to contribute towards other exciting projects that are taking place in the summer months including the Dance Exchange, the National Ballet of Canada, and an industrial design project.”
Experience with Past Perfect? Curation, research, and collaboration with amazing cultural groups? 900,000 works of art?!
“This is a voluntary position. There is no compensation.”
Baycrest is essentially a seniors’ retirement home that is also a research facility, “fully affiliated” with the University of Toronto. They partner with public and private organizations, they’re launching a line of “aging oriented products,” and their president and CEO made over $700,000 in 2012. But they don’t pay summer students to manage huge database projects.
Now, I am not trying to public-shame anyone. But I want to use this as a very real example of what an unpaid internship looks like, and to ask whether or not our readers would think that this position is justified. The post doesn’t clarify whether this is full-time, part-time, or weekends-and-evenings, nor could I find a mirror of the job post on their site (under neither Volunteer nor Career Opportunities).
To me, the amount of experience it offers would make it very tempting — but if it was a full-time position without any compensation whatsoever, I would ready my rotten tomatoes.
Of course, I thought this was a good opportunity to follow my own advice about discussing unpaid internships with the hosting organizations themselves. I reached out to the listed contact and asked for more information about the position: one, why it was unpaid, and two, why there was no required background in art (for the sake of documenting, describing, and indexing: shouldn’t you at least know how to use the A&AT?). I sent out an email on May 7th, and didn’t receive a response.
I wish I had more to report, other than to say that I will probably continue to (politely) pester HR staff by email when similar posts pop up in the future, and I promise to keep everyone apprised.
In the meantime, what do you think?
The Brooklyn Art Library in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is seeking a part-time Librarian and Sales Associate.
We are the home to The Sketchbook Project, a massive library of artist sketchbooks. Our space holds over 31,000 sketchbooks and growing, from all over the world. We act like a reference library and shop that is open to the public every day.
- Talking about the project, and introducing people to the organizational system, open projects, and requested sketchbooks.
- Pulling books from the que of books to be checked out
- Checking in and returning books to their place on the shelves
- Making blank project submissions to be sold in store
- Customer service and sales
- General upkeep of the library and store
Qualities we are looking for in a candidate:
- Ability to talk about a complicated project with ease
- Love of artwork and some knowledge of artistic processes
- Attention to detail
- Mac Proficiency
- Must be able to work Saturday and Sundays between 11:30 and 8:00.
There is no information about compensation, and no deadline for applications.
The Banff Centre offers a wide variety of internships, workshops, writing and artist retreats, and work-study positions. Their Art Library is now open to Canadian and international applicants for a six-month work-study (September 2014 – March 2015):
This role complements studies in arts librarianship and will primarily focus on The Banff Centre Library’s collection of artists’ books. Practical experience will include the cataloguing and assessment of items in the artist’s book collection as well as the creation of public programs for the library. Learning opportunities also arise through attendance at lectures, workshops and events related to arts programming at The Banff Centre.
Applications are due June 15th, 2014, require a non-refundable application fee, and consist of a cover letter, CV, two references, and a project proposal for completion during the work-study.
Some other information about the Work-Study program can be found on the Programs Overview page:
The Work Study program is usually several months to a year-long and offers participants a full scholarship to cover the program fee, a stipend, subsidized meals on campus, and the possibility for subsidized shared housing.
There are a lot more details about the Work-Study programs at Banff (including housing, meals, and other fees), so make sure you read the website carefully before deciding to apply.
The Film Reference Library is seeking interns to assist with the inventory of a large collection under the direction of the Manager, Special Collections, using pre-set standards for archival description.
Here’s the job post. This is a summer contract, running from May 26 – August 15.
• Cataloguing and labeling artifacts, textual records, graphic materials, photographs, and videos
• Re-housing, re-sleeving and boxing items in accordance with archival standards
• Record creation
• Data input (accurate and fast)
• Scanning photographs, textual records, and graphic materials as required
• Shipping/storage related functions
• Currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of a Museum Studies or Library Information Program
• Familiar with archival and museum standard practices
• Experience with museum/archival databases
• Accurate and fast data input
• Experience handling and storing artifacts and archival items
• Ability to work individually and as part of a team
• Able to lift 30lbs
• Adaptable to a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends
Summer 2014 Cataloging Internship
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Library seeks a graduate student for an unpaid internship opportunity in cataloging.
This semester, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Library will be offering one (1) current MLS student or recent graduate an opportunity to gain experience in cataloging and a greater understanding to the multi-faceted workings of a small museum library. Summer internships are full-time, four days per week Monday-Thursday, in addition to Friday seminars.
· Perform general library maintenance, including book processing, shelving cataloged materials, and retrieving library materials from the stacks in response to reference requests from staff, volunteers or other interns.
· Copy cataloging, which includes searching, editing, and importing MARC records into the library catalog.
· Assist in the cataloging of the library’s backlog of new and older uncataloged materials.
For experienced applicants, we offer an opportunity to focus the internship on advanced cataloging practices.
· Assist in creating/editing bibliographic records for rare or unique books in our special collections.
· Create original cataloging records for older uncataloged materials.
· Identify items that will need repair or preservation.
· Course work in original and copy cataloging required. Experience in original and/or copy cataloging preferred.
· Knowledge of Library of Congress classification, subject headings, and authorities.
· Familiarity with AACR2, RDA and current cataloging practices.
· Knowledge of modern and contemporary art.
· Ability to take direction and to work independently.
Established in 1959 with the opening of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Library contains published resources that reflect and inform museum collections and exhibitions. The Library’s mission is to support research endeavors. The collection consists of literature focused on modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design, with emphasis on the museum’s international collections and exhibitions. Materials are collected in English and Western-European languages with limited selections made among other languages. Collection development methods include purchase, exchanges, gifts, and acquisitions of both newly-published and out-of-print materials.
If interested, please send a resume, cover letter, three (3) references to Jillian Suarez, Assistant Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org. For students interested in the advanced cataloging opportunity, submit three (3) examples of edited bibliographic records with your resume, cover letter, and three (3) references to the address above.