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Internship Opportunity (Unpaid): Museum of Arts and Design, NY, NY

Curatorial Department: Library Intern

This internship is dedicated to creating a small, specialized research library that will support the immediate needs of curatorial staff and visiting researchers at the Museum of Arts and Design. At the core of any museum is its exhibition program. In order to curate the most successful exhibitions a great deal of research is needed. MAD is in need of a library to support this research, as well as its position as the preeminent craft museum in the US. The intention of this library is to provide essential resources that reflect new and growing scholarly literature on craft history and theory, including books, periodicals, online resources, and important exhibition catalogs, focusing on craft and contemporary art.

The Library Intern will evaluate and create an updated library that is fully functional for use by MAD curators and researchers. The intern will be responsible for:
  • Evaluating the current library’s holdings, identifying key missing texts, and deaccessioning material not pertinent to a craft research library
  • After evaluating the current library holdings, the intern will create a proposal for a cataloging system, relevant to a small museum library, such as LibraryThing or another program to be identified
  • The intern will complete the project by adding the new books and resources to the library and cataloging in full
  • Other archiving related responsibilities may include: helping to maintain the artist and exhibition files

An internship supporting the creation of a small, specialized research library with an emphasis on new studies and other contemporary resources in craft history and theory is a unique and rare opportunity for students of library science and/or the history of craft, decorative arts, or design. The internship will provide hands-on experience in the field of bibliographic research, library cataloging, and project management essential to careers in library science, exhibition curating, and collections management.

Qualifications

The Library Intern should be a graduate student obtaining a master’s degree in library science (preferably library science with a focus on art museum libraries), the history of craft, the decorative arts and/or design, archival studies, or a related field. Knowledge of art from the post war period to the present is required. The intern must be able to receive academic credit as a matriculated graduate student for this internship, and must be available 2-3 days per week. (S)he must be a self-motivated critical thinker able to work independently, as well as maintain high levels of organization.

To apply for this internship please send (1) a cover letter outlining your interests and relevant qualifications for this position, (2) a resume, and (3) 2-3 references to Samantha De Tillio at samantha.detillio@madmuseum.org with “Library Intern” in the subject line. Please also outline your academic needs for obtaining credit, for instance number of hours fulfilled, etc., as well as your availability (days of the week, number of days per week).

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

http://madmuseum.org/learn/internships

Internship Opportunity: Records Management and Digital Archives Internship (Paid), Workman Arts Project of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Workman Arts Project of Ontario (Workman Arts) facilitates aspiring, emerging and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to develop and refine their art form through its arts training programs, public performance/exhibition opportunities and partnering with other arts organizations. As well, Workman Arts promotes a greater understanding of mental illness and addiction through the creation, presentation and discussion of artistic media in five disciplines: music, theatre, literature, visual art and media art.

As part of a project funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Workman Arts is currently in the process of consolidating its body of knowledge and developing a theoretical framework that will allow the organization to evolve from a practice-based service provider to an evidence-based leader and change agent.

Position Summary:
Workman Arts is seeking an archivist intern or practicum student to work with the Archivist and Project Manager in processing materials stored in Workman Arts archives. The archivist intern will help organize, select, catalogue, and process material for the content management system.

Responsibilities:
• helping identify and assess the archival value of materials; processing of the collection, including physical arrangement (sorting,
• boxing, labeling);
• inventorying and describing of materials;
• creating database records;
• creating collection guides and other basic finding aids;
• drafting of a records retention policy and schedule for the historic records of the archive, utilizing recognized archival and records management practices
• uploading batches of records (organized according to the file classification scheme on the asset management system
• tagging and indexing records (documents, images, videos) using the metadata scheme and indexing protocols
• work collaboratively with other interns, Workman Arts member interns and staff

Qualifications:
• Completion of courses in archives principles and practices
• Experience with archival collections processing or interest to learn
• Good computer and data entry skills / Experience working with data base software (Excel and/ or Access)
• Good communication and organization skills
• Familiarity with Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) and Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), EAD and MARC
The candidate must possess an understanding and an appreciation that people with different opinions, backgrounds and characteristics bring richness to the Workman Arts and must be sensitive to the needs of individuals dealing with mental health or addiction issues.

http://current.ischool.utoronto.ca/jobsite/2015/records-management-and-digital-archives-internship

Job/Internship Posting: 2015 Summer Archives Assistant, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

2015 Summer Archives Assistant

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The MFAH is seeking a Summer Archives Assistant to aid in the daily operation of the museum’s archives. The majority of the assistant’s hours will be devoted to the processing of the digital and analog photography in the Garth Clark Gallery Archive. Work will be conducted in accordance with standard conventions. In conjunction with the processing of these records, the assistant will assist with the creation of an EAD finding aid and MARC catalog record. Remaining responsibilities will include providing reference services and assisting with other duties necessary to the operation of the Archives Department.

Requirements: Current enrollment in accredited Masters in Library Science or Archives Studies program. Completion of basic archives course at graduate level or prior work experience in archival or special collection setting. Knowledge of MARC, EAD, DACS, LCSH and RAD strongly preferred. Experience using OCLC beneficial. Art history background preferred. Word processing and database skills. Ability to lift twenty-five pound boxes and climb ladders.

Application: Please submit a letter of application, current resume, an official college transcript, a sample of writing or work, and a letter of reference to:

Lorraine A. Stuart
Archives
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
P.O. Box 6826
Houston, TX 77265-6826

Applications can also be submitted via email to archives(at)mfah.org

Work schedule: Ten-week position, June 1 through August 7, 2015. (Some flexibility in starting and ending dates.) Hours are 9am – 5pm, M-F.

Salary: Total salary for ten weeks is $3,500.

Deadline for receipt of application: March 31, 2015

Applications will be reviewed as received.

Interviews with final candidates residing out-of-state will be conducted by phone.

Internship Opportunities: Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD

Imaging Services Department College/Graduate Internship:

The Departments of Imaging Services and Special Collections at the Maryland Historical Society library are seeking undergraduate or graduate level interns to assist with organizing photograph collections and data, embedding metadata, and uploading information on the MdHS web site. This internship entails handling, organizing, and re-labeling historic photographs, creating inventory lists for internal and external use, and making information available to researchers via the web. Maturity, reliability, and attention to detail are essential. Imaging Services Department interns will work directly with the Digital Projects Manager, Special Collections Librarians, and Imaging Services technician on photograph collections projects. Internship work hours will run Tuesday through Friday, 10am – 4:30pm.

For more information:

https://www.mdhs.org/sites/default/files/mdhs_imagingservices_internship2015.pdf

Joseph Kohl Photograph Collection, Photograph Collection Processing Internship:

The Maryland Historical Society’s Departments of Imaging Services seeks an intern to assist in the processing of the Joseph Kohl Photograph Collection.

The Joseph Kohl Photograph Collection consists of thousands of photographs and negatives spanning from the 1980s through 2002. Photo style and topics range from photojournalistic to artistic, some containing mature themes. MdHS seeks a student currently enrolled in a history, library science, or archives program at the undergraduate/graduate level, or in a photography BFA program to assist with organizing photographs and data, rehousing the collection, digitizing, embedding metadata, and uploading information onto the MdHS web site. Tasks include handling, organizing, and relabeling historic photographs, creating inventory lists for internal and external use, and making information available to researchers via the web. Maturity, reliability, and attention to detail are essential.

The Joseph Kohl Photograph Collection Processing Intern will work directly with the Digital Projects Manager, Special Collections Librarians, and Imaging Services technician on this project. Internship work hours will run Tuesday through Friday, 10am – 4:30pm.

For more information:

https://www.mdhs.org/sites/default/files/mdhs_is_kohl_internship_fall2015_0.pdf

Internships (Unpaid): Photograph Collections Assistant and AV/Media Assistant, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, NYC

https://archivesgig.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/new-york-ny-photograph-collection-internship-american-jewish-joint-distribution-committee/

https://archivesgig.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/new-york-ny-audio-visual-media-collections-internship-american-jewish-joint-distribution-committee/

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.

Responsibilities include:

• Integrating new photographs into existing cataloguing system.
• Entering and copy-editing information into the Archives database.
• Researching online to enrich descriptive data for photographs.

Special project:

• Integrating unprocessed collection of photographs in our nearby offsite facility.

Qualifications:

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.

Responsibilities include:

• 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

Qualifications:

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

Internship Opportunity: 2015 Smithsonian Professional Developments Internships, Washington

http://library.si.edu/about/internships-and-fellowships/internships/2015-professional-development-internships

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:

Eligibility Criteria
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.

Application Materials
1) Application
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

Payment
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.

Selection Criteria
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 (rushinge@si.edu)

Or: https://library.si.edu/about/internships-and-fellowships

Internship/Volunteer Opportunity: Digital Archivist, Menil Foundation, NY, NY

https://www.nyfa.org/Classifieds/Job/4ff765de-64c5-4338-8846-13e9e17a6587

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.

Unpaid (for-credit) Internships: The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

http://clients.njoyn.com/CL2/xweb/XWeb.asp?tbtoken=Z1pdShgXCB90FgN4QiRcCFJKBhZEcCIuc0hYJVAIExUpUEJtK0BodxN0BQkbURRRSXAqWA%3D%3D&chk=dFlbQBJe&clid=51300&Page=JobDetails&Jobid=J0714-0069&BRID=77185&lang=1

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:

http://clients.njoyn.com/CL2/xweb/XWeb.asp?tbtoken=Z1pdShgXCB90FgN4QiRcCFJKBhZEcCIuc0hYJVAIExUpUEJtK0BodxN0BQkbURRRSXAqWA%3D%3D&chk=dFlbQBJe&clid=51300&page=joblisting

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!

Professional Development: the VRAF Internship Award

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:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A current transcript [this does not need to be issued directly from the institution].
  3. 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.
  4. The names of two professional or scholastic references with address, telephone numbers, and email addresses.
  5. 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:
Margaret Webster
Visual Resources Consulted
Phone: 607-257-3365
Email: mnw3@cornell.edu

  • 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.

 

Discussion: An Example of an Unpaid Internship

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

http://current.ischool.utoronto.ca/jobsite/2014/culture-arts-innovation-cai-summer-student

(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?!

*chin-hands*

 

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?