Internship Opportunities- Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington, DC


Smithsonian Libraries Accepting Professional Development Internship Applications

The Smithsonian Libraries will award up to three paid internships for graduate students interested in working in research and museum libraries for the summer of 2012. The internships cover specific areas of librarianship, including technical services, digital projects and research, and reference and reader services. Below are the available projects. Applications close March 12th, 2012.

Projects for the Summer 2012 Program:

  • Artists’ Books
  • Candidates interested in research, reference and reader services will work in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library where they will address advanced bibliographic searching and developing exhibition ideas featuring artists’ books.

    For this internship, an MLS graduate student with art background is preferred; class work or experience with cataloging/metadata. Exhibition experience is a plus but not necessary.

  • NASM Sheet Music Cataloging
  • Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) Workflow Project

Information for all applications:
Qualified applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, hold a 3.0 GPA in their major, demonstrate interest in the research and museological activities of the Smithsonian Institution and Libraries and show solid writing, analytical and computer skills. The internships are offered to current students and recent graduates of accredited library programs. Interns may receive up to $500 dollars per week for a maximum of six weeks. Applications for summer 2012 internships will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 12. Candidates who are not selected for the Libraries’ paid internship program may be eligible to receive non-paid internships. To view program information, requirements and additional details visit

For additional information, please contact:

Erin Clements Rushing
Digital Images Librarian
Digital Services Division, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Room 2206 MRC 154
10th Street and Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20013-7012
p. 202.633.1708
f. 202.633.4313

Americans for the Arts Winter/Spring Internships, DC and NYC

Winter/Spring Internships (DC and NYC Offices)
Americans for the Arts
(Washington DC)

Americans for the Arts seeks winter/spring interns in Washington, DC and in New York, NY

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America, seeks winter/spring interns. With a 50-year record of service, it is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.

The Americans for the Arts Internship Program offers undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent college graduates the opportunity to investigate and participate in the operations of the nations leading nonprofit for advancing the arts in America. Through a combination of learning experiences, work projects, and group collaborations, interns become integral members of our team. Program benefits may include career support, member services, and a series of leadership discussions with Americans for the Arts staff. Interns are expected to participate in daily activities, contribute skills and ideas, and produce excellent work, all the while preparing to become the next generation of arts, nonprofit, and cultural leaders.

Intern positions available in DC

Arts Action Fund
Executive Office
Government and Public Affairs Leadership
Local Arts Advancement Services
Marketing and Communications
Meetings and Events
Research Services

Intern positions available in NY

Arts Policy
Arts and Business Council of New York
Arts Marketing
Private Sector Initiatives

To apply, please visit our website ( for full descriptions of each internship and additional details about our program. If any of our internships seem like the right fit for you, please complete all required application materials and email them to with “Winter/Spring Internship Application” in the subject line.


Visual Arts Public Relations / Marketing Student Internship New York, NY

Visual Arts Public Relations / Marketing Student Internship
Blue Medium Inc.
(New York NY)
Public Relations, Communications, and Marketing firm specializing in visual arts, design, architecture and culture is seeking a bright, organized, dedicated, and charismatic candidate for a fall/winter internship.

Duties include, but are not limited to: maintaining press clippings and listings, researching new media contacts and publications, assisting with the production of media kits, helping to coordinate social media efforts, and organizing our media storage and archives. Assisting with and attending special events and openings will require occasional after-hours commitment.

Applicant should possess strong writing and organizational skills, excellent phone manner, an eye for aesthetics, and an ability to work well in a small office setting. Knowledge of art history and the contemporary art world is a plus. Must be literate in Macintosh computers and Microsoft Office. Experience in Filemaker, Photoshop, and InDesign is strongly preferred. Desired applicants must be willing to commit at least three full months to working at the company.

Prospective interns should be available for either a full-time schedule (Monday through Friday) or at least three full days per week (10am to 6pm). This internship offers a $25 per day stipend for food and transportation costs. Please be available for an in-person interview. You may visit our website for further information at

Please send cover letter, resume, and availability by email to No phone calls please.

Ideal start date: ASAP.

Summer Archival Internships at Museum of the City of New York

Archival Internships
Museum of the City of New York
Summer 2011

Internship Description:

The Museum of the City of New York is currently seeking two library school students interested in a summer archives internship. Interns will work with the Museum’s Theater Collection or Manuscripts and Ephemera Collection and will have the opportunity to gain experience in cataloging, handling fragile objects, evaluating the condition of the object for conservation and preservation, collection processing, and/or writing finding aids.  Interns may assist with reference inquiries and the Museum’s ongoing digitization project, as needed. Projects will vary according to an individual’s skill set and interests.

About the Collections:

Theater Collection

The Museum’s Theater Collection documents theatrical activity in New York City from the late 18th century to the present day. Tracing the relationship between New York City and the theater, collection holdings include: over 5,000 costumes and props, costume renderings, theatrical posters and window cards, drawings and photographs of theatrical personalities, a Yiddish theater collection, and 17,000 folders documenting local productions since the 1800s.

Manuscripts and Ephemera Collection

These objects document the day-to-day life of New Yorkers over the last 300 years with the bulk of the materials dating to late 19th and early 20th centuries. The ephemera comprise a variety of formats, including print material such as menus, invitations, pamphlets, and handbills; textiles such as pennants, sashes, ties, and scarves; and three-dimensional artifacts such as badges, buttons, children’s identification tags, and promotional items. The manuscript collection includes papers of influential New Yorkers and their families.  The subject of the material encompasses a wide scope of events and subjects pertaining to development of New York City.


Each internship requires a minimum commitment of  one full day a week (7 hours), scheduled during the Monday – Friday workweek. Internships are unpaid. Preference will be given to students completing the internship for course credit.  Candidates must be currently enrolled in a Masters program for Library Science. Interns must be able to lift boxes weighing up to 40 pounds.  Students with a focus in Archival Studies are encouraged to apply

To be considered for this opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume to Morgen Stevens-Garmon, Theater Collections Archivist at

Internship: Arts Education Library Internship at Lincoln Center Institute 2011

Type of Position:    Internship

Position Title:    Arts Education Library Internship at Lincoln Center Institute 2011

Salary:    unpaid


Interns will gain hands-on experience in some of the following program areas: circulation and patron assistance; collection development; electronic library marketing; resource reviews; research and reporting related to new initiatives; bibliography; and web development. In addition to gaining a breadth of experience in several areas, each intern will be given the opportunity to manage an individual project, in collaboration with Resource Centerstaff. Interns will be mentored by a staff member, who will help each intern establish appropriate goals, supervise projects and progress, and provide any documentation required by the students’ universities. Interns will have opportunities to network with archivists and librarians and visit collections in the New York City area, to hear from administrative directors from across the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts organization, and network with interns working in other departments.

Lincoln Center Institute’s Resource Center has two incarnations: The Heckscher Foundation Resource Center at Lincoln Center, which houses a specialized collection of print and media—some 10,000 reference and circulating items; and LCI’s Electronic Library, which provides staff, teaching artists, educational partners, and online and in-person professional development workshop participants access to reference databases, e-books, online journals, digital articles, and specialized lists of Web links. Visit the Resource Center Blog at

Lincoln Center Institute (LCI) works each year with nearly 100 local schools and with students, educators, arts administrators and organizations, and professional teaching colleges around the world, bringing the arts into the classroom as a springboard for inspiration and critical thinking across the curriculum. LCI’s approach, called Imaginative Learning, focuses on developing students’ cognitive skills through guided encounters with the visual and performing arts. During two weeks each summer, the Institute welcomes educators, administrators, and other visitors from across the country and around the world for intensive professional development courses. Learn more about LCI at

The Arts Education Library Internship Program will take place over eight to ten weeks during the summer, from late May through the end of July, 2011, dependent on interns’ academic schedules and availability. Ideally, interns will participate full-time (35 hours per week). Some flexibility is possible, if arranged prior to the internship. However, full participation during the weeks of July 5th, July 11th, and July 18th is important for successful completion of projects.

This is an unpaid internship open to currently-enrolled students working toward a Masters degree in Library and Information Science, or Spring 2011 graduates. Enrolled applicants must receive academic credit for their work with us or arrange with their university for a letter of support for student participation in the internship.

Submission Address/Instructions:

Please submit four items (a cover letter, resume, two-page writing sample, and contact information for academic or employment references) to If you have questions about the internship, you may contact Linda Miles, or (212) 875-5771.

Job postings: Closed and closing soon

The following internships and job postings will be closing within the next week:

National Gallery of Art- Internships in the Museum Profession
Application due: Jan. 15
Online application link:
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Ohio University, Head of Arts and Archives
Application due: Jan. 18
Online application link:
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The following postings are now closed:
Yale- Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship
Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens- Visual Resources Specialist

Paid Fellowship / Internship Opportunities: Yale University; John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Two short-term, paid opportunities available for new (and soon-to-be) graduates:

2011/12 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship at Yale University
The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Fixed Duration Position: 8 months from date of hire; non-renewable
Expected Start Date: June 1, 2011
Application Due Date: January 6, 2011

The Yale University Library welcomes applications and nominations for the 2011/12 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship. The Kress Fellowship is intended for a recent graduate from library school who wishes to pursue a career in art librarianship. This fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Through this fellowship, the Kress Foundation seeks to achieve in the field of art librarianship what it has accomplished for art history and art conservation: ensuring the growth of the discipline by promoting the advancement of new professionals.

This year the focus of the Kress Fellowship will be on public service librarianship in the arts, which will include experience in reference services and library research education. During their tenure at Yale, Kress Fellows are expected to pursue a mutually agreed-upon project resulting in a publishable paper or a new library service. Kress Fellows are also introduced to a broad spectrum of professional activities and may have the opportunity to perform collection development activities and the possibility of assisting with library-based exhibitions. Kress Fellows are also expected to participate in library planning committees and task forces and engage in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and other collaborative activities.

Please visit the Kress Fellowship webpage for additional info and to apply.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Summer Internship Program
Sarasota, FL
Internship takes place May 27 – August 4, 2011 (paid position)
Application Deadline: March 1, 2011

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Summer Internship Program provides insight into museum careers through practical work experience not available in most academic settings.  Interns participate in daily operations of a specific department and participate in activities that provide a “behind the scenes” view of the Museum.  Positions for 2011 are in the Art Library, Asian Art, Education, Modern and Contemporary Art, Public Relations, Registration, and Technical Production.

The internship consists of ten, 40-hour weeks from May 27 – August 4, 2011.  Interns earn $11.25 per hour (less taxes) and are paid bi-weekly. Interns are responsible for their own housing (the Museum will assist with locating nearby rentals).

Candidates must be graduating seniors or current graduate students. International students must have a current US Visa and be eligible to work in the US.  The positions require fingerprinting.  The Museum encourages students from all backgrounds to apply and is committed to a culturally diverse group.

The application deadline is March 1, 2011. For position descriptions and application, please visit the interships webpage.

Reminder! 2010 – 11 ARLIS/NA Internship Award

Via ARLIS-L: Only a few days left to apply!


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – ARLIS/NA Internship Award 2010-11

The Art Libraries Society of North America is now accepting applications for its annual Internship Award.

The ARLIS/NA Internship Award provides financial support for students preparing for a career in art librarianship or visual resources curatorship. The award grants $2,500.00 to the selected recipient to support a period of internship in an art library or visual resources collection.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2010.

For detailed information about the award and application instructions please see the ARLIS/NA website: