Internship Opportunities: New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC

The Internship Program at the New Museum offers participants hands-on training in the museum profession and a comprehensive overview of Museum operations. Interns also gain insight into the world of contemporary art. Interns participate in the day-to-day activities of these departments, in addition to working on specific projects. When considering whether or not to apply for an internship at the New Museum, please keep in mind that they are unpaid.


The Curatorial Department researches and organizes upcoming exhibitions, including the development of checklists and didactic material; produces exhibition catalogues; manages the travel of selected exhibitions; and corresponds with artists, curators, galleries, and museums. Interns will obtain administrative skills in organizing art exhibitions and be introduced to issues relating to contemporary art.

Digital Archive:

The New Museum’s Digital Archive is an innovative project to publicly document the activities, ideas, and programmatic history of an institution. Gaining valuable experience related to the management of archives in a museum setting, interns will assist with research, digitization, and description of archival material (born-digital as well as analog). Enrollment in an advanced degree program in Archives, Library and Information Science, or related area of study is preferred.

Registrar / Collections Management:

This internship provides an opportunity to conduct an inventory of the New Museum’s Collection of over 600 objects and the Museum’s series of Limited Editions by over forty leading contemporary artists. The intern may also provide Registrarial support during periods of exhibition changeovers and work closely with the staff of the Exhibitions department. Prior coursework or experience with collection management is a plus. All applicants should have basic clerical skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.

Hours: Interns must be able to work a minimum of two full days per week, seven hours per day. The exact schedule will be determined with the department supervisor. Internships are available from September – December 2016. Experience in the visual arts and knowledge about contemporary art is preferred.  Interns must be able to work a full trimester. No interns will be accepted for shorter periods.

Application Procedure: Interns must submit an intern application form, cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation from professors and/or previous employers as one PDF file. Letters of recommendation may also be sent separately.

Deadline: August 14, 2016

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Fellowship Opportunity: Collections Fellow, Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, NYC

The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) is seeking a 9-month Fellow for the 2016/2017 academic year to help oversee and manage its historic collection of plaster casts and architectural elements. The Fellow will be responsible for updating and maintaining the collections’ catalogues, coordinating visits from schools and other third parties who would like to view the collections, providing tours of the gallery and collection, marketing the gallery, and otherwise assisting with the collection as required. The Fellow will have access to the entirety of the ICAA’s special collections and library as needed for their own academic research.

The Fellow is expected to work one-day/8 hours per week for an academic year September through June. The schedule is flexible. The rate of pay is $17 per hour. The Fellow will not be eligible for benefits such as sick pay, paid holidays, or health insurance. The Fellow is invited to attend many of the ICAA’s education courses and lectures tuition-free.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities:

  • Currently pursuing or recently completed a Master’s Degree in art history, museum studies, classics, or a related subject
  • A minimum of one year professional experience in curating or managing a fine art collection
  • Ability to work independently
  • Comfortable speaking with groups and sharing the collection with a diverse range of audiences
  • Basic working knowledge of word, email, powerpoint, and excel
  • Photoshop and InDesign are a plus but not required

Application Instructions / Public Contact Information: The candidate should send a cover letter explaining his or her interest in the position, a resume, and an academic writing sample to by July 15th, 2016. No references are necessary at this stage of the application process.

Deadline to apply: July 15, 2016

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Job Posting: Receptionist/Interlibrary Loan Assistant (part-time), The Frick Collection, NYC


The Frick Collection is an art museum consisting of more than 1,100 works of art from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century, displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Henry Clay Frick. The residence, with its furnishings and works of art, has been open to the public since 1935. It is one of the world’s most perfect museums; its sister research institution the Frick Art Reference Library is of equal distinction.

Position Summary

Greet researchers; register first-time researchers; enter first-time researchers’ information in database; maintain researchers database; check researchers in and out of the Library; assist the Associate Librarian for Public Services with the retrieving, scanning, packing, and mailing of interlibrary loan materials; file researcher registration forms; perform other clerical tasks as needed; reports to the Chief of Public Services.


The Library is open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Saturdays, September through May, 9:30

a.m.–1:00 p.m. Business hours are 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Candidates must be available to

work at least 21 hours per week distributed evenly throughout the week, some Saturday hours are required.


High School diploma or GED. Experience working in an office setting, preferably as a receptionist or in a customer

service role. Computer literacy in a windows environment. Punctuality, attention to detail, teamwork, and

interpersonal skills are important. Previous library experience and familiarity with FileMaker software are desired,

but they are not essential.

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Job Posting: Associate Cataloguer, Contemporary Art Evening Sale, Sotheby’s, NYC


  • Assisting with all aspects of research and preparation for the production of the Contemporary Art Evening Sale catalogue. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
    • Conducting full book research for each work in our sale
    • Assisting with physical cataloguing and photography of works
    • Researching and writing catalogue notes for a large variety of works of different genres, periods, media, and price points
    • Full ownership over the process of copyright and reproduction permissions for comparable images used in our catalogue design
    • Proofreading and providing ad hoc support in the final stages of catalogue deadline
  • Liasing with internal support staff including administrators, registrars, art handlers, catalogue production, press, and marketing in assisting with the planning and execution of all logistical aspects of the evening sale
  • Contributing to the creation of selling points and proactive sale outreach activities in the weeks leading up to the auctions
  • During the exhibition and sale weeks, an associate cataloguer is expected to be an available resource for both New York-based and international colleagues, as well as a knowledgeable source of information on all aspects of the works in our sale
  • Assisting with proposals, both formal and in-house, in the months between sale seasons
  • Assisting with general department support, including answering phones
  • Maintenance and proactive upkeep of our department library


  • A background in Art History, with experience researching and writing on works of art. A demonstrated interest in Contemporary Art is preferred and encouraged
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented
  • Ability to prioritize multiple highly important processes and responsibilities in a high-pressured environment and meet constant deadlines
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to establish close working relationships with a variety of people across the department and company
  • Ability to work collaboratively on large projects while being confident and comfortable taking initiative and working on one’s own
  • Excellent client service
  • Excellent team player
  • Proficient computer skills and ideally a strong knowledge of Sotheby’s systems, including CAT, the Client System, the Employee Portal, Webnative, Excel, Word, photo editing and storage
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Requires flexibility in work hours and availability to work late nights and full weekends during catalogue deadline

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Job Posting: Digital Imaging Technician, New York Botanical Garden, NYC

Please Note: This is a 2 year grant funded position

The Digital Imaging Technician will can (digitize) archival material. He/She will scan and ingest images files into the digital repository and perform image correction as needed.  The candidate must be able to meet challenging deadlines and work within complex workflows and schedules for a department with a large number of simultaneous imaging projects and contribute significantly to the continued growth of the Library’s digital repository.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create large volume of high-quality digital images
  • Import and tag those images in Extensis Portfolio digital asset management system
  • Prepare and ingest objects and the associated metadata into Internet Archive and Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) in a timely and accurate manner
  • Judge and correct digital images for color balance, contrast, tonality and density when compared to original objects. Photographic prints, or transparencies
  • Work closely with Archives and Conservation staff on the project
  • Track image production and workflow
  • Consistently and accurately name image files
  • Clearly document all project workflows and processes
  • Carefully handle fragile historical archival materials


  • Bachelor’s degree with some experience with digital imaging technologies
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and other processing software applications to capture, manipulate, save and print images
  • Demonstrated ability to manage simultaneous tasks: batch scanning, ingesting, documentation and printing
  • Solid understanding of file management systems databases
  • Familiarity with a variety of photographic media and processes.Photography skills and traditional darkroom experience a plus
  • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills and the ability to work accurately and independently in busy environment
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to participate in the configuration of new scanning equipment

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Job Posting: Head Librarian and Archivist, Conjuring Arts Research Center, NYC

The Conjuring Arts Research Center is a non-profit library and archive located in midtown Manhattan. Conjuring Arts is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of magic and its allied arts. Our collection comprises over 12,000 books, including a large collection of rare and unique texts, historical and modern periodicals, personal and organizational papers and records, prints and more. In addition to our physical holdings, we have also created our own database, Ask Alexander, which contains over 2.5 million pages and counting of digitized magic material.

Conjuring Arts is looking for a new Head Librarian and Archivist with an anticipated start date of July 11, 2016. This job will encompass a wide variety of duties and responsibilities needed for the running of a special collections library including:

  • cataloging diverse materials
  • preservation work
  • database instruction and maintenance
  • member and customer relations
  • digital asset management
  • staff management
  • other tasks as necessary

Requirements: The ideal candidate will have experience with cataloging and preservation. It is also desired that they will have completed or will soon be completing their MLS, though other applicants with comparable experience and knowledge will be considered. Attention to detail and the ability to problem solve and work independently are a must. Applicants also need to be comfortable with dogs as there are two that come to the office daily.

To Apply: Interested parties should email a resume, cover letter, three professional references and salary requirements in terms of hourly rate to the Head Librarian, Jennifer Spota, at Any questions regarding the position can be sent to the same. Suitable candidates will be contacted for an initial screening interview to be conducted via Google Hangouts. Those chosen to move onto the next round will be asked to spend 1-2 days at Conjuring Arts demonstrating their ability to learn and put into practice the necessary site-specific aspects of the above mentioned duties.

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Job Posting: Archivist/Digital Asset Manager, VS+Company, NYC


– Archiving all files and physical prints produced for photography, creative services, retouching, and restoration projects

– Organizing project files on the server and following the appropriate protocols for how jobs are archived

– Working with asset creators across different departments to ensure archival workflow is followed and organizational mistakes are

corrected before a job is archived

– Confirming all data is properly and redundantly copied to the archive and archive backups

– Keeping track of content archived across local and offsite storage systems

– Monitoring the health and integrity of archived files across two unique storage systems

– Preforming biweekly and quarterly backups

– Ensuring there is always an appropriate amount of working space on the server

– Conducting all archive related projects and image research

– Updating internal database catalogs, websites, and portfolios with images and image metadata

– Managing migration of the archive catalog to a new DAM solution

– Improving the interdepartmental archiving protocols



– At least 2+ year of previous experience working with digital archives

– Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop

– Extensive of knowledge of Adobe LightRoom

– Familiarity with content and digital asset management systems

– Comfort with digital image processing (formats, color spaces, file conversion, dissemination)

– Excellent communication skills with the ability to multitask while successfully working within a team environment

– Ability to evaluate large amounts of data and organize it into a clear comprehensive format

– Uncompromising attention to detail

– Effective researcher and problem solver

– Thoughtful and analytical thinker

– Deep understanding of Macintosh computers

– Natural inclination to organization and cleanliness

– Bachelor’s degree (with demonstrated interest in Fine Art or Photography)

– Valid visa / working papers



August 2016



– Medical benefits

– 4 weeks paid vacation per year

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Job Posting: Photography Archivist, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NYC

Contemporary art gallery seeks candidate with a photography degree and archive experience for the position of Photography Archivist. Must be familiar with PCs, proficient in Photoshop, detail oriented, self-motivated and able to work independently.

Job responsibilities include organizing and maintaining a vast historic image archive, photographing artwork in reproduction quality, managing printing on Epson printers, troubleshooting technical issues related to printers, computers, scanners and photography equipment, accessing rights and reproduction requests, acting as a liaison with gallery artists for exhibition materials and press, and maintaining gallery accounts on Artsy and Artnet.

Only candidates with photography experience should apply. Competitive salary with full benefits. Work schedule is Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5:30pm.

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts was founded in November 1971 at 33 East 74th Street by Ronald and Frayda Feldman. In 1982, after one season with both uptown and downtown exhibition spaces, the gallery consolidated at 31 Mercer Street in SoHo. Since its founding, gallery artists have participated in more than 2,000 national and international exhibitions. The gallery exhibits contemporary painting, sculpture, installations, and drawings, prints, and hosts performances.

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Job Posting: Registrar Intern, Queens Museum, NYC

The Registrar Intern will be expected to assist the Registrar/Archives Manager with all aspects of coordinating reception and preparation of objects for the museum’s upcoming exhibition cycle, as well as other tasks as required.  The major winter season exhibition is Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art.


About the Museum:

The Queens Museum is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse ethnic, cultural and international community. In November 2013, the Queens Museum completed an expansion that doubled its size to 105,000 square feet. The expansion provides an additional 50,000 square feet of space, including a suite of new galleries, artist studios, flexible public and special event spaces, education classrooms, a café, back-of-house facilities and visitor amenities. This light-filled new space, designed by Grimshaw Architects, exemplifies the Museum’s commitment to openness, inclusion, community partnership and the diverse communities of New York City.


Commitment is from July 2016 – May 2017, 2 days per week, with flexibility for additional hours during pre-installation periods. Shorter time commitments are also welcomed though not preferred.


Responsibilities include:

  • Condition reporting
  • Cataloging and photography of documents, books and objects
  • Processing and tracking incoming and outgoing loans to other museums and institutions
  • Processing incoming and outgoing receipts
  • Coordinating shipments
  • Surveying the condition of objects throughout the run of the exhibitions


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and archival skills.
  • Attention to detail and ability to be flexible.
  • Proficiency with Windows and Microsoft office software.
  • Knowledge of archival principles and practices or experience handling museum objects that are delicate, fragile and irreplaceable.
  • Experience working in an archive, library, historical society, gallery, or museum
  • Experience assisting in artifact care and maintenance or manuscript collection care in a museum, gallery, archives or library setting.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • A current student in Museum Studies or Library Science is preferred.

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Internship Opportunity: Unpaid intern, Library for Performing Arts Programming Department, NYPL

The Library for Performing Arts Programming Department has an exciting internship program available to students who want to gain hands on experience in Museum Studies. This internship will provide students with the opportunity to learn the roles and processes of public program development. Interns will participate in the development of current and future public programs as well as social media outreach and exhibition interpretation. Interns will also gain exposure to various topics such as political comedy, contemporary theater, experimental dance, and jazz.

Under the mentorship of the Artistic Producer of Programs, the interns will learn and gain professional insights to the different arts presentation, museum, and Library career paths. This is an excellent opportunity for students who are currently enrolled in a performance, arts administration, and museum studies degree programs.

Intern(s) must be able to work at least 2 days per week (between 12 – 15 hours per week) during normal business hours. (Monday- Friday 10:00AM – 6:00PM). Attendance at an orientation is mandatory.


Principal Responsibilities:

The following programs are expected to be under development in the Summer of 2016: programs on political comedy, contemporary theater, experimental dance, new music, chamber music, Broadway musicals, and jazz.  Interns will have the opportunity to work program research and development under the supervision of the Artistic Producer. Interns will meet three times during their internship to partake in different reflection and analysis sessions. During these training sessions, interns will research current trends pertaining to future programs, brainstorm and work with the exhibition curator and designer and other departments.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • All candidates must be currently enrolled in an accredited degree graduate or undergraduate program.

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