Friday, 3 June 2016

Internships at MoMA (not specifically ceramics, but still awesome)

Work with MoMA curators and educators and gain experience in the museum field.


Deadline: June 10, 2016
Full-time, 12-Month internships with stipends are offered for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a museum career. The focused departmental training is integrated with the fall, spring, and summer lecture series and complemented with financial provisions for the interns to create a research trip related to their field of interest. 12-Month internships provide training in specific museum fields through close work with a professional staff member, familiarity with modern and contemporary art through seminars and discussions, and an educational program that exposes interns to the workings of the Museum as a whole, while considering the role of museums in the broader cultural context.
Below are the descriptions and requirements for the 12-Month Internship positions for 2016–17. All internships begin on September 12, 2016, and conclude on September 8, 2017.

Community and Access Programs Internship
Department of Education

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
Description: The intern will organize and coordinate various Access Programs, including those for individuals who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, or have developmental disabilities or Alzheimer’s disease. The intern will coordinate volunteers, sign-language interpreters, captioners, and educators, and will help to administer programs across the department. This intern will also be responsible for office tasks such as managing art supply inventory and orders, documenting programs and partnerships, taking reservations for programs, and transcribing materials for exhibitions and videos. Finally, the intern will have the opportunity to participate in educator training and teach in the galleries.
Requirements: The ideal candidate must have an interest in accessible art museum programming, a taste for interacting with the public, and experience working with people with disabilities or community groups. The candidate should have the ability to multitask, be extremely organized, and be able to successfully execute both administrative and program-oriented projects. Fluency in a foreign language, including American Sign Language, is preferable.

Department of Architecture and Design Internship

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
Description: The intern will assist with the major MoMA exhibition and publication Items: Is Fashion Modern?, opening December 2017, and will undertake in-depth research on items of fashion design from the 20th and 21st centuries. Responsibilities specific to the exhibition include assisting with researching and clearing image rights for exhibition, catalogue, and digital use; handling written correspondence and project inquiries with internal and external parties; assisting with loan documentation; assisting with the organization, documentation, and cataloging of works for inclusion in the exhibition; helping to collate and route object labels and explanatory texts through internal approvals; assisting with planning and logistics for the exhibition opening reception; helping coordinate with external and internal parties for exhibition-related public programming; and assisting curatorial staff with the management of a high volume of exhibition-related tasks and inquiries. The exhibition’s primary focus will be fashion design. Films, photographs, drawings, prints, and works in other mediums will also be included. The exhibition will include a number of loaned works. Reports to Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, and Director of R&D.
Requirements: The ideal candidate will have experience working in curatorial and research settings, will have a firm knowledge of contemporary fashion design, and will possess excellent writing skills. The intern will have completed scholarly research for academic and/or museum projects, and have a working knowledge of best practices in curatorial procedures (creating and refining a checklist, generating object labels and wall texts, etc.). The candidate should have exceptional organizational and communication skills; demonstrated ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines; and the ability to take initiative. Bachelor’s degree in fashion, design, art history, and/or architecture, and graduate coursework required.

he Modern Women’s Fund Internship
Department of Drawings and Prints

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
Description: The intern will work in the Department of Drawings and Prints, conducting research on a major acquisition of avant-garde works, with a focus on women artists. In a broader capacity, the intern will conduct research relating to acquisitions of work by women artists as part of a larger departmental initiative to increase the number of women artists in the collection. The intern will participate in the logistics, research, planning, and organization of a host of activities that are generated as part of MoMA’s Modern Women’s Fund initiative, along with various research assignments, under the guidance of the curatorial and administrative staff.
Requirements: The ideal candidate has an art history background (MA candidates preferred) with a focus on the art and avant-garde movements of the early 20th century. A reading knowledge of Russian and/or German is preferred. The candidate must possess very strong research skills and the ability to multitask and prioritize. Previous experience working in a museum or gallery setting preferred.

Department of Film Internship

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
Description: The intern participates in the entire spectrum of curatorial activities that the Department of Film engages in, from exhibition planning and execution to visiting the Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center. The intern will focus on exhibition and research related projects, including assisting the managing curator on acquisitions to the collection, research on a book focusing on Latin and South American films, and preparing various film programs, including To Save and Project, a Michel Piccoli series, and a collaboration with the Berlin Film Festival. In addition, the intern assists various curatorial and administrative staff of the department in all aspects of film operations.
Requirements: The ideal candidate will have a liberal arts academic background and a general knowledge of film and film culture. Strong writing skills and Spanish language fluency are highly desired.

Department of Media and Performance Art Internship

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
Description: The intern will primarily work with the department’s chief curator and curatorial assistant on two projects: artist Adam Pendleton’s residency at the Museum, culminating in a new, large-scale, multimedia performance; and an exhibition that will include a publication on the occasion of a new acquisition of work by the artist William Pope.L. The intern’s tasks will include support with exhibition planning, bibliographic research, image sourcing and permission requests, editing and design assistance, liaising with the artists’ studios, event support, working fluidly across the Museum’s departments, and other tasks as assigned.
Requirements: The ideal candidate has an art history and/or media and performance art background (MA candidates preferred), strong research skills, reading knowledge of one foreign language, the ability to multitask and prioritize, and the ability to communicate effectively especially under pressure. Previous experience working with artists in a museum setting, or specifically with media and performance art, preferred. This internship is supported by MoMA’s Friends of Education, a Museum affiliate group dedicated to supporting African American and African diaspora artists and audience development at the Museum.

Department of Photography Internship

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
Description: Under the guidance of the curatorial and administrative staff, the intern will work on two exhibition projects: conducting research on the major Stephen Shore exhibition opening at MoMA in December 2017 and assisting with the publication scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition; and helping with the research, selection, and final conceptualization of the New Photography contemporary show, scheduled to open in early 2018. The intern will also help with the first volume of the Photography at MoMA book, a three-volume publication about MoMA’s photography collection.
Requirements: The ideal candidate has an art history and/or photography history background (MA candidates preferred), very strong research skills, and the ability to multitask and prioritize. Previous experience working in a museum or gallery setting preferred.

The Louise Bourgeois Internship
Department of Drawings and Prints

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
Description: The intern will participate in the essential activities of the department, which may include assisting the staff in the following areas: collection management, acquisitions, loans, exhibition research and catalogue production, and administration. The collection of drawings and prints, numbering some 75,000 objects, is housed within the department offices, so the intern has the opportunity to work directly with art objects, after requisite conservation training. In addition, the intern will work in the department’s Study Center, which services approximately 1,000 visitors per year (including classes), and is integral to its curatorial mission. In general, the intern will be involved with various aspects of the department programs, under the guidance of the curatorial and administrative staff. This internship is named in honor of artist Louise Bourgeois, whose extensive work in printmaking comprises an archive within the Museum’s collection.
Requirements: The ideal candidate has an art history background (MA candidates preferred), with knowledge of contemporary African art and proficiency in French, and a demonstrated interest through pertinent work, internship, or volunteer opportunities. Any previous experience working in a museum or gallery setting, or specifically with works on paper, preferred.

Museum Archives Dedalus Fellowship (two years)

September 12, 2016–September 7, 2018
Description: The Dedalus Fellowship is a unique opportunity for an emerging art historian to be trained in archival work. The fellow will be responsible for the department’s work on audio and video recordings, by processing all new acquisitions and managing an ongoing project to conserve and reformat rare and fragile recordings. This includes working with an outside audio preservation laboratory. In addition, the fellow will assist with select unprocessed collections of archival documents, preparing inventories and performing routine preservation measures. The fellow will also provide crucial support for the physical retrieval and rehousing of archival collections. Finally, the fellow will assist the Archives staff with general reference and research functions and the daily activities of this extremely active department. The Archives includes over 6,000 linear feet of important primary source material and responds to over 4,000 research requests annually.
Requirements: The ideal candidate must have a BA in art history and familiarity with modern art, strong organizational skills, research and writing skills, computer proficiency, and an interest in learning about the Museum and acquiring professional archival skills. Attention to detail is crucial.

Public Programs Internship

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
Description: The intern will provide support to the Adult and Academic Programs area of the Department of Education. Tasks include coordinating monthly gallery programs, maintaining daily correspondence, assisting in research and set-up for evening programs, and liaising with program participants, MoMA staff, volunteers, and Audio Visual staff. The intern will learn all of the details implicit in making a program run successfully, including marketing and ticketing. The intern will also have the opportunity to put together his or her own program, executing all of the steps of organizing a program from conception to realization.
Requirements: The ideal candidate has the ability to multitask, is extremely organized and is able to successfully execute both administrative and research-oriented projects. The intern works collaboratively and helps to create new ways for audiences to engage with modern and contemporary art. The position requires a candidate who enjoys interacting with the public and with a range of staff and program participants and confronts last-minute, logistical, or personnel challenges with ease. The intern must be available to work at public programs in the evenings.

For further information, please visit: http://www.moma.org/learn/courses/internships#12month

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