I am writing to you directly in the hope that you will distribute information to faculty and students about 2015 summer internships we are offering in the archives, curatorial records and files, and the library at the National Gallery of Art. Interns receive a stipend of $4,500 for the nine-week summer program. Here are the descriptions:
The Gallery Archives is the office responsible for the care and use of files, photographs, and drawings relating the history of the National Gallery of Art and its landmark buildings. The intern will be assigned a project identifying and organizing historical files or architectural drawings relating to the Gallery’s history or recent building projects, including management of digital files. He or she should have knowledge of archival principles and procedures, familiarity with digital media, and an interest in an archival career. Current art history, collections management, or archival studies graduate students and 2015 graduates of such programs are invited to apply.
Curatorial Records and Files
The intern will work with department staff to integrate new research on paintings into the curatorial files and update bibliographic and provenance information on the collection database. He or she may also contribute to ongoing research about provenances of NGA objects by conducting research outside the Gallery at institutions such as the National Archives and Archives of American Art. The intern will also serve as a departmental assistant, helping staff and outside scholars use the curatorial files and assisting with the annual departmental inventory. Current art history or museum studies graduate students and 2015 graduates of such programs are invited to apply. Familiarity with museum collection databases is preferred. A demonstrated ability for careful, precise, and independent work is essential. Reading knowledge of Italian, German, or French preferred.
Library: Rare Photographs Project
The intern will assist with cataloging, inventorying, and digitizing the library’s collection of rare photographs of works of art and architecture. The photographs, both individual and mounted in albums, date from the mid-19th to the early 20th century and represent all areas of Western art. Current graduate students in European or American art history (15th to 20th century) are eligible to apply. Advanced knowledge of at least one European language is highly desirable. Candidates should also have understanding of photographic processes and familiarity with museum registration or archives procedures and methods.
Library: Reproductive Prints Project
The intern will assist with cataloging, inventorying, and digitizing the Library’s collection of reproductive prints of works of art. The prints represent a variety of print techniques and depict works by Old Master artists. Current graduate students in European art history (15th to 20th centuries) are eligible to apply. Advanced knowledge of French or another European language is desirable. Candidates should also have understanding of printmaking techniques and materials as well as familiarity with museum registration or archival procedures and methods.
For more information about our summer internship program, including application guidelines and forms, please direct faculty and students to our Web site, http://www.nga.gov/content/