Whitney Museum of Art Spring 2018 Internships -New York, NY

Whitney Museum of American Art: Spring Internships 2018

The Research Resources Department at the Whitney Museum of American Art seeks accomplished graduate students (or recent graduates) interested in completing an internship during the spring 2018 semester (approximately January-mid May) in the Frances Mulhall Achilles Library and Archives.

Interns will participate directly in departmental activities ranging from assisting patron and staff researchers to assisting with routine administrative tasks.  They will also have the opportunity to work on specific projects related to the needs of the department.  Please read below for individual internship descriptions available in the department.

  1. Library and Special Collections Internship

Under the supervision of professional library staff, the intern(s) will gain first-hand experience in multiple areas related the management of a library in a museum setting.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Metadata creation for ephemera and books.
  • Collections assessment and library space planning.
  • Preservation rehousing for special collections.
  • Reference and circulation duties.

The ability to work independently with attention to detail is required. Some heavy lifting is involved. Knowledge of MARC, LCC and LCSH, and Voyager ILS is a plus. Students who can commit to two full days per week (approximately 14 hours a week) are preferred, but we will consider all applicants.

If interested, please send a cover letter and current resume to library@whitney.org

To learn more about our Library, visit http://whitney.org/Collection/Research/Library

  1. Archives Internship

Under the supervision of the professional Archives Manager, the intern will gain first-hand experience in multiple areas related to the management of archives in a museum setting.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Archival processing (arranging, describing, re-housing) archival materials according to archival standards.
  • Creating and editing online finding aids using Archives Space.
  • Monitoring the reference desk and assisting researchers.
  • Assisting the Archives Manager and curatorial team in researching materials related to institutional history, building history, and public programming.
  • Digitizing and preparing digital surrogates of select archival material.
  • Labeling and numbering folder using ArchivesSpace.

The ability to work independently with sharp attention to detail is required. Knowledge of Archives Space, Archivist’s toolkit, Microsoft Excel, DACs, ULAN, LOC, and Adobe Photoshop is a plus. The ability to lift cartons (up to 40lbs) is preferred. Students who can commit to two full days per week (approximately 14 hours a week) are preferred, but we will consider all applicants.

If interested, please send a cover letter and current resume to archives@whitney.org

To learn more about our Archives, visit http://whitney.org/Collection/Research/Archives

Whitney Museum of American Art – Research Resources

The Research Resources department oversees and provides access to a rich collection focused on modern and contemporary art and artists.  Comprised of the Archives, Permanent Collection Documentation Office, Special Collections, and The Frances Mulhall Achilles Library, the department supports the research needs of museum staff and researchers across the globe.

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The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment