Paid Archives & Library Internships at the Whitney Museum of American Art: Summer 2020 -New York, NY

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The deadline to apply is February 29th, 2020.

The Research Resources department at the Whitney Museum of American Art department offers full-time, nine-week paid internships during the summer of 2020. The program runs from Monday, June 1 through Friday, July 31st, 2020, and includes a $5,000 stipend for full participation. Internships are open to current students or recent graduates who have completed at least one semester in a Library and Information Science Program, or related graduate program. Preferred candidates will have a strong academic background and an interest in modern and contemporary art and/or museum work.

Participants are expected to be available Monday through Friday for nine consecutive weeks during regular work hours. Internships include training, direct work experience, professional development, and a mentorship program that connects interns with key Whitney staff. Interns will participate directly in departmental activities ranging from assisting patrons and staff to carrying out projects to assisting with routine administrative tasks.  We welcome applicants from a diversity of experiences of sexual and gender identities, ability, class, nationality, race and religion.

Internships are available in the Frances Mulhall Achilles Library and Archives, in the areas described below.  Please review each description for further details and information on how to apply.

1. Archives Internship

Working under the supervision of the professional Managing Archivist, the intern will gain first-hand experience and training in multiple areas related to the management of archives in a museum setting. 

Responsibilities may include:

·                 Monitoring the reading room and assisting on-site archival researchers
·                 Assisting with reference inquiries from staff and external researchers
·                 Keeping statistical records for measurement of reference services
·                 Paging items for researcher appointments
·                 Digitizing and preparing digital surrogates of select archival material
·                 Editing online finding aids using ArchivesSpace
·                 Labeling and numbering analog archival folders

The ability to work independently with sharp attention to detail is required. Knowledge of ArchivesSpace, Archivist’s toolkit, Microsoft Excel, DACs, and Adobe Photoshop is a plus. The ability to lift cartons (up to 40lbs) is required.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to: archives@whitney.org

To learn more about Archives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, visit http://whitney.org/Collection/Research/Archives

2. LIBRARY AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS INTERNSHIP

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

Responsibilities may include:

·     Metadata creation for books, posters, media, ephemera, and other library materials

·     Collections research culminating in a presentation

·     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 Koha ILS is a plus.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to: library@whitney.org

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

ABOUT RESEARCH RESOURCES:

The Research Resources department at the Whitney Museum of American Art oversees and provides access to vital collections that further the study of modern and contemporary art in the United States. Comprised of the Permanent Collection Documentation Office, Special Collections, Visual Resources, and the Frances Mulhall Achilles Library & Archives, the department supports researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including scholars, curators, writers, artists, and Museum staff.

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