2014 Summer Internships at the National Gallery of Art
Internship dates: June 9 to August 8, 2014
Stipend: Interns receive a stipend of approximately $4,500.
Application deadline: January 13, 2014
The intern will gather provenance information from historical documents relating to the collection of Lessing J. Rosenwald, one of the Gallery’s founding benefactors, and enter it into the Gallery’s collection management system (TMS). The intern will have the opportunity to use the data to create web content in support of the Rosenwald Project, a joint effort of the National Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress. Interest in the history of collecting and works on paper is desirable, and experience using historical documents and archives is preferred. Current art history, collections management, or archival studies graduate students and 2014 graduates of such programs are invited to apply.
The intern will assist paper conservators in organizing and cataloguing items in the Paper Sample Collection of historic and contemporary artists’ drawing and printing papers. Other responsibilities will include recording watermarks photographically and researching papermaking companies. Current graduate students and 2014 graduates in conservation, studio art, or archival studies are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of paper and papermaking is essential.
Curatorial Records and Files
The intern will work with department staff to integrate new research on Italian 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 Gallery 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 2014 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 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 centuries and represent all areas of Western art. Current graduate students in European or American art history (15th to 20th centuries) 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 visit the NGA Web site: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/education/interns-fellows/internships/summer.html.html