VRAF Internship Award

Host Institutions List



Institution Name: Anchorage Museum

Contact Person: Sara Piasecki

Address: 625 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99501

Telephone: 907-929-9234

Email: spiasecki@anchoragemuseum.org

URL: https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/

Brief description of the internship:
Assist with a variety of projects dealing with organization, description, and access to our collections of over 750,000 historic images from 1860s to the present.


Institution Name: 390th Memorial Museum

Contact Person: Mariel Watt

Address: 6000 E. Valencia Rd., Tucson, AZ

Telephone: 520-574-0287

Email: mwatt@390th.com

URL: 390th.org

Brief description of the internship:

The 390th Memorial Museum is seeking a dynamic and dedicated part time interns. Successful candidates have the opportunity to work with visual resources from the World War II era. The museum’s programmatic objectives are flexible enough to encourage the creation of projects tailored to specific intern’s interests and needs. Past opportunities have included developing collections, engaging with oral histories, military history and collection management. Interns might also be responsible for conducting research, inventorying object and archival records, collections stewardship and cataloging.

About the Museum:

The 390th Memorial Museum in Tucson, Arizona specializes in the history of a heavy bombardment group during World War II. Our mission is to honor and memorialize those veterans who provided ground support and flew the B-17 in the 390th Bombardment Group of the Eighth Air Force in World War II, to serve as a window on the air war over Europe by the 390th and related Bomb Groups in that conflict, and to educate the public on their service and sacrifice in the cause of freedom.  

Institution Name: Museum of Northern Arizona

Contact Person: Melissa Lawton

Address: 3101 N. Fort Valley Rd. Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Telephone: (928) 774-5213

Email: mlawton@musnaz.org

URL: www.musnaz.org

Brief description of the internship:
The mission of the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) is to inspire a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region's natural and cultural heritage. Cofounded by zoologist and archaeologist Dr. Harold Colton and professional artist Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton in 1928, today the Museum is an AAM accredited 501(c)3 non-profit collections, research, and education institution. MNA is one of the most important regional museums in the US and holds outstanding collections in archaeology, ethnology, geology, paleontology, biology, archives, and art.

Depending on the interests of the intern, MNA can offer different projects within the Collections Department.

- Digitization of MNA Photo Archives, specifically those related to institutional history in preparation for the Museum’s centennial celebration in 2028. Tasks include scanning, attaching metadata, and cataloging individual images in Argus, the collections database.

- Photography of ethnographic collections for condition documentation. Tasks include handling and photographing objects, processing digital images, attaching metadata, and uploading images to Argus.

Institution Name: Soleri Archives, Arcosanti

Contact Person: Hannelore Sue Kirsch

Address: 13555 South Cross L Road, Mayer, Arizona, 86333

Telephone: 928-632-6240

Email: archives@arcosanti.org

URL: www.arcosanti.org/node/25
Brief description of the internship:
Normally we offer a 3-month internship, which starts with a 2-week intensive introduction to the Arcosanti project - see our website at https://arcosanti.org/node/25

We can arrange for a customized 7-week internship program including the 200 hours of service as stated in your requirements in addition to our two-week intensive introductory seminar required for all participants.

Cost of the internship is $2000, which includes seminar fee, housing and meals for the duration (7 weeks) of the program.

The internship will begin with a 2 week intensive introduction to the Arcosanti project, which is offered at the beginning of each workshop, see our web-site for start dates. After the 2 weeks introduction the intern will join our archive crew and participate in the following activities:

Activities at the Archives include:

Cataloging, labeling, filing, inventory and data entry of archival materials.

Photographic, digital and audio-video documentation of Soleri's works, meetings, events and the related activities.

Archival research and assistance.

Production of supporting materials for various media.

Administrative assistance including correspondence with media, scholars, etc.



Institution Name: Bowers Museum

Contact Person: Victoria Gerard

Address: 2002 N. Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92706

Telephone: 714673662

Email: vgerard@bowers.org

URL: bowers.org

Brief description of the internship:
The Bowers Museum is preparing to embark on a large-scale digitization project to provide access to our collection of printed materials and historic documents. This collection accounts for about 25% of our permanent collection, or approximately 23,000 items. The museum is actively seeking funding for a broad-scale digitization project but needs assistance in preparing metadata standards, rehousing the materials, curatorial research, etc.

Institution Name: Getty Research Institute

Contact Person: Melissa Gill

Address: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90016

Telephone: 310-440-6433

Email: mgill@getty.edu

URL: https://www.getty.edu/research/

Brief description of the internship:

The Digital Art History (DAH) department at the Getty Research Institute seeks interns throughout the 2019-2020 academic year to work directly with staff on various innovative digital projects at the intersection of art historical scholarship and information technologies. The DAH department applies digital tools and methods to foster access to and use of the Institute’s collections, and to further knowledge and advance understanding of visual arts and their various histories. Interns will have the opportunity to work on innovative, cross-functional projects with colleagues from across the Getty specializing in art history, software development, user experience design, semantic engineering, and digital publications. Current projects include:

PhotoTech, a project to digitize and disseminate 700,000 photographic reproductions of paintings, drawings, and prints from the GRI’s photo study collections by leveraging new processes and computer vision technologies for processing, describing, and analyzing these collections

Ed Ruscha: Streets of Los Angeles, a project to digitize and provide access to selections from Ed Ruscha’s “Photographs of Los Angeles Streets” archive as well as demonstrate how innovative applications of digital tools and methodologies, including digital publication, enhance the archive’s research value to the field of art history and allied disciplines.

Interns may participate in designing and evaluating metadata workflows, data cleaning, enrichment, and quality assurance activities, evaluating computer-generated metadata, as well as contribute to user research activities on how scholars use metadata to support their work.  

Institution Name: Oakland Museum of California

Contact Person: Ayanna Reed

Address: 1000 Oak Street, Oakland CA 94607

Telephone: 5103188556

Email: areed@museumca.org

URL: www.museumca.org

Brief description of the internship:
The VRAF intern at OMCA will work closely with the Intellectual Property and Imaging Coordinator and the Archivist to rationalize photograph publication data and credit lines, digitize copy negatives, and integrate prints in photographic storage. The intern will be exposed to a wide range of copyright management and image storage discussions and problem solving approaches.

Specific projects:

1. Digitizing, uploading, refiling and destroying our hundreds of linear feet of copy negatives and reproduction prints, inventory of which is here

2. C-Space record cleanup of backlogged publication data and credit lines

3. Inventory and update the locations of M.OS boxes at CCRC formerly located to Oaks Storage

4. Refile the "to be filed" boxes of pulled Tribune envelopes and prints

Institution Name: San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library

Contact Person: Margaret N. Dykens

Address: 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Telephone: 619-255-0225

Email: mdykens@sdnhm.org

URL: https://www.sdnhm.org/

Brief description of the internship:

Research, digitization, and metadata cataloging of historical natural history photographs from the museum's archives. The San Diego Natural History Museum's naturalists and research scientists have been actively documenting animals, plants, and fossils throughout southern California and Baja California since the late 1800s. This project makes the photographic history of this work accessible to current and future Scientists, environmentalists, and the public.

We can coordinate with the candidate’s graduate program regarding academic credit for this internship as appropriate. Graduate coursework in archival methods, cataloging, preferred.

Institution Name: Santa Clara University

Contact Person: Linda Hylkema

Address: 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053

Telephone: 4085544513

Email: lhylkema@scu.edu

URL: https://university-operations.scu.edu/cultural-resources/

Brief description of the internship:
The objective of this internship will be to create online finding aids that capture the historical, visual, and culturally significant aspects of our facility's collections, artifacts, maps, books, reports and current exhibits. This will raise the awareness and visibility of our collections that are available for scholarly research.  

Institution Name: San Francisco Art Institute Library and Archives

Contact Person: Jeff Gunderson

Address: 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

Telephone: 14157494559

Email: jgunderson@sfai.edu

URL: sfai.edu

Brief description of the internship:
The intern will be working with archival visual materials that document the nearly 150 year history of the San Francisco Art Institute. The collections are rich in the documentation of California and West Coast art history including Diego Rivera's 1931 mural at SFAI and the Social Realist art of the 1930s; California photographers attached to SFAI including Ansel Adams who founded the photography department in 1946, along with Minor White and Dorothea Lange; Abstract-Expressionists who taught and/or attended the School including Clyfford Still, Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Mark Rothko, Deborah Remington; the Beat Era artists, Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Wally Hedrick, Jess, and Jay Defeo; 1960s SF hippie scenesters; Punk Art and artists of the 1970s; California conceptual artists; graffiti Mission School artists, tattooers, earth-art/land art/eco-art artists, etc. etc. 

Institution Name:  Scripps College - Ella Strong Denison Library

Contact Person: Jennifer Martinez Wormser, Library Director

Address: 1030 Columbia Avenue #2031, Claremont, CA 91711

Telephone: 9096218973

Email: jmwormse@scrippscollege.edu

URL: http://www.scrippscollege.edu/denison/

Brief description of the internship:

The intern will participate in the organization, description, curation and digitization of images related to the history of Scripps College as the institution approaches its centennial in 2026. The college's archives reflect not only the history of the college and of the Claremont Colleges community but also the history of women's education in the 20th and early 21st centuries.  

Institution Name: Self Help Graphics and Art (SHG)

Contact Person: Alexa Kim, Program Manager

Address: 1300 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA

Telephone: 323-881-6444

Email: alexa.kim@selfhelpgraphics.com

URL: https://www.selfhelpgraphics.com/

Brief description of the internship:
We are seeking a qualified student for its Archive and Documentation Internship position who will assist in cataloging and organizing SHG's print inventory. The goal of the internship will be to assist SHG with digitizing and updating the database, photographing, and packaging print inventory. The intern will also experience in the proper handling of prints and curation of print sales.

About SHG:

SHG fosters the creation and advancement of new artwork by Chicana/o and Latinx artists through experimental and innovative printmaking techniques and other visual art forms. We are an organization rooted in community; and since 1973, have been at the intersection of arts and social justice, providing a home that fosters the creativity and development of local artists.

Please visit: https://www.selfhelpgraphics.com/


Institution Name: Lafayette Historical Society, Inc. / Lafayette Miners Museum

Contact Person: Christina Pearce

Address: 108 E. Simpson St. Lafayette, CO 80026

Telephone: (303) 665-7030

Email: lafayetteminersmuseum@gmail.com

URL: https://www.cityoflafayette.com/463/Miners-Museum

Brief description of the internship:

The intern will digitize a section of our collection, which could include photographs, mining objects, or textiles.




Institution Name: Florida International University

Contact Person: Jamie Rogers

Address: 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami FL 33199

Telephone: 305-348-6932

Email: rogersj@fiu.edu

URL: http://digitalcollections.fiu.edu

Brief description of the internship:

Florida International University Libraries’ Digital Collections Center (DCC) invites applications for a dynamic and challenging undergraduate internship position. The mission of the DCC is to build online collections of enduring value for the university and broader user community by identifying, digitizing, and preserving information resources of scholarly, educational, and civic interest. The Center's digital collections focus on local and regional content of historical, scientific, cultural, and educational importance. This includes materials such as unique and rare books; photographs; maps; oral histories; FIU scholarly and creative works; scientific reports, and ephemera.

Fieldwork Goals will include:

  1. Acquiring hands-on experience in digital collections workflows, standards, and technologies.
  2. Applying training to scanning; the creation and quality assurance of metadata; use of digital library system software for online dissemination; and digital preservation of born digital and digitized materials.

Interns will work closely with Digital Collections Center Librarians on current departmental projects to digitize and preserve content. Projects may also require research and project documentation.





Institution Name: Chicago Film Archives

Contact Person: Nancy Watrous

Address: 329 West 18th Street, Suite #610, Chicago, IL

Telephone: 3122431808

Email: nancy@chicagofilmarchives.org

URL: www.chicagofilmarchives.org

Brief description of the internship:

The intern will process the Robert and Theresa Davis travelogue film collection for accessibility.

Institution Name: Northwestern University

Contact Person: Nicole Finzer

Address: 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL

Telephone: 8474671666

Email: n-finzer@northwestern.edu

URL: https://www.northwestern.edu/

Brief description of the internship:
Northwestern University Libraries seeks an intern interested in working closely with an array of team members who ingest image collections into our digital repository. This work will require preparing reformatted collection materials for batch ingest by doing item level cataloging and/or enhancing pre-existing records. The data entry will happen in open-source software, which loads into our Hyrax-based DAM. The intern may work with either of these collections from our Special Collections & University Archives: nitrate-based photographic negatives of portraits of Northwestern personalities, as well as views of campus scenes and University events, or The E.H. Duckworth Photographic Archive which contains more than 5,000 photos documenting Nigerian life in the decades just before independence. Both projects will be made available through our online Digital Collection (https://dc.library.northwestern.edu/). Duties will include working with the full life-cycle of digital objects.


Institution name: Herron Art Library

Contact person: Sonja Lehman

Address: Herron Art Library, 735 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46202

Telephone: 317-278-9417

Email: sstaumku@iupui.edu

URL: http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/herron

Brief description of internship:

The Herron Art Library http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/herron is a full service branch library of IUPUI University Library, http://www.ulib.iupui.edu .  The Herron Art Library bridges traditional and digital formats for research and scholarly publication that support the academic and creative work at the Herron School of Art and Design, http://www.herron.iupui.edu  as well at related content across the IUPUI campus.  The person in this position will gain familiarity and experience across diverse applications and resources that promote and/or produce digital content for the Herron Art Library collections via the IUPUI University Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/digitalscholarship platforms such as OCLC ContentDM http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/collections , and, the library’s institutional repository, IUPUI ScholarWorks, https://scholarworks.iupui.edu/ .

The graduate student will provide hands-on support to the in-house digital production activities of an art and design school library.  This position provides experience learning and creating content specific metadata for the library’s digital collections in order to facilitate discovery as well as applying one or more metadata schemas in a digital library environment. The individual may also contribute to developing and documenting workflows for creating digital collections and/or metadata for the library’s digital projects.  Other duties may include digital photography, scanning, as well as some traditional library activities like reference, circulation, and/or assisting with tasks related to the art library’s fine press/book arts collection.

This internship position provides hands-on experience contributing to the ongoing activities related to the art library's digital collections, social media presence, as well as experience with daily operations of full-service art and design school branch library.








Institution Name: Peabody Essex Museum

Contact Person: Claire Blechman

Address: 161 Essex St Salem MA 01970

Telephone: 978 542 1840

Email: claire_blechman@pem.org

URL: www.pem.org
Brief description of the internship:

The Peabody Essex Museum is a world-class art|history|culture museum in Salem, Massachusetts. This is an exciting time in PEM's over-200-year history, as we prepare to open a new 40,000 square foot gallery expansion this fall, with fresh reinstallations of the collection.

Last year, we launched our first Digital Asset Management System, an enterprise database of over 130,000 digital assets including: photos of collections objects and materials from the Phillips Library, event photos, videos, and publications PDFs. This DAMS is a vital resource for a staff of 250 people in all facets of museum work, from registrars to design to guest services. We are proud of the potential the DAMS holds and want to continue to develop this resource for both staff and the public.

At this internship you will work directly with the Digital Asset Manager on projects to grow and improve PEM's Digital Asset Management System. Research, propose, and implement strategies to improve metadata, usability, and access to PEM's digital assets. Analyze database use statistics and user feedback to support your proposed strategies. Interns will also identify new sets of digital assets to add to the DAMS, and work with PEM staff on implementing our new public-facing web portal.

This is a unique opportunity for an intern interested in developing a specialty in digital asset management with on-the-ground experience and a substantive project to call your own. We are looking for an applicant who shows initiative in moving projects forward, has impeccable organization, and shows a particular love of metadata. If you think hard about databases and the best way to organize them, this placement is for you!



Institution Name: Walker Art Center

Contact Person: Jill Vuchetich

Address: 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN . 55403

Telephone: 612-375-7551

Email: jill.vuchetich@walkerart.org

URL: www.walkerart.org

Brief description of the internship:

Assist the Archivist and Visual Resources Specialist with preserving and digitizing assets from the museums collections and programming including still and moving images. Assist the Visual Resources Specialist with ingest and manangement of the Digital Asset Management System.





Institution Name: American Craft Council

Contact Person: Beth Goodrich

Address: 1224 Marshall Street NE, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Telephone: 612-206-3118

Email: bgoodrich@craftcouncil.org

URL: https://craftcouncil.org/

Brief description of the internship:

We maintain a digital platform on which we publish many digital collections. We are adding material on a continual basis. Images can be loaded into CONTENTdm and descriptive metadata can be added to the digital objects. It is also time for us to add a new collection of digital artist file materials to complement our physical artist files. The internship could take responsibility for creating this new collection and adding the digital assets which we have in hand, in most cases locked into physical formats such as discs or thumb drives.


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New Mexico

Institution Name: National Atomic Museum Foundation dba The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Contact Person: Sandra Fye

Address: 601 Eubank Blvd SE Albuquerque, NM 87123

Telephone: 505-245-2137

Email: sfye@nuclearmuseum.org

URL: https://www.nuclearmuseum.org/

Brief description of the internship:
The mission of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is “to serve as America’s resource for nuclear history and science. The Museum presents exhibits and quality educational programs that convey the diversity of individuals and events that shape the historical and technical context of the nuclear age.” The Museum strives to tell the story of the Atomic Age, from early research of nuclear development through today’s peaceful uses of the technology. The Museum was chartered by Congress in 1991 as the official Atomic Museum of the United States. The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is a Smithsonian Affiliate and is accredited through the American Alliance of Museums.

Over the next several weeks, we will inherit a substantial collection of materials from one of our long-term partners, the Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF), as they are preparing to close their doors. This collection includes over 500 audio/visual interviews with Manhattan Project workers and their families; a database containing thousands of Manhattan Project Veteran profiles; a variety of educational resources, from lesson plans to interactive virtual tours; and a collection of materials from the Manhattan Project era including historical documents, books, and more. This collection will dramatically strengthen our ability to tell the Manhattan Project story and offers the opportunity to add more digital, interactive components to our exhibits.

We are seeking an intern to assist the museum in integrating these materials into our collection. Duties will encompass rehousing materials, assisting with the cataloging process, and exploring options for the final online platform of the web-based components of the collection.

New York

Institution Name: American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC Archives)

Contact Person: Rebecca Weintraub

Address: 220 E. 42nd St., Suite 400, New York, NY 10024

Telephone: 16468713224

Email: rebecca.weintraub@jdc.org

URL: http://archives.jdc.org

Brief description of the internship:

JDC Archives Artifacts Internship Opportunity

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives is offering an exciting experiential education opportunity to assist with artifact cataloguing and preservation. Train on best preservation and storage practices, while understanding how to house and handle items from our special collections. The JDC Archives collection of artifacts and ephemera contains hundreds of works ranging from posters and illuminated records to precious artwork and gifts from Jewish communities around the world. These treasures offer a rich historical overview of JDC’s relief activities over the past century in 90 countries.

Responsibilities include:

Rehouse and describe unprocessed artifacts

Conduct contextual research using the Archives

Database cleanup, such as completing preexisting records and conducting quality control on file names, translations, and attachments

Duration: 1 - 2 days a week


Familiarity with database procedures; detail-oriented with an interest in art history, museum studies, Jewish history, or archives.

All opportunities are unpaid, but may be taken for course credit. Please send your resume and cover letter including information on availability to archivesinterns@jdc.org, subject ‘Archives Artifacts Interns – (Full Name)’. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

JDC Archives Photo Collection Internship Opportunity:

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives’ Photo Collection contains over 100,000 images. These photographs offer a rich historical overview of JDC’s relief activities over the past century in 90 countries. More than 73,000 photographs have already been digitally scanned. We seek students for an experiential education opportunity to assist with image cataloguing and preservation. The broad range of countries and topics in our scope of this collection, which encompasses regions and time periods such as postwar Europe, 1950’s North Africa and 1960s-70s Israel, allows us to tailor projects to different interests.

Special projects:

Adding to our online database the following photo collections:

- Community life, education and health services provided to Moroccan Jews from the 1950s-70s

- Post-WWII Jewish refugees living in Displaced Persons Camps in Austria and Germany

- Youth and elderly care programs in 1960’s Israel.

- Assorted collections of JDC activities in Jewish communities of Bulgaria, Hungary, India, and many others

Preparing unprocessed images documenting JDC activities in 20 countries (1940’s-70’s) with emphases on Israel, France, Germany and Iran for digitization and preservation.

Responsibilities include:

Creating metadata and integrating new photographs into cataloguing system.

Conducting online research and fact-checking to enrich descriptive data for photographs.


Proficiency in Word and Excel required. Familiarity with database procedures is recommended. Preferred candidates will have completed at least one semester of graduate work in archival, museum, or library studies, or art history.

The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and have a basic knowledge of photographic history.

All opportunities are unpaid, but may be taken for course credit. The expected schedule is 12-20 hours per week. Options are available in the NY office located in midtown Manhattan and our offsite facility in Long Island City.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to archivesinterns@jdc.org.  

Institution Name: Cornell University Library

Contact Person: Jasmine Burns

Address: Remote

Telephone: 607-255-2565

Email: jburns@cornell.edu

URL: https://digital.library.cornell.edu/

Brief description of the internship:
The Metadata Intern will work closely with the Visual Resources Metadata Librarian on data cleanup and vocabulary reconciliation of Cornell's digital image collections hosted in JSTOR Forum. Subject knowledge in any of the following is helpful, but not required: art history, classics, hip hop, Icelandic history, architecture, East Asian studies, or anthropology. The internship will be tailored around the interest of the intern, but will generally include working with OpenRefine to clean and reconcile data, and linking terms to Getty vocabularies in JSTOR Forum. Residency on campus is not necessary, as this work can be done 100% remotely with regular check-ins via video conference.

Institution Name: Fashion Institute of Technology

Contact Person: Justine De Young

Address: 227 W 27th St New York, NY 10001

Telephone: 2122174665

Email: justine_deyoung@fitnyc.edu

URL: http://fashionhistory.fitnyc.edu/
Brief description of the internship:
The Fashion History Timeline represents an unparalleled digital resource for the study of fashion history, examined through the lenses of art and society. Work is progressing on a new planned feature of the site, the Early Fashion Designer Database which documents the work of hundreds of previously little known designers—many of them women—of the 19th and early-20th centuries and will present their work to the public for the first time. While designers of the past 100 years are well known, those designers working from 1790-1920 have received far less attention. As dressmaker labels were not common in garments until the mid-19th century, virtually all surviving garments prior to that in museum collections are anonymous. However, this need not be the case. By tracking and cataloguing names recorded in the contemporary fashion press with specific designs, one can match, for example, a design by Mlle Palmire in an 1831 fashion plate to a dress in a Paris museum.

To make this database possible, the graduate student intern will describe the designs and record the credit information provided at the bottom of fashion plates from FIT Library Special Collections holdings of European and American periodicals from the 1820s—when plate credits first appeared—to the 1920s. Descriptive analysis of plates and their credits will not only make them searchable, but also allows us to discover previously unknown designers and to map relational and geographic networks between designers, publishers, department stores, specialty shops and illustrators. The intern will also research these early designers to locate press mentions and surviving garments in museum collections, with the ultimate goal of writing profiles of their styles, contributions and careers.

Institution Name: Fordham University

Contact Person: Katherina Fostano

Address: 441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY

Telephone: 7188170119

Email: kfostano@fordham.edu

URL: https://www.fordham.edu/info/22358/visual_resources and http://digital.library.fordham.edu/digital/collection/artHistoryDB

Brief description of the internship:
We are working on migrating our digital image collection to a new open source platform. The intern would learn how to use Omeka S as a digital asset manager for image collections. They will update our metadata to comply with the VRA Core standard, and get an opportunity to contribute a digital exhibition using our collection.

Institution Name: Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

Contact Person: Mr. Harley Spiller

Address: Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Telephone: 718-687-5800

Email: mail@franklinfurnace.org

URL: franklinfurnace.org

Brief description of the internship:

Franklin Furnace (FF) is a 43-year-old alternative arts space that became known for promoting, exhibiting, and collecting artists’ books before the genre itself was accepted as an art form. The organization was also one of the first to recognize and present what is now known as performance art and installation art. FF has two primary research resources: a collection of 3550 artists’ books, and an archive of 1549 event records. Supporting archives and collections for these include: 19,500 images; 717 moving images; 740 press clippings; 238 reference books; 561 folders of mail art; 110 institutional publications; 61 audio files. In addition, FF has preserved over 600 linear feet of institutional archives containing documentation of its administration; governance; finance; programming; membership; personnel; etc. As the organization got in trouble four times during the "Culture Wars" of the late 1980s and 1990s, our materials may hold interest for an intern making connections between the archive and public discourse. FF interns work in all areas under the supervision of Michael Katchen, Senior Archivist.

Institution Name: New Museum

Contact Person: Amye McCarther

Address: 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

Telephone: (212) 219-1222 ex.325

Email: amccarther@newmuseum.org

URL: newmuseum.org

Brief description of the internship:

Designing for Accessibility and Discovery

Founded in 1977, the New Museum is Manhattan’s only museum solely devoted to presenting contemporary art, and is recognized internationally for its innovative exhibitions and initiatives.

The New Museum’s Digital Archive is the Museum’s open digital platform of historical documentation relating to its exhibitions, public programs, artists, and initiatives. First launched in 2009, the Digital Archive contains over 14,000 documents, exhibition catalogues, images, audiovisual recordings, and web archives. Following the site’s redesign in 2017, the Digital Archive is now device agnostic with multimodal templates for the Museum’s institutional chronology, oral histories, and its newly launched publication platform, ATLAS, creating a rich, intertextual environment for exploring the Museum’s archival resources.

The VRAF Internship would be responsible for supporting the evaluation, design, and implementation of cataloging and content creation to enhance the accessibility of the visual materials in the New Museum’s Digital Archive via alt-text cataloging and other universal design practices. The project would be complemented with a practicum on image and audiovisual editing and cataloging access copies of digital surrogates from the Photography and Audiovisual Collections.

Under the guidance of the Archivist, the intern would be responsible for:

• Evaluating the current accessibility of record templates for exhibitions, programs, images, audiovisual recordings, and web archives.

• Conducting research on best practices for universal accessibility currently being implemented at other museum’s with extensive digital collections.

• Collaborating with the Archivist and Gallery Interpretation Manager to establish criteria for accessibility of visual collections and explore its expression as linked open data.

• Working with the Archivist, Education, and Editorial staff to develop metadata schema, subject headings, and alt-text cataloging practices that enhance accessibility of visual collections while adhering to the New Museum’s style guide.

• Coordinating with back end developers and front end designers to implement new metadata elements and content in the Digital Archive’s CollectiveAccess database and Economy CMS.

• Updating the New Museum Archives cataloging manual to reflect accessibility practices.

• Working with Gallery Interpretation Manager, Senior Research Fellow, and Archivist to explore integration of accessible Digital Archive resources with other digital in-gallery experiences.

• Performing light image correction in Photoshop on digital surrogates of materials from the New Museum’s Photography Collection to be cataloged as access copies.

• Performing production on access copies of digitized audiovisual recordings.

• Embedding metadata in all preservation masters and derivatives using Adobe Bridge.

• Cataloging items and importing digital surrogates in the CollectiveAccess back end of the New Museum’s Digital Archive.

The intern will receive training on all aspects of the project, including cataloging in CollectiveAccess and the use of Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Bridge for photo retouching, video production, and metadata embedding in access copies. Candidates should be prepared to work collaboratively in a fast-past production environment and be flexible to workflow changes in accordance with curatorial and research requests.

The New Museum Archives has a robust internship and fellowship program. The Archives currently hosts research fellowships in audiovisual archiving and digital preservation, and partners with local graduate programs in archives and library science. A VRAF Internship at the New Museum would be an excellent opportunity for any student with an interest in contemporary art to gain hands-on experience managing visual resources in a museum archives.

Institution Name: Time and the Valleys Museum

Contact Person: Donna Steffens

Address: 332 Main Street, Grahamsville, NY 12740

Telephone: 845 985-7700

Email: info@timeandthevalleysmuseum.org

URL: www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org

Brief description of the internship:

Photograph Digitization Intern to organize and inventory existing photo collections, set up a digitization policy, process and guidelines and to begin digitizing photographs.  

North Carolina

Institution Name: The Mint Museum

Contact Person: Alexandra Olivares

Address: 500 South Tryon Street Charlotte NC 28202

Telephone: 704-337-2107

Email: alexandra.olivares@mintmuseum.org

URL: https://mintmuseum.org/
Brief description of the internship:

The intern will work with key members of the Mint's DAMS Task Force, including the Archivist, Collections Photographer, Digital Media Specialist, and Rights & Reproductions Registrar on a project implementing a Digital Asset Management System. Internship duties will focus on the preparation of guidelines and standards for the ingestion of assets into a DAMS, consolidation of assets from numerous existing repositories, and the refinement of a project path for the next phase of implementing the DAMS. The guidelines and standards will include defining file naming structures, researching the latest digital media preservation standards, and creating workflow documents.

The ideal candidate will possess:

-Strong research, writing, and editing skills, and the ability to quickly summarize complex sources of information

-A superior attention to detail and accuracy

-Knowledge of a wide variety of digital image file formats, including video and audio formats

-A basic understanding of file resolution and image properties as it relates to digital master files and their derivatives

-Knowledge of Adobe CC programs, including Bridge and Photoshop

-Bachelor's degree, and be working towards or recently completed a M.A. or M.L.I.S. degree; areas of study preferred: Archives, Digital Preservation, Art History, Arts Administration, Library/Information Science, Museum Studies, or other applicable fields of study.

-Prior experience in a museum or special collections department a plus

Institution Name: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Visual Resources Library

Contact Person: JJ Bauer

Address: 214 Hanes Art Center, CB #3405, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3405

Telephone: 919-962-3034

Email: jbauer@email.unc.edu

URL: https://art.unc.edu/art-history/facilities-for-art-history/visual-resources-library/

Brief description of the internship:

An internship in the VRL could consist of the following: intake, assessment, research and cataloging into JStor of new or donated materials; creation of a new JStor collection project, including determining metadata fields and rights/accessibility for said new collection; adding to the Sloane Art Library's Artist Files collections in JStor in collaboration with the Art Librarian; performing regular collection management tasks such as correcting metadata or eliminating duplicates in JStor collections; working on projects to improve awareness of the VRL using outreach activities, social media and the website; and working with the Curator as needed to conduct workshops for undergraduate courses using such digital tools as Agisoft Photoscan and Photoshop.

Institution Name: Wake Forest University, Office of University Art Collections

Contact Person: Jennifer Finkel

Address: PO Box 7232, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Telephone: 3367585082

Email: finkelj@wfu.edu

URL: http://artcollections.wfu.edu/
Brief description of the internship:

Wake Forest University has a collection of nearly 2000 artworks, mostly contemporary. As an integral part of the liberal arts education provided to Wake Forest students, the Office of University Art Collections’ mission is to promote the use of fine art as a teaching tool and pedagogical resource. The Office of University Art Collections seeks an intern to research and write content for recent contemporary acquisitions that will be utilized for multiple purposes, such as wall labels, a catalogue, brochures, social media and a potential app. The intern will also curate virtual online exhibitions from the collection, and assist with content development for the website. The intern will work closely with the Curator of Collections, Collections Manager, and Communications Strategist.

The ideal candidate will possess strong research, writing and editing skills, and the ability to summarize various sources of information.

North Dakota


Institution Name: The Cleveland Museum of Art Archives

Contact Person: Susan Hernandez

Address: 11150 East Blvd. Cleveland, OH 44106

Telephone: 216-707-2660

Email: shernandez@clevelandart.org

URL: http://library.clevelandart.org/ and http://www.clevelandart.org

Brief description of the internship:

An internship in the VRL could consist of the following: intake, assessment, research and cataloging into JStor of new or donated materials; creation of a new JStor collection project, including determining metadata fields and rights/accessibility for said new collection; adding to the Sloane Art Library's Artist Files collections in JStor in collaboration with the Art Librarian; performing regular collection management tasks such as correcting metadata or eliminating duplicates in JStor collections; working on projects to improve awareness of the VRL using outreach activities, social media and the website; and working with the Curator as needed to conduct workshops for undergraduate courses using such digital tools as Agisoft Photoscan and Photoshop.




Institution Name: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Contact Person: Karina Wratschko

Address: PO Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646
Museum: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Telephone: 215-684-7656

Email: karina.wratschko@philamuseum.org

URL: https://philamuseum.org/

Brief description of the internship:

Since its founding at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has accumulated one of the world’s leading art collections, with 240,000 works spanning the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Collection highlights include superb Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings; the finest public collection of Auguste Rodin’s sculpture in the U.S.; the greatest collection of sculpture by Constantin Brancusi outside of Europe; the world’s largest collection of works by Marcel Duchamp; American art from the colonial period to present; two historic houses and period rooms from around the world.

The intern will work in the Library and Archives of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on a project related to the institution’s first and forthcoming enterprise-wide Digital Asset Management System (DAMS). The intern will observe and engage with the process of implementing a DAMS at a large institution. Internship duties will focus on the preparation of assets for ingestion into a DAMS, including consolidation of assets from numerous repositories, image cataloging, de-duplication, determining standards, developing metadata guidelines, migrating metadata, and other descriptive work.

This is a unique opportunity for an intern to be involved in a large-scale DAMS initiative at the early stages of implementation when work will be especially impactful. The intern should have an interest in metadata, photography, and/or digital projects.

Rhode Island

Institution Name: Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University

Contact Person: Dawn Kimbrel, Registrar

Address: 300 Tower Street, Bristol RI 02809

Telephone: 401-863-5708

Email: dawn_kimbrel@brown.edu

URL: https://www.brown.edu/research/facilities/haffenreffer-museum/

Brief description of the internship:
This internship would take place Spring 2020

Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology holds over 200 paintings, prints, and

drawings. The items range from seventeenth-century Mien scroll paintings to contemporary

Native American and African artworks representing nearly 90 known artists.



The ideal candidate will possess:

Bachelor’s degree, and working towards or recently completed a M.A. or M.L.I.S. degree;

areas of study preferred: Archives, Digital Preservation, Art History, Library/Information

Science, Museum Studies, or other applicable fields of study.

Coursework in archival description and beginning cataloging required. Familiarity with

Getty Thesaurii, Cataloging Cultural Objects (COO), and other standard resources.

Enthusiasm for art history and cultural heritage collections, experience in handling fragile


Institution Name: Rhode Island Historical Society

Contact Person: Becca Bender

Address: 121 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906

Telephone: 401.273.8107 x420

Email: bbender@rihs.org

URL: https://www.rihs.org/

Brief description of the internship:

The Rhode Island Historical Society, founded in 1822, is the fourth oldest state historical society in the country. The Society has the largest and most important historical collections in existence relating to Rhode Island. The RIHS’s Robinson Research Center serves patrons from diverse backgrounds and offers programs and services for their variety of research needs. The mission of the Rhode Island Historical Society is to honor, interpret, and share Rhode Island’s past to enrich the present and inspire the future. Our collections serve as the foundation of this work, and our staff strives each day not only to care for our extraordinary collections, but also to connect the community with them.

Among the largest collections at the RIHS is a 9 million foot film collection that originated in 1969. The collection is anchored by the archives of two local news stations, spanning from the 1950s through early 1980s. Other materials include home movies, early Rhode Island silent narratives, industrials, advertisements and educational films. Most of the footage is on film, but the collection also includes various open reel and cassette videotape formats.

Under the supervision of the Film Archivist & Curator of Recorded Media, an intern will have the opportunity to participate in any and all daily tasks, as well as to carve out specific projects of their interest. Examples of tasks and projects include:

*Preparing local newsfilm rolls for use

*Screening film on Steenbeck and shooting “quick and dirty” reference videos for patrons

*Inspecting and screening local newsfilm compilation reels to locate stories for internal and external research requests

*Organizing and Inventorying 2” quad tapes

*Processing “miscellaneous” boxes of newsfilm from the 1960s and 1970s (and discovering gems!)

*Cataloging and rehousing film and tape

*Prepping and transcoding digital files for patrons and ingest into digital repository

*Helping to plan and implement public programs such as Home Movie Day

*Curating online exhibits, such as on the topics of immigration and LGBTQ history in Rhode Island

South Carolina

Institution name: Moving Image Research Collections @ the University of South Carolina

Contact person: Lydia Pappas, Assistant Director

Address: 707 Catawba Street, Columbia, SC 29208

Telephone: 803-777-6841

Email: mirc@mailbox.sc.edu

URL: https://mirc.sc.edu


MIRC: The University of South Carolina's Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) preserves films and videos produced outside the American feature film industry to make them available to present and future audiences. Archival holdings include over 10,000 hours of footage in five main collecting areas: the Chinese Film Collection, Newsfilm Collections, Regional Film Collections, Science and Nature Films and Military Films. Materials include local television news and commercials, home movies, educational films, cinemicroscopy nature films, the Fox Movietone Collection and fiction and documentary films from the People's Republic of China.


Brief description of internship: If you have ever wanted to work with film materials and discover the hidden gems in audiovisual collections then here is your chance. We need students to physically wind through reels of film and help us discover what we have in our collections. Audio Video (A/V) collections are of growing importance in special collections and archives, and a position at MIRC presents a valuable opportunity to gain practical experience with moving image processing. The University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) has a variety of internship opportunities for students. Work outcomes with vary depending upon the projects available but may include the processing of collections, preparing items for digitization, inventorying, inspection and rehousing of film elements, and assisting with cataloging following metadata guidelines. M.L.I.S. or FILM/Media students preferred.

South Dakota



Institution Name: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Gibson D. Lewis Library Archives

Contact Person: Betty Shankle, Records & Archives Manager

Address: UNT Health Science Center, Gibson D. Lewis Library Archives, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107

Telephone: 817-735-2591

Email: Betty.Shankle@unthsc.edu  

URL: https://library.hsc.unt.edu/content/archives-manuscripts 

Brief description of the internship:
The University of North Texas Health Science Center Archives, located in the Gibson D. Lewis Library, seeks an intern to restructure and improve access to the University Archives by organizing the records to reflect the academic history of the University. The collection contains photographs, manuscript materials, books, artifacts, and integrated personal collections. The intern, using archival standards and best practices, will arrange and describe the University Archives collection by series, create a coalesced finding aid using existing inventory sheets, and prepare the collection for cataloging. The personal and family papers collections will be separated from the University Archives collection and described using existing inventory sheets. Books will be removed from the current common collection and used to create a stacks area of medical books. Duties include documenting the artifacts, updating box labels, accessioning the University Archives records, and possibly assisting with an Archives exhibit installation.

The internship consists of 200 hours of service, 15-20 hours per week, to be completed during the 2019-2020 academic calendar year.




Institution Name: Taubman Museum of Art

Contact Person: Mary LaGue

Address: 110 Salem Ave, SE, Roanoke, VA 24011

Telephone: 540-204-4138

Email: MLague@TaubmanMuseum.org

URL: www.taubmanmuseum.org

Brief description of the internship:

The applicant will assist with determining metadata to be associated with each work in the Taubman Museum of Art’s collections, as part of an initiative to photograph and make available online the Museum’s permanent and special archives collections. Additionally, the intern will appraise the Taubman’s Macdowell Eakins Archives, advise on general archival storage standards, establish a protocol for recording the archives’ contents in the Taubman’s collections management database (Re: discovery’s Proficio Elements), draft a retention schedule for the archives, and give the registration staff a brief training in use of the protocol and retention schedule.


Institution Name: Densho

Contact Person: Caitlin Oiye Coon

Address: 1416 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144

Telephone: 206-320-0095, ext.109

Email: caitlin.oiye@densho.org

URL: densho.org

Brief description of the internship:

Densho is seeking interns to support our digital repository projects through the following activities: digitizing a variety of materials (newspapers, photographs, documents, etc.), editing and performing quality control on digital images, transcribing documents, cataloging and indexing, data management in digital repository software, rights management, and other duties as needed.

Institution Name: University of Washington Libraries Special Collections

Contact Person: Nicolette Bromberg

Address: Box 352900 Seattle, WA 98195

Telephone: 206 6852968

Email: nxb@uw.edu


Brief description of the internship:

The intern will work with the historical photograph collections--processing, describing, creating EAD finding aids, etc.

Institution Name: Seattle Municipal Archives

Contact Person: Julie Irick

Address: 600 4th Ave 3rd Flr Seattle, WA 98124

Telephone: 206-233-5160

Email: julie.irick@seattle.gov

URL: http://www.seattle.gov/cityarchives/

Brief description of the internship:

Work with City Photo Archivist to process photograph media collections which includes processing physical and born digital material; scanning negatives and/or slides; cataloging and indexing; and finding aid completion.

Washington, D.C.

Institution Name: The Catholic University of America

Contact Person: W. J. Shepherd

Address: American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, 101 Aquinas Hall, 620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC, 20064

Telephone: 202-319-5028

Email: shepherw@cua.edu

URL: http://archives.lib.cua.edu/

Brief description of the internship:
Digitizing and creating an online exhibit of approximately 200 ancient coins (mostly Roman) that form the heart of our museum's coin collection used for class instruction, for more see

Institution Name: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Contact Person: Julia Murphy

Address: Independence Avenue at 7th St. NW, Washington DC

Telephone: 202-633-2804

Email: MurphyJL@si.edu

URL: https://hirshhorn.si.edu

Brief description of the internship:
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is seeking one intern to assist with a digital asset management project in the Collections Care and Management department. The selected intern will learn best archival practices and apply them to images, current and historical, of works in the Hirshhorn’s collection. They will learn metadata application, digital asset workflows, and how to make these images accessible to the public, staff, and researchers. They will gain experience using and uploading assets to the Smithsonian’s Digital Asset Management System (SI-DAMS). Additional aspects of the project could include data cleanup in our content management system (TMS), archival record management, and image research.

The selected intern will be expected to have strong organizational skills, ability to work independently, willingness to take initiative, and a good sense of humor. Previous experience working with Adobe Create Cloud applications is preferred.

About the museum:

Located on the National Mall, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is the Smithsonian Institution’s modern and contemporary art museum. The collection contains at least 12,500 works and spans numerous art forms, including photography, paintings, drawings and prints, sculptures, installations, and time-based media. The selected intern will work directly with the Collection Documentation and Research Manager and be part of the Collection Management department. The goal of the project is to provide quality images and make collection information accessible to the public, our staff, and researchers.

West Virginia