Rights and Permissions Research Internship

Intellectual Property (IP) is primarily responsible for managing the Museum’s digital and analog photographic archive collection of objects, events, galleries, and people relating to the Museum. IP is seeking a part-time intern who will assist in researching and communicating with individual and corporate rights holders for works in the Museum’s collection in order to facilitate the Museum’s mission to provide broad access to its vast collection of visual resources while respecting the rights of artists. 

Working under the direction of the Coordinator of Rights & Permissions, the intern will gain substantial experience in the researching and due diligence recording of research relating to the rights and reproductions management of an extensive photographic archive. 

(Note: this internship is oriented to undergraduates and/or graduates who are interested in and focusing on research-related careers, and does not tend to satisfy those students seeking a law/arts-related internship experience.) 


  • Conduct research to identify and locate rights holders
  • Follow up with outstanding permission requests
  • Generate permission letters for signature
  • Correspond with rights holders when instructed
  • Enter copyright information into the appropriate areas in the database records
  • Accurately record work and on-going research
  • Edit reports generated by the database and assisting department staff as necessary


  • Keen attention to detail and accuracy
  • Enrollment in and returning to an undergraduate or graduate program
  • Strong research skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, and Internet Explorer
  • Ability to prioritize duties and multi-task
  • Ability to commit 2-3 days per week through mid April
  • Ability to attend an orientation on either Wed, Jan 21(6p) or Wed, Feb 4 (either 10am or 6pm)




Part Time


7.00 - 20.00 hours per week

To be determined; flexible within M-F, 9a-5p


November 5, 2014


Intellectual Property