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. The intern’s work will directly support the Museum’s mission to provide broad access to its vast collection of visual resources, while also respecting the rights of artists represented in the collection. 

Working under the direction of the Coordinator of Rights & Permissions, the intern will gain substantial experience research relating to the rights and reproductions management of an extensive photographic archive. This includes, copyright research and exposure to topics ranging from the public domain to orphan works.

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


  • Conduct research to identify and locate rights holders
  • Follow up with outstanding permission requests
  • Correspond with rights holders when instructed
  • Accurately record work and on-going research 
  • Edit database reports and assist department staff as necessary


  • Enrollment in and returning to an undergraduate program
  • Proven strong research and documentation skills 
  • Demonstrated keen attention to detail and accuracy 
  • Proven ability to work successfully independently 
  • Excellent 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 December
  • Email a single MS-Word document containing your cover letter & resume to: 
  • Ability to attend orientation on either Sat, Sept 26 (9:30am) or Wed, Oct 7 (10am or 6pm)




Part Time


14.00 - 20.00 hours per week

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


January 23, 2015


Intellectual Property