The Lunder Summer Internships at the MFA are supported by The Lunder Foundation in honor of Barbara and Theodore Alfond. These are fulltime internships which offer a stipend of $5,500 (over eleven weeks) to permanent Maine residents enrolled in undergraduate degree programs - either in Maine or elsewhere.  (For more details click here.)

The David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts (TFA) houses a global collection of 55,000 textiles and costumes, ranging from Ancient Andean weavings to contemporary hi-tech garments. Strengths of the encyclopedic holdings include late medieval European tapestries, European woven silks, English needlework, fashion accessories, and Japanese No robes. Curators in the TFA department coordinate special exhibitions, rotations in the permanent galleries, research the collection, and arrange loans to other institutions, as well as, assist visiting scholars. 

The department is currently seeking an undergraduate intern with an interest in gender studies and/or fashion history to assist with an upcoming exhibition on 20th and 21st century gender bending fashion. The internship will involve general research assistance, administrative duties related to planning and implementation of the exhibition, and help with various duties related to the exhibition catalog, including image research.  

Responsibilities: including 

  • Data entry and information management
  • Receive formal training in TMS (the Museum System), a valuable tool in collections management 
  • Learn hands-on the general functions of a curatorial department. 
  • Research and reorganization of pattern archives

Qualifications

  • Resident of Maine and eligible for federal financial aid
  • Enrolled in and returning to an undergraduate degree program in history, art history, or museum studies (class of 2018 or 2019 preferred)
  • Submission of single MS Word or PDF document containing cover letter and resume (plus proof of federal financial aid eligibility)  no later than Mar 31 
  • Basic knowledge of art history or American history, especially textile history 
  • Demonstrated interest in learning about curatorial activities 
  • Previous experience with historical research, especially genealogical research 
  • Familiarity with computer programs, especially databases, is desirable
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and reliability; ability to work independently
  • Ability to commit 35 hours per week for 12 weeks May 30 through August 11
  • Ability to attend orientation from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  on Tues, May 30 



Type

Internship

Status

Full Time

Schedule

35.00 hours per week

Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tues, May 30 - Fri, Aug 11

Posted

February 1, 2016

Department

Textiles and Fashion Arts