One of the MFA’s largest permanent collections, the Art of the Americas department holdings represent painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from North, Central and South America. Curators and staff in the department are responsible for studying, interpreting, maintaining, and augmenting these collections in collaboration with other departments throughout the Museum. Responsibilities of department members include: selecting, interpreting, and coordinating installations in the permanent collection galleries; organizing special exhibitions; researching the collection; and arranging for loans to other institutions.
The Art of the Americas Department seeks a graduate level intern to work on the upcoming exhibition “Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia” currently scheduled to open at the MFA in the Summer of 2015. This is an unpaid position, supervised by the Curators of Decorative Arts and Sculpture. It offers an opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience by learning first-hand about museum work and personally contributing to a major traveling show.
• Assist in the performance of research and administrative tasks in support of the exhibition.
• Enrollment in a recognized graduate level art history program or recent graduation from, a M.A. or Ph.D. program
• Demonstrated exceptional research skills
• General knowledge of decorative arts or paintings of North, Central, or South America and/or Asia
• Intermediate Spanish and/or Portuguese language skills (verbal and written)
• Strong computer skills
• Demonstrated careful attention to detail
• Prior exhibition-related experience highly desirable
• Ability to commit 10-15 hours per week for at least 12 weeks (through mid August)
• Ability to attend orientation on either Tues, May 27 (9:30 am-12 pm) or Tues, June 10 (9:30 am -12 pm)