The Lunder Summer Internship Program in Honor of Barbara and Theodore Alfond at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Department of Contemporary Art is responsible for the acquisition, study and display of art created from 1955 to today. Contemporary art at the MFA encompasses many media including film and video art, sculpture, installation, photography, paintings, design, craft, decorative arts and performance. In September 2011, the Museum opened its renovated Linde Family Wing as a space dedicated to contemporary art, vastly expanding the department’s capacity for exhibition.
The Lunder Summer Internship Program is available to residents from the state of Maine who are enrolled in - and returning to - an undergraduate program at an accredited college/university in or outside of Maine; and who provide proof of Federal Financial Aid eligibility. The selected intern will receive a weekly stipend throughout the internship.
The Department of Contemporary Art is seeking an intern for 35 hours per week. The contemporary department organizes special exhibitions, produces internal and published material, and maintains the growing collection. Internship candidates must be undergraduate students who will begin their Junior or Senior year in fall 2014. Under the direction of department staff, the contemporary curatorial intern will conduct research, support special projects and events, and provide general administrative assistance.
The selected candidate should be detail-oriented and eager to get involved in both routine administrative operations and long-term projects. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with experience and dedication to learn about the curatorial process and museum administration and to be involved in the day-to-day operations of a contemporary art department within the context of an encyclopedic fine art institution.
• Gather and cull research materials on objects in the collection, objects being considered for acquisition and/or objects for special exhibitions
• Learn Museum standards for editing text and formatting information
• Draft and edit object-related texts and gallery-specific text panels with a focus on the general visitor
• Work collaboratively with the curators and interact with staff across the Museum
• Assist in the annual audit of the collection
• Organize and respond to materials submitted by artists and galleries
• Assist in preparing correspondence, presentations and exhibition checklists
• Provide support for administrative duties
• Flexibility to help with various tasks and ability to work within deadlines
• *Resident of the state of Maine
• *Enrolled in (and returning to) a degree program at an accredited college/university (in or outside Maine)
• *Proof of Federal Student Financial Aid eligibility
• Enrollment in a B.A. program in Art History, History of Decorative Arts, Museum Studies, Arts Administration or Art program, or B.S. in Library or Information Science with an interest in museums
• Strong interest in and at least some knowledge of contemporary art
• Excellent organizational skills with keen attention to detail and ability to multitask due to the variety of responsibilities
• Previous successful office experience, preferably in an arts organization, and proficiency in Microsoft Office (experience with art database programs such as The Museum System helpful)
• Ability to commit to 35 hours per week for 12 weeks, May 27 – August 15
• Ability to attend orientation on Tues, May 27, (9:30 am-12 pm)