The holdings of one of the MFA’s largest permanent collections, the Arts of Asia, Oceania, and Africa, represent painting, sculpture, and decorative arts. 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 department is currently seeking a graduate level volunteer to contribute to work on the archival files of the permanent collection, specifically the Chinese collection, in addition to other research projects as needed. This is an unpaid position, working under the Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art. It offers an opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience by learning first-hand about museum work and personally contributing to one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese art.
Interested applicants must submit a current resume in MS Word format only via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Sorting and organizing of object files
• Researching recently acquired objects
• Preparing and inventorying rare books
• Research exhibition, publication and provenance history of objects, and ensure their proper documentation
• Enrollment in, or recent graduation from, a M.A. or Ph.D. program (Advanced undergraduate students with demonstrated interest in the field will be
• Submission of a current resume (in MS Word format, only) via email to: email@example.com
• Previous demonstrated successful research experience
• Intermediate or higher level Chinese reading, writing and speaking skills
• Knowledge of Chinese art
• Strong aptitude with computer databases
• Careful attention to detail
• Ability to commit 20-25 hours per week through August 2014