The Department of Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa studies, interprets, maintains, and manages a large collection of art from many countries and regions including China, Japan, Korea, India, Iran, Turkey, Southeast Asia, Africa and Oceania. The staff members of the department organize special exhibitions and temporary exhibitions in the permanent galleries, research the collections, enter information into the museum’s database system, and coordinate loans to other institutions.
The department seeks a volunteer intern who will assist in conducting research related to objects in the Islamic art collection. Working under the Assistant Curator of South Asian Art, the research intern will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about museum work while producing new research about important objects in a major collection of Islamic art.
The successful candidate will be mature, detail-oriented, and knowledgeable of the fundamentals of Islamic art.
• Researching under-studied Islamic objects in the collection
• Assist in creating object files for these objects and populating them with related, useful materials
• Writing reports for the MFA collections database and for inclusion in the object files
• Assisting with the re-organization and refurbishment of the Islamic object files
• Visiting local archives to research provenance of Islamic objects in the collection
• Enrollment in, or recent completion of, an undergraduate program in art history
• Substantial knowledge of Islamic art
• Experience using libraries to research art historical subjects
• Excellent writing skills
• Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills
• Ability to commit to a regular schedule of at least one seven-hour day per week through mid April (Position may continue into summer 2014 semester.)
• Ability to attend orientation on either Wed, Jan 8 (10 am or 6 pm); Wed, Jan 22, (6pm) or Wed, Feb 5, (10am or 6pm)