The Art of Africa and Oceana department continues to expand its holdings of masterpieces spanning the mid 16th to 20th centuries. Included in the collection are exquisite bronze representations from the kingdom of Benin; statues from Nigeria; and fine examples of the varied art traditions stretching from Indonesia to New Zealand to Hawaii. 

The curator seeks an intern who will assist in researching and promoting the collection. Particular emphasis will be placed on gathering and assembling content for sharing through external, online research portals. The intern will gain considerable experience in programming proposal development; and gain a firsthand understanding of the inner workings of curatorial department in an encyclopedic museum. 

The successful candidate will be mature, detail-oriented, adept with office technology and social media, and have a demonstrated interest in museum work.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research on particular subject matters in collaboration with the curator
  • Augment the files of selected objects with the information retrieved through the research 
  • Assess the effectiveness of several social media platforms for sharing of content about the collection 

Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in and returning to an undergraduate program in anthropology or art history with and emphasis on African studies
  • Substantial experience with library research and research of visual materials
  • Reading knowledge of at least one European language a plus  
  • Demonstrated excellent communication, organizational and time-management skills 
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively 
  • Ability to commit 35 hours per week for 9 weeks: June 6 through August 3  
  • Ability to attend orientation from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  on Tues, May 29, or Tues, June 12 

Application Procedures 

  1. To apply for a ArtsIntern/SIAS Summer Internship, click here to fill out the ArtsIntern eligibility application form
  2. Once your initial application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for the program. 
  3. You will forward this confirmation email along with your cover letter, resume, transcript and recommendations combined into a single PDF document to: intern@mfa.org with the subject line, “Arts Intern 2018 Approved Application” as soon as possible but not later than Fri, Mar 30, 2018



Type

Internship

Status

Temporary

Schedule

35.00 hours per week

Mon-Fri, 9a-5pm, June 6 - Aug 3

Posted

February 6, 2018

Department

Art of Asia, Oceania and Africa