Interns The Archives of American Art Internships
U.S. National Deadline: Ongoing – The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art offers internships year-round to students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs who wish to learn and gain professional experience in various fields including archival science, information management, museum studies, art administration, art history, and cultural studies.
Examples of past or currently available internship opportunities:
Internships are offered in the spring, summer, and fall terms to undergraduates or graduate students who have not yet completed their degrees, or who have graduated within the past six months. Summer internships are accompanied by stipends, based on a full-time, ten-week schedule. Pro-rated stipends may be available for part-time internships, which are available during the academic year and, in some cases, during the summer.
Questions about internships may be directed to Marisa Bourgoin at email@example.com.
Internship applicants will be asked to indicate their top three choices from the projects below; please note that some projects are only available to graduate students. All projects are accompanied by a stipend, based on a full-time, ten-week schedule. Pro-rated stipends may be available for part-time internships, which are available during the academic year and, in some cases, during the summer.
Archival Collections Processing (Graduate)
A professional and focused experience in archival work structured around processing and preservation of archival collections, cataloging and archival descriptive practices and standards including EAD (Encoded Archival Description). Graduate interns work under the supervision and guidance of senior archivists in Collections Processing. This internship is offered in both the Archives’ Washington, DC office and New York Research Center.
Archives of American Art Journal (Advanced undergraduate or Graduate)
Supports the work of the Archives’ managing editor. Projects include fact-checking and proofreading articles, conducting image research, and producing social media content for the Archives’ peer-reviewed scholarly Archives of American Art Journal (https://www.aaa.si.edu/publications/journal).
Audiovisual Archives (Graduate)
A professional and focused experience in collection management and processing tasks associated with archival sound and moving image materials found throughout the Archives’ collections. Tasks may include digital reference copy production, surveying audiovisual media in new accessions, improving housing and storage, metadata maintenance and improvement, and arrangement and description of AV-rich archival collections. Interns may be trained in media inspection, handling, using obsolete playback equipment, and archival arrangement and description, and software systems such as ArchivesSpace, audio and video digitization software, collection information systems used at AAA and SI, and standalone media survey and assessment tools. Applicants with a demonstrated interest in working with archival audiovisual media will be given preference.
Supports the work of the curatorial department. Past intern projects have included exhibitions research and writing; exhibition installation; and research for upcoming publications.
The Office of Advancement is responsible for raising private support for the Archives through individual giving, foundation gifts and grants, special events, and more. Interns will assist with a variety of projects, including but not limited to: database management, fundraising communications, prospect identification and research, and special events.
This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced work environment at a prestigious institution and will prepare the intern for a career in the arts, museums, or nonprofits. The intern should be detail-oriented, have an interest in research and possess strong writing and critical thinking skills. Interns must be able to communicate in a professional, effective manner with various stakeholders. An interest in history and the visual arts is preferred.
Supports the work of the Digital Experience Manager. User Experience interns will learn how to conduct user experience research and then synthesize findings and best practices to develop innovative and strategic solutions that improve the user experience. Please note: there are special application requirements for this internship, See full posting for details.
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The Archives of American Art is the world’s preeminent and most widely used research center dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary sources that document the history of the visual arts in America. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex.
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