Under the direction of department staff, the Contemporary Art Department Intern will conduct research on individual pieces from our collection and provide support for special projects by finding information on and investigating resources about our collection. The intern will also help develop proper file management, archival processes and data navigation systems in order for the museum to better support artists' practices and organize the MFA's contemporary collection. This is an excellent opportunity for a student to learn about the curatorial process and museum administration while gaining practical experience. Interns may also have the opportunity to draft preliminary texts on pieces to be used in the galleries and online.
Projects include: - Establish systems of organization, tools and plans for incorporating metadata into object files, including keywording - Develop best practices for file naming in the Contemporary Art Department - Refine approaches to preservation for different kinds of media and search engine optimization - Design and management of every day workflow strategies - Create an artist's questionnaire for digital media submissions to institutions - Provide educational materials for artists to understand the role of the copyright in the preservation of one's work as well as art's lifecycle in the digital realm.
Qualifications - Junior or Senior majoring in Art History, Museum Studies or Arts Administration - Strong interest in and some knowledge of contemporary art - Excellent organizational skills with a keen attention to detail and the ability to multitask - Previous office experience and proficiency in Microsoft Office (experience with art databases such as The Museum System helpful) - Demonstrated written, research and communication skills - Candidates selected for an interview may be requested to submit a writing sample of no more than 500 words.