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Collections Intern

National Civil Rights Museum -- Collections Intern

Please see instructions on how to apply at the bottom of this page.

The National Civil Rights Museum received a donation of 635 plus photographic prints of the civil rights photographer Bob Adelman. These series of photos include images from the March on Washington, desegregation protests in New York, Malcolm X’s funeral, voter registration drives by CORE activists in Louisiana and various sit-in protests.

The Collections Intern will work on identifying these photographs further –in terms of location, time, individuals (famous and less known activists in the movement). This will entail background reading on the major civil rights events that Adelman photographed as they pertain to the series and identifying individuals in the photos. The Intern will gain familiarity with the Bob Adelman collection, and research Bob Adelman and his work in chronicling the civil rights struggle. The Intern will also learn the proper techniques of creating archival quality scans of these images and will scan images using a flatbed scanner. Finally, the Intern will learn the steps needed to accession these photos and make them a part of the museum’s permanent collection 

Skills: Collections work requires an eye for detail in the handling of objects, documents, art. It is also beneficial to have strong organizational skills, an interest in history, especially civil rights history, and skills in conducting online and library research. Familiarity with the use of museum databases would be great, but not necessary. The selected intern will be trained in the use of NCRM’s database.

- Identify, record, and document Bob Adelman photos donated to the NCRM
- Learn how to archive, preserve, and scan aging photo prints
- Accession the photos and formally introduce them to the Museum’s collection

This position pays $15/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $500 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program. Visit the Program Details page for more information.  

1) Will be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student as of the Fall 2019 semester. You must be a rising Junior or Senior.
2) Attend college in Memphis, or live in Memphis. 

3) Have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $5000. This number is on your FAFSA form, to see what it looks like -- click here. 


1) To apply to a position, please click here and fill out the eligibility application form
2) Once your eligibility application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for the program. Note: once you're verified as eligible for Arts Intern, you can apply to as many positions as you'd like. You do not have to submit the eligibility application more than once. 
3) You will forward this confirmation email, along with your CV, cover letter, and transcript to the email below these instructions with the subject "Arts Intern 2019 Approved Application".

Once you've received confirmation of eligibility, email your application to Raka Nandi at