College Internship Departmental Placements and Project Descriptions

The application deadline for all paid internships for college and graduate students at the Main Building is January 8, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. (EST). Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Below are project descriptions from past years. Departmental projects beginning Summer 2015 will be posted in November 2014.

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The American Wing (American Decorative Arts)
The intern will work with a curator on a variety of projects, including entering into a database documentary information on the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Other responsibilities will include preparing PowerPoint presentations, organizing files, and scanning slides. Knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel required; background in art history and American art preferred.

Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (Precolumbian Art)
The intern will work with a curator to conduct preliminary research for an exhibition project in ancient American (Precolumbian) art. Responsibilities will include image procurement and reference checking. Background in art history, anthropology, or archaeology required; Spanish language skills and familiarity with databases strongly preferred.

Asian Art (Chinese Art)
The intern will work with a curator to conduct research in preparation for an exhibition on early Chinese art. Responsibilities will include library and Internet research, compiling bibliographies, and assembling object lists and image files. Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat required. Knowledge of Chinese art and Chinese reading skills preferred.

The intern will assist the department in a variety of projects including the preparation and staffing of press events, updating press contact lists, archiving press materials, and researching new media outlets. The intern will learn how to produce digital press kits and will observe the techniques and strategies employed by the department to promote the Museum and its exhibitions, programs, and announcements. He or she will assist at press events and film and photo shoots. The intern will work with a number of staff in the department and attend regular departmental meetings.

Concerts & Lectures
The intern will research artist bios, videos, and reviews for the General Manager of Concerts & Lectures to inform upcoming programming. Responsibilities will include writing briefs about upcoming exhibitions and their performance potential. The intern will learn about various areas within Concerts & Lectures, including ticket sales, marketing, and backstage production. Candidates must have a knowledge of and interest in music and performance; strong writing skills required.

Digital Media (Creative Development)
The intern will work primarily on CT-scanning data of an ancient Egyptian mummy. The goal will be to produce images for both research and a future digital media display using medical-imaging software. High proficiency in computer applications, strong attention to detail, and ability to learn new software required.

Digital Media (Social Media)
The intern will assist with the Museum's social media program by creating content to share across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Foursquare. The intern will monitor social media channels for mentions, comments, and questions the Museum should respond to or engage with. The intern will assist in pulling and gathering data, statistics, and in-depth analysis for social media reporting. The intern will also work on social media campaigns for exhibitions, the permanent collection, and events. Ability to meet deadlines, close attention to detail, a knowledge and interest in social media and art history, and strong writing skills are required. 

Direct Marketing
The intern will assist the Manager of Graphic Design with images on The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store website. Responsibilities include adding products to the website; scanning, silhouetting, and sizing images; online merchandising duties; and proofing imagery for the site. The intern will support senior managers within the department with the distribution of printed materials, image archiving, coordination with product managers of the pick-up/delivery of product samples, and other administrative duties. Professional demeanor, strong attention to detail, organizational skills, ability to work independently and in a team environment are required. Solid working proficiency in Photoshop CS5 is essential; this should include, but is not limited to, retouching of imperfections, color correcting, understanding of color management, the ability to work in adjustment layers/masks and paths, complex selections, and image optimization for the web. Experience in e-commerce preferred.

The intern will learn about all aspects of art publishing, from the editing and proofreading process to the numerous pre-press steps leading to the manufacture of a book. The intern will work on a variety of projects for which he or she will proofread texts, organize visual materials, create spreadsheets, and help with other tasks as assigned. Upcoming publications include From Assyria to Iberia: Crossing Continents at the Dawn of the Classical Age, Pieter Coecke van Aelst: Master Artist of Renaissance Antwerp, Madame Cézanne, and The Leonard Lauder Collection of Cubist Art.

Education (Access and Community Programs)
The intern will support the Access and Community Programs area of Gallery and Studio Programs in the Education Department. The intern will learn about and observe various programs for children and adults with a range of disabilities. He or she will assist with these scheduled and by-request programs, and will perform related administrative duties.

Egyptian Art
The intern will work closely with a curator to generate electronic shelf lists for departmental use. This process includes cross-checking and refining records in the collections-management system (TMS), using Adobe Creative Suite to create the shelf lists, and assisting with gallery inventory. The intern will also continue an ongoing project to scan the department's accession cards, and assist with other projects as needed.

The intern will establish, organize, and maintain engineering drawing resource and archive databases, as well as establish and maintain the Operation and Maintenance resource facility and archive program. The intern will develop, document, and implement comprehensive mechanical- and electrical-equipment lists and spare-parts lists. Other responsibilities will include developing, implementing, and documenting a Museum-wide valve tag program. Familiarity with Microsoft Office preferred.

Islamic Art
The intern will digitize the archive of the late curator and archaeologist Charles K. Wilkinson, which includes documents and data related to the architectural decoration of the Seljuq period in Iran. The intern will help to identify artifacts by comparing the archival information and photographs of the stucco fragments with digital photographs. The intern will digitize the tracing of the Nishapur wall painting of a horseman by scanning the originals and using Adobe Illustrator. A sensibility for, if not previous knowledge of, technical archaeological drawings is required.

Medieval Art
The intern will assist with Museum collections-management system (TMS) data entry in support of the review and maintenance of the online collections database, as well as other administrative and curatorial projects as needed. Specialized knowledge of medieval art and familiarity with database programs and Adobe Photoshop preferred.

Modern and Contemporary Art
The intern will work with curatorial and departmental staff archiving material from the Met's recent exhibition Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe. Responsibilities will include integrating and partially digitizing over twenty years of compiled research into departmental object files. Knowledge of early twentieth-century American art and the Stieglitz circle preferred. Strong attention to detail and organizational skills required.

Objects Conservation
The intern will work primarily with conservators on a variety of projects, including object condition assessment and documentation, researching questions about object materials and techniques, and object storage and handling. Depending on the experience and skill of the intern, some object treatment will be included. The intern will also assist with administrative and organizational projects within the department. A background in art history, archaeology, conservation, and/or fine arts is required; a demonstrated interest in graduate study in conservation is preferred.

Office of the Senior Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel
The intern's primary responsibilities will be to work with administrators who are responsible for acquisitions of art, prepare an internal annual report on art acquisitions and disposals, scan Board of Trustees minutes, and assist in the preparation of files for submission to the Archives.

Photograph Studio
The intern will help digitize the Photograph Studio's collection of large-format black-and-white negatives. The intern will be trained in imaging standards, calibration techniques, digital and analog archival practices, and some digital photograph editing. The intern will learn about additional departmental activities and processes such as copy-stand photography, clipping paths, and time-lapse photography. Knowledge of digital imaging, digital cameras, Adobe Creative Suite, and other products, as well as proficiency with Apple platforms and strong attention to detail and consistency required.

Public Affairs
The intern will learn firsthand about the role of government affairs in a large non-profit organization, and will develop his or her political acumen while learning office skills, teamwork, and business procedures and practices. The intern will help prepare for pre- and post-budget events, community meetings, and other meetings with government officials. Responsibilities include working at special events for newly elected officials and their staff; using Microsoft Word and Excel to write memos, create informational portfolios, and work on databases; and contributing to research to develop a government-funding database. Ability to meet deadlines, strong attention to detail, ability to work well with others, and flexibility required; knowledge of Microsoft Office tools and analytical skills preferred.

Scientific Research
The intern will analyze and identify organic materials (such as proteins and gums) that are often used as binders, varnishes, and/or adhesives in artworks. This project also includes studying how the degradation of organic materials impacts their detection. The intern will utilize spectroscopy (FT-IR, Surface-Enhanced Raman), mass spectrometry, and immunology-based techniques used and developed at the Metropolitan Museum to accomplish these goals. Some research-laboratory experience and a strong interest in art and the study of art materials required; scientific background preferred.

Visitor Services (Market Research)
The intern will work primarily on visitor studies and interview projects related to special temporary exhibitions. Responsibilities will include interviewing visitors in the galleries and/or the exhibitions, entering data regarding the conducted interviews, and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. The intern will gain insight into all stages of visitor research done by the department and how this research benefits various other departments within the institution. Strong attention to detail, familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word and Excel in particular), and the ability to approach and interview visitors are required.

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