The Department of Photography at the MFA is looking to hire a talented undergraduate student with an interest in pursuing a museum career.
The Black Arts and Artists Curatorial Internship will include curatorial collection research and support on specific projects related to exhibitions and recent acquisitions. Throughout the internship, the selected candidate will learn about the breadth of curatorial work and gain an understanding of how museums operate internally. This will include opportunities to work closely with the Curator on collection advancement and also provide exhibition support, as well as work on other projects related to the Curator and Department’s varied interests within the field of photography.
The internship provides an opportunity to learn first-hand about curatorial careers and exhibition planning as well as about the history of photography and the MFA photography holdings. We encourage applications from students who are strongly interested in curatorial work in a museum setting, but who may not yet have had the opportunity to experience it much or at all. The intern will receive training and database orientation necessary for research, as well as guidance and support from the Curator. Successful candidates will be mature, organized, and enthusiastic about museums, research, and photography.
The internship will be in the Department of Photography which is responsible for the acquisition, study, and display of photographs from the medium’s entire history. The collection represents multiple histories of photography across cultures including but not limited to fine art photography, photojournalism, documentary photography, fashion photography, portrait photography, vernacular photography and more. Supervisory mentorship for this position will be provided by the Estrellita and Yousuf Senior Curator of Photographs.
- Assist in curatorial research and record keeping related to the ongoing projects including upcoming exhibitions
- Compiling and analyzing library and archive materials on specific topics related to our collection; compilation and editing of bibliographies, tracking down sources online or in libraries
- Assist with the digital maintenance of checklists and other logistics related to the curatorial care of the photography collection
- Learn about and assist with daily curatorial tasks such as program planning
The ideal candidates must be able to work four days a week over the summer and join in intern enrichment activities. Internship will take place mainly remotely with a few opportunities to work in the Museum with the Curator (to be determined given evolving COVID protocols).
What you will gain from the experience:
Mentorship and professional development is an integral part of the fixed-term position. There will be bi-weekly one-on-one meetings throughout the internship, as well as arrangements made for informational interviews with a range of museum and arts professionals inside and outside the Museum, dedicated to helping the successful applicant explore and refine their career path.
Interns are paid $16 per hour over the course of 9 weeks.
Designed to foster intentional training and professional development within museum curatorial practices, the MFA’s Black Arts and Artists Curators Circle is pleased to support paid internships for undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled in an academic program and self-identify as any of the following: African American, of African descent, Black, Latinx, or Afro-Latinx. In order to consider your candidacy, you need to fulfill all the given requirements:
- Must be enrolled (for the duration of the internship) in an undergraduate program in art history, history of decorative arts, museum studies, arts administration or art program with an interest in museums; and provide proof of employment eligibility
- Self-identify as any of the following: African American, of African descent, Black, Latinx, or Afro-Latinx
- Strong interest in and at least some knowledge of photography
- Excellent organizational skills with keen attention to detail, ability to multitask, and to be self-motivated in a moment in time when the internship experience will be remote due to the pandemic
- Previous successful experience with organizational tasks and systems, and proficiency in Microsoft office
- Demonstrated written and communication skills; strong research skills
To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest in a single Word document.