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Curatorial Research Internship

Curatorial Department

Curatorial Research Internship

Curatorial research interns support the development of new exhibitions by assisting curators with primary document research, image and object research, and database management. A need exists for an intern to assist with the development of the exhibition “On Location: Film and the American Landscape.” Interns will work directly with the exhibition curator to conduct research into film design and regional production histories, in relation to 20th century architectural history; assist with the organization of research materials within an existing database system; assist with research requests submitted to archival repositories; and conduct research into film-related travel and tourism locations across the country. Familiarity with and an appreciation for twentieth century American film history and architectural history is required.


  • Research into regional film production; contact regional film commissions for background information
  • Image and object research, including research requests to regional archives - possible visits to the Library of Congress Motion Picture and Television Reading Room and/or other local repositories
  • Organize existing image and object files; manage input of information into a FileMaker Pro database
  • Collect information from film-related tourist attractions; organize information into lists and/or maps that will form the basis of exhibition interactives
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Strong interest and familiarity with 20th century American film history (1920s-1980s, heavy emphasis on Hollywood’s golden age, 1930s-1960s). Comprehensive knowledge is not necessary, but a general understanding of historical shifts and/or specific genres or filmmakers would be beneficial;
  • Familiarity with U.S. urban and architectural history;
  • Interest in visual effects and/or film technology
  • Ability to conduct independent research, familiarity with archival research and documentation protocols
  • Experience with MS Office applications (Word and Excel) and familiarity with FileMakerPro. Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills.


  • Weekly schedule: One to two days per week (preferably including Thursdays, which is when NBM Intern activities take place)*
  • Preferred hours: Anytime between 10:00-3:00
  • *Above days and times are ideal. The goal is to secure a commitment of approximately 5-10 hours per week. Schedule is flexible and offsite work permitted.
  • Term: Spring 2017 (with the potential to either extend the internship through the summer or continue work on the project as a curatorial volunteer)

Application Deadlines

Spring Internships (January- May): December 2

Please email the following items, preferably saved as PDF, to ksheldon@nbm.org

A statement of purpose related to the department you are interested in and highlighting your qualifications for the position

A résumé with two references and their contact information

A writing sample of at least four pages in length

(No calls please)

Final considerations will not be made until all documents are received.