Curatorial Research Internship
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)
Spring Internships (January- May): December 2
Please email the following items, preferably saved as PDF, to firstname.lastname@example.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.