Monday, April 28, 2014

Got Art History? Paid Internship in SF

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Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are looking for current undergraduate or graduate college/university students for the Summer 2014 Joseph F. McCrindle Internship in European Paintings. This is a 12 week, 30 hours per week, paid internship from June 2014 - August 2014. The hourly rate of pay is $15.00.

General Description of Program: 

Under the supervision of the Associate Curator, European Art, provides support to the curatorial staff in the day-to-day operation of the European Paintings Department. The intern will assist the paintings curators with daily administrative tasks and exhibition planning research. The intern will shadow curatorial staff to learn how a curatorial department is managed as well as how exhibitions are planned, designed, and implemented. The intern may work closely with the staff in other museum departments including, but not limited to Exhibitions, Graphic Design, Education, and Publications. The internship may also include general office needs within the European Paintings Department and attending and assisting with special programs.


The internship will last from June 2014 - August 2014 (dates may be flexible).

The internship is a total of 30 hours per week for 12 weeks.


  • Participates in the day-to-day administrative operations of the department, including in-house actions required for the permanent collection's preservation and exhibition.
  • Assists with maintenance of the European Art Department object files.
  • Participates in the preparation of exhibition-related materials, notebooks, and lists.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including writing labels, preparation of digital presentations, and small, directed research projects.
  • Internship may include opportunities to observe permanent collection gallery installation/de-installation and to assist with exhibition catalogue/label research and editing.
  • Educational Opportunities: 
    • Learn the basics of curatorial work via assignments, observation, and visits to other areas of the museum, such as conservation.
    • Learn general administrative tasks generated by the collection, its oversight, installation, conservation, photography, and publication.
    • Learn the research skills required to generate labeling and other interpretive material for permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.


    Interns should be current undergraduate or graduate college/university students. Interns should have a good general knowledge of European art, history, and culture with a specific interest in the history of pre-20 th century European painting. Completion of some coursework in art history required. Relevant museum experience preferred. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, strong organizational skills, familiarity with both traditional and contemporary methods of art history research, strong follow-through, and strong computer skills. The ideal candidate will also have a willingness to be part of a team, a high level of initiative and energy, a desire to learn best curatorial practices, a strong customer service orientation, excellent written and oral communication skills, flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities, and the ability to conduct limited direct research.

    To Apply: 

    Application Deadline: Sunday, May 18, 2014

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