Prints and Drawings Curatorial Internship (Unpaid)
Cleveland Museum of Art
The Curator of Prints and Drawings seeks an intern to assist with research and data input for a key group of masterworks in the collection. The intern will research and update the bibliography, provenance, and exhibition history of individual objects, and prepare and input the data to the museum’s Athena database. In addition, they will have the opportunity to compose short online labels and “fun facts” for individual objects. On occasion the selected candidate will work with drawings or prints in the permanent collection to confirm object dimensions and media descriptions.
This position will acquaint the intern with the invaluable skill of working with a complex collection database, a skill that can be applied to almost any future job in a museum or collection.
They will also:
Work with the museum’s object files, gaining insight to the history and cataloguing of large collections of works on paper
Gain experience in researching bibliography, exhibitions, and provenance, which are skills broadly applicable to the academic field
Interface with a number of departments at the museum, including curatorial, academic affairs, digital initiatives, library, and collections management
Have the occasional opportunity to study drawings and prints from the collection alongside the curator
Applicants should be master’s level or advanced graduate students in Art History, or a related discipline. Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language is desired, though not required.
Application materials should include: 500-word essay detailing what you hope to gain from this internship, a résumé that includes employment and education; a writing sample not longer than 3 pages in length, and at least one letter of recommendation