Founded in 1935, SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast devoted to modern and contemporary art. From the outset, the museum has championed the most innovative and challenging art of its time, and we continue to exhibit and collect work by both modern masters and younger, less-established artists. By embracing the challenge of the new and unexpected, we hope to encourage fresh ways of seeing, thinking, and engaging with the world. SFMOMA's internship program offers insight into the operations of one of the country's leading art museums and allows interns to gain valuable hands-on experience.
The Collections Information and Access department is offering an Art Documentation internship focusing on approaches to and systems for documenting art and art activities.
Collections Information and Access upholds SFMOMA's promise to art access by creating and aggregating collections information and images that are shared through the management of intellectual property and the collections information and digital asset management systems.
Duration of Internship:
June 10, 2019 - August 16, 2019
The intern will work with the department's cross-functional teams of collections information, digital assets, and intellectual property. The intern will gain practical experience with:
- approaches and systems around documenting contemporary art
- managing art records towards maximizing sharing, access, and use
- documenting rights-related information about art and artists
- practices for documenting artist information
- integrations between collections information, digital assets, and the online collection.
Under the supervision of the Head of Collections Information and Access, the intern will be responsible for supporting the museum's fall 2019 programming by:
- working with data: intern will augment exhibition and copyright records in the collections information system. Particular projects will include expanding exhibition records and augmenting a minimum of 50 artwork records, along with their digital assets, for inclusion in the museum's online collection.
- working with rights: the intern will document the status of public domain works in the collections
Information system, towards the goal of sharing those works on the website.
- working with people: the timing of the internship coincides with the museum's move to a new collections information system. Intern will be a member of the implementation core team.
- Intern will talk routinely with cross-functional teams about needs and approaches around exhibition documentation. Intern will participate in conversations about the museum's migration to a new collections information system, with a particular focus on what such a change means for complex artworks.
- Graduate student in an Information Studies, Museum Studies, or Studio Art program
- Knowledge of data standards, user behavior, and information access
- Interest in intellectual property
- Knowledge of databases, images, and Windows environment
- General knowledge of museum practices and of modern and contemporary art
- Intern Application on SnapHire
- Cover letter stating the department(s) (up to three areas) you are interested in. Describe the experience you bring to these particular areas.
- Statement of purpose: No more than one page, describing why you are interested in museum or nonprofit work, your reasons for applying to SFMOMA, and your goals for the internship.
- Two Letters of recommendation from a college professor or former employer
- College transcript: Transcripts can be unofficial, but need to be readable.
- Availability for an in-person interview starting in early April. Skype and phone interviews will be considered for students who are abroad or far from California.
We are happy to work with your educational institution to provide credit for this internship.
To learn more about our internship opportunities, visit the Internships Section of our website at https://www.sfmoma.org/join-the-team/internship-program/
Please apply online for an internship opportunity.