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IFPDA Curatorial Summer Intern at the Allen Memorial Art Museum

The Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) at Oberlin College seeks applications for the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Foundation Curatorial Internship. Funded by the IFPDA Foundation, this 8-week summer internship will allow the selected applicant to participate in a variety of aspects related to the care, display, and research of the AMAM’s significant print collection. This internship offers the opportunity to work closely and intensively with the museum’s collection and staff, and to contribute meaningfully to a variety of print-related projects. Working primarily with the Curator of European and American art, the intern will gain hands-on experience and professional training fundamental for a museum career in the field of prints through work on exhibitions and permanent collection maintenance and research.

The intern will be expected to take an active, hands-on role in the museum’s planning for exhibitions and collection research. The intern will work independently with prints in the AMAM’s collection and therefore will be trained in the proper handling, housing, and care of prints, if needed, and in the AMAM’s policies and procedures. The intern will learn how to the use the AMAM’s collections management database (TMS) and work in conjunction with the supervising curator, making assessments of the prints’ techniques, condition, and suitability for specific exhibition displays. The intern will also collaborate on a rotation of modern and contemporary prints scheduled for installation over the summer, and assist in the planning for a loan exhibition of Rembrandt etchings.

The ideal candidate holds a master’s degree in art history and has experience working in a museum or gallery, but recent graduates with a BA in art history and significant research or curatorial experience in a museum or gallery setting would also be considered.
Excellent writing skills and strong research and organizational skills are necessary. The candidate’s field of interest can be open, but the applicant must be proficient in at least one European language and have a proven interest in prints and printmaking.
It is highly recommended that the candidate can drive, as public transportation options in the vicinity of Oberlin are limited.

The intern will receive $3000 paid in equal installments through the duration of the internship.

Application components
1) cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the position, and provide an account of how past museum or gallery experiences and/or coursework have contributed to the applicant’s knowledge and interest in the fine art prints. The letter will serve as a writing sample.
2) C.V./resume with contact information
3) Academic transcript(s)
4) List of references, including contact information for at least one academic and one professional reference

Applications must be submitted via the Oberlin Jobs website by May 5, 2017.

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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