Topic ID #39228 - posted 2/26/2018 12:52 PM

Saint Louis Art Museum- Summer Internship


The Saint Louis Art Museum is a mid-sized art museum with collections covering a wide span of cultures and a broad scope of historical periods.  Curatorial departments include: The Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas; American; Asian; Decorative Arts & Design; European Art to 1800 and Ancient; Modern and Contemporary; Prints, Drawings & Photographs. The Engagement and Interpretation department works with all curatorial departments to refine gallery text and design and implement a wide range of visitor engagement activities. The Registration department is responsible for documenting and managing the Museum’s collection and its records, helping to make collection information accessible to staff and the public.  
Internships: The Saint Louis Art Museum offers 12 unpaid summer internships working with curators, registratrars, and interpretation staff to catalogue and interpret works in the Museum’s collection as well as perform research for upcoming exhibitions and engagement projects. Potential curatorial projects include collections cataloguing in African art; researching and cataloguing the permanent collection of photography; researching the collection of Contemporaray art; research for upcoming Currents and New Media Series exhibitions; permanenet collection research, cataloguing, and exhibition research in American art; research and planning projects regarding two upcoming exhibitions of 20th century works in our Prints, Drawings and Photographs collection (one focusing primarly on African American artists); assisting with Decorative arts gallery reinstallation; researching 1930s decorative arts and design; helping prepare the catalogue for an international loan exhibition on late renaissance and baroque art; and researching medieval and renaissance textiles and tapestries.  Registration work includes helping to index the subject/content of works in the Museum’s collection by tagging keyword terms on object records. Engagement and Interpretation Department projects include reviewing interpretive gallery text to ensure accessibility and engagement, assisting with printed and digital interpretive projects for upcoming exhibitions, and cataloging docent tour touch materials.
To apply, applicants must send the following materials: 
  • A statement of applicant’s professional goals and how an internship at the Saint Louis Art Museum serves those goals; 
  • Transcripts (need not be official); 
  • A listing of job experience; 
  • A listing of languages spoken and/or read; 
  • The names and contact information (email and telephone numbers) of 3 references, 2 of which must be from a professor or academic advisor; 
  • A writing sample- something from a research paper with footnotes to give an idea of applicant’s research skills. Sample must include citations and bibliography.
20 hours per week is required for a minimum of 8 weeks, but students may work for a longer period if they would like.  Interns are selected based on their qualifications and how well their skills match available projects. Please indicate dates of availability between June 4 and July 27, 2018.  Attendance is mandatory for the orientation program on June 4th.
For further information, or to ask questions, contact Melissa Bauer, Curatorial Department,
Summer 2018 application deadline: March 1, 2018  
Applicants notified by: March 31 
Program dates: June 4, 2018- July 27, 2018 
Please apply online at:

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