This is a temporary position at Colonial Williamsburg funded by the Americana Foundation and supports a curatorial intern for up to 12 months.
Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m., USA Eastern time, Monday, October 29, 2018.
A curatorial internship at Colonial Williamsburg is a full-time, prearranged learning experience for students interested in a career in the decorative arts, fine arts, or history museums or historic sites. Americana Foundation interns will be assigned to work in one of Colonial Williamsburg’s curatorial disciplines—archaeology, architecture, furniture, prints and maps, paintings and drawings, ceramics and glass, metals, mechanical arts, numismatics, musical instruments, toys, textiles and costumes—within the broader fields of fine art, decorative art, folk art, architectural collections, or archaeological collections. While we will attempt to match successful applicants with their areas of interest, placements will vary depending on the ongoing and special project needs of individual curators. If you are seeking academic credit for your internship, you must make arrangements in advance with your school and your internship advisor.
For 2018, the Americana curatorial intern will work on furniture from the decorative arts collection.
Please upload the following attachments:
Two letters of recommendation (or if preferred, you or your professor may email the recommendation(s) to Virginia Foster, VFoster@cwf.org.
Unofficial academic transcript
Curriculum Vita or resume
Statement of Intent. In no more than 250 words, state how an internship at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation would benefit you and/or your course of study.Applications must be submitted through the Colonial Williamsburg jobs website to be considered.
PDF, DOC, DOCX and RTF formats only please. Applications submitted without these requirements will not be considered.
Applicants will be notified via e-mail of final decisions by early December.
WORK TO BE PERFORMED:
Assists with proper documentation of objects in the collection, including developing appropriate data for the creation of full catalog records in The Museum System (TMS) database, as well as paper files.
Gains and enhances knowledge of proper storage techniques of selected fine art, decorative arts, archaeological, architectural, and/or folk art collections.
Enhances knowledge in specific areas of curatorial responsibility, as well as general American history and material culture through reading, research, and participation in bi-weekly accessions meetings with Colonial Williamsburg staff.
Assists with researching, planning, and preparation of exhibition proposals, and assists with the design and installation of exhibitions and exhibition rotations in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museums (DWM), and furnishings installations in the Historic Area.
Plans for and assists with the movement of antique items throughout the Foundation in order to provide for their proper storage, study and exhibition.
Works with Conservation Department staff to ensure the proper care of objects and learns basic principles of conservation through this exposure.
Assists with routine research requests, file maintenance, and Historic Area needs and requests.
Assists with expanding biographical information and genealogical data on furniture makers and owners as needed.
Perform other related duties as required.
Must have excellent communication skills, both oral and written; strong organizational and interpersonal skills; and have the ability to work independently and as a team member. Applicants should have at least 30 semester hours of decorative arts, material culture, furniture studies, or equivalent academic preparation, in addition to a strong understanding of American History. Work experience in a museum setting, including object handling, cataloguing, and conducting primary research a plus. Must be able to lift and carry 30 pounds.
Ability to conduct independent research projects, prepare written descriptions of objects, and catalog artifacts; familiarity with genealogical research; work experience in a museum environment; familiarity with eighteenth-century American furniture. Currently enrolled in a graduate program or graduate degree received no more than 1 year prior to application deadline.
Position details: regular employee; fixed schedule; hourly; and benefits eligible.