NEH Archives Intern (Wage, Non-Exempt)

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is pleased to announce a nine-month, graduate-level internship in Archives. This position is being generously funded through a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant. The internship is expected to run from Sept. 2022-May 2023 for an average of 24 hours/week.

The NEH Archives Intern will focus on cataloging and preserving the archival collection of a Virginia-born, African-American artist. This archival collection will be directly related to an upcoming exhibition. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to expand their professional skills as a librarian, archivist, collections manager, or other related position and will have the opportunity to participate in the arrangement, description, and preservation of archival collections in the VMFA Library.

The intern will be able to attend meetings and staff activities to gain a fuller understanding of the various functions of the Library as well as projects with related departments such as Conservation, Education, and Curatorial. At the end of the internship, the intern will deliver a presentation about their work to an invited audience of VMFA staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

This internship is designed for a graduate student who is pursuing studies in an accredited master’s program in library science, museum studies, or art history.

Additionally, the successful candidate will have the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

-Demonstrated experience in using archival collections in a library or archives environment.
-Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
-Strong organizational and communication skills.
-Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks with little onsite supervision.

Preferrered Qualifications:

The successful candidate should be enrolled in an accredited graduate program, and should have a Bachelor’s degree in art history, American history, studio arts, and/or related humanities field.

Additional Information:

The selected candidate must pass a criminal history background check.

The position is being funded at $18/hour.

The application date for this position has been changed to open until filled.  Interested individuals must submit an on-line application.  Those who applied for the position by the initial deadline date will be considered without having to resubmit an application.

Please submit contact information for three (3) references. Provide full name, phone number, and e-mail address. Reference information may be included with the résumé or cover letter; or it may be attached in a separate document in the “other” field in the portal.

Professional and educational references are preferred. References should be able to attest to your knowledge, skills, and abilities, especially qualifications relevant to this position.

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