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Curatorial Intern - Farnsworth House Historic Site

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PROJECT SUMMARY 

The Farnsworth House National Historic Landmark, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, seeks a summer intern to assist with exhibition planning, curation and installation, including but not limited to: working with exhibitors to prepare loan agreements, artist statements, labels and promotional content; working with academics, specialists and guest curators to develop online (Zoom) programs to promote the exhibitions; assisting with installation and deinstallation, including gallery preparation as needed. 

National Trust internships are temporary experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship. 

For this internship, the National Trust is offering a stipend of $2000 to help offset expenses. The period of the internship would be from approximately June 7 to July 30, for approximately 28 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most National Trust staff and interns will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future (currently projected through August 2021). This internship will be performed primarily remotely, although proximity to Farnsworth House is a preferred to allow for periodic site visits. The supervisor(s) will schedule weekly online meetings and will check in throughout the week.

DUTIES

  • Frequent communication with supervisor(s) to understand tasks, resources, schedule and work products;
  • Participation in Zoom meetings with National Trust/Farnsworth staff, project advisors, guest curators, academics and others;
  • Completing Loan Agreements for upcoming exhibitions (to be processed by Farnsworth staff);
  • Working with exhibitors to develop written and visual content for upcoming installations and promotions, including website content and social media stories;
  • Assisting Farnsworth staff with installing and de-installing exhibitions, including preparation of the gallery space

EDUCATIONAL VALUE TO THE INTERN

The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected preservation and museum professionals including the Farnsworth House Executive Director/Curator and the Curatorial & Marketing Assistant, in an educational setting at one of the nation’s leading historic sites with an active cultural arts focus. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in educational programming offered via the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s organization-wide internship program. Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution.

Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Exhibition planning, coordination and budgeting
  • Preparing Loan Agreements including item descriptions and insurance values
  • Working with exhibitors and guest curators to develop introductory panels, artist statements, section panels and object labels
  • Researching and writing exhibition promotions for website, social media posts and media releases
  • Hands-on installation, deinstallation and gallery preparation

At the end of the project the intern will have produced exhibition plans for 2022-23 exhibitions; loan agreements; exhibition texts; promotional copy and images; deinstallation of spring 2021 exhibition, gallery preparation and installation of summer 2021 exhibition. These materials and related images can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits. (Note: artist/exhibitor contact information and values are confidential and muist be withheld from sample documents.)

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Museum studies student or recent graduate – preferably with some exhibition experience;
  • Availability for 28 hours per week from June 7 through July 30, 2021;
  • Availability of personal computer with internet access and ability to use MS Teams and Zoom for project coordination;
  • Ability to travel to the Farnsworth House at least three times during the internship (to be scheduled as part of the overall workplan);
  • Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization. Basic project-organization skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to collaborate and achieve results with supervision, including ability to interact professionally with key internal and external stakeholders as needed. Public contact and ability to work successfully in close proximity to others required.
  • Strong organizational skills required, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment. Ability to work effectively with frequent interruptions required. Able to handle frequently changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Friendly and professional demeanor on the phone and in writing, with ability to speak and write clearly in English.
  • Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners a plus. Bi-lingual language skills (especially English/Spanish) a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Teams, Outlook, Word and Excel. Familiarity with Zoom and Adobe software; experience with social media, photography and video production a plus.
  • Ability work effectively in a remote environment, maintaining productivity and communications to meet deadlines and goals, is required.


PROJECT SUMMARY 

The Farnsworth House National Historic Landmark, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, seeks a summer intern to assist with exhibition planning, curation and installation, including but not limited to…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    June 7, 2021
  • End Date
    July 30, 2021
  • Payment
    Stipend
  • Stipend / Wage
    $2,00
  • Hours Per Week
    The period of the internship would be from approximately June 7 to July 30, for approximately 28 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available).

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume via the link provided above

Please submit a cover letter and resume via the link provided above

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Plano, IL
Associated Location
Plano, IL

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