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Department of Photography: Photography Research Intern

Internship: Unpaid

A part-time, unpaid photography research internship is available in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Curatorial Department.

This internship will provide exposure to a wide range of curatorial and museum work, with a focus on the Museum’s photography collection and exhibitions. The intern will work directly with the Museum’s two photography curators to conduct research on the Museum’s collection of photographs. The intern will also assist in research for upcoming exhibitions and prospective photography acquisitions.

The ideal candidate has an interest in the history of photography as well as contemporary artists working in the field. This internship does not focus on practicing the craft of photography, but rather the history of the medium. A graduate or upper-level undergraduate student in Art History, Museum Studies, or a related field is strongly preferred—recent graduates are also encouraged to apply.

The position is best suited for someone organized, detail-oriented, and self-starting. Familiarity with museum collection databases, research principles, and basic photographic history and technique is desirable.

The Photography Department holds over 3,000 works and includes pictures from the earliest days of the medium in the 1840s to its most recent developments. The collection is exceptionally strong in twentieth-century American photographs, particularly in the documentary style.

Duration of Internship:
A commitment of 8–10 hours per week over the course of 12 weeks is requested; hours are relatively flexible between the hours of 10 a.m.– 5 p.m., Monday–Friday. Weekend and evening work cannot be accommodated. This is an unpaid position, but credit may be available through your academic program. Please speak with your academic advisor.

Application Deadlines:
Winter internships: January 15
Summer internships: April 15
Fall internships: August 15

To apply, please send a cover letter with your availability and résumé with references to internship@mam.org or mail Milwaukee Art Museum, Attn: Human Resources, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee 53202. Please put “Photography Research Intern” in the subject line of your email.