Internships are offered throughout the year at various art and architecture libraries across the Twin Cities. If you are a librarian and would like to add an internship opportunity to the list, email us at arlisnatc@gmail.com.

American Craft Council, Archives Intern

Expected start date and length:

Ongoing

Contact information: 

Beth Goodrich
Librarian
American Craft Council
1224 Marshall Street NE
Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Phone: 612-206-3118
Email: bgoodrich@craftcouncil.org

Brief description of the library/collection: 

The American Craft Council Library & Archives maintains a comprehensive collection of print and visual materials on American craft. While focused on modern craft dating from 1940 to today, the collection also supports research in the related fields of design and applied and decorative arts.

Visitors have access to:

  • More than 20,000 books and exhibition catalogues
  • More than 150 current subscriptions and 700 bound volumes of leading periodicals and newsletters
  • More than 3,000 files on individual artists containing unique photographs, slides, correspondence, and other ephemera
  • Council archives (1941 – present), including those of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts/American Craft Museum (1956 – 1990)
  • Archives of the World Crafts Council (1964 – present)
  • Archives of the Craft Students League of New York (1932 – 2005)

Status (paid/unpaid/credit): 

Unpaid or school credit. The Archives Intern must be available a minimum of 5 hours per week sometime between the hours of 9am and 6pm, Monday through Friday.

Possible duties:

  • Processing incoming, as well as existing, materials to the archives
  • Contributing data to archival finding aids and building descriptive content around archival materials
  • Digitizing select items and writing metadata for addition to the library’s content management system (CONTENTdm)
  • Assisting with answering archival reference and research requests
  • Executing proper care and storage of items including documents, photographs, recordings and artifacts
  • Communicating regularly with librarian as to concerns, issues and progress on tasks

Requirements/qualifications:

  • Preferred coursework in archival studies and/or experience working in an archives or library setting
  • Capacity to read and understand materials and documents and recognize and extract critical data and information
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Interest or background in contemporary art/craft and craft history

 

University of Minnesota Libraries, Arts and Architecture Collections Intern

Expected start date and length:

Ongoing

Contact information:

Deborah K. Ultan
Arts & Architecture Librarian
University of Minnesota
89 Church Street
210 Rapson Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-1638
Email: ultan004@umn.edu

Brief description of the library/collection:

The art history, fine arts, theater and dance collection consists of 300,000+ volumes and 200+ journals. The collection supports the curricula with areas of depth in American Art, French 19th century art, international contemporary art, theater and dance with a focus on performance and multimedia. The architecture and landscape architecture collection consists of 150,000+ volumes and 90 active journals on the history of architecture and landscape architecture, contemporary architecture, sustainability and historic preservation.

Status (paid/unpaid/credit):

Paid or school credit

Possible duties:

Could involve any or all responsibilities related to the subject librarian which may include collection development, teaching, research and reference, hands-on exhibition assistance, and digital projects.

Requirements/qualifications:

Strong interest in the noted subject areas with a degree or experience either in studio arts, museum work, art history, architecture or landscape architecture, or the performing arts. Interested individuals should be heading into, enrolled in, or have just completed an MLIS program.