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Katzenberger Foundation Art History Internship

2022 Timeline

Application opens: January 10

Deadline for applications: CLOSED

Award notification: April 8 

Internship Dates: 6/6/22-8/15/22 Interns must be available for the entire 10 weeks, 40 hours per week, and capable of carrying out their project virtually if needed.

 

Background & Purpose

The Katzenberger Foundation Art History Internship Program is a need-based program supporting internships for undergraduates in research and collections projects at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The program is generously funded by the Katzenberger Foundation and administered by the Office of Fellowships and Internships. 6 internships are offered each summer and are all located in Washington, DC, at the Smithsonian’s art museums and archives.

Eligibility

  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • Must be formally enrolled in an undergraduate program of study with academic standing as a junior or senior, or have completed their degree within the past six months.
  • Must be declared as an art history major, concentration, or related discipline.
  • Students are generally expected to have an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or its equivalent.
  • Qualify for financial need. The aim of this program is to provide an opportunity for high achieving students with financial challenges to participate in a significant internship experience. Applicants must be eligible to receive federal student aid (i.e. Pell Grant, Stafford Loan, Perkins Loan, etc…).

How it Works

Interns must be available for the entire 10 weeks, 40 hours per week.

Stipend: $3,750

 

Projects:

Project 1: Wavelengths:  Documenting an Installation Art Project at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Unit: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH)

Description: The Smithsonian Folklife Festival this year includes a program entitled “Earth Optimism x Folklife:  Inspiring Conservation Communities.”  (see https://festival.si.edu/2022/earth-optimism ).  The program promotes positive messages about real change that the Smithsonian and other organizations, with the involvement of communities across the country and the world, are effecting the mitigation of climate change and global warming.  Artists addressing these issues are a big part of the story. As part of the Earth Optimism program, a participatory art project called Wavelengths is planned, in cooperation with the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center. 

This project seeks an art history student who is interested in documenting the evolution of this public art project over the course of the ten days of the Festival program, and to create a final project of their choice reflecting that documentation.  This final product could be a video, slide set or online photo exhibition, article for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage web site, Learning Lab collection, or some combination of all of these. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how artists plan and execute a large art installation with public involvement
  • Explore how a large public art project takes shape over the course of ten days
  • Document the evolution of a public art project through photography, video, interviews with artists and participating public
  • Create a final product reflecting the experience

Is this project virtual? During the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (June 22-26 and June 30 – July 4, 2022) intern needs to be on site in person in outdoors setting on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  During the rest of the internship, especially post-Festival, intern could work from any location and it might be preferred that this location be remote due to on-going in person office space restrictions.

 

Project 2: Research and Writing for the National Air and Space Museum’s Art Collection

Unit: National Air and Space Museum (NASM)

Description: The intern will initially explore the art collection though The Museum System (TMS) computer based system where records for the Museum’s artifacts are stored.  The intern will be tasked to review the current TMS data and input existing or newly researched data pertaining to specific works in the collection.  Other research will include activities related to the art collection for an upcoming exhibition in Gallery 211.

For planning and future exhibition purposes, the intern will research the holdings of the art collection and compile comprehensive documents in its entirety.  This research will be a valuable resource for both Smithsonian and academic scholars for research, exhibition planning, and loan purposes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Making research contributions to a significant art collection
  • Obtaining the complete knowledge of logistics involved for acquisitions and storage of an art collection
  • Learning the process of creating museum publications and exhibitions

Is this project virtual? Yes

 

Project 3: Arts Writing – Folklife Digital Magazine

Unit: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH)

Description: Folklife is the Smithsonian’s digital magazine of music, food, craft, and culture. We tell unforgettable stories about people, ideas, and a wide array of arts and traditions that help us explore where we have come from and where we are going. We delve into the complex lives of individuals and communities to find what inspires and motivates people as they respond to animating questions at the center of contemporary life.

This internship is perfect for a developing writer who is curious and driven, a self-starter interested not only in art and music, but the creators and communities behind them. The intern will research and author one or more features on traditional artforms. Although we count among our readership a large number of folklorists, anthropologists, cultural historians and ethnomusicologists, the magazine’s main constituency is a general, educated one.

The intern will work directly with the media director and intern team members to accomplish these tasks, but it is their POV and fresh, yet informed interpretation that will drive the work. Through this internship, the writer will walk the entire path from research, through writing and production, to online presentation, gaining insights from each phase, making difficult concepts ring clear for their audiences.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants learn to tailor their work to a wide audience interested in art and culture. While Folklife stories are often local in nature, writers will develop their pieces to reach both national and international readers.
  • Participants learn to build cultural and/or issue-based content into a compelling narrative. In Workshops and one on one meetings, interns learn and share techniques of scene-building, story structure, description, dialogue, narrative closeness, suspense-building, subtext, etc.
  • Participants explore how to create written, visual and art-based stories that educate as well as intrigue and motivate.
  • Through one-on-one meetings with content experts, staff curators and editors, participants learn the Center’s philosophies and methods of cultural presentation.
  • For those unfamiliar with the workshop format, participants will learn to give and receive criticism along with useful team-building skills.

Is this project virtual? Yes

 

Project 4: Object and a Book: Creating a Program Series with the National Museum of Natural History and DC Public Libraries

Unit: National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Description: The Office of Education, Outreach, and Visitor Experience (EOVE) creates programs and associated marketing and outreach materials that highlight, support, and promote research, exhibitions, and collections management at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH).

The Public Programs Intern will assist NMNH staff with research, development, promotion, implementation, and evaluation of public programs and web pages related to the Object and a Book series. The programs will likely be both virtual (in the near term) and on site (in the longer term). Among the intern’s responsibilities will be to research potential program topics and presenters including curators, historians, authors, scientists, and others who can deliver accessible presentations for the general public; assist in development of program agendas; liaise with DC Public Libraries staff in designing engaging program activities, such as 3D printing; assist with program logistics such as scheduling presenters; contribute to the content and development of a landing page on the Museum’s Education website; assist with development of marketing materials to broaden our audience and encourage program registration; learn to measure performance by assessing registration numbers, survey responses, and e-newsletter and web engagement. Training and guidance will be provided by NMNH staff.

Learning Objectives:

  • Practicing professional skills by working as a member of a diverse, creative team and focusing on collaboration, critical thinking, and data-driven decision making.
  • Developing proficiency in production of marketing/outreach content demonstrated through a portfolio of materials.
  • Developing an understanding and appreciation for effective art and science communication techniques and approaches for audience development.
  • Gaining an understanding of research, curation, event development and marketing practices within NHMH and throughout the Smithsonian.
  • Gaining knowledge of opportunities that connect the museum, art history & curation, scientific research, education, and media fields.
  • Gaining proficiency in development and analysis of business reports and spreadsheets, useful in evaluating the effectiveness of museum programs and business activities.
  • Gaining knowledge and experience in behind-the-scenes logistics of running museum programs.
  • Gaining an understanding of ways that art can elicit thoughtful conversations, new perspectives, and varied interpretations.

Is this project virtual? Yes

 

Project 5: Ethics in Collecting for Museums: Creating a Program Series

Unit: National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Description: The Office of Education, Outreach, and Visitor Experience (EOVE) creates programs and associated marketing and outreach materials that highlight, support, and promote research, exhibitions, and collections management at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH).

The Public Programs Intern will assist NMNH staff with research, development, promotion, implementation, and evaluation of public programs and web pages related to the Ethics in Collecting program series. The programs will likely be both virtual (in the near term) and on site (in the longer term). Among the intern’s responsibilities will be to research potential program topics and presenters including curators, collections managers, historians, authors, and others who can deliver accessible presentations for the general public; assist in development of program agendas; assist with program logistics such as scheduling presenters; contribute to the content and development of a landing page on the Museum’s Education website; assist with development of marketing materials to broaden our audience and encourage program registration; learn to measure performance by assessing registration numbers, survey responses, and e-newsletter and web engagement. Training and guidance will be provided by NMNH staff.

Learning Objectives:

  • Practicing professional skills by working as a member of a diverse, creative team and focusing on collaboration, critical thinking, and data-driven decision making.
  • Developing proficiency in production of marketing/outreach content demonstrated through a portfolio of materials.
  • Developing an understanding and appreciation for effective art and science communication techniques and approaches for audience development.
  • Gaining an understanding of research, curation, event development and marketing practices within NMNH and throughout the Smithsonian.
  • Gaining knowledge of opportunities that connect the museum, art history & curation, scientific research, education, and media fields.
  • Gaining proficiency in development and analysis of business reports and spreadsheets, useful in evaluating the effectiveness of museum programs and business activities.
  • Gaining knowledge and experience in behind-the-scenes logistics of running museum programs.
  • Gaining an understanding of ways that art and collections can elicit thoughtful conversations, new perspectives, and varied interpretations.

Is this project virtual? Yes

 

 

How to Apply

Use the SOLAA System to Apply Onlinehttps://solaa.si.edu

  • Register for SOLAA
  • Select “Internship”
  • Select “Office of Internships”
  • Select “Smithsonian Katzenberger Art History Internship Program”
  • Apply for 2022

ALL documents must be received no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time March 1, 2022.

Files you will need to upload:

Essay

  • 2 pages double spaced
  • 12 point type
  • Must address the following:

1) Your past and present academic history and other experiences which you feel have prepared you for an internship

2) What you hope to accomplish through an internship, and how it would relate to your academic and career goals

3) What about the Smithsonian in particular interests you and leads you to apply for an internship – particularly the project you have chosen

Transcripts (or other materials when transcripts are not issued) from all appropriate institutions are required. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. If transcripts or other materials are not in English the applicant should provide translations.

Resume

References

  • Names and email addresses of two academic references
  • All reference letters are considered confidential unless confidentiality has been waived by the reference
  • Through SOLAA you will send an email to these referees so they can provide references through the web
  • Have the reference submit in sufficient time to meet the application deadline

Selection Criteria

  • Substantial course work in Art History or related museum disciplines.
  • Demonstrated interest or experiences in museums, galleries, libraries, or archives.
  • Demonstrated research and writing skills, attention to detail, and knowledge of computer programs.
  • The relevance of an internship at the Smithsonian to the student’s academic and career goals will be an important part of the evaluation of an applicant.
  • Applicants should note that it is not possible for the Office of Fellowships and Internships to arrange an internship project or award a stipend to all qualified candidates.
  • The Smithsonian does not discriminate on grounds of race, creed, sex, age, marital status, condition of handicap, or national origin of any applicant.
Contact Information

Please send questions about this program Smithsonian Office of Internships CapobiancoA@si.edu

Contact Phone: (202) 633-7070

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