Cleveland Museum of Art

Paid Internships,

Contact: Chris Barrett
Address: 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland OH 44106
Phone: 216-707-2550

Fundamentals of Art Librarianship

Ingalls Library at Cleveland Museum of Art seeks candidates for its “Fundamentals of Art Librarianship” Internship. The selected candidate will gain first-hand experience with every facet of Technical Services workflow in this busy, modern academic art library, from collection development and receiving to processing and invoicing, from electronic resources to rare items and archives, from administering our Integrated Library System (ILS) to monitoring and documenting library website traffic. This internship offers invaluable experience to any student who plans to pursue graduate or post-graduate studies, or work in libraries. This behind-the-scenes introduction to library processes also offers essential tools and insights to any person who plans a career as a professional researcher.

The intern will work with the Acquisitions Librarian and Acquisitions Associate to learn how materials are chosen to be added to Ingalls’ print collections. This work includes use of ILS as a resource. In addition, the intern will work with the Serials Librarian and Serials Associate to learn how journals, yearbooks and catalogs contribute to art and art history scholarship. With supervision by reference staff, the intern will provide reference and customer service to all library constituencies including curatorial staff, docents, students in the CMA-CWRU Joint Program in Art History, museum members, and the public in order to better appreciate the diversity of patron and scholar requirements from an academic library.  The intern will also have an opportunity to work with archives staff in the management of unpublished historical records and manuscript collections.

Eligibility Requirements:

To apply, applicants must attend an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges or Universities) OR be a currently enrolled, full-time undergraduate and one of the following:

  • From an underrepresented minority group
  • A first-generation college student
  • Receiving significant financial aid (a family contribution less than $5,000). This number is on your FAFSA form. To see what it looks like, click here.

 Additional Application Materials and Requirements:

  • Be a rising senior or graduate student in art history, museum studies, and library and information science.
  • A complete application includes: a cover letter, resume, academic references, and one paragraph describing their interest and what they hope to gain from this internship experience.

We offer 2 undergraduate fellowships each summer, which award $5,000 for a 280-hour internship (10 weeks), in addition to a $1,500 travel/accommodation allowance.

This internship is expected to begin June 5th, 2023.

Pay Type: Paid
Course Credit: Course credit is negotiable
Deadline for Submission: March 17, 2023