Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Internship Opportunity at the International Center of Photography, NYC

Internship Opportunity at the International Center of Photography, NYC
Spend a summer interning at the country’s premier photography museum!

We are seeking summer interns to work at the International Center of Photography (ICP) on the Roman Vishniac Archive, a recent and groundbreaking gift to the museum’s permanent collection, and a recipient of a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Roman Vishniac’s photographs of Central and East European Jewish life, captured from 1935-38, are considered the last photographic documentation of these now vanished Jewish communities. The majority of his work has never been published or seen by the public, and the collection includes tens of thousands of prints, negatives, contact sheets, personal correspondence, audio material, and ephemera. We are building a comprehensive archive of the famed photographer’s entire body of work and are planning a large-scale traveling retrospective, scheduled to open at ICP in 2013.

Intern projects include: Exhibition preparation, print cataloging, creating finding aids for the paper archive, catalogue preparation, assisting with educational curricula, database work, document translation, independent research projects, and more.

We are seeking: Highly motivated graduate or undergraduate students or recent graduates of Art History, History, Jewish Studies, and/or Library Science. Exhibition or archival experience is preferred. We will provide training in photo handling and Jewish visual culture. We are also seeking interns fluent in German and Russian to translate and research important documents dating from the 1930s-1980s.

To apply: Please email a current resume, letter of interest, and contact information (including phone numbers) for three references to Rachel Travis at rtravis@icp.org. Please include both professional and academic references.

Internships are unpaid, but offer other perks. We are happy to work with academic departments to provide school credit for internships. Interns also earn free use of one of NYC’s best darkrooms and digital printing facilities at the ICP School. Interns are eligible for a 50% discount off of ICP courses and workshops at the ICP School and are invited to attend ICP openings and special events. We are currently accepting applications for summer internships and ask for at least a four day a week commitment.