Topic ID #34664 - posted 1/30/2015 11:21 AM

Curatorial Internship - George Washington's Mount Vernon, VA

Jennifer Palmer

Curatorial Internship: Historical Prints Documentation
The Historic Preservation and Collections Department at George Washington’s Mount Vernon is currently accepting applications for a Curatorial Internship focused on documentation of historical prints. As part of Mount Vernon’s ongoing efforts to improve access to its significant collections of fine and decorative arts, this internship will provide experience with professional procedures for documenting museum holdings, including object examination, description, condition assessment, cataloging, object research, digitization, data entry into an online cataloging system (TMS), and management of museum object information and research files. The intern will work under the immediate supervision of the Associate Curator, and in collaboration with subject specialists and curatorial, collections management, conservation, and library staff as required. 
Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington, is located in Mount Vernon, Virginia, 16 miles south of Washington, DC. Acquired by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association since 1860, Mount Vernon is widely recognized as having initiated the historic preservation movement in America, and it is today the most visited historic home in the nation, welcoming over one million visitors annually. The current historic site encompasses George Washington’s original Mansion House Farm and consists of 500 acres; in addition to the Mansion, outbuildings, and historic landscape, it also features a Museum and Education Center, Orientation Center, Pioneer Farmer site, and reconstructed Gristmill and Distillery. The mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association is to preserve, restore and manage the estate of George Washington to the highest standards and to educate visitors and people throughout the world about the life and legacies of George Washington, so that his example of character and leadership will continue to inform and inspire future generations.
The internship position is a temporary position that will last for a total of 10 weeks. The intern is expected to work a standard 40-hour week and will receive compensation of $500 per week.  Accommodations and travel reimbursement are not included. Start date is flexible.
As employees of Mount Vernon, interns are required to adhere to Mount Vernon’s Employee Handbook policies.
BA in History of Decorative Arts, Art History, American History, American Studies, or Museum Studies required, with coursework in 18th and 19th century visual arts
Computer skills required
Experience or training in connoisseurship of fine and decorative arts or graphics preferred
Experience in object cataloging procedures preferred
Experience with digital photography and photo editing preferred
Experience with collections databases, including The Museum System (TMS), as well as handling museum objects is preferred
Intern should be able to work independently as well as a member of the Curatorial team
Ability to complete a security background check

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