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Internship: Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks (Contemporary Projects)

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, January 17. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Curatorial/Exhibitions Intern
Organization: Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks
Exhibitions/Curatorial Intern (unpaid)

The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks (Landmarks) seeks an undergraduate or graduate intern for its Landmarks Exhibitions: Contemporary Projects program. This is an acclaimed interdisciplinary program of site-specific visual arts and experimental performance in historic sites. Internships can be adjusted to meet the credit requirements for your academic institution.


- Should be familiar and comfortable with contemporary art, and experimental/interdisciplinary thinking, and also be interested in history;
- Students in art history, museum/curatorial studies and fine arts are encouraged to apply, but applications are welcome from those in any field if they have a strong interest;
- Interns should be comfortable interacting with both artists and the public;
- Previous skill with photographic documentation, graphic design, a/v equipment and exhibition installation is a plus, but not required;
- Interns should be enrolled in a Philadelphia-area college or university, and need to make any necessary arrangements with their school to receive credit (generally, internships are 3 credits);
- Schedule is flexible, but you MUST be available to work weekends, and also occasional evenings for special events. If you cannot work on weekends at all, please do not apply.
- Intern must specifically be available during the period of March 12-14, regardless of your school’s Spring Break.
- In April, most internship work will occur on-site on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
- Must be comfortable with working independently, under minimal supervision.
- Shoud be able to easily get to the Society Hill/old City section of Philadelphia.

Internships can accommodate specific needs or research interests of your academic program. The bulk of the work of the internship can be completed by early May, leaving you with extra time for other end-of-semester work. Specific duties that any intern will perform include:

- Assisting with exhibition installation/de-installation;
- Gallery-sitting and interacting with exhibition visitors;
- Helping to supervise special events/exhibition openings/performances;
- Assisting with marketing, press and interpretive materials;
- Conducting online and library research about contemporary art in historic sites. Assembling annotated bibliographies and a resource binder about similar projects around the world.

Other duties as assigned, or as appropriate depending upon intern’s interest and academic program. For graduate students especially, more in-depth research projects may be developed.

To Apply:

TO APPLY Please email a cover letter, résumé and brief writing sample, preferably by January 31 or sooner to Robert Wuilfe, Curator of Contemporary Projects at rwuilfe -at- Interviews with top candidates will be scheduled as applications are received, so apply soon. Emailed documents must be in PDF format.

Education Level: undergraduate, graduate
Deadline: 01/31/2010
Posted: 01/14/2010 Expires: 02/13/2010
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