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AAMD Intern - Taft Museum of Art

  • Internship
    Part-time
    Off-cycle Internship
  • Creative Arts & Fashion
    Business, Operations & Strategy
  • Cincinnati

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  • You must be a college student studying art history, a strong communicator, able to work 15-35 hours a week, have access to transportation, and possess exceptional research and writing skills. Embrace diversity, be organized, and work effectively in a team.
  • You will conduct research for the Duncanson exhibition, organize written sources, collaborate with the Curatorial & Collections Team, meet regularly with the Director of Curatorial Affairs, present research findings, assist with administrative tasks, and perform assigned duties.

Requirements

  • Must be eligible for and receive permission through their college or university for an internship in Curatorial & Collections.
  • Must be enrolled as a half-time (minimum) or full-time student in an accredited college or university, studying art history or a related field.
  • Must identify with an underrepresented background in the art museum field.
  • Must be available to work 15-35 hours per week. Scheduling flexibility is available within 9am-5pm shifts Mondays-Fridays.
  • Must speak English and be an effective verbal and written communicator.
  • Capacity to work in a fast-paced, multitasked environment, deal with changing priorities, and work well under pressure.
  • Able to pass a background check, including criminal records check and credit check.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States
  • Must provide own transportation.
  • Desired Qualifications:
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be organized, meticulous, and possess exceptional research and writing skills.
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) and the ability to learn new software and handling of pre-digital formats such as microfiche and microfilm is required. Familiarity with online platforms such as Zoom, Vimeo, and Microsoft Teams.
  • All employees of the museum must strive to:
  • Embrace the museum's core values of respect, integrity, excellence, creativity, and collaboration and demonstrate this understanding through words, behaviors, and interactions with our guests, staff members, volunteers, and the public.
  • Learn and teach every day. Share knowledge freely with colleagues and pursue opportunities to gain new skills to enhance our success as a team.
  • Appreciate, understand, and value each staff member’s expertise, background, experience, strengths, and unique perspective. Share time, energy, and knowledge with others to ensure everyone has the highest potential to succeed.
  • Achieve excellence in all tasks and goals.
  • Demonstrate professionalism on and off the job and always represent the Taft Museum of Art positively and professionally. Speak truthfully and fulfill promises and obligations in all museum dealings.
  • Be comfortable and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Adhere to all current museum policies, procedures, protocols, and processes.
  • Create a pleasant work environment by being a positive influence and respectful to every person.

Responsibilities

  • Provides key research support for the Robert S. Duncanson exhibition.
  • Finds and organizes written sources on the artist dating from his rise to fame in the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, accessing both digitized and undigitized sources available in the Cincinnati area.
  • Works collaboratively with the Curatorial & Collections Team.
  • Participates with the Director of Curatorial Affairs in regular one-on- one meetings to check progress, seek feedback, answer questions, and review accessed resources to ensure a full survey is being conducted.
  • Conducts a final presentation of the research to the Duncanson exhibition team, communicating any remaining questions through this debriefing and a written report detailing which resources have been surveyed and which remain to be investigated.
  • Assists with administrative tasks as needed, and performs other duties as assigned.

FAQs

What will be the main focus of the AAMD intern at the Taft Museum of Art?

The main focus of the AAMD intern will be to provide key research support for the major traveling exhibition on the nineteenth-century African American painter Robert S. Duncanson, scheduled to open at the Taft in October 2027.

What is the significance of Robert S. Duncanson to the Taft Museum of Art?

The Taft Museum of Art holds a set of eight landscape murals painted by Duncanson for Nicholas Longworth, which are the only such murals painted by the artist. His legacy is embedded within the Taft's exhibitions and programs, making him a significant figure in the museum's history.

What resources will the AAMD intern utilize for research on Robert S. Duncanson?

The intern will utilize online databases of digitized publications such as newspapers.com, as well as undigitized resources available in Cincinnati institutions like the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library, Cincinnati History Library and Archives at the Cincinnati Museum Center, and Cincinnati Art Museum.

How will the research conducted by the AAMD intern be used at the Taft Museum of Art?

The research built by the intern will not only be crucial for the team working on the exhibition, but it will also be useful for the museum as a resource for Duncanson scholarship in the years to come, even after the exhibition closes.

Discover the Taft Museum of Art—a living landmark and art museum tucked away in downtown Cincinnati

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Mission & Purpose

Discover the Taft Museum of Art—a living landmark that puts you at the center of art, history, and community. The Taft Museum of Art is recognized nationally as a museum leader that passionately engages people with the arts as envisioned generations ago by our founders, Anna Sinton Taft and Charles Phelps Taft. Today, the Taft is now one of the most unique art museums in America and holds National Historic Landmark status for both its historic house and Duncanson murals. Here, you’ll find gems nestled into every nook and cranny with stories that have endured for generations. Our 200-year-old house holds a remarkable collection that spans the Middle Ages through the 19th century with European and American paintings, and 18th-century watches, Chinese porcelains, and French Renaissance enamels. The collection features iconic artists including Rembrandt, Goya, Gainsborough, Turner, Ingres, Whistler, and Sargent, as well as Federal-period American furniture and the most significant pre-Civil War domestic murals in the United States. Restored and reinterpreted for the next century, visitors can enjoy special exhibitions, our beautiful outdoor garden, our Museum Shop and Lindner Family Café, events and programming for all ages—and so much more. Within our galleries and beyond our walls, the Taft Museum of Art is a one-of-a-kind, multi-sensory experience that puts you at the center of art and history.  For more information, visit taftmuseum.org.