Graduate Frick Art Reference Library Book Department Christie’s London Historic Sale Catalogs Internship

Background
The Frick Collection is an art museum with a collection of more than 1,100 works of art—dating from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century—displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Henry Clay Frick. The residence, with its furnishings and works of art, has been open to the public since 1935. The Frick Art Reference Library is an internationally recognized research library that serves as one of the world’s most complete resources for the study of Western art.

Internship
The Frick Art Reference Library (FARL) is seeking a summer intern to assist with providing access to recently acquired resources of unique value to art historical research—a set of 38 volumes comprising over 1300 auction sale catalogs formerly owned by Christie’s London, hand-annotated with buyers’ names, and a three-volume manuscript Index to sales at the house from 1903-1940. Records for these catalogs will be integrated into Arcade, the online catalog of NYARC (New York Art Resources Consortium), comprised of the libraries of The Frick Collection, MoMA, and The Brooklyn Museum. Training and supervision will be provided by professional staff.
This internship offers a valuable opportunity to build skills useful for library or museum work, including documenting primary sources for provenance and art market research, an introduction to MARC cataloging in SCIPIO (an OCLC international database of auction catalogs) using the library’s Innovative Interfaces Inc. system and the Connexion Client of OCLC, and learning the best practices for digitization. In addition, the intern will gain exposure to other departments of the library according to the successful candidate’s professional interests.

Eligibility
Graduate students enrolled in a Master’s Degree Program in library and information science. Foreign nationals must have eligibility to participate in unpaid internship placements in the U.S. Applicants are responsible for their own housing and travel arrangements. There is no stipend associated with this internship.

Time Commitment
The internship generally spans from May- end of August with activities carried out 21 hours per week (120 hours total at completion of the internship program), Monday-Friday, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Benefits of an Internship with The Frick Collection
This internship provides a superb opportunity for participating in all aspects of the Book Department. The Frick Collection’s Book Department offers a collegial atmosphere and a valuable educational opportunity to acquire skills available in the work environment of an outstanding art library and an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.

Additionally, The Frick Collection offers a beautiful and pleasant work setting and an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art. Unpaid interns at The Frick Collection, with activities carried out for at least two months, will be provided with two 30-day unlimited MetroCards at the beginning of their internship to help ease the concerns about living in NYC while participating in an unpaid internship. All interns of The Frick Collection may access free or discounted admission to most of New York’s finest museums. Summer interns will attend a wide range of staff-led enrichment sessions, such as gallery talks by curators and conservators, visits to conservation studios, introductions to the resources of the Frick Art Reference Library, and behind-the-scenes tours of museums, galleries, and auction houses around New York City. The Frick provides employees, trainees, interns, and volunteers with a discount on Museum Shop purchases and a subsidized on-site staff dining service.

Application Process and Timeline
Please note that applications to multiple departments at The Frick Collection are not accepted; please apply to only one department.

Applications for the summer 2018 Graduate Frick Art Reference Library Book Department Christie’s London Historic Sale Catalogs Internship must be submitted no later than March 1, 2018. Selected candidates will be contacted for interviews, and applicants will be notified in April 2018.

All internship applications must be submitted via e-mail at internships@frick.org, as follows:

Email Subject Line: “Graduate Frick Art Reference Library Book Department Christie’s London Historic Sale Catalogs Internship— Summer 2018”

Submit PDF of cover letter and résumé.

Include the following in your cover letter:

  • Your reasons for applying for the internship, including a statement describing how this internship would enhance your academic course of study
  • Your preferred dates and hours of availability (to be discussed if selected for an interview)
  • The names, professional affiliations, telephone numbers, and email addresses of two references, at least one of which must be academic
  • Current GPA

No phone calls please.

Book Department Internships
internships@frick.org
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

For more information
Please visit our internships page at http://www.frick.org/careers/internships

Graduate Frick Art Reference Library Book Department Christie’s London Historic Sales Catalogs Internship

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