Internship Opportunity

Smithsonian seeks paid intern for Audiovisual program…Deadline soon!

Audiovisual Archives Internship

Application Deadline Extended to March 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM

The Archives Center Film Processing and Digitization Project seeks to arrange, describe, and preserve the Center’s deteriorating film holdings in the face of environmental instability and format degradation. The Archives Center holds 4958 motion picture films in its collections, the majority of which are unprocessed, undigitized, and inaccessible to researchers. In 2016, Smithsonian Institution Archives partnered with the Smithsonian audiovisual archives interest group to produce an extensive survey of audiovisual collections across the Smithsonian. The resulting Pan-Institutional Survey of Audiovisual Collections helped the Archives Center identify how many films are in its holdings, alongside relevant data about film format, estimated footage, and number of reels per motion picture. The survey lacks, however, crucial information central to identifying and tracking the films, such as updated shelf location, Archives Center collection name/number, and item-level description. Building on the foundation set forth by the Pan-Institutional Survey of Audiovisual Collections, the Archives Center seeks an intern to survey the films in our holdings and identify the following: collection the film belongs to, whether the collection has been processed, physical condition of the film, and any preliminary data garnered from the container/housing. This is an essential first step in our process to extend intellectual control over the film assets in our holdings. In the future, the Archives Center will arrange and describe all unprocessed films and outsource the digitization of high-priority films to an external vendor.

Goal: Overall, this internship is a professional learning experience that aims to provide hands-on experience identifying, handling, and inventorying motion picture film; insight into real-world challenges impacting the stewardship and preservation of audiovisual archival collections; and experience working in a professional archival setting.

Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will:

  • Develop a better understanding of the challenges inherent to collecting, maintaining, and preserving motion picture film.
  • Identify and assess physical condition for 4958 35mm, 16mm, and 8mm film reels.
  • Handle motion picture film according to professional best practices.
  • Complete a survey of film in the Archives Center’s storage rooms to aid in future arrangement, description, and digitization of film assets.

Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:

  • Conduct a survey of motion picture film in the Archives Center’s storage rooms, recording shelf location, container details, physical condition, and other contextual information for each reel.
  • Handle motion picture film throughout its life cycle.

Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant is/has:  

  • Must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a graduate program in Film Studies; Moving Image Archiving and Preservation; or Archives and Records Management with a focus on audiovisual preservation.
  • Knowledge of film formats, handling practices, and preservation issues encouraged, but not required.
  • Demonstrated experience using ArchivesSpace to create, edit, or review archival finding aids.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently

Audience: This internship is specialized, for individuals who have experience in this field. This internship is intended for 1 intern. Current and recent graduate students from a graduate program in Film Studies; Moving Image Archiving and Preservation; or Archives and Records Management with a focus on audiovisual preservation are encouraged to apply.

Timeline: This internship will take place during Summer 2020. This internship is expected to be full time.

Eligible for Academic Credit: Yes! Interns may receive program or course credit for this experience if approved by their educational institution. Though NMAH does not itself award credit, the Interns and Fellows Office will help coordinate the requirements for credit with the educational institution.

Optional Enrichment Opportunities: Interns are invited to participate in optional opportunities during the internship that support professional growth and foster understanding about the museum field.

Financial Information: This opportunity has a guaranteed stipend of $7,000. Additionally, selected interns will have the opportunity to apply for a stipend based on financial need; the amount of internship stipends depends on the amount of museum funds available and is at the discretion of NMAH. Internship stipends issued by the Smithsonian are not considered salary or meant as compensation, but are awarded to help defray living expenses for an intern during the term of their appointment. If an intern is awarded a stipend, stipends cannot be distributed before the start of an internship, and we typically recommend that an intern has at least enough external funding to cover the first month’s expenses to accommodate the wait time required in stipend processing. To learn more, please check out our Internship FAQ page.

MICA alum places as finalist in “Mack First Book Award”

Nina Perlman named as finalist…

MICA Photo is proud to announce that Nina Perlman (class of 2014) has been named as a finalist in the “Mack First Book Award”.

The MACK First Book Award is a publishing prize open to artists who have not previously had a book published. The award was established in 2012 to support emerging artists and bodies of work that find a voice through the book form.

Each year, our jury creates a shortlist of the ten best submissions. The winner will receive the opportunity to collaborate with MACK in publishing their book project. The winning book will be announced and launched at Photo London in May 2020, alongside an exhibition of the work at Somerset House.

We congratulate Nina on her nomination, and wish her well in the upcoming final selection phase of the process! For more information, please visit the link below:

Call for entries

Conveyor Studios seeks submissions for “Mercuria“…

From the systematic to the subjective, Mercury makes an appearance across diverse fields of inquiry, creating connections between starkly disparate disciplines. From astrology to geology and from myth to medicine, this elusive quicksilver is the source of the word mercurial.  The call for submissions is open to any medium and the theme is mercurial. While the theme is open to interpretation, we are exploring ideas related to alchemy, androgyny, astrology (think Mercury Rx), environmental issues (unpredictable, climate change), geology, mythology, and space travel (think Mercury 7).
For more information visit or 
 @mercuriamagazine. For inspiration, explore previous chapters
of Mercuria!

Paid Internship Opportunity

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts seeks intern…

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

The Jean Cushwa College Internship at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is offered to one qualified college student who is majoring in Fine Art, Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies, or a similar field of study. The intern will become familiar with the day-to-day operations of the WCMFA and contribute to a variety of museum projects and functions, under the supervision of the Museum staff. The work of the intern will support WCMFA art collections, exhibition planning and management, and/or art education program activities. All interns, regardless of prior experience, will receive an overview of the Museum’s operations as well as specific museum training in collections, exhibitions or art education management, and museum best practices. Interns will benefit from an introduction to behind the scenes work of a professional art museum, and
from the opportunity to develop professional skills. The intern must submit to a background check/drug test.

The intern will be chosen by a Selection Committee, comprised of representatives from the WCMFA’s Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors, Director, and Staff. The internship is funded through the Jean Cushwa Art
Internship Fund.

The intern will receive a stipend of up to $1,000.
To apply: Please submit the following required materials by April 3, 2020:
 Résumé
 Current, official transcript
 Letter of interest (cover letter)
 One letter of recommendation from a professor or advisor
Send complete application* to Zip file not necessary.
*Official transcript may be sent by your school separate from your application packet.
Subject line must be Cushwa Internship Application.
After conducting interviews, the Museum will notify the selected applicant no later than April 17, 2020.
Find this online at:

Questions may be directed to Jillian MacMaster at 301-739-5727 x 124 or

Maryland’s Public Service Scholars Programs

Students may apply for all three programs using one application

The priority deadline to apply is January 15 (11:59pm)All applications must be submitted by March 1 (11:59pm)

The Governor’s Summer Internship Program (GSIP) introduces Maryland’s best and brightest college students to the challenges and rewards of working within state government.  Fellows are paid a stipend of $3,500 for their participation in the program.

The Sondheim Nonprofit Leadership Program introduces Maryland’s undergraduate and graduate students to the nonprofit sector.  Fellows are paid a stipend of $3,500 for their participation in the program.

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Fellows Program exposes Maryland’s college students to careers in the state sector within Maryland’s integrative transportation system.  Fellows of all majors are placed in full-time assignments in one of MDOT’s units, mentored by senior-level administrators.

With the knowledge gained at their placements, and through seminars, trips, and networking, fellows research and create a proposal to solve a transportation challenge.  The program is administered by the Shriver Center in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.

Fellows are paid a stipend of $3,500 for their participation in the program.

Womyn Focus portfolio reviews for students/recent alumni (5 years out) at Leica Gallery Boston

Women Focus is holding its second portfolio review in Boston on March 7th, at Leica Gallery. If any of your women or nonbinary students might be interested, please let them know. We are also allowing professionals with less than five years of experience to apply, and we are especially interested in encouraging photographers of color to apply. The plan is for applications to open later today, and we expect to have room for only about 35 students. I know it’s a long way for your students to come, but just wanted to let you know in case you have recent alumni in the Boston area.

The portfolio reviews will be part of a larger Leica event running from March 5th to March 8th that will feature an exhibition and panel discussion honoring Leica grant winners Debi Cornwall, Eva Woolridge, and Yana Paskova on Friday.  Maggie Steber, Laura Roumanos, and Lynn Johnson will also be speaking on another panel Sunday about diversity.

Come out and vote for Up/Start Venure Competition

Meet the 5th annual cohort of ventures participating in the upcoming ‘Pop Up and Pitch’ exhibit, Round 1 of MICA’s UP/ Start Venture Competition next Friday, February 7
Why attend?

  • This is an exciting visual display of entrepreneurial artists and designers in Baltimore.
  • Attendees can cast a vote for their favorite venture (‘People’s Choice Award’) to win a $500 prize. 
  • Eight finalists will be announced that evening and advance to compete for a portion of $100k in startup funding. 
  • Attached is a list of the participating ventures. A great display of majors represented! 
  • If you attended either rounds last year, you know how much fun it is 🙂

The exhibit will be open on Friday, February 7, from 3-6:30 pm in MICA’s Brown Center (1301 Mt. Royal Ave). Please consider popping by to meet the entrepreneurs and cast your vote (voting closes at 5:45 pm with winners announced around 6:30 pm). More details here.
Special recognition to our Round 1 judges and all those who volunteered to join our mentor pool!

Special shout out to Deyane Moses ’19 Photography Alumn!