Museums in NYC

Our highly competitive fellowship program supports two-semester practicum-internships designed to provide students exceptional professional-level experience in NYC’s great cultural institutions. Partnering with NYC museums and libraries, we offer students fellowships that support tuition scholarships in the amount of $5,490 ($2,745 in fall and $2,745 in spring). 

In order to apply, applicants must have begun their studies at the School of Information no later than spring 2019 and be graduating no earlier than at the end of spring 2020.  Fellows are required to carry-out two-semester practicum/internships, requiring 120 hours per semester of on-site work at one of the partner institutions. To fulfill the fellowship requirements, students must enroll in INFO 698 Practicum/ Seminar, and a course related to their practicum work. 

Please be aware that each of the fellowships have different eligibility requirements which are detailed in the application.

Fellowship Opportunities 2019-2020

Fellowship opportunities for the 2019-2020 academic year are listed below. Students who have previously completed INFO 698 Practicum/Seminar are not eligible for the fellowships. Students can apply for multiple fellowships but must apply to each fellowship separately and can only participate in one. Applicants must have enrolled at the School of Information no later than the spring 2019 semester and be graduating no earlier than spring 2020. 

*Please note that that a fellowship for MS Data Analytics & Visualization students is in the works and will be announced shortly.*
**The application deadline is Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 5 PM EST.

United Nations Global Pulse Data Analytics Fellowship

The purpose of the Data Analytics Fellowship at the United National Global Pulse is to give a M.S. Data Analytics & Visualization student at Pratt Institute the opportunity to apply data analysis and visualization knowledge and skills to advance the work of the U.N. Global Pulse. U.N. Global Pulse is a flagship innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General on big data. Its vision is a future in which big data is harnessed safely and responsibly as a public good. Its mission is to accelerate discovery, development and scaled adoption of big data innovation for sustainable development and humanitarian action.

There are two possible projects for the fellow:

  • Design and implement a prototype version of a management system for a tool called QATAlog that is being developed within United Nations Global Pulse
  • Conduct analyses and produce visual reports using Qatalog for a variety of UN partner agencies
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The purpose of the Digital User Experience Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum is to provide students with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge in the area of user experience (UX) in a practical setting, in this case a world-class museum. Students will work in one or more of areas that the Product Development department, including Museum Digital Experience and Global Audience initiatives. The student will work with a team that includes developers, designers, product managers, user researchers, and analytics experts to help shape the experience across the Met’s digital platforms and contribute to the establishment of a universal Design System. Students will learn how to apply a user-first mindset and the ability to deeply empathize with human behavior in order to shape how people interact and experience art online. They will help create experiences that drive both the product’s interaction and visual design. Students will gain familiarity working in an Agile product development environment and with the JIRA project management tool. Students will also learn how a design system works within the context of product development, and practice design thinking.

Applicants must be comfortable with Invision, Sketch, Adobe Creative Suite and Knowledge of Framer and/or Principle is a plus.

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The Experience Design Fellowship at New York University (NYU) Libraries is an opportunity to tackle real world design challenges with skills and knowledge gained via Pratt Institute’s Information Experience Design program.

Academic libraries are complex systems. At NYU Libraries, we serve a wide range of users, across a globally networked campus, in a variety of disciplines, both in-person and online. Working with the User Experience Department, you will explore critical user experience issues facing academic libraries today, as well as learn how UX teams create solutions and deliver value.

We’re looking for someone who is curious about user motivations and behaviors, interested in understanding an issue’s root cause, and is excited about exploring solutions. We work in a team environment, are project driven, and partner with many departments across the Libraries. Our ideal candidate is someone who is excited about the possibilities of experience design to solve real problems, has deep empathy for users, is open to experimentation, and takes initiative.

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The Brooklyn Museum seeks a community-oriented and tech-savvy fellow to work with the Visitor Experience & Engagement team on initiatives designed to identify and reach our diverse audiences and to be more welcoming to all visitors onsite and online. Projects might include evaluating existing digital platforms and programs using Google analytics alongside other tools and techniques; working closely with the Marketing & Communications team on audience evaluation and outreach through email marketing or other campaigns; or working with the Visitor Experience team on exhibition-specific engagement projects (digital or analog). There will also be an opportunity for a self-initiated capstone project, determined by candidate’s skills and interests. This fellowship will serve as an exciting entry into the dynamic world of visitor experience and engagement.

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MoMA Archives Linked Open Data for Museums Fellowship

Come to MoMA to work on an exciting growing data project!

The focus of the fellowship in the MoMA Archives is to help build a multi-institution integrated exhibition history index and explore its expression as linked open data. Likely activities include: refining and standardizing data from multiple separate data sets; modeling that data in wikidata and mapping to other ontologies such as CIDOC-CRM and; creating data visualizations to demonstrate and interrogate the richness of the dataset; exploring mapping software and other free tools for exploiting the data. Relevant skills that will be developed during the course of the fellowship include data analysis, reconciliation methods, archival research methods, and semantic web methods. The project's ultimate aim is to create a valuable research tool for art historical scholarship while also demonstrating methods for interlinking archival resources online.

The purpose of the LOD for Museums Fellowship is to provide support for a student in the MS Museums and Digital Culture program to investigate the application of Linked Open Data (LOD) within a museum setting. The fellowship allows the student to apply the knowledge and competencies acquired from their course work in a professional setting while developing new skills through participation in an on-site internship.

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The purpose of the Collections Information and Data Fellowship is to provide an opportunity for a MSMDC student to gain first-hand experience in multiple areas related to the management of permanent collection information, data, and records in a museum setting. The fellowship takes place at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Permanent Collection Documentation Office, a part of the Museum’s Research Resources Department.

The Permanent Collection Documentation Office collects, preserves, and makes accessible records pertaining to the institution’s permanent collection, oversees the Museum’s collection management system (TMS), and creates and maintains the Content Standard Element Sets (CSES) for cataloguing and describing works of art in the museum’s jurisdiction. Its primary role is to document the history of the permanent collection and to provide primary source material (such as object and artist files) for staff, interns, and visiting researchers seeking further knowledge on the objects and artists in the Museum’s collection.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Data verification and entry from object and artist questionnaires into the collection management system (The Museum System), following internal content standards based on Cataloguing Cultural Objects (COO)

  • Assisting Museum staff and interns as well as outside researchers with research appointments and remote research inquiries

  • Assisting with the organization of primary source documents and filing 

  • Assisting Permanent Collection Documentation Manager with collection information and data fact-checking, as needed

  • Permanent Collection object research, in preparation for exhibitions
  • Permanent Collection information, data, and metadata research as needed

The Research Resources Department fosters the research needs of museum staff and members of the academic and museum communities by providing access to primary resources, published resources, and other research material relating to the Museum’s history, collections, and programming. Comprising the Research Resources Department are the Permanent Collection Documentation Office, Library, and Archives.

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One fellowship is available at Brooklyn College’s Archives and Special Collections, in the Preservation and Conservation Laboratory, the only such laboratory in the City University of New York system. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide experience in applying preservation and conservation skills and practices for an MSLIS student pursuing the Advanced Certificate in Archives. Candidates should have completed INFO 634 Conservation Lab before applying, and should have an interest in the preservation of paper-based materials.

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The fellowship recipient will assist the Reference Librarian in managing the reading room of an interior landmarked research library. Duties include staffing the reference desk, answering in-person and remote reference questions, facilitating appointments for archival research, gathering user services assessment data, and creating an online subject guide. The ideal candidate should have an interest in user services in a special collections environment while demonstrating reliability, punctuality, attention to detail, and follow-through. Competitive candidates will have already completed coursework in reference and user services. An academic focus or some experience with special collections and archives is preferred.

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One fellowship opportunity is available at the Brooklyn Museum Archives:

From Microsoft Access to ArchivesSpace Accessibility

In the Summer of 2018, the Brooklyn Museum Archives began the transition to ArchivesSpace from Microsoft Access to manage its collections information. With the support of the Delmas Foundation, the Archives was able to hire a part-time, temporary Project Archivist to begin the migration. Currently ArchivesSpace contains all accession records, 12 new collection level records, and one complete finding aid. The Fellow will contribute to the continuing migration of the 15 Microsoft Access databases. There are 11 processed collections that require data clean up and conversion to EAD to enable their ingest into ArchivesSpace. Building off of the Project Archivists’ workflows the Fellow will have the goal of cleaning, converting, and migrating five collections. In addition to this main project the Fellow will be apprised of all Archives developments and occasionally asked to assist in other small projects. The Fellow will be responsible for creating social media posts to share their work. The fellow is welcome and encouraged to participate in all Brooklyn Museum Internship Program activities.

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Two fellowship recipient opportunities are available at the Frick Art Reference Library working with the web archiving team for the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC). Fellows will contribute to a unique web archive collection devoted to born-digital resources for art history, including websites for New York City galleries, museums, artists’ websites, catalogues raisonnés, and auction catalogs. The fellows will evaluate candidate sites for web archiving; be trained in using Archive-It and Webrecorder to capture websites; assist with permissions process; perform review, maintenance and QA of crawled websites; participate in discussions regarding web archiving policy and workflow for the Frick and NYARC; and assist with research and fact-checking. Fellows will additionally have the opportunity to present at local and national professional events, contribute to NYARC blog posts, and become actively involved with the international web archiving community.

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The purpose of the Born-Digital Archives Fellowship is to provide support for a MSLIS student with the Advanced Certificate in Archives to apply born-digital archival skills and practices in one of the city’s renown art museums: the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The fellowship allows students to apply the knowledge and skills they obtained from their course work in a professional setting while developing new skills through participation in an on-site internship. Relevant skills and technologies include appraisal and accession of born-digital records, digital forensics, file format migration, and archiving digital audiovisual files using open-source tools and software such as ArchivesSpace and Archivematica. 

Archives projects are generally conducted from the Guggenheim Museum administrative offices located in the Financial District.

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Two fellowship opportunities are available at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Thomas J. Watson Library. Fellowship recipients will follow a guided learning experience for which the outcomes include learning experiences across the key activities of art librarianship.

Over two semesters, fellows will undertake a survey of all the areas of operations in the library: technical services, reader services, digitization, systems, and conservation. This will take place in the context of hands-on work whenever possible, but also through meetings and demonstrations with staff members. At the same time, there will be a project which will be an opportunity to focus more deeply on several of these areas, developed in consultation with library staff to meet both library needs and intern interest and aptitude, while maintaining some continuity of core duties. Fellows will give a presentation to library staff on their project at the end of the second semester. 

Participants will learn best practices in reader services and technical services, from a workflow level down to a personal level, working with reader services and technical services competencies already in place for Watson Library staff. These can include:

  • hands-on work with technical services workflows;
  • copy catalog monographs and auction catalogs in Sierra and Connexion Client;
  • gain reader service experience on the registration desk assisting all library visitors to the research library;
  • learn how to perform basic book conservation procedures (making enclosures, plastic covers, etc.);
  • carry out basic acquisitions functions such as placing orders, selecting and receiving;
  • learn the basics of creating metadata in CONTENTdm and work with our cutting edge scanners on digitization projects;
  • help with record loads and data transformation;
  • become familiar with serials workflows; and
  • participate with various circulation activities such as paging, shelf-reading, and searching for missing books.

Fellowship recipients will learn about basic preservation theory, and preservation issues specific to art books, gain familiarity with conservation vendors; become familiar with conducting preservation needs assessments, and identifying books with artifactual value.

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The fellowship presents the opportunity to catalog, house, store, and publicize a segment of a large and diverse poster collection related to modern and contemporary art.

The recipient will be trained to catalog the posters to a professional standard by MoMA’s Associate Librarian/Cataloging. Training will also be provided to house, label, and shelve the material. Optionally, the recipient will post relevant images to the Library’s Instagram account.

The project is centered primarily at the MoMA QNS facility in Long Island City and secondarily at the MoMA Manhattan Library. The ideal candidate will be able to lift up to 25 pounds, stoop, reach, handle large sheets of paper, and be comfortable in a collection storage climate (approximately 68F).

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The purpose of the Digital Archives and Preservation Fellowship is to provide support for a MSLIS student with the Advanced Certificate in Archives to gain practical experience archiving and preserving born-digital files.

Digital Archives Semester (Fall)
  • Gain an understanding of how born-digital materials are represented in finding aids
    • Study published NYPL finding aids with born-digital components
    • Review strategies for description with the Preservation and Collections Processing staff
  • Gain an understanding of how born-digital materials are acquired
    • Discuss acquisition workflows with Digital Archives and Preservation and Collections Processing staff
    • Practice optical or magnetic media acquisition with forensic equipment
  • Learn how digital preservation staff interact in larger workflows
    • Join meetings regarding digital archives as appropriate
Digital Preservation Semester (Spring)
  • Gain an understanding of file format signatures
    • Learn how to use hex editors to read file bytestreams
    • Learn the components of a PRONOM registry entry
    • Learn how format signatures are used to identify formats
  • Learn how digital preservation staff interact in larger workflows
    • Join meetings regarding digital preservation as appropriate
    • Discuss format signatures and Archivematica with Digital Archives staff
  • Enhance a professional presence through external communications
    • Publish a blog summarizing experience with file formats

All projects are conducted from the Library Services Center in Long Island City, Queens. The fellowship recipient will be selected by New York Public Library Special Collections staff following an initial review by SI staff. Official notification will be made by late April 2019.

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