Museums in NYC

Our highly competitive fellowship program supports two-semester practicum-internships designed to provide students exceptional professional-level experience in NYC’s world-class institutions. Fellowship recipients for academic year 2020/2021 include:

  • Vonetta DeVonish - Digital User Experience Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum
  • Leslie Lopez and Angela Wang - Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Digital UX Fellowship
  • Shivani Ishwar - United Nations Global Pulse Digital Analytics Fellowship
  • Miranda Siler and John Patterson - Frick Art Reference Library Fellowship
  • Hilary Wang - Guggenheim Museum Born Digital Archives Fellowship
  • Luis Rubio - Brooklyn Museum Archives Fellowship
  • Qin Shi - Brooklyn Museum Visitor Experience & Engagement Fellowship
  • Kate Nadel - MoMA Archives Linked Open Data for Museums Fellowship
  • Vella Voynova and Emily Schmidt - Metropolitan Museum Watson Library Fellowship
  • Michelle Rothrock - New York Public Library Digital Archives Fellowship

Past recipients can be found in our newsletter: 2019/2020 and 2018/2019.

Application Information

Students can apply for the fellowship program starting in their second semester of study. Partnering with NYC museums, libraries, and other institutions, we offer students fellowships that support tuition scholarships in the amount of $7,000 ($3,500 in fall and $3,500 in spring). 

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 a course related to their practicum (the course varies by fellowship).  Students must also either enroll in INFO 698 Practicum/ Seminar in the spring 2022 semester or present their fellowship projects at #Infoshow2022. The practicum and internship site work and supervisor must the same for both the practicum and internship.

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

Fellowship Opportunities 2021-2022

Fellowship opportunities for the 2021-2022 academic year are listed below.  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 2021 semester and be graduating no earlier than spring 2022. 

**The application deadline is Monday, April 12, 2021 at 5:00PM EST.

Data Visualization & Design Fellowship at United Nations Global Pulse

*Application deadline - 5pm EST, Monday, April 26, 2021*

The purpose of the Data Visualization and Design Fellowship at the United National Global Pulse is to 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 three possible projects for the fellow:

  •      Design and implement experimental features for a visual analytics tool called QATAlog developed within United Nations Global Pulse that analyzes social media, radio streams, and other textual data sources by using NLP, analytics, and machine learning
  • Conduct analyses and produce visual reports using QATAlog for a variety of UN partner agencies 
 

MoMA Library Fellowship

The fellowship presents the opportunity to participate in several aspects of MoMA library operations. The fellow will divide their time between cataloguing, reference and acquisition activities. Particular projects will be determined at the start of the fellowship but may include such tasks as copy and original cataloguing, metadata enhancement, reading room staffing, and backlog appraisal and remediation. Appropriate training and supervision will be provided for any tasks assigned. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated a knowledge of and interest in art history, particularly modern and contemporary art, and be excited to learn of the particular role the museum library plays within the institution.

The fellow will work primarily in the MoMA Library, Manhattan, though some work may be required at the MoMA QNS warehouse facility in Long Island City for 8 hours/week (120 hours/semester for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters).  While COVID safety protocols may determine some aspects of the work environment, the fellowship is expected to be entirely on-site.

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Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Digital UX Fellowship

Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary design, and is the steward of one of the most diverse and comprehensive design collections in the world. The purpose of the Digital User Experience Fellowship at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum is to provide students with the opportunity to apply
the skills and knowledge in the area of user experience (UX) and digital product design in a practical setting. Information Experience Design students who are passionate about design—from historical to contemporary—and are intrinsically motivated are particularly encouraged to apply.
Students will bring a visitor-centered perspective and contribute to a project based on current museum priorities and the fellows’ skills and interest, such as:

  • Redesigning the museum’s digital collections interfaces

  • Visualizing the museum’s collections
  • Working with the Cooper Hewitt Interaction Lab, which creates visitor experiences across physical and digital space
  • Developing new digital products or revisions to existing products

The student will work with a team that includes in-house developers and third-party developers. Applicants must be comfortable with prototyping software (e.g., Sketch or Adobe XD) and other Creative Suite products and
UserTesting.com.

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Pratt SI Digital User Experience Fellowship at the Met

The purpose of the Pratt SI Digital User Experience Fellowship 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 – The Met. Students will work in one or more 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.  The student will be considered a Graduate Intern, and part of the Met’s Undergraduate and Graduate Internship Program cohort.  They will participate in Met internship programs to learn about museum practice broadly, and talk with Met staff across the Museum.

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BROOKLYN MUSEUM VISITOR EXPERIENCE & ENGAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP

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

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 linked art; 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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WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART COLLECTIONS INFORMATION & DATA FELLOWSHIP

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:

  • Assisting Museum staff, interns, and outside researchers with research inquiries
  • Assisting Permanent Collection Documentation Manager with collection information and data fact-checking, as needed
  • Data entry, including assigning descriptive subject terms to permanent collection object records, and entering provenance data, in TMS
  • Drafting and entering catalogue raisonné citations into TMS
  • Assisting with formatting revised object and conservation questionnaire templates, as we changeover these documents from hardcopy to digital
  • Organization of primary source documents and filing. Creating object files and printing, organizing, and filing documentation generated in 2020-2021
  
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BROOKLYN MUSEUM ARCHIVES FELLOWSHIP

One fellowship opportunity is available at the Brooklyn Museum Archives:

The 2021-2022 Pratt Fellow in the Brooklyn Museum Archives will finish processing and complete finding aids for one of the most utilized and important collections that is currently also the most challenging to access. The Photograph collection [S06] collection comprises the bulk of the institution’s visual representation. The fellow will extract the information about the collection from Microsoft Access, reunify, clean, convert, migrate to ArchivesSpace, and publish a finding aid in PDF format. The Archives began the transition to ArchivesSpace from Microsoft Access in the summer of 2018, and this project will continue the transition while making these two critical collections functional and discoverable for research. 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 and all-staff activities.

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FRICK ART REFERENCE LIBRARY FELLOWSHIP

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, Conifer, and Webrecorder tools to capture websites; create bibliographic records for websites using OCLC Connexion; perform review, maintenance and QA of archived websites; participate in discussions regarding web archiving policy and workflow for the Frick and NYARC; and assist with beta testing of new tools and research. 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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WATSON LIBRARY FELLOWSHIP

Two opportunities are available for Pratt MSLIS students at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Thomas J. Watson Library.  The goal is to provide students with guided learning experiences across the key activities of art librarianship.  A sincere interest in a non-profit and/or arts institution is expected, as well as an enthusiasm for visual art and museums.  Selected participants will be considered Met Graduate Interns, and part of The Met's Undergraduate & Graduate Internship cohort.  They will participate in Met internship programs to learn about museum practice broadly and meet with Met staff from across the Museum.  

Over two semesters, participants will undertake a survey of all the areas of operations in the library: technical services, reader services, digitization, systems, circulation 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.  Participants will give a presentation to library staff on their project at the end of the second semester. 

Participants will learn best practices from a workflow level down to a personal level, working with 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 to use Python, SQL, Javascript and HTML/CSS in a live environment;
  • 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.

Participants 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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NYPL DIGITAL ARCHIVES FELLOWSHIP

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 hands-on experience with born-digital archives, such as floppy disks, laptops, and email, and to research a topic in the lifecycle of born-digital collections, including born-digital archives, web archives, and born-digital audio/video.

Fellowship Activities

  Learn how born-digital archival media is managed at NYPL

o   Read the NYPL digital archives documentation

o   Inventory media from an archival collection

o   Transfer files from obsolete digital carrier formats using write blockers and forensic workstations

  Learn how born-digital archival files are processed at NYPL

o   Read the NYPL processing manual

o   Meet with processing archivists working on collections with born-digital material

o   Add born-digital components to a collection in ASpace

Research Activities

Work may include literature reviews, staff interviews, scripting, and other work as determined in partnership with the fellowship recipient. Examples of topics include:

  Document the collection and preservation of software

  Research usage policies and practices for born-digital archives in reading rooms

  Evaluate the effectiveness of transfer processes

  Others as discussed with fellow

All projects are conducted from the Library Services Center in Long Island City, Queens.

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