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. Students can apply for the fellowship program starting in their second semester of study. Partnering with NYC museums and libraries, we offer students fellowships that support tuition scholarships in the amount of $5,332 ($2,666 in fall and $2,666 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 INFO 698 Practicum/ Seminar, and a course related to their practicum work. 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 2018-2019

Fellowship opportunities for the 2018-2019 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 2018 semester and be graduating no earlier than spring 2019. 

*The application deadline for the MODA Fellowship is Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 5:00PM EST.
 
**The deadline for all other fellowships is Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 5:00PM EST.

NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics Fellowship

~For a student in the MS Data Analytics & Visualization program~

The Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA) is New York City’s ideas incubator for operational analytics. MODA collaborates with City agencies to deliver measurable improvements to City services. The work touches virtually every urban issue, including safety, physical infrastructure, economic development, social services, and quality of life. Depending on the needs of the City in different situations, MODA plays the role of strategic advisor, analyst, technical resource, and data advocate to a host of internal and external clients and partners. MODA is also the business owner of NYC’s Open Data Program, a collaboration between MODA, DoITT (Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications) and sixty agency partners.

Learn more about MODA and NYC Open Data.

NYC Open Data contains nearly 2,000 data tables, maps, and feeds from 60+ publishing City agencies and partners. For the Fall 2018 fellowship, MODA seeks an enthusiastic fellow to develop data visualizations of this diverse inventory of open datasets.

See a current visualization of the number of datasets published by each agency.  The fellow will iterate and expand on this concept to create new ways for users to new discover datasets and view interactive displays of agency performance on their data publishing goals.

Please note that the application deadline for the MODA Fellowship is Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 5pm EST.

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Metropolitan Museum Watson Library Fellowship

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.  

The first semester will function as 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. The second semester will be an opportunity to focus more deeply on several of these areas through work on a project, developed in consultation with library staff to meet both library needs and intern interest and aptitude, while maintaining some continuity of core duties from the fall term.  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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Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives Fellowship

One fellowship opportunity is available at the Brooklyn Museum Archives:

Extensible processing of the Community Gallery records –

Building upon previous fellows’ and volunteers’ work, the fellow will survey, write a processing plan, process, and publish a series level finding aid for the Community Gallery records. From 1968 to 1984, the Community Gallery’s mission was to show the works of diverse groups of local artists and to bring new community audiences into the Brooklyn Museum. Its founding was the result of a protest staged by a group of local organizations who criticized the Museum for its lack of representation of people from the surrounding neighborhood and artists of color. The Community Gallery provided an immediate space for inclusion and display, but was also criticized as a marginalized space for already underrepresented communities. Materials from the Community Gallery records will be included in Brooklyn Museum’s fall 2018 presentation of the Soul of a Nation exhibition. Greater interest in the Community Gallery records is anticipated after this show. The fellow will also 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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Brooklyn Museum Digital Media Fellowship


For a student in the MS Museums + Digital Culture program

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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Whitney Museum Linked Open Data Fellowship

The purpose of the LOD for Museums Fellowship is to provide support for an MSLIS student to investigate the application of Linked Open Data (LOD) within a museum setting. The fellowship allows the student to apply the knowledge and competences acquired from their course work in a professional setting while developing new site-based skills.  Relevant skills that will be developed during the course of the fellowship include data analysis and transformation, metadata research, and semantic web methods.  While the project’s goal is to examine the applicability and utilization of LOD resources for a museum’s collections information, the student will also learn how information on works of art is administered in a museum setting.

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MoMA Linked Open Data Fellowship
 

For a student in the MS Museums + Digital Culture program

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.  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 and integrating separate data sets into a single body; researching data availability from active and defunct arts organizations; reconciling artist and curator name records to multiple outside authorities, while also identifying and making recommendations for appropriate data schemas and formats for the encoding and publishing of exhibition 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.

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Whitney Museum Collections Information & Data Fellowship


For a student in the MS Museums + Digital Culture program

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
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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 digital resources for art history, including websites for New York City galleries, museums, artists’ websites, digital catalogues raisonnés, and auction catalogs. The fellows will evaluate candidate sites for web archiving; be trained in using Archive-It 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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MoMA Library Fellowship

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.

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Guggenheim Museum Born Digital Archives Fellowship

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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Brooklyn Historical Society User Services Fellowship

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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Brooklyn College Archives & Special Collections Conservation Fellowship

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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New York Public Library Digital Archives & Preservation 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 practical experience archiving and preserving born-digital files. 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 managing born-digital records, digital forensics, file format migration, developing file format signatures, and using tools such as KryoFlux, Forensic ToolKit, and Archivematica.  All projects are conducted from the Library Services Center in Long Island City, Queens.

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

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