Our highly competitive fellowship program supports 2-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 $5,000, ($2,500 fall and $2,500 spring). 

Fellows are required to carry-out 2-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 LIS 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 2017-2018

Fellowship opportunities for the 2017-2018 academic year are listed below. Students who have previously completed LIS 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 2017 semester and be graduating no earlier than spring 2018. 

The 2017-2018 application deadline is Monday, May 8, 2017 at 5 PM EST. 

Metropolitan Museum Watson Library Fellowship

Three 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

Two fellowship recipient opportunities are available at the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives:

  1. Libraries: assist with accessioning and review and cataloging of the Library collections and be introduced to basic copy cataloging and the inputting of records in the Library Online Catalog.
  2. Archives: process archival records, including arranging materials, creating folder-level descriptions and inputting descriptions into a database; assist with other tasks in the management of the archives.

Both interns will also be responsible for creating social media posts to expand knowledge of all the NYARC collections. These interns will participate in discussions regarding the research collections and how they are used by Museum staff and the public.

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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 digital media-savvy fellow to improve and expand upon the digital engagement opportunities currently offered by the Museum. Projects might include evaluating existing platforms and programs using Google analytics alongside other tools and techniques; creating and running incentive programs and campaigns for the Museum’s ASK app; and researching, writing, and creating original content for digital platforms. 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 digital engagement.

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Whitney Museum Linked Open Data Fellowship

The purpose of the LOD for Museums Fellowship is to provide support for a MSLIS student to investigate the utilization of Linked Open Data (LOD) within a museum setting. The fellowship allows the student to apply the knowledge and skills acquired from their course work in a professional setting while developing new skills through participation in an on-site internship.  Relevant skills that will be developed during the course of the fellowship include data analysis and visualization, 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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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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NYARC-MoMA Library Fellowship

The fellowship recipient will assist the MoMA Library bibliographer in all aspects of collection development. Duties include general assistance in processing new acquisitions and gifts into the collection, and helping with requests and correspondence with MoMA staff, booksellers, galleries, other institutions and donors.  The ideal candidate would have an interest in modern and contemporary art and also artists' books.  The fellow would be introduced to basic copy cataloging and inputting information on records in the Library Online Catalog.

Please note that the heavy lifting of library materials weighing up to 25lbs is involved so the physical ability to lift, reach and ability to move books from shelves, book trucks, and desks as well as heavier boxes of materials from floor to table or book trucks is required.

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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 great 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 managing born-digital records, digital forensics, file format migration, and email archiving, using open-source software such as ArchivesSpace and Archivematica.  Archives projects are generally conducted from the Guggenheim Museum Offices (One Liberty Plaza) 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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American Museum of Natural History Conservation & Digital Curation Fellowship

One fellowship is available at the AMNH Library.  The fellowship recipient will be based in the Library’s conservation department, and will perform basic hands-on treatments of library and archival materials.  In addition, the recipient will create digital copies of these and other materials, and assist in the creation and input of metadata describing the digital copies, some of which will be uploaded to the Biodiversity Heritage Library.  These activities will be carried out under the supervision of the Library Conservator and the Digital Projects Manager, and in consultation with the Special Collections Archivist.

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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 LIS 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.

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