MSP Internship opportunity

Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

The Museum Studies Program at the University of Michigan is sponsoring an exhibition development internship for the summer 2021. The intern will support the research, development, and implementation of a web-based digital exhibition featuring a retrospective of the DAAS (Department of Afroamerican and African Studies) Gallery. DAAS celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2020 and this online exhibition is an opportunity to document and preserve the history of its campus gallery and its history of artistic expression. Materials to be foregrounded include photographs, art works, exhibition catalogs, written records, and oral histories. This position is supported by the Rackham MSP Fund with preference given to graduate students in the Museum Studies Program.

During this 3-month summer internship, you will get hands-on experience in exhibition development and planning in collaboration with MSP Director, Kerstin Barndt, Associate Director, Deirdre Hennebury, and DAAS Program Associate, Elizabeth James. The ideal intern would be passionate about curation and museum practice. An ability to work independently and to be detail-oriented is required.

Responsibilities include:
● Reviewing and researching DAAS archival materials
● Researching best practices in online exhibitions
● Coordinating with DAAS gallery curators, faculty, and other campus units to record the gallery history
● Writing labels and other didactic materials
● Identifying and selecting key materials to be documented
● Developing web and media materials

To apply for this position, please submit your C.V. and a cover letter stating your interest, experience, and availability to Amy Smola,, by April 28.


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