Collections Management Internship

Collections Management Internship

Woman’s National Democratic Club, Washington DC (The Historic Whittemore House)

Collections Management Internship

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The Woman’s National Democratic Club (WNDC) in Washington, DC, is looking for an intern for Winter 2016/17.

The Whittemore House, home of the Woman’s National Democratic Club, is an elegant historic mansion located in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. Built between 1892 and 1894 as a private residence, it has a kinship to both the English Arts and Crafts movement and American “Shingle Style” architecture. It houses a wide range of antique furniture and fine arts from the 18th, 19th and early 20th century, and also features political campaign memorabilia, portraits, photographs, political cartoons, and rotating exhibits of female artists of the greater Washington, DC area.

Description:

The intern will work for the Visual Arts and Museum Committee (VAMA) and will assist the collections manager in researching and preserving the collections of the historic Whittemore House. He/she will be able to gain direct hands on experience in collections and archive management, and will have the opportunity to work with a small staff on identifying objects, contacting research institutes, and maintaining the archives and records of the house and club. He/she will be vital to organizing and maintaining a fully functioning archive, including the gathering and editing of objects and materials. The intern will also have the opportunity to attend monthly VAMA meetings, work directly with antique European and American furniture, and gain important administrative and organizational skills relating to managing a small scale museum and gallery space. The intern will occasionally assist with upcoming gallery exhibitions and promotions, and conservation consultations.

Responsibilities/ Duties:

  • Researching and assembling relevant and accurate information about artwork, styles and genres, using library and online resources
  • Cataloguing paintings, sculptures, photographs, antique and club memorabilia, furniture
  • Assessing conditions of the club collection, drafting condition reports and minor restauration
  • Researching information about important historic figures relating to artwork and the club
  • Drafting biographies, descriptions and labels for museum tour guide
  • Entering and editing researched information in appropriate format
  • Digitalizing collections information and creating permanent object files
  • Photographing objects for archive and museum tour, and manage images collection
  • Physically rearranging archive, records and storage rooms
  • Assisting in occasional exhibition de/installation, drafting promotional materials and texts
  • Assisting with other relevant tasks as needed

Requirements:

  • Highly organized, committed, timely, reliable and independent researcher
  • Strong interest in the visual arts and historic preservation
  • Background in art history/visual & decorative arts and antiques preferred
  • Previous experience with art handling desired
  • Problem-solving skills with self-starter mentality
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Must be able to lift and carry artwork, light furniture, and boxes up to 30lbs
  • General computer skills (Microsoft, Excel) as well as formatting and simple design skills
  • Available approximately 10-15 hours a week

To be considered, please email the following application materials to idescartes@democraticwoman.org  

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter (stating your interest in the internship and relevant experiences)
  • Professional References with daytime phone and email