Internship: Artist Initiative, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA, USA)

Job Reference # 21761
Application deadline: November 27, 2016
The Artist Initiative
Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Artist Initiative is a five-year, artist-focused collections research project aligned with the four collecting curatorial departments within the museum (Architecture + Design, Media Arts, Painting and Sculpture, and Photography). During this period of rapid expansion at SFMOMA, the Artist Initiative is facilitating crucial collaborations between artists and museum staff to address challenges associated with the acquisition, presentation and preservation of contemporary artworks. We are dedicated to providing in-depth access to SFMOMA’s collections both at the downtown museum campus and at the Collections Center, the research facility where much of SFMOMA’s collection is housed when not on public view. For more information on the Artist Initiative, please see
Duration of Internship
Friday, February 17th, 2017 – Friday, April 28th, 2017
Educational Objective
This internship will provide an increased knowledge of contemporary art and familiarity with innovative museum practices for the acquisition, documentation, display, conservation, and interpretation of artworks in a variety of media. Upon completing the internship, the Artist Initiative intern will be able to assist curators, educators, and conservators with collection information management, as well as bibliographic and material research.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, thoroughly, and with attention to detail
  • Familiarity with contemporary art
  • Interest in material studies and working with living artists
  • Experience with independent library research
  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program with relevant coursework in the history of modern and contemporary art
  • Intern must be available to work every Friday

Application Requirements

  • Internship application on our website
  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing how your background/coursework will contribute to this department and what you wish to gain from this internship
  • Short (one or two page) writing sample
  • Letters of Recommendation (one personal/professional and one academic) in a confidential, sealed envelope with the recommenders’ signature across the seal

Please Mail your letters of Recommendations to:
SFMOMA Internship Program – Artist Initiative
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 USA
*Please keep in mind letters of recommendations need to be postmarked on or before November 27th, 2016*
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