Internship: Archival Internship, Kaish Family Art Project (New York, NY, USA)

The Kaish Family Art Project seeks an intern who wishes to gain professional experience in art history or archival science. Students enrolled in a graduate program or advanced undergraduates interested in pursuing graduate study in art history are encouraged to apply. This internship will provide career-relevant, hands-on experience with art historical research as well as archival materials and processes. Ph.D. students with interest in writing a catalogue raisonné are also welcome to apply, and the focus and the nature of the internship would be tailored accordingly.
Internship Focus: The intern will assist with archiving the papers of Luise Clayborn Kaish, including articles and exhibition materials. He or she will take an active role in preserving, researching, arranging, scanning, and describing Kaish’s papers and work. Working within a studio environment, the intern will gain essential experience in handling art including works of sculpture, painting, and collage.
Depending on his or her own academic interests, the intern will also be encouraged to research aspects of Kaish’s life and career. The intern may also assist in the creation of an online platform for accessing highlights from the archive and showcasing excerpts from a recently completed oral history of Kaish’s life. Students with interest or experience in digitization are welcome.

  • Current (or recent) graduate or advanced undergraduate student in an art history program
  • Interest or experience in archiving
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Willingness to ask questions
  • Ability to work on a Mac
  • Ability to commit to 15-20 hours/week for 6-8 weeks

This internship provides valuable work experience in a unique setting. We are happy to work with your university to arrange for course credit when possible, and we can offer flexibility regarding start date and hours.
About Luise Clayborn Kaish (1925-2013): Kaish was an NYC based sculptor of soaring ambition and achievement and a painter of gem-like abstractions. She was among the first women to receive the American Academy in Rome Prize. Her work is included in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Smithsonian Institution. She is one of a handful of women sculptors of her generation who pioneered working in metal at a monumental scale. To learn more, please visit
About the Kaish Family Art Project: The primary objective of the Kaish Family Art Project is to promote and exhibit the ongoing work of the Kaish family as well as to preserve, display, advance scholarship, and research the work of Luise and Morton Kaish. The Project sees great aesthetic, philosophical and educational value in offering a view of the step-by-step development of a creative artist, from earliest years to final statements, and provides unique insight into the creative process through the collection of Luise and Morton Kaish.
Application Instructions: Please send a cover letter and resume in PDF format to Sarah McCollum at
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