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Mellon Summer Graduate Intern

The Zimmerli Art Museum offers two Summer Internships each year through the summer of 2016 to art history graduate students enrolled in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University. Funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these Mellon internships pay a competitive hourly stipend for eight weeks of full-time work (35 hours per week). The interns are supervised by Dr. Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator. Responsibilities of the Mellon Summer Interns focus on research and collections care and may include:

·         assisting with a survey of the American painting and sculpture collection

·         cataloguing, condition checking, and researching works of art

·         providing curatorial assistance with exhibition development and organization

·         assisting in the planning and implementation of programs ranging from symposia, guest lecturers, and film screenings, as well as developing printed matter related to these programs

·         assisting with data entry on The Museum System (TMS)

The Zimmerli Art Museum (link to museum website) is one of the largest and most distinguished university-based museums in the country. The museum is headquartered in a 70,000-square-foot facility and has a collection of 60,000 objects, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. The permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in 19th-century French art; Russian art from icons to the avant-garde; Soviet unofficial art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. In addition, small groups of antiquities, old master paintings, as well as art inspired by Japan and original illustrations for children’s books, provide representative examples of the museum’s research and teaching message at Rutgers. One of the largest and most distinguished university-based art museums in the nation, the Zimmerli is located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and a premier public research university.

Application and Selection Process: Eligible students must be enrolled in the Graduate Program of the Department of Art History at Rutgers. Qualified students should send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to the Director of the Graduate Program of the department of Art History by April 1, who forwards candidates to the museum for interviews. For additional information please contact Donna Gustafson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the museum’s website at www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu.

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