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Archive Engagement intern 2021 (Mellon-grant funded position)

Start date: Late May until September 2021

Time: Flexible 15 hours or 2 days a week (remote, online access at the start of the position with foreseeable in-office support starting late summer 2021)

Compensation: $2,500 stipend paid half at the beginning of position and the remaining after completion of the position. The Archive engagement intern position funding is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Community-based Archives Grant.

Summary: The Artist+ Registry and Archive Project is the largest online database and physical registry of artworks by multidisciplinary artists with HIV and AIDS. The Archive Project was founded in 1994 as a slide and research library to preserve the work of artists with HIV and AIDS. The online Artist+ Registry features new work added both by our Artist Engagement and Archive Associate and directly by living Artist Members and artist estates. The registry offers a greater forum for artists living with HIV to expose their work to a worldwide online audience, while preserving a legacy for artists lost to AIDS. The physical Archive Project houses over 560 artist member folders including uncataloged physical ephemera representative of over 30 linear feet.

Duties: This internship is a unique opportunity for a candidate with an interest in HIV and AIDS activism and art history to be trained in community-based archival work and support with transcribing oral history projects. This archive engagement intern will support:

  • Support with the our new 2021 Mellon grant funded archive project, “The Body as an Archive” oral history recordings with current Visual AIDS BIPOC and long-term HIV survivor artist members.
  • Compiling research on artist estates and artist members for the Artist+ Registry
  • Preparation and logistical support with organizing artist member interviews
  • Outreach emails to living artist members
  • Grad archive interns are expected to complete a short interview, reflection piece, and/or blog essay upon completion of the position.
  • Reports to the Artist Engagement & Archive Associate

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • While this position is remote, applicants should tentatively live in the greater New York City area for the duration of June - early September (on-site work is dependent on the COVID-19 pandemic)
  • Strongly-preferred current MA, library, archives and/or information science grad student studying community-based archives or a recently graduated student. Open to gap year students.
  • Knowledge of basic archival skills including organization, digitization, cataloging, transcribing, and diligent art research skills.
  • 1-2 years experience working with intersectional HIV and AIDs communities; BIPOC and/or QT/LGBTIA communities.
  • Related skills: Emotional intelligence, transparency, great communication, self-accountability, inquisitive and responsive feedback, and decent self-reflection skills.

Dates of Term: Late May- September 2021
Application Deadline: Thursday, February 25, 2021 at midnight.
Required Commitment: 15 hours per week; online remote at the start of the position with foreseeable in-office support beginning in the summer.
Interviews will take place the first two weeks of March on ZOOM.

***Black, Indigenous, POC, Queer, Trans/ Gender noncomforming, and HIV positive applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply:

In a single PDF, please send a cover letter, résumé, and a list of three references with contact information. Send digital materials addressed to Tracy Fenix, Artist Engagement & Archive Manager at [email protected]