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Exhibitions Intern for the Vishniac Archive

Date: December 2013
Department Exhibitions, Roman Vishniac Archive
Schedule: 2–3 days/week, 10 am–6 pm
Dates Required: At least three months, beginning in January 2014
Supervisor's Title: Curatorial Assistant, Vishniac Archive
Compensation: Unpaid


Interns will work on the Roman Vishniac Archive, a recent and groundbreaking gift to the museum's permanent collection, and recipient of a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Roman Vishniac is best known for his photographs of Central and Eastern European Jewish life, captured from 1935-38, which are considered the last photographic documentation of these now vanished Jewish communities. The majority of his work has never been published or seen by the public, and the collection includes tens of thousands of prints, negatives, contact sheets, personal correspondence, audio material, and ephemera. A critically acclaimed retrospective of his work was recently mounted at ICP, and will be traveling nationally and internationally for the next three to four years. The archive is accepting applications for interns to work on the development of catalogue for the exhibition and archive holdings, and to contribute to the new Vishniac Archive website.

Specific duties may include:
• Writing and editing supplemental catalogue materials (including an annotated bibliography, chronology, and exhibition history)
• Print cataloguing
• Independent research projects
• Collaborating with partner institutions including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Highly motivated college juniors or seniors, graduate students, or recent graduates in Art History, History, Jewish Studies, Library Science, or related fields.


Excellent research and writing skills are essential. Must be organized and detail-oriented. Past museum or archival work preferred but not required. Proficiency in German, Russian, Yiddish, or Hebrew is a plus but not required.


Besides gaining invaluable experience at a premier cultural/educational institution; interns benefit from school credit (when applicable); are invited to attend ICP seminars and special events; and are offered the opportunity to visit other related organizations. Tuition discounts for ICP courses, workshops and/or labs are provided, subject to internship hours completed and availability.


Rolling. Please include a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references (including phone numbers) in the application. Both academic and professional references are requested.


The International Center of Photography is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment.