Internship Postings

We are currently recruiting interns for the Spring 2015 term:

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Exhibition Intern

The EXHIBITION INTERN will assist the Byzantine Research Associate with the curation, organization, and installation of the onsite and online exhibit “The Holy Apostles: Visualizing a Lost Monument,” which will take place on the occasion of the Byzantine Studies Symposium on the Church of the Holy Apostles (April 24-25, 2015).

This exhibition will feature material from ICFA’s collection Paul Atkins Underwood Research Papers, ca. 1936-1950 and will consist of an onsite exhibition installation, with an accompanying online exhibit. It will highlight the collaborative and interdisciplinary project undertaken in the 1940s by art historian Albert Friend, philologist Glanville Downey, and architectural historian Paul Underwood to reconstruct the architecture and decoration of the lost Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople. This building was the imperial mausoleum from the time of Constantine the Great (d. 337) until well into the 11th century. The church occupied a highly visible space on top of the highest hill of the city and was second in size only to Hagia Sophia, the cathedral church of Constantinople. The importance and symbolic meaning of this structure is attested through numerous historical accounts, literary descriptions, prominent architectural copies such as the Church of San Marco in Venice, and perhaps most notably by the fact that sultan Mehmet II, the Ottoman conqueror of the city in 1453, decided to demolish the church and build the Fatih Camii as a monument to his victory over the Byzantine Empire on its very spot. The exhibition will showcase the large and highly detailed drawings created by Paul Underwood, along with the comparative material used to create them and archival documents illustrating the scholars’ working methods. Since the most important inspiration for the reconstruction project were textual accounts relating to the Church of the Holy Apostles, especially those by Nicholas Mesarites and Constantine of Rhodes, excerpts from key texts will also be included in the physical display of the exhibit.

Please note that students must be able to take the internship for a course credit.

During the semester, the intern will perform the following tasks:

Onsite exhibit:

  • Assist with planning for the exhibition, such as design and layout of exhibit elements
  • Design and produce printed elements for the exhibition, such as wall labels and text panels, as well as promotional materials (brochure, poster, bookmark, etc.)
  • Create a slide show to contextualize the exhibit materials, which will be installed in the exhibition gallery
  • Assist with the physical installation of the exhibition, including painting walls and cases, hanging materials, attaching labels and text panels, etc.
  • Assist at the opening event during the symposium

Online exhibit:

  • Research protagonists involved in the reconstruction project and the items to be included in the exhibit
  • Create a storyboard and narrative for the online exhibit
  • Assist in the design and development of the exhibit in Dumbarton Oaks’ content management system Plone (for examples, see: http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/icfa/online-exhibits)

Other:

In doing so, the student will gain insight into the entire life cycle of preparing an exhibition, from the planning and organizational phases to the physical installation and promotion of the completed exhibition, as well as how the various stages of the process fit together. The student will also learn about how developing an online exhibit to accompany an onsite exhibition can enrich and amplify the impact of the physical exhibition.

The ideal candidate for this internship is pursuing a graduate degree in Museum Studies or Library and Information Science or Archival Studies, is able to take the internship for course credit, and has the following characteristics:

Knowledge of:

  • Exhibition design and installation
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe InDesign and Photoshop)
  • Web design, and especially CMS and CSS
  • Care and handling of artifacts and archival materials

Interest in:

  • Byzantine art and architecture
  • Historiography
  • Preservation of paper materials

How to apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:

Fani Gargova, Byzantine Research Associate

Email: gargovaf@doaks.org

Phone: (202) 339-6448

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Image Cataloging Intern

The IMAGE CATALOGING INTERN will assist the Metadata and Cataloging Specialist with the migration of legacy metadata for implementation into a new collection management system, AtoM@DO (http://atom.doaks.org/). AtoM@DO is ICFA’s implementation of the open-source web-based collection management system ICA-AtoM (International Council on Archives Access to Memory). For this project, ICFA seeks a Library or Archival Science graduate student with a background in Art History, Architectural History or Archaeology.

A common problem for cultural heritage institutions, database migrations pose practical challenges that require an array of resources to properly address. Increasingly, professionals in cultural heritage informatics – whether in libraries, archives, or museums – will need to possess knowledge of metadata standards, familiarity with technical tools, and creative problem-solving skills. 

ICFA’s holdings include both visual resources and archival collections. The archival collections comprise fieldwork records and scholarly papers produced by organizations, scholars, and archaeologists. The photographic collections comprise nearly 500,000 images of Byzantine art, architecture, and archaeology from the fourth through the fifteenth century and beyond. The geographic scope is broad, encompassing the entire Mediterranean from Italy to Georgia, with a particular focus on Sicily, Istanbul, and Cyprus. Within the holdings there are materials related to eminent Byzantinists such as Ihor Sevcenko, Cyril Mango, and Ernst Kitzinger, as well as renowned photographers like Josephine Powell. As a blended repository, ICFA must address the challenges of physical and intellectual control of both documents and images. This provides a unique opportunity for the Image Cataloging Intern to engage with both the archival and visual resources communities and their practices, as well as work with primary source materials that document art, architecture, and archaeology.

Please note that students must be able to take the internship for a course credit.

The Image Cataloging Intern will assist with the migration and conversion of metadata from a legacy database in preparation for import into the new system. This will involve the following tasks:

  • Work in Open Refine (formerly Google Refine) to identify and standardize datasets for import into the new system as discrete collections
  • Perform quality control following import and creating relationships between image catalog records and existing archival descriptions
  • Create MARC-based collection-level records for contribution to Harvard’s union catalog (HOLLIS)
  • Generate and review XML exports for contribution to Harvard’s online visual image access (VIA) and finding aid catalogs (OASIS)

In doing so, the student will learn how different standards are employed in this process and in the management of archival documents and images. Relevant content and encoding standards include:

  • VRA Core (Visual Resources Association)
  • MAchine-Readable Cataloging (MARC)
  • Cataloging Cultural Objects (CCO)
  • Encoded Archival Description (EAD)
  • Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
  • General International Standard for Archival Description (ISAD-G)

The ideal candidate is pursuing a graduate degree in Library and Information Science or Archival Studies, has an academic background in Art History, Architectural History, or Archaeology, is able to take the internship for course credit, and has the following characteristics:

Knowledge of:

  • Cataloging and/or metadata in archival, library or museum setting
  • Creating and/or working with XML documents
  • Relational databases

Interest in:

  • Archival and/or visual resource collections
  • Byzantine art, architecture, or archaeology
  • Information management and structured data

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:

Anne-Marie Viola, Metadata and Cataloging Specialist

Email: 

Phone: (202) 339-6980

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Digitization Intern

 The DIGITIZATION INTERN will complete the digitization of William Betsch’s photographs of architectural capitals in Istanbul, Turkey.  

This collection was created by William Earl Betsch, Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Miami and a specialist in the art and architecture of late antique Constantinople. Betsch compiled these materials for his Ph.D. dissertation, The History, Production, and Distribution of the Late Antique Capital in Constantinople, which was submitted to the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. The study materials consist of more than 100 negatives (primarily 2½” x 2½” and also 35 mm) and one fieldwork notebook. These items are the products of Betsch’s fieldwork in Istanbul, Turkey in 1970, when he documented and photographed late antique capitals preserved in surviving buildings, in the city and in museums.

Please note that students must be able to take the internship for a course credit.

During the semester, the intern will perform the following tasks:

In doing so, the student will learn the significance of digitization, embedded metadata, and online exhibits as an outreach tool for archival collections. The intern will also learn the value of documentation by maintaining a work journal.  

The ideal candidate for this internship is pursuing a graduate degree in Library and Information Science or Archival Studies, is able to take the internship for course credit, and has the following characteristics:

Knowledge of:

  • Archival practices and standards 
  • Digitization workflows
  • Metadata standards 
  • Care and handling of photographic negatives

Interest in:

  • Late Antique or Byzantine art and architecture

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:

Rona Razon, Archivist

Email:

Phone: (202) 339-6973

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Archival Intern, Oversize Materials

The ARCHIVAL INTERN will assist the ICFA Manager and Archivist with the inventory, arrangement, and rehousing of oversize architectural drawings, tracings, and rubbings. These oversize materials are the result of fieldwork projects undertaken by the Byzantine Institute, Inc. and Robert L. Van Nice. Founded in 1930 by Thomas Whittemore, the Byzantine Institute’s mission was to conserve, restore, study, and document monuments, sites, architecture, and arts in the former Byzantine Empire. From 1931 to 1960, the Byzantine Institute uncovered and conserved the mosaics at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. The Byzantine Institute documented its work in notebooks, drawings, photographs, negatives, transparencies, motion picture films, which now form the core of The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. late 1920s-2000s. Additionally, fieldworkers created large-scale tracings of each mosaic panel, tracing each individual mosaic tesserae by hand to produce 1:1 reproductions. Hagia Sophia was the focus of another major fieldwork project executed by Robert L. Van Nice. Starting in 1937, Van Nice conducted an architectural survey of the entire building, carefully examining and measuring the structure and producing detailed architectural drawings. The Robert L. Van Nice Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. 1936-1989 in ICFA includes Van Nice’s oversize architectural drawings, both those produced in the field and those developed for publication. From 1957 to 1985, Dumbarton Oaks sponsored the project and published Van Nice’s architectural plates as a portfolio in two installments: Saint Sophia in Istanbul: An Architectural Survey (Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks, 1965 and 1986). Both sets of material include original drawings and tracings, as well as architectural photoreproductions, such as blueprints, diazotypes, Van Dyke prints, and photostats.

Please note that students must be able to take the internship for a course credit.

During the semester, the intern will perform the following tasks:

  • Assess the collection and update the existing inventory
  • Evaluate the collection's physical condition and preservation needs
  • Create an arrangement plan for the oversize materials
  • Rehouse and re-label the oversize drawings in flat files and rolled storage
  • Develop descriptive records to incorporate the oversize materials into existing findings aids in ICFA’s CMS, AtoM@DO (http://atom.doaks.org/) [time permitting]
  • Contribute to ICFA's departmental blog

In doing so, the intern will learn about various aspects of processing and preservation in order to maintain oversize items for long-term use, particularly for architectural photoreproductions, which present unique challenges due to their size and chemical composition. If time permits, the student will also learn the different aspects of metadata, including the difference between content and structure standards, and gain experience with editing archival finding aids in a CMS.

The ideal candidate for this internship is pursuing a graduate degree in Library and Information Science or Archival Studies, is able to take the internship for course credit, and has the following characteristics:

Knowledge of:

  • Archival practices and standards
  • Care and handling of archival materials

Interest in:

  • Byzantine art and architecture
  • Architectural records
  • Preservation of paper materials

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:

Shalimar Fojas White, ICFA Manager

Email:

Phone: (202) 339-6972

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Hours

Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 to 5 p.m.

Contact

Tel: (202) 339-6972
Fax: (202) 625-0279