Boston Furniture Archive Internship

Internship (paid), Boston Furniture Archive

The Boston Furniture Archive, a project of the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, seeks applications for interns to work under contract to identify, catalog, and photograph furniture made in the Boston area between 1630 and 1930. Up to four interns will work for twelve weeks at a number of sites in and around Boston, Massachusetts. Interns will receive a week of training in examining, handling, and describing furniture; cataloging furniture; and object photography. Interns will then work in small teams, sometimes assisted by volunteers, to catalog and photograph the Boston furniture of a number of public institutions (museums, heritage organizations, and

libraries) in the Boston metro area. The goals of the internship are to locate and describe little-known pieces of Boston furniture for inclusion in the Boston Furniture Archive, and to provide interns with hands-on experience in furniture cataloging in a variety of institutional settings.

 The Boston Furniture Archive, currently in development, will be a free online database that provides catalog information and photographs of furniture that is documented to have been produced in Boston (including Brookline, Cambridge, Charlestown, Dorchester, and Roxbury) or that, based on characteristics of form and construction, is likely to have been made in Boston. The Archive will reflect three centuries of production, from 1630 to 1930. Winterthur is creating the Boston Furniture Archive in support of the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture project (

 *Minimum qualifications:*

Education: Advanced undergraduate, with coursework in furniture (including furniture making and/or conservation), the decorative arts, art history, American history and/or museum studies; graduate students and emerging professionals are also encouraged to apply.

Knowledge/skills: Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle. Ability to stand for extended periods, climb ladders, and lift up to 30 pounds.

Basic computer and photography skills. Excellent communication skills and legible handwriting. Meticulous attention to detail.

Experience: Object handling and museum cataloging experience preferred.

 *Compensation:* Interns will receive a stipend of $5,000 plus $950 for travel over the twelve weeks. Housing is not provided, although the BFA may be able to help find local housing.

 *Schedule:* The internship will be twelve weeks, from June 9, 2014 through August 29, 2014. Interns will be expected to work 35 hours per week; hours will vary and may include some evenings and weekends.

 *Applications:* Applications are due March 10, 2014. Candidates will be contacted for interviews prior to April 1, 2014. To apply, submit resume, contact information for two academic or professional references, and responses to the following questions (maximum 150 words each):

1. How has your background prepared you to be successful as an intern with the Boston Furniture Archive?

2. How will an internship with the Boston Furniture Archive further your academic and professional goals?

3. If offered an internship with the Boston Furniture Archive, when would you be able to commit to participating?

Please address questions and submit application materials to:

Sarah Parks
Project Manager
Boston Furniture Archive
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, Delaware 19735

OpenLab Internship with Early-Adopter

A great opportunity brought to you by the OpenLab and Early-Adopter, developers of the OpenLab:

Job Title:

OpenLab Design Team Intern

Job Description:

This internship is being offered in partnership by City Tech’s OpenLab and, LLC, a New York-based interactive design studio.

Early-Adopter, the group of developers building and refining the OpenLab, is seeking a crack squad of web design, information architecture and development ninjas to work on the OpenLab, City Tech’s open-source digital platform for students, faculty, and staff.

The OpenLab is a large WordPress and Buddypress-based project with thousands of users and complex feature sets; a team of highly-skilled professionals is needed to keep it moving forward. As a Design Team Intern, you will get unbeatable experience working in a team environment and solving the kinds of problems that only occur in large systems, preparing you for the challenges you’ll face working for some of the most dynamic and exciting companies. You will hone your IA, design, and PHP skills, and gain valuable experience working with and thinking about WordPress, one of the leading open source content management systems.

OpenLab Design Team Interns will work on creating thorough documentation of OpenLab’s existing structure, building complex and highly detailed wireframes, site maps, entity relationship diagrams, and process flow charts. They will also collaborate with other team members, including OpenLab Student Community Builders, to develop and document proposed enhancements to site functionality, and to create design mockups of changes to the site’s appearance. In addition, interns will work with professional developers on the site’s PHP, HTML, CSS and Javascript code, and participate in beta testing, browser testing, and bug fixing.

This is a unique internship, beginning now and continuing for the Spring 2013 semester. Applicants who can only commit to one semester will also be considered.

Required Skills:
Ability to think carefully and systematically about complex systems.
Great Information Architecture skills.
Excellent HMTL and CSS Skills.

Basic understanding of PHP concepts and Javascript, and some experience creating custom WordPress templates are highly desirable.

Academic Requirements
3.0 GPA or better and a recommendation from a web design instructor.

Pay Rate:
$12.50 per hour.

Hours Per Week:
8 hours per week at’s offices in Manhattan (Broadway and Houston) and from home. Schedule flexible.

Start Date:
Early-Adopter will begin interviewing applicants soon. Positions will begin after interviewing is complete.

To Apply:
Contact us at Please send a resume, a few links to your online work, and a short note describing your interest in the position and how your experiences qualify you for it. If you already work within the CUNY system or for the Research Foundation of CUNY, please note that, too.