The Lillian F. Schwartz Archives: Curatorial Content Development & Research Internship

Simmons Graduate Internship Program

Working with the Curator of Communications & Information Technology, this intern will assist with collections research and content development connected to the Lillian Schwartz collection and exhibition. Primarily, this project will focus on the creation of accessible, accurate and engaging content pieces that will support ongoing public engagement with work by Lillian Schwartz. Interns will also gain experience with primary source research, digital engagement, public programs support, and other aspects of curatorial collections-based development.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop several pieces of written content to support the Schwartz collection and exhibit using primary source material
  • Assist curator with research relevant to the Schwartz collection including: specific histories of Schwartz’s work within the context of media and computing history, broad context of female-identifying and disabled artists working with technology, Schwartz’s various collaborators, etc. 
  • Assist curator with public programs, tours and other logistics related to the Schwartz exhibit 
  • Assist curator, other THF staff and interns with logistical projects related to Schwartz collection (i.e. film restoration communications, research to support archival processing) 
  • Work with curator and Experience Design staff to gather visitor feedback 
  • Work with curator to develop a list of possible acquisitions & collecting ideas to complement the Schwartz archive 
  • Attend occasional departmental meetings
  • Create a capstone presentation of completed work 

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to produce accessible and engaging content for general museum audiences 
  • Knowledge and interest in media art, film, computer/software or technology histories
  • Interest in identifying and applying contemporary frameworks to historical material archives & museum collections
  • Ability to work independently on matters related to research and content development 
  • Current enrollment in a graduate level program

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with unprocessed archival collections