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Collections Internship IMLS

Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street
Cincinnati OH 45202

Job Type: ,
Compensation: $14.50 - $16.50
Posted Date: 04/15/2024
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Apply today for a Collections Internship IMLS at the Taft Museum of Art.


Collections Internship IMLS

Job Description

The Taft Museum of Art, located in downtown Cincinnati, is seeking to partner with local colleges, universities, and other learning institutions to hire a Collections Intern who will work with the team to make the museum’s world-class collections available online.

The Collections Intern, reporting directly to the Registrar & Collections Manager, supports the Curatorial and Collections department by working with the art collection digitization project funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

This position requires a positive, highly organized team player who communicates proactively, is attentive to detail, manages multiple priorities, and has excellent communication and collaborative skills. Enjoy this rare opportunity to join the staff of one of the finest small art museums in the United States.


Job Responsibilities

  • Resizes, crops, and exports image files (TIFF, jpeg).
  • Enters records into the art collections database, including metadata, catalog information, and linking image files.
  • Enters image file metadata.
  • Proofreads and edits online collections information.
  • Supports Collections work through varied tasks as required.




  • Must be eligible for and receive permission through their college or university for an internship in their field of study.
  • Must be enrolled half-time (minimum) or full-time in an accredited college or university, studying art history, museum studies, or a related field.
  • Must be available to work 10-15 hours per week. Some scheduling flexibility is available. Interns may work during the 9 a.m.-5 p.m. shifts Mondays-Fridays.
  • Prior job experience and strong academic or professional interest in curatorial and collections work is a plus.
  • Must speak English and be an effective verbal and written communicator.
  • Capacity to work in a fast-paced, multitasked environment, deal with changing priorities and work well under pressure.
  • Able to pass a background check, including criminal records check and credit check.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States
  • Must provide own transportation.


  • Able to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Image editing involving Adobe Photoshop or similar products.
  • Familiarity with collections management and databases such as Microsoft Access or FileMaker Pro.
  • Organized and detail-oriented with exceptional writing skills.
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) and the ability to learn new software. Familiarity with online platforms such as Zoom, Vimeo, and Microsoft Teams.


Application Process

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references. Please submit only through our online portal at taftmuseum.org/Careers. Our team will review your information and get back to you with the next steps.

If you have questions, please email Human Resources at [email protected]. No phone calls, please.


Museum Core Values

  • Embrace the museum’s core values of respect, integrity, excellence, creativity, and collaboration, and demonstrate this understanding through words, behaviors, and interactions with our guests, staff members, volunteers, and the public.
  • Learn and teach every day. Share knowledge freely with colleagues and pursue opportunities to gain new skills to enhance our success as a team.
  • Appreciate, understand, and value each staff member’s expertise, background, experience, strengths, and unique perspective. Share time, energy, and knowledge with others to ensure everyone has the highest potential to succeed.
  • Achieve excellence in all tasks and goals.
  • Demonstrate professionalism on and off the job and always represent the Taft Museum of Art positively and professionally. Speak truthfully and fulfill promises and obligations in all museum dealings.
  • Be comfortable and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Adhere to all current museum policies, procedures, protocols, and processes.
  • Create a pleasant work environment by being a positive influence and respectful to every person.


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