Monday, 4 November 2013

Internship Opportunities *UPDATED NOV 2013


Our Internship Programme

The NUS Museum Internship Programme

The NUS Museum Internship Programme is envisioned as the beginning of a relationship with the NUS Museum, and the museum and heritage industry. The programme aims to build rapport with students, provide opportunities to work closely with museum staff and gain first-hand experience of museum work.

To read more about previous interns’ experience, please read Diary of an NUS Museum Intern.


Internship Departments

Curatorial & Exhibitions
Interns assist with curatorial functions such as conducting curatorial research, planning and managing the exhibition process, installing exhibitions, publishing exhibition collaterals, conceptualising and running exhibition-related programmes, liasing with artists and partners. Candidates must be detail-oriented, interested in curatorial work, and be comfortable with research and writing.

Outreach
Interns assist with conceptualistion, organisation, implementation and support of outreach events and programmes (panel discussions, film screenings, workshops and school programmes), research and production of educational materials, guiding visitors, marketing and publicity efforts, press and media relations. Candidates must be comfortable with interacting with the public. Candidates who have knowledge of design programmes such as Photoshop, In Design, Illustrator and Dreamweaver a plus.

Collections
Interns assist with cataloguing and research of objects, handling of objects for display, performing condition checks on objects, monitoring object storage and other administrative tasks. Candidates must have knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.


Who We Are Looking For

Applicants who are keen to explore the museum and heritage industry, interested in heritage, arts and culture, meticulous with a keen attention to detail, be self-motivated, have a positive attitude, willing to learn, fluent in spoken and written English (proficiency in Mandarin a plus). Applicants who have completed one year of their undergraduate studies are preferred but others who are interested may also apply.


Internship Information

Duration: 1-3 months
Stipend: $500 per month, or otherwise stated.


Vacancies

*With the exception of Position 5, the internship period for the following positions are from 9 Dec 2013 - 10 Jan 2014.

1. TK Sabapathy Collection Curatorial Intern (Position 1)

This internship requires the intern to assist in exploring alternative ways in which to engage with the present collection of publications and artworks from art historian T.K. Sabapathy. This will take the form of curatorial research into the discourse of Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art, not only with the view of enriching the existing literature but to also use "Southeast Asia" as a potential site for a critical recasting of the many concerns and interests shared by curators and art historians today. The intern will also be working in tandem and dialogue with another intern whose focus will deal mainly with the question of Singapore art history.

Requirements
- Strong interest in examining museums and curating as sites facilitating critical discourse
- Prior knowledge of Southeast Asia is highly recommended, but not a strict requirement
- Able to work independently and collaboratively
- Excellent written and oral communication
- Second-year students and above only

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2. TK Sabapathy Collection Curatorial Intern (Position 2)

This internship requires the intern to develop potential dialogues between the present collection of publications and artworks from art historian T.K. Sabapathy and the question of Singapore's art history. This will involve, but is not confined to, engaging with the museum's current permanent exhibition Between Here and Nanyang: Marco Hsu's Brief History of Malayan Art. Eventually, the research gathered should form the basis of a potential exhibition scheduled to open in the year 2015, as an engagement with Singapore's 50th anniversary. At the same time, the intern will also be working alongside and developing his or her own ideas in parallel with another intern whose research will be largely focused on Southeast Asia.

Requirements
- Strong interest in conducting curatorial research and conceiving of potentials for an exhibition
- Familiar with, if not passionate about, Singapore and Malayan history
- Able to work independently and collaboratively
- Excellent written and oral communication
- Second-year students and above only

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3. In Search of Raffles' Light Curatorial Intern

This internship requires the intern to assist in the research, planning and development of programmes for the exhibition In Search of Raffles' Light. Using the Raffles Lighthouse as an evolving and guiding metaphor, the exhibition explores both the maritime history of Singapore in light of its great urban project, as well as the question of a maritime museum proposed in the early 1970s. At issue are not only the boundaries within which we imagine Singapore today (i.e. its psychogeographies) but also the very function of the maritime museum. Working alongside the artist Charles Lim who has developed a series of works responding to the archival materials recovered, the intern is expected to devise the different ones in which one could curatorially "expand' the exhibition through its programmes.

Requirements
- Strong interest in Singapore's maritime history (prior knowledge is recommended, but not required)
- Enthusiastic about working alongside artists, curators and outreach programmers to develop programmes.
- Able to work independently and collaboratively
- Excellent written and oral communication
- Second-year students and above only

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4. Between Here and Nanyang Exhibition Research Intern

This internship requires the intern to research and compile resource guides (based on primary source materials such as newspapers, historic brochures etc) related to each chapter of the book A Brief History of Malayan Art by Marco Hsu, upon which the Museum's current permanent exhibition Between Here and Nanyang: Marco Hsu's Brief History of Malayan Art is based on.

Requirements
- Strong interest and predisposition to archival research
- Demonstrable knowledge or interest in Singapore and Malayan history. Interest in art history is an advantage
- Excellent English and Mandarin written and oral communication. Please provide Mandarin essays / or translation samples if available
- Dependable and responsible
- Able to work independently and collaboratively

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5. Between Here and Nanyang Translation Assistant

This position requires the applicant to translate selected newspaper articles from the Chinese language to English.

Requirements
- Excellent English and Mandarin written and oral communication. Applicant must provide Mandarin essays and translation samples
- Dependable and resourcefuk
- Able to work independently and collaboratively

Duration
Flexible and to be agreed between supervisor and applicant

Remuneration
$10 per 350 Chinese characters translated

Application Information

To apply, please return a copy of the internship application form with a copy of your CV and a recent essay/writing sample via email to museum@nus.edu.sg with the subject header “NUS Museum Internship Programme" by 14 November 2013.

Click here to download the application form.


For more information about the NUS Museum Internship Programme, please contact Michelle Kuek at michellekuek@nus.edu.sg or call 6516-8428.

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