Curatorial Department: Architecture & Design Internship, Summer 2013
SFMOMA - San Francisco, CA

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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Architecture & Design Curatorial Department is offering one full-time, unpaid internship. The ten-week internship is 4 days per week. Preferred days are Mon- Thurs, 9:30am - 5pm; however there is some flexibility, if needed.


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has long been among the world's leading institutions for exhibiting and collecting works of architecture and design. The Museum organized significant exhibitions before founding its Department of Architecture and Design in 1983, becoming the first West Coast museum —and one of very few North American institutions—to do so. Initially established to focus on architecture and design in the Western US and Pacific Rim regions, the mandate and ambition of the department has grown significantly over the past 25 years. Under the leadership of Paolo Polledri, Aaron Betsky, Joseph Rosa and Henry Urbach, the department has built a collection of nearly 5,000 objects while continually programming exhibitions for 2,000 sq.-ft. of gallery space and regularly producing publications, public programs, and special projects.

The Architecture and Design department is distinguished internationally for its ongoing commitment to presenting and provoking important contemporary work, particularly experimental architecture and innovative design practices. Among the design fields the focus has generally been on graphic design, industrial and product design, and furniture. In architecture, a substantial collection of drawings and models represent important modern and contemporary themes, while more interdisciplinary practices — installations, objects, and videos by architects, for example — represent the current state of the art and distinguish SFMOMA from other, more traditional departments elsewhere. Curator Henry Urbach views the gallery as a laboratory for developing and testing advanced design ideas and for inventing ever more effective strategies for communicating with a broad museum public. He has recently begun work on a new book, the first in the field to address installations by architects; this book will also represent SFMOMA's first publication not specifically tied to an exhibition but, rather, to a curatorial initiative.

Duration of Internship:

Monday, June 17 through August 23, 2013

Educational Objective:

The intern will gain detailed knowledge of the Museum's architecture and design collection and exhibitions, will improve his/her research, cataloguing, and writing skills. S/he will gain hands-on curatorial experience, learn the steps in organizing an architecture/design exhibition and gain insights into the acquisitions process.

  • Research on future exhibitions
  • Research on works under consideration for acquisition
  • Research current works in the collection
  • Writing summaries of research
  • Some archive filing and database research for the collection

  • Completion of major thesis research paper or project
  • Prior experience in published writing a plus
  • Prior experience in a museum or gallery a plus
  • Bachelor's degree

Preferred but not required:
  • Minimum of one year of graduate school

Before applying, please visit the Internships Section of our website at

Application Requirements:
  • Resume;
  • Internship application form printed from SFMOMA Web site; DO NOT APPLY ONLINE
  • Cover letter;
  • One - two writing samples that show your knowledge of architecture or art and reveal your writing style (two pages, single-spaced).
  • Letters of Recommendation (one personal/professional and one academic) in a confidential, sealed envelope with the recommenders' signature across the seal

Please send application requirements* detailed above to:

Intern Program Manager

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

151 Third Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

All applications must be postmarked on/before March 8, 2013.

*Materials must be received in one complete package , with "A+D" marked clearly on the envelope.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity among its staff.

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