Unpaid Interns College - Arts for Transit - Conservation
MTA Headquarters - Manhattan, NY

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Job Information

DEPT/DIV: Arts for Transit
SUPERVISOR: Manager - Arts for Transit
HOURS OF WORK: Varies, Contingent Upon Student Schedule



The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is North America's largest transportation network, which moves approximately 2.4 billion New Yorkers a year on its subways, buses, railroads, bridges and tunnels. MTA Headquarters (MTAHQ) is a public benefit corporation chartered to provide general oversight, planning and administration to its seven operating agencies which are: MTA New York City Transit, MTA Long Island Rail Road, MTA Metro-North Railroad, MTA Bridges and Tunnels, MTA Capital Construction Company, and MTA Bus Company.
In conjunction with a massive rehabilitation program launched in the 1980's, MTA Arts for Transit was created to oversee the selection of artists and installation of permanent artworks in MTA subway and commuter rail stations. The program is intended to enhance the transit environment and promote the use of mass transit. Arts for Transit's diverse and beautiful collection of commissioned public artwork includes more than 215 site-specific artworks and 70 projects in progress. The program also encompasses Music Under New York (MUNY), the Poster Program, and the Lightbox Project, a series of photography exhibits. More information can be found at www.mta.info/art.


The AFT Conservation Intern will learn about the public art process and further develop conservation skills. Responsibilities may include, but not be limited to, assisting staff with the following:
Survey of permanent artwork
Travel the MTA system surveying artwork. Artwork materials include but are not limited to the following: glass, ceramic, stone, bronze, aluminum.
Condition Reporting
Document and prepare short condition reports based on survey findings. Review existing conservation surveys. Input and process conservation database data.
Conduct basic conservation at projects installed in various outdoor and underground locations. When necessary, assist in drafting the scope of work for outside consultants.
Conduct research to support the Permanent Art program and the Arts for Transit Collection


o Excellent research, data collection and report writing capabilities
o Strong interpersonal communications skills, both oral and written
o Self starter, able to prioritize work, and willing to get dirty on occasion
o PC and Filemaker Pro proficiency
o Student must be work study or college credit eligible, min. of 15 hours per week is required.

Education and Experience

o Majors in art conservation, art history, arts administration or museum studies preferred.
o Graduate studies, a plus

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Equal Employment Opportunity

MTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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