About the Opportunity

The Cape Ann Museum (CAM) is a leading regional museum at the epicenter of artistic and marine history in the Northeast. The Museum’s nationally significant collections include fine and decorative arts and artifacts relating to Cape Ann’s earliest days as a major fishing and shipping port, its mid-19th century role in the granite industry, and the numerous artists who were attracted to its singular charms of light and sea, including such well known painters and sculptors as Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, Cecilia Beaux, John Sloan, Edward Hopper, Milton Avery, Anna Hyatt Huntington and Walker Hancock. The Museum’s Library & Archives are integral to CAM’s operations and provide a major public resource for the study of these topics and artists as well as the history of Cape Ann, past and present. Access to these collections and related scholarship is of paramount importance.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to offer an internship opportunity for current graduate level Library & Information Science students. The project that will be undertaken for this internship centers around the Library & Archives photograph collection. The internship project will primarily consist of organizing, processing, and digitizing portions of the collection as well as enhancing existing digital photographs in the Library & Archives’ Digital Asset Management database (Extensis Portfolio). The intern may also be invited to help with additional projects in other areas of the Library & Archives collections as time allows.

Internship Summary

Under the guidance of the Librarian & Archivist, the CAM Photo Archives Intern will learn about and work on a wide range of projects related to Museum’s vast collection of archival photographs, from daguerreotypes, to prints, to negatives, to born-digital images. The intern will assist in organizing, processing, and digitizing all formats of photographs. Interns will learn proper care and handling for these historic collections as well as digital preservation for the scanned material. This internship will directly contribute to and work towards a planned exhibition in 2023 showcasing the photography of the Gloucester Daily Time’s staff photographers in tandem with Gloucester’s 400th celebration. The internship aims to provide the candidate with a well-rounded library and archival experience and offers them an opportunity to learn a variety of aspects about the profession. 


Organizing and Processing archival photograph collections: Apply the core archival concepts of assessing, arranging, housing, and the creation of a finding aid to recently acquired or unprocessed the photo archive collections. 

Digitization: Learn best practices for scanning and organizing digital content, applying correct metadata, and uploading into content management systems.

Research and reference: Respond to researcher inquiries by searching the existing Photo Archive, cleaning or improving metadata when appropriate.

Additional activities & information:

The intern will have the opportunity to attend organizational events such as staff meetings, tours, talks and lectures, as well as the ability to interact with other museum professionals to learn of the intersection between a special collections library and a museum as well as gain a broader understanding of the workplace.

At the conclusion of the internship, the intern will be asked to share what they have achieved with other Museum staff and the CAM community in either a written or verbal format. Candidates should be self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented with strong computer and communication skills.

Exact dates can be mutually agreed upon, but the internship will generally run from mid-September to mid-December (12 weeks) and require a commitment of 12-14 hours per week. Stipend: $15.00/hour. The Cape Ann Museum is located within walking distance of the Gloucester stop on the MBTA’s Newburyport/Rockport commuter line.


To Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by July 31, 2021 to library@capeannmuseum.org. Please specify “Fall 2021 Photo Archives Internship Application” in the subject line of your email. You may also submit your materials via postal mail to: Cape Ann Museum, Attn: Fall 2021 Photo Archives Internship Application, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Please indicate in your cover letter how this internship will be of value to your professional aspirations. Recognizing that diversity takes many forms, applicants should also address in their cover letter how their unique experiences and perspective will contribute to diversity at the Cape Ann Museum and the museum field in general. If a candidate wishes to apply this internship towards course credit in their respective academic program, please be advised that the intern will be responsible for managing all associated paperwork.

The Cape Ann Museum Collections Graduate Internship is made possible thanks to the generous support of Donna and Richard Tadler.

Status: Part Time Internship

Posted: June, 2021                                                         Submission deadline: July 31, 2021

The Cape Ann Museum is committed to diversity within its workforce and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

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