Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award

The Art Libraries Society of North America accepts applications for its annual Internship Award each fall. This award provides financial support for students preparing for a career in art or architecture librarianship or visual resources curatorship via a grant of $2,500.00 to support a period of internship in an art library or visual resources collection.


Who May Apply

Students currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library science, art history, architectural history, architecture, studio art or museum studies may apply for the award. Applicants must have completed at least 10 credits of their graduate coursework before the application deadline, or demonstrate an equivalent combination of coursework and relevant experience.


Internship Description

Only one Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship is awarded per year. Once an award recipient has been selected, he or she will select an institution to act as host for the internship. This institution must be approved by the ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award Sub-Committee. ARLIS/NA is not responsible for matching candidates with a host institution, but will gladly assist with the process. (See Host Institutions below.)

This Internship Award will be granted during 2014. The intern is required to work on site at their chosen host institution for a minimum of 150 hours. The intern will choose to initiate their internship in the Spring, Summer or Fall of 2014. The internship must begin within 30 days of the official beginning of the selected academic session of the participant’s home institution and be completed within one academic semester or two academic quarters. Exceptions allowed by agreement between the selected intern and the ARLIS/NA Internship Award Sub-Committee. In all cases the internship must be completed within twelve months of the recipient being notified of the award.

The intern and the internship supervisor will complete brief evaluations of the internship experience.

The Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award will provide a stipend of $2,500.00 to the intern. Half of the award will be granted prior to the internship, with the remainder granted upon completion of the internship and receipt of a letter to the Chair of the Internship Award Sub-Committee signed by the Internship supervisor and intern stating the 150 hours have been completed. The award recipient will also receive a one year membership in ARLIS/NA at the student level. Interns may have the option of receiving academic credit for the internship as part of graduate study, but will be responsible for making those arrangements.

How to Apply

To apply for the award, please submit the following:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A current transcript in PDF format [this does not need to be issued directly from the institution].
  3. An essay of up to 500 words addressing the applicant’s skills and background and how those skills and experience might benefit art libraries or visual resources collections. This statement should also address the applicant’s professional goals and his/her expectations of the internship experience–including the type of institution he/she is interested in as well as potential project ideas or general areas of interest.
  4. The names of two professional or scholastic references with addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.

Application materials in electronic form are preferred and should be submitted to:
Amy Ballmer
Asst. Head of Research & Instructional Services
Gladys Marcus Library, Fashion Institute of Technology
227 W. 27th Street, Room E412
New York, New York  10001
Phone: +1 212-217-4396
Email: amy_ballmer@fitnyc.edu

Host Institutions

Ideas for host institutions are available by browsing the ARLIS/NA Internship Roster. The choice of host institutions is flexible and not limited to those in the Roster.

(Note to potential host institutions: You may add your information to Roster by contacting the ARLIS/NA Website Editor, Nedda Ahmed.)

Deadlines for 2014

  • October 31, 2013: Deadline for submission of applications to Internship Award Sub-Committee
  • December 16, 2013: Internship Award Sub-Committee announces award recipient for 2014

Deadline for submission of evaluation forms and documents by intern and host institution will be within 30 days of the completion of the internship.

Additional Information

For additional information please contact the Sub-Committee Chair:

Amy Ballmer
Phone: +1 212-217-4396
Email: amy_ballmer@fitnyc.edu

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