Arab Image Foundation Internship Opportunities

CALL FOR INTERNS: Apply now for spring and summer 2012
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THE ARAB IMAGE FOUNDATION SEEKING INTERNS
FOR ITS PRESERVATION DEPARTMENT

The Arab Image Foundation (AIF) offers internships for college students and recent graduates during the summer and throughout the academic year. Our internships provide the opportunity to learn about the operations of a nonprofit organization and to working different fields related to the foundation’s mission and activities. Besides gaining invaluable experience at an outstanding cultural institution with a unique collection of vernacular photography, our interns benefit from a rewarding work environment, where they can learn and grow. As part of a highly motivated team, our interns contribute to ongoing projects and get the chance to get a close insight in the AIF collection, its programs and events.

The AIF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of photography and other related visual material from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab Diaspora. Established in Beirut in 1997, it holds a collection of more than 500,000 photographs dating from the mid nineteenth century through today. Since its inception, the AIF has organized fourteen exhibitions and published seven books in partnership with international museums, galleries and cultural institutions. The work of the foundation differs from that of more conventional historians, conservators or curators in that it is artist-driven.

We are looking for interns to work for three to six months in the preservation department. The internship program, which is open to both part-time and full-time candidates, is an excellent opportunity for students and recent graduates with an interest in photography, contemporary art, preservation and archival practices.

Preservation interns will assist in indexing and cataloguing photographs in the AIF’s collection. Candidates will also be responsible for conducting independent research, database updating, as well as cleaning and preserving photographs.

Candidates for the preservation internship must be self-motivated, analytical and able to work independently and efficiently. They must have basic administrative and excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and be proficient in Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Fluency in English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of French is preferred.

To find out more about our other job vacancies please visit our website www.fai.org.lb

To apply, please submit a CV (including academic and professional experience, language skills and contact details) and a cover letter to: jobs@fai.org.lb

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