Tuesday, September 13, 2011

MTA Arts for Transit, Archive - Internship

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 Long Island Bus, 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 Archive Intern will learn about the public art process and further develop research and archiving skills. Responsibilities may include, but not be limited to, assisting staff with the following:

Artist Registry
Create an AFT Artist Registry: compile and organize artists' submissions, conduct research and add data and images of artwork to the Registry using Filemaker Pro.
AFT Oral History
Participate in the research and creation of AFT Oral History project with artists, staff and stakeholders.
AFT Lightbox and Creative Stations Program Archive
Archive materials for AFT's Lightbox and Creative Station Programs: conduct research, compile records, and assist to construct a comprehensive historic timeline for both programs.


Excellent research, data collection and report writing capabilities
Strong interpersonal communications skills, both oral and written
Proven ability to prioritize and work on multiple assignments simultaneously
PC and Mac proficiency
Working knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, and Filemaker Pro
Student must be work study or college credit eligible, min. of 15 hours per week is required

Education and Experience

Must be a college student with high school diploma or a GED.
Majors in art history, arts administration, library science or history preferred
Graduate studies, a plus

How To Apply

Qualified applicants can submit an online application by clicking on the 'APPLY NOW' button from either the CAREERS page or from the JOB DESCRIPTION page.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

MTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.