Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Internship
The Photography Collections Preservation Project (PCPP) is proud to announce a program of internships meant to address a lack of diversity in the staffs of 21st-century cultural institutions. These internships will provide young people from under-represented populations with the chance to learn about the management of important works of photography and gain useful professional skills.
Starting in mid-October, one nine-month internships will be available for an undergraduate student interested in art, photography, and the creation and management of archives. We welcome applicants with all levels of interest and experience!
PCPP is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving significant collections of photography. We work directly with photographers and their archives, and so will you. You will learn about photography, archival organization and preservation, and the management of cultural and non-profit organizations. With our guidance and training, you will be responsible for processing, evaluating, arranging, and describing photographs, as well as maintaining records. You will also communicate with photographers, museums, libraries, and donors; work on database building and upkeep; and help with PCPP’s social media channels and website.
· Interest in archiving
· Experience with Excel and Word
· Excellent communication skills
· Interest in social media; experience with Squarespace preferred
· Willingness to get your hands dirty & sometimes move heavy boxes on site visits
· Self-motivated, while also a team player
Payment: $17/hr | 15 hrs/week
Duration: 35 weeks, beginning in Mid-October 2019
PCPP is grateful to the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation for its leadership and the support that makes these unique opportunities possible. To apply, please submit resume and cover letter that includes why you are interested in the internship to email@example.com.
Application Deadline: June 1, 2019
Gratitude to The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation for their generous support.
Lizette Terry, NYU Graduate Student Volunteer; Nikisha Roberts, Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Intern; Nicole Kaack, Robert and Joyce Menschel Family Foundation Administrative Fellow
Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Intern
Nikisha Roberts is a first-year at Stony Brook University focusing on Political Science. Previously she attended The High School of Fashion Industries, where she became adept in darkroom and digital photography among other visual art media. During high school, Roberts was recognized by several awards and programs, including the Joy of Giving Something Scholarship (2018), The Opportunity Network (2016-2018), and the Expanding the Walls program at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2018).
Lizette Terry, is a first-year graduate student at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, pursuing an M.A. in Black Feminist Theory and Visual Arts and Cultural Studies. Before beginning graduate studies at NYU, Lizette graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Women’s Studies from Spelman College, where she completed her capstone documentary project, “Rooted.” Chronicling a community’s response to the impacts of new developments in the historic Westside of Atlanta, “Rooted” was chosen as one of 16 “Official Student Selections” at 2017 Bronze Lens Film Festival in Atlanta, GA. Upon graduation in 2020, Lizette’s goal is to work in the film industry and as a media studies educator in the social sector.
Nicole Kaack is an independent curator and writer based in Queens, NY. She is the current Curatorial Fellow at The Kitchen, New York, as well as Administrative Fellow at the Photographic Collections Preservation Project (PCPP). Kaack's writing has been published by Whitehot Magazine, artcritical, Art Viewer, SFAQ / NYAQ / AQ, Artforum, and The Brooklyn Rail. She has also contributed texts to I will set a stage for you, published by HOLOHOLO Books and edited by Ana Iwataki and Marion Vasseur Raluy, as well as to a publication designed in association with Hauser & Wirth’s Recto / Verso panel series. Kaack is the co-founder of the newsletter of missing out, co-director of the artist publication prompt:, and co-founder of the press Blind Carbon. She received her BA in art history and visual art from Columbia University and is currently pursuing her MA in art history at Hunter College.