Research Internship Opportunities at Vtape
Vtape is an information resource centre and distribution system specializing in video and media artworks. Founded in 1983 as a not-for-profit corporation, Vtape now represents more than 5,000 contemporary video artworks, making them accessible to an international client base of over 9,000 educators, curators, scholars and diverse public audiences. Drawing students from several post-secondary educational institutions, Vtape operates an ongoing program of valuable internships that support student skills development while contributing to the organization’s vitality and cultural relevance.
Vtape is currently soliciting applications for 2 research interns to work on shaping and maintaining Vtape’s dynamic onsite research resources, consisting of essays, articles, catalogues and various media. These Research Internships will take place during the educational semester that begins January 2012.
Vtape’s research interns work with the organization’s extensive files of critical, theoretical and historical writings on video art, helping to keep the files up-to-date, organized and thoroughly catalogued. The Research Internship Program trains students or recent graduates to quickly read a text-based resource, enter the information into the relevant database, and create a brief synopsis. Interns are taught how to locate and copy articles through public, educational and on-line sources, and to catalogue and enter articles into our Critical Writing Index database. This work contributes to a unique on-site resource that makes information about video and media art and artists available to curators, artists, critics, educators, scholars and the public. Many of the participants in the program have been able to apply this experience to their own educational and research projects. Bibliographical information can be searched on-line at http://www.vtape.org/research.htm.
Time commitment is four hours per week (one “shift”) during the winter 2012 semester, beginning the week of January 9.
Graduate Research Internship
Open to graduate students, this internship is designed to support a student who is working in a well-defined area of research related to video and media art. The internship allows a student to extend this research, while also contributing to Vtape’s unique collection of critical, theoretical and historical writings on video art. Alternatively, Vtape staff can help the student to develop a specific area of investigation. Part of the intern’s time will be spent off-site sourcing and copying relevant materials from public and institutional libraries, and part of the time interns work on-site at Vtape organizing and cataloguing these materials for inclusion in Vtape’s Critical Writing Index (see http://www.vtape.org/research.htm). Interns are trained in how to catalogue and enter articles in our Critical Writing Index database.
Time commitment is approximately 4 hours per week (one “shift”), during the winter 2012 semester, beginning the week of January 9.
The educational semester runs approximately sixteen weeks. If you are interested in applying, please send your résumé and explain how you heard about the program. If you are a post-secondary student who can obtain a credit from this Internship, please forward the necessary paperwork to establish communication with your primary instructor.
Successful candidates will be engaged in a post-secondary education; a research or studio-based arts education in a college or university art program is considered an asset, along with interest in the media arts and knowledge of contemporary art practices. Computer literacy is a must (some basic Mac experience necessary), proficiency in English a requirement (oral and written), and strong research skills essential.
We value diversity in our workforce and encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Vtape is wheelchair accessible.
Resumes should be faxed (416-351-1509) or emailed to Deirdre Logue (email@example.com) at Vtape. Only candidates called for an interview will be notified.
DEADLINE TO RECEIVE RESUMES: Nov. 15, 2011