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Int'l Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
194 Bellevue Avenue
Posted: February 10 2015
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DescriptionThe International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of tennis and its impact on our culture, as well as the history of the Newport Casino. The Museum accomplishes these goals by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a diverse audience. The Museum also celebrates those persons who have exceptional records or who have made outstanding contributions to the sport.
In 2013, the ITHF&M achieved accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest professional achievement in the museum industry. The ITHF&M is housed in the historic Newport Casino (designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987), and the history of the sport from the 12th century through today is chronicled within its many galleries. The Museum reopened in May 2015 following a nearly complete renovation of its exhibition spaces. The redesigned and reinterpreted galleries encompass more than 12,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, videos, artifacts, and objects related to tennis champions past and present.
The Museum’s permanent collection contains over 25,000 objects, including modern and historic tennis equipment, fine art, decorative arts, artifacts from Hall of Famers and other significant figures within the sport, trophies, textiles and clothing, ephemera, and furnishings. The Museum’s Information Research Center (IRC) houses 5,000 books, over 3,000 audio-visual materials, more than 300,000 photographic images, and a comprehensive collection of magazines, programs, periodicals, blueprints and archival materials.
Interning at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a wonderful opportunity for students to obtain comprehensive training in the fields of museum studies, archival administration, library management, educational and public program development, preservation, video production, and historical scholarship. The internship program is project-oriented and designed to coincide with student interests and professional goals. Working with a member of the museum staff, all interns receive one-on-one attention in their chosen fields. Internships are almost always available in the following areas: Artifact Collections; Library Collections; Archival Collections; Photographic Collection; Audio-visual Collections; and Educational & Public Programs.
ResponsibilitiesArtifact Collection: Interns assist the staff in ensuring the professional management and organization of the museum’s permanent collection. Interns learn standard collections management practices used to document artifacts and assist in proper cataloging, inventory, photographic documentation, and storage. Interns help in researching exhibit themes, preparing for installation and de-installation, and aid in the rotation of artifacts on display.
Library Collection: Interns assist the staff in evaluating, cataloguing, and processing library materials. Collections include books, programs, periodicals, and other publications. Interns also help develop and implement proper storage procedures and provide preventive conservation measures.
Archival Collection: Interns assist the staff in evaluating, arranging, describing, and processing archival collections, which include individual papers, correspondence, institutional records, scrapbooks, and other tennis ephemera. Interns process, catalog, and organize archival collections, including developing finding aids. Interns also help develop and implement proper storage procedures and provide preventive conservation measures.
Photographic Archive Collection: Interns work with the staff in evaluating, arranging, describing, and cataloguing the photograph collection, which documents the Newport Casino, tennis at the Newport Casino, Hall of Famers and other significant players, and the global sport of tennis from the late 19th century to the present day. Interns assist with fulfilling reference and research requests, collection rehousing, and researching certain images for historical information and copyright purposes. In addition, interns assist in conducting preservation assessments and the organization (both physical and digitally) of the collection.
Audio Visual Archives Collection: Interns work with the staff in reviewing and cataloging the collection of historic tennis matches and tennis related video in various formats. Additional opportunities include the inspection and preservation of film elements, research on content and copyright issues, and creation of access copies of collection assets. The IRC is undertaking the digitization of its videotape assets, providing interns with an opportunity to develop technical skills in this area and assist in developing best practices for this process.
Education and Public Programs: Interns assist in the planning and implementation of programs for all audiences including schools. Interns gain experience researching and creating programs tied to state and National Curriculum Standards. Interns assist in facilitating school and group tours, and create new ideas for public and family programming. Interns also play a role in research and outreach to area schools, groups and attractions. Interns spend time as part of the front line staff, giving tours and interacting with visitors to develop customer service and public speaking skills.
RequirementsInternships are open to college juniors and seniors and graduate students and are available all year round. The ITHF&M asks for a commitment of at least 100 hours (8 hours a week) although accommodations can be made for certain situations. A $20/day stipend is available for students receiving academic credit. Positions are competitive and interviews will be requested of qualified candidates. The number of interns varies per semester depending on the availability of projects. Every effort will be made to match the skills and interests of the prospective interns with the priorities of the department.
Interested applicants must submit: (1) A one-page statement describing your reasons for pursuing an internship at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and what you hope to accomplish; (2) A resume outlining your educational and professional experiences, including a list of relevant courses; and (3) Two letters of recommendation from current or past professors and/or employers. Deadlines for submission of applications are as follows:
- Fall semester internship, the deadline is July 31st
- Winter/Spring semester internship, the deadline is November 30th
- Summer internship, the deadline is March 31st
SkillsRequired - Museum Collections, Museum Education, Museology, Museum Studies, Museums, Academic Libraries, Archival Description, Archival Management, Archival Preservation, Archival Processing, Archival Research, Art Education, Academic Writing
Preferred - Tennis, Digital Archiving, Digital Asset Management, Digital Cameras, Document Scanning