Photography/Database Internship

Education: Advanced undergraduate (junior/senior) or graduate student
Area of Study: Library sciences, archives studies, or communications studies, with a background or interest in photography and digital imaging

Purpose: Support the day-to-day operations of the Photography and imaging services department at The Birmingham Museum of Art


  • Work in Extensis Portfolio, the museum’s Digital Asset Management System
  • Catalog digital images, audio files, and video related to the museum’s collection and programs
  • Publish cataloged digital images to the museum’s public website

Interns also work on one major project, which is tailored to meet individual interests. Examples include:

  • Cataloging newly created digital photographs
  • Organizing digital files on servers
  • Identifying images that can be published to the public website based on quality standards

Special Skills:

  • Strong desire to work hard and engage in hands-on learning
  • Computer literacy
  • knowledge of digital photography and imaging
  • Cataloging and metadata in a museum setting
  • Knowledge of databases

About Photo and Imaging Services:

The Photography and imaging services department handles the generation, organization, and distribution of all digital photographs at the museum. Additionally the department handles the organization and distribution of other digital media including audio, video, publications, and more. Uses for these digital assets include BMA publications and website, non-BMA publications, and scholars.

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