URAP: Undergraduate Research at The Magnes

The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) presents UC Berkeley undergraduate students with the unique opportunity to work closely with the curatorial staff of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, learning and developing invaluable research skills.

In the Spring of 2013, the curatorial unit of The Magnes launched an exhibition and publication project entitled "Jewish Worlds: 100 Objects from The Magnes Collection," which is being planned for the Fall of 2014.

The planned exhibition will be accompanied by the first comprehensive volume on one of the largest Jewish collections in the world. The volume highlights one hundred objects from The Magnes Collection that can be pinpointed to specific locations across the Diaspora, down to the street address of a scene depicted in a painting. Detailed images, accompanied by brief essays, offer an unconventional look at the cultures of the Jews. The accompanying essays situate the objects in their geographical and historical context, weaving a rich tapestry of individual lives, geopolitical networks, and micro-histories.

The Undergraduate Research Apprentice will conduct in-house and on-line research about the museum, archive and library holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life; assist with research on collection items, catalog and accession record; fact-check existing information in museum catalogs, books, and online resources; and proof-read exhibition labels and web pages.

Research work will be directly supervised by the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, dr. Francesco Spagnolo, and by the current Magnes Graduate Fellow.

The research apprentice will have the opportunity to work "hands-on" with primary sources from the global Jewish Diaspora, including rare objects, documents, photographs, books, manuscripts, and art works from the 16th century to our days . The apprenticeship offers a unique chance to learn about collection research, exhibition preparation, and print and online publication work, operating in a collaborative environment and with cutting-edge digital humanities tools and perspectives. Apprentices are expected to work a minimum of six hours per week.

Qualifications: We seek students with good collaborative and communication skills, and with strong interest and research skills in European, Near Eastern and American history, art history, anthropology, and, of course, Jewish studies. We welcome students with language skills that may include Hebrew, German, Arabic and Malayalam. Students who are familiar with digital tools (digitization, image processing, HTML, QR coding, WordPress and Drupal) are also welcome to apply.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs.

If you are an Undergraduate Student at UC Berkeley and you wish to apply, visit the URAP web page of The Magnes and follow the link "How to Apply" at the top of the page.

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