Stanford University

Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (INHA) Undergraduate Internship

Application deadline: February 5, 2020

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Created in 2001, the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (INHA) is an Academic, Cultural and Professional Public Establishment under the supervision of the ministries of Higher Education, Research and Culture. The creation of INHA revived the project of the fashion designer and patron Jacques Doucet (1853-1929) who, by founding the prestigious Library of Art and Archaeology in Paris in 1908, wished to create a place dedicated to resources and research, catering to the needs of what was, at that time, a new discipline. After the Second World War, this movement was relaunched by personalities such as the art historians André Chastel, Jacques Thuillier and Michel Laclotte. This led to the creation of the INHA, to which the library was entrusted. The INHA is responsible for developing academic activity and contributing to international academic cooperation in the fields of art history and heritage. It is active in the fields of research, education and the diffusion of knowledge and provides access to vast documentary resources for researchers and others active in the discipline.
Between 6/15/20 and 7/31/20
Up to $4,500
Grant recipients will be required to submit a three-page report within two weeks after their return.
Recipients for this internship must be enrolled at Stanford the quarter following the completion of the project for which they received funding. Thus, students who wish to pursue a fellowship the summer after their senior year may do so, but only if they apply for and receive permission from the University Registrar to enroll for a “graduation quarter” the following fall. More information on graduation quarters can be found here.
The intern will work in close collaboration with the research department teams. The department is composed of a staff of about fifty people, ranging from students (master's and doctoral levels) to senior researchers and various experts, particularly in digital research. Some twenty research programs are carried out in fields covering all periods from antiquity to the present day. All programs are carried out in partnership with major cultural and research institutions (Louvre, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, museums, research centers and universities in France and abroad). The intern will work directly with the research program teams, a community of experts with very diverse profiles. The intern will benefit from an introduction to these professional networks, as well as an introduction to the methods and tools developed around ambitious projects. The digital dimension is very present and leads to developments in data visualization and digital publishing. A privileged relationship with the curators of the library will also allow the student to access INHA's special collections and discuss archival and conservation practices in France.  
Paris, France
Undergraduate students (Freshman/Sophomore/Junior/Senior)
Language requirement
French proficiency (Frenlang 22C or Frenchlang 23C). Interviews will be conducted.
Background and interest in art history, French history and culture. French proficiency.
Applicants should submit the following documents:

  • Application form
  • Itemized budget
  • Letter to be addressed to the France-Stanford Center Director describing your research interests and why you are applying for the position. Please explain the nature of your background in art history, decorative and graphic arts. Where and how did you acquire the relevant training? Are there particular courses you took, particular research projects you pursued, etc.? (1 page, ~ 800 words)
  • Recommendation letter from the applicant’s advisor, discussing the applicant and the merits of the proposed visit (1 page). Request this recommendation on your application form
  • Applicant’s resume (1 page)
  • Unofficial Stanford transcript

Isabelle Collignon,