Bartels Science Illustration Internships

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers paid internships through the Bartels Science Illustration Internship program. Each recipient works on a project illustrating birds, wildlife, and/or plants for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s print publications, outreach materials, and websites. Interns work on projects that help the Lab achieve its mission, and these projects often result in publication of the intern’s work.

Interns work on projects that help the Lab achieve its mission, and these projects often result in publication of the intern’s work. We do not teach our interns how to draw birds, but instead offer the opportunity to gain experience and refine skills by working in a stimulating production environment. Interns also have access to the many resources at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Cornell University, including entry to the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates to study prepared specimens; daily contact with world-renowned scientists and researchers; access to the University’s extensive Library system; and the opportunity to be surrounded daily by original art by Louis Agassiz Fuertes, George M. Sutton, Andrew Goldsworthy, Charley Harper, Maya Lin, James Prosek, and others.

Qualifications:We are seeking candidates with the qualifications listed below. Preference will be given to applicants whose portfolios include ornithological work and who accurately illustrate birds, even if the artist’s style is graphic or abstract.

--Students (undergraduate, graduate, or recent graduates), or artists just starting their career
--At least 20 years old and/or have attended college for at least two years
--Experience and exceptional talent in illustrating, painting, or drawing birds and wildlife
--A focus on developing skills in ornithological art
--Fluency in English

Work Schedule: Internship appointments are flexible, but require a commitment of 39 hours per week and usually last between four and six months depending on work. The internship will be conducted at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York. No relocation assistance is provided. We regret that we are unable to accept intertnational interns at this time. Funding may be subject to Federal and/or State income taxes.

Application: Please email the following items to Diane L.Tessaglia‚ÄźHymes, at dianeth@cornell.edu, or send them to her addressed to: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.

(1) Letter of interest stating why this internship is of particular interest to you and what you hope to gain from it. If you have a project of special interest to you, describe it in your letter; however, this is not required. Describe any particular interests or skills you have related to this internship.
(2) Your resume
(3) Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or colleagues familiar with your work. These may be included with your application or sent directly to Diane at the address above.
(4) Five or six samples of your work that you feel best reflect your skills in scientific illustration. Please include works that depict birds. Electronic submissions are preferred, and we discourage submitting originals or hard copies greater than 11 x 14 inches.

Application deadline: April 3, 2017. Unless prior arrangements are made, applications received after this date will not be considered for the current year but will be kept on file for future internships.

Questions: Contact Cornell Lab design director Diane Tessaglia-Hymes by email dianeth@cornell.edu (preferred) or by phone at (607) 254-2417.

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