The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is the largest museum for modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands. Our collection holds works by some of the world’s best-known artists from Mondrian and Malevich to De Kooning. Always ambitious, the Stedelijk’s exhibition program features landmark surveys of artists like Matisse, Marlene Dumas, Ed van der Elsken and Studio Drift, and offers a platform to exciting young artists and designers. In 2018, the museum attracted over 700,000 visitors. The Stedelijk employs about 200 people. 

As part of the preparations for the exhibition Proposals for the Municipal Art Acquisitions 2020, the project offers an internship position for a:

Municipal Art Acquisition Data Researcher

The position is for four and a half months, 24 hrs per week, starting as soon as possible.

The 2020 exhibition Proposals for the Municipal Art Acquisitions of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam departs from a critical outlook on the museum collection and with interest in stories that are unseen, ignored or deserve to be told more often. The position is available for researchers with special interest in the registration of museum collections and the visualization of trends and developments through data analyses.


  • The research intern will help the exhibition curators with analyzing and visualizing their critical observations regarding collection registration systems;
  • The intern will preliminary work with information from the collection registration system of the Stedelijk Museum called Adlib;
  • As an intern, you will be asked to research specific fields, requested by the exhibition curators;
  • The research will focus on the geographical origins of the artists and the years of acquisition of their artworks, with a critical view on the methods of categorisation within the collection registration system;
  • Requested result at the end of the internship: a visualization of the research results in maps, graphs or other visual representations.


  • Candidates must be registered at a university, preferably for a MA in Comparative Studies and/or Creative Industries;
  • A background in art or design history is not required, however an interest in the workings of museums as an institution is requested;
  • Your courses involve developing and implementing data analyses, data collection systems, statistical techniques and other strategies that optimize research efficiency and quality;
  • Knowledge of data visualization programs such as GIS, Tableau or similar software, is required.


The appointment is for 24 hours a week, beginning as soon as possible after the application procedure (deadline: October 18). During the first weeks of the appointment, the successful candidate will work with a large, diverse group of museum colleagues from various departments to collect the required research data. The research results will be requested to be finished before the end of February 2020. The appointment lasts until February 29, 2020. The salary is € 208,-. For more information please contact exhibition curators Britte Sloothaak ( and/or Fadwa Naamna (


If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume and cover letter by October 18 via the online application form ( Please do not send us applications via email, we won’t be able to consider candidates outside the online procedure.

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