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Collections Management intern | Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery, Penn State posted Jan 5, 2023

06 Deike Building
Penn State
University Park, PA 16802
United States
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Compensation: $18.00/hour

Start Date: 03/01/2023
End Date: 08/31/2023

The Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery is seeking a graduate student for a 24-week paid internship. This successful candidate will work 40 hours per week. This is a graduate student internship focusing on museum collections management.

The Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery is comprised of an exhibition gallery on the campus of Penn State University Park plus the EMS Museum Center for Education, Research, and Collections (CERC) off campus. There will be opportunities to work in both locations with the majority of the project tasks taking place at CERC in collections storage rooms and curation office.

The Collections Management Intern will work closely with the EMS Museum Collections Manager to conduct detailed inventories of collections in storage and on exhibit, confirm object location accuracy, identify object housing and storage needs, create digital images of objects as needed, and create or update collections management database records. There will be opportunities for the Collections Management Intern to work with other EMS Museum personnel and assist with exhibit development and installation, special events, gallery tours, and other museum events and activities.

This internship will provide hands-on experience with care, planning, and preventive conservation strategies required for handling and preserving museum objects comprised of different material types. The EMS Museum's collections include earth materials (rocks, minerals, fossils, indust rial by-products), mid-century industrial art (painti ngs, works on paper, sculpture), and historic scientific equipment and tools of research and education.

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Curatorial and Conservation Internship: Costume & Textiles | RISD Museum posted Jan 4, 2023

20 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02903
United States
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Honorarium: $4,000

Dates for Internship
Start Date: 06/05/2023
End Date: 08/11/2023

The Costume and Textiles collection contains more than 30,000 objects and includes textiles, clothing, and fashion items from 1500 BCE to the present. The intern will straddle curatorial and conservation roles, assisting staff with caring for the collection. Tasks will include moving and rehousing garments in storage, researching historical context to add information to object files, as well as closely examining objects, and compiling condition reports to document damages. Strong candidates will be curious researchers with an interest in t he care of museum collections; some familiarity with the history of costume and textiles is preferred.

Applicants should have a strong interest in museum work and the topics related to the specific internship projects, but no previous museum experience or academic background in art history is necessary. This program is open to currently enrolled college and university undergraduate and graduate students; students graduating in the 2022-23 academic year are also eligible. Students who are not U.S. citizens are welcome to apply for the internship if they have a visa that is valid for the entire internship program (through mid-August 2023).

The ten-week internships begin on June 5 and end on August 11, 2023. Interns are expected to work for 20 hours a week. Participation in group seminars and workshops focusing on museum studies and professional practice is included in these weekly hours. Interns will develop an independent project related to their interests along side these seminar sessions and at the end of the pro gram, each intern will publicly reflect on their experience and share their work. Browse former interns' perspectives on the collection here. Interns will receive a $4,000 honorarium. A limited amount of funding is available for travel assistance and may be awarded to accepted students who would not otherwise be able to take advantage of this opportunity.

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The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, January 27, 2023, at 11:59 pm. Selected candidates will be interviewed in March and all applicants will be notified by the end of that month. Questions should be addressed to


Alexandra Poterack
401 454 6542

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