Collections Internship (Washington, DC, USA)

Newseum Fall Collections Internship – Washington, DC Are you looking for an exciting internship that will provide you with the skills necessary to help you obtain full-time museum employment? If so, the Newseum’s Collections Internship is for you!

The Newseum, a revolutionary 250,000-square-foot museum that promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment, offering visitors an experience that blends five centuries of history with technology and hands-on exhibits.  At the Newseum, we pride ourselves on creating up-to-the minute exhibits and actively collecting modern and historic print news materials. As a Newseum intern you will work at our museum downtown and have the opportunity to work at our storage center in Laurel, Maryland once a week (with Newseum provided transportation from DC). Internship hours are flexible and can be arranged to fit individual’s schedules – this can include morning work. You will be a member of the small, dynamic Collections team and will be able to make an enormous contribution to the work we do. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain Collections experience and be involved in the day-to-day operations of one of Washington, D.C.’s most popular museums!

Intern responsibilities will include, but are not limited to assisting the Registrar and Collections Specialist with the following tasks:

  • Daily monitoring and recording of environmental conditions (temperature, relative humidity, lighting, etc.) in gallery spaces
  • Processing donations and incoming loans, including cataloging artifacts in database
  • Monitoring and reporting on exhibition conditions as they pertain to exhibited collections
  • Assisting with the cleaning of exhibits and artifacts on display pre-opening
  • Aiding in the installation and de-installation of exhibited artifacts
  • Compiling information for the new Standard Facilities Report particularly regarding the environmental conditions/calculations for each of the galleries
  • Helping with basic artifact conservation

Candidates should be currently enrolled in or should have recently finished a museum-related graduate or undergraduate program, possess basic computer skills, an interest in collections/registration work, and the ability to lift 30 pounds.

Internships last for a minimum of 12 weeks beginning in early September 2018 and may be part or full time. Interns must work a minimum of 2 ½ days/week with an 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (full day) and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (half day) schedule. This internship position is primarily for college credit.

Application Deadline: July 27, 2018

Application Process
Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to:
Human Resources Department
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001