Summer 2013 Museum Collections Management Internship
The Camden County Historical Society (CCHS) internship program is designed to provide students with an introduction to standard museum practice and provide hands-on experience in museum work. By the end of the term, the intern will be fully familiar with the collections management and curatorial functions within the small museum setting. CCHS offers interns the opportunity to work in a small non-profit institution with a dedicated staff. Interns will gain diverse experience in activities typical of small museums and historic sites.
The museum intern will assist with the day-to-day operations of the Camden County Historical Society. The museum intern will work with the Museum Director on the overall care and management of the Historical Societys collections as well as the operations of Pomona Hall (our 18th century Georgian mansion) and the Camden County History Museum. The intern will gain knowledge and experience in historic housekeeping and basic preservation activities.
The intern will be required to conduct tours of Pomona Hall and the History Museum for visitors and large school groups.
The intern will have hands-on experience with objects in the permanent collection in terms of inventorying, assessment of condition, storage and maintenance, accessioning and deaccessioning, cataloguing, researching, and entering information into the PastPerfect database.
The museum intern may also have the opportunity to work with staff on the research, planning, and installation of exhibitions.
Historical background and experience with museums, libraries, and working with the public a plus, but not required. Applicants should have an interest in history or related disciplines. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail a must. Research and editing experience is a plus. Computer literacy: Knowledge of PastPerfect Museum Software and Microsoft Office helpful. Experience using a digital camera and scanner is also helpful. Please be comfortable speaking in public.
Internships are available year-round. The museum staff accepts three (3) per semester. Individual responsibilities are determined by the educational background and work experience of the intern, as well as the needs of the museum. While this position is unpaid, school credit can easily be arranged.
Hours are flexible (Wednesday - Friday from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM and Sunday 12 PM - 5 PM), but interns are expected to commit at least 2 days a week to CCHS. The diverse in-depth experience that interns experience working at CCHS make this an ideal opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate student in history, anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, library science, sociology, and related fields.
Please visit the CCHS website www.cchsnj.com for more information about the Historical Society and direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. To be considered for a summer internship position, please email your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the CCHS internship to our Museum Director, Elizabeth Dean, at email@example.com by April 30, 2013. Early applicants will receive preference.