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Position Summary: In consultation with the Collections Coordinator, a plan of work will be developed which will introduce and train the student intern in many of the basic tasks in the Curatorial Department. The plan typically includes collection inventory, physical numbering and tagging, updating/modifying catalog records, performing data-base entry, among other tasks. The intern will be trained in the use of the PastPerfect program, a widely-used cataloging software package for small and mid-sized collections. The imaging of artifacts and historical documents, by scanning or digital photography, as well as recording environmental data on objects in storage and on exhibit, are also frequent tasks in which the intern will be trained. If the opportunity arises, the intern may assist with object handling activities, such as exhibit installation or de-installation. However, it is understood that the main activity in this position is behind-the-scenes. Throughout the internship experience, field trips to other conserving and interpreting institutions in the Philadelphia area, such as The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, The Chemical Heritage Foundation and Independence Seaport Museum, will be scheduled in order to learn more about their respective curatorial stewardship practices. Towards the end of the internship, typically one piece of independent research and writing, relating to the collections, may also be assigned.
Education Requirements: The Franklin Institutes Curatorial internship program is open to any individual currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, or a masters degree program in Museum Studies, history, archaeology, anthropology, or a related field of intellectual inquiry. Prospective interns should have a genuine interest in the study of the material culture of historical and contemporary civilizations.
Special Skills Required: Curatorial interns need to be: 1) computer savvy in order to do data entry in the Curatorial Departments collection data base and 2) have the ability to pay attention to detail when processing artifacts and preparing condition reports for museum loans to other conserving and interpreting institutions.
Schedule Requirements: A regular semester period for a Curatorial internship is four months- January through April for the spring semester; May through August for the summer semester; and September through December for the fall semester.
To apply for this position, please contact The Franklin Institute at 215-448-1163 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request an Internship Application.
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