Curatorial Internship

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The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA
Posted: 514 days ago
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Part-time, Unpaid

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Position Summary: An internship with the Curatorial Department typically includes collection inventory, physical numbering and tagging, updating/modifying catalog records, data-base entry, and recording environmental data on objects in storage and on exhibit. An additional standard project of the internship is scanning historical documents and photographing artifacts for our digital records. Interns will be trained on TFI’s collections database, PastPerfect, a widely-used cataloging software package for small and mid-sized collections. If the opportunity arises, interns may assist with object handling activities (e.g. exhibit installation or de-installation) as well as Science After Hours events, however, it is understood that the main activity in this position is “behind-the-scenes.” At the end of the internship, one piece of independent research and writing, relating to the collections, may also be assigned.

Education Requirements: The Franklin Institute’s Curatorial internship program is open to any individual currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a master’s degree program in Museum Studies, history, anthropology, or a related field of intellectual inquiry. Prospective interns should have a genuine interest in the study of material culture. An interest in the history of science and technology is a plus.

Special Skills Required: Familiarity with entering data into basic computer programs, attention to detail, ability to focus for extended periods of time, and a desire to learn.

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. One or two days, four to five hours each day, or dependent on school requirements

Position Reports To: Senior Curator of Collections

To apply for this position, please contact The Franklin Institute at 215-448-1163 or to request an Internship Application.

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