Museum Management Intern (Museum Technician)

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, National Park Service
485 Fillmore St.
Harpers Ferry, WV
Application Deadline: October 1, 2014
Position: Full-time, Unpaid
Timeframe: 01/12/15 — 06/26/15 (Flexible)

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Museum Management Intern (Museum Technician)

The park offers a 24 week internship starting in the middle of January and ending in the middle of June. A minimum commitment of 32 hours, Monday - Thursday is required.

Student intern has the opportunity to work with a large National Park Service museum collection. The collection consists of archeological material, archives (historical and corporate), and objects on exhibit in park museums (located in historic structures). A self-directed project is assigned while also assisting with the daily operations of the curatorial office. All work completed follows the guidance provided by the "National Park Service Museum Handbook," and staff.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) Required:
Basic knowledge of museum practices is essential. Flexibility and creatively is a must while having the ability to work cooperatively with others and follow directions. Interpersonal communication skills are essential due to interaction with other park staff, volunteers, and visitors. The incumbent must be approachable and patient. Preference is given to those who show collections management as their long term career goal.


The intern works directly under the supervision of the museum curator and closely with other museum and park staff. The self-directed project is determined based on intern’s qualifications, interests, and needs of the park. The daily operations of the curatorial office involves collections research, library management, museum housekeeping, performing inventory, collecting environmental data, pest trap monitoring, possible temporary exhibit installation, and possible electronic data entry into the Interior Collection Management System (ICMS). The ability to climb three flights of stairs and lift 35-50 pounds on your own is desired due to the nature of the job, the historic scene, and structures you are required to work in while an intern. Casual office attire and Volunteer uniform (provided) are required as are closed toed shoes for safety.

Area Information:
Housing is available, a dormitory setting in the lower historic town with many scenic views. Transportation is the responsibility of the intern and is highly recommended, parking is provided within the park boundaries. Limited public transportation serves the area. Groceries and other shopping are located a minimum of six miles away. Local restaurants and a convenience store are available in town. Washington, D. C. is approximately 1 ½ hours away and accessible by various transportation methods. Other cities within the greater Washington D. C. metropolitan area are within easy driving distance.

Contact Information:
Phone: 304 535-6497; Fax: 304 535-6190; Email: e-mail us; Mail: Harpers Ferry NHP, Attn: Museum Services, P.O. Box 65, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

How to Apply:
Apply with resume, cover letter and three references by October 1st and selections are confirmed by December 1. Please include the following in the cover letter: address the KSAs, do you require housing, what your internship and career objectives are, whether this internship is for school credit or not. If applicable, please include the number of hours required by your school, the requirements of your school's internship program, and your advisor's name and contact information. Also, feel free to express your previous experience, your hopes and expectations in the cover letter. Finally, please indicate whether or not you would like to be considered for an internship in another park discipline if not selected for Museum Services. It is preferred you submit these materials digitally, in PDF format, to or alternatively to the above address.

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