2018 Summer/Fall Museum Collections Management Internship
Park museum intern will assist with all aspects of museum collection management for a collection of over 1,000,000 objects (cultural and natural history). Collections are located in two historic house museums (Rapidan Camp and Massanutten Lodge), the Byrd Visitor Center, and the collection storage/research space. Intern will assist with documentation, preservation, access and use of museum collections. They will perform cataloging including labeling and data entry into the Interior Museum Collection Management System (ICMS), assist with accessioning and loans, photo documentation of objects; perform preventive maintenance, possibly some light conservation work, rehousing of object, assist with winter breakdown of historic house museums, environmental monitoring including integrated pest management, light readings, temperature and humidity; assist with research requests, digitize and research historic photographs for use on social media. Will also assist with reincorporation of natural history specimens back into the museum collection. May work with oral history program and GIS/museum collection projects, and other mutually agreed duties.
Interns will be based out of the Headquarters area 4 miles from the town of Luray. For more information on Shenandoah National Park, see our website at www.nps.gov/shen.
Interns will receive on the job museum collections management training with the potential to do cross training with other divisions. Additional trainings and professional development opportunities may also be made available. If you love learning, history, archives, material culture, natural resources and working hard in a team environment, this position is incredibly rewarding.
Interns are reimbursed for living expenses at the rate of $150.00 per week. A $300.00 travel allowance is also provided. A uniform is not required for this position but the park will provide appropriate shirts for working in the field.
Housing costs are covered by the Park. Housing is typically a shared house.
Required Skills and Interest
Interest and knowledge of museum collections theory and the national park service; interest and knowledge of cultural and natural history, particularly mammals; ability to work independently, attention to detail, write neatly, and read cursive writing; ability to work both independently and as part of a team; valid driver’ s license.
Desired Skills and Interests
Background in museum collections management, history, archives, archeology, preservation, museum aspect of natural resource management, or a related discipline.
To apply for a summer museum collections management internship, a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 professional references (name, title/position, phone, and email) should be submitted by June 18, 2018. Applications may be submitted by mail or email to the following Park contact:
3655 US Hwy 211 East
Luray, Virginia 22835
(540) 999, 3500 ext. 3281
Last updated: May 15, 2018