INTERNSHIPS

The Allen County Museum is offering several internship opportunities for 2022. We are currently seeking one intern for a specific grant funded project that will begin in January 2022. There is also need for interns, in an ongoing capacity, to support the curatorial department with collections processing and exhibition development. All interns for the curatorial positions report to the Director of Curatorial Affairs.

For all internships, submit resume and cover letter to Amy Craft, Director, at acraft@allencountymuseum.org.

 

What The Student Gains:

Earn a Stipend. The Allen County Museum offers a stipend available at the completion of the internship to reimburse, in part, travel expenses incurred during the experience. Internship stipends are determined by the number of hours worked and can range between $500-$800 per internship.

 

Gain Professional Experience. Expand your knowledge and career by working with professional staff. Interns have opportunities to shadow staff in addition to their projects.

 

Observe a School Tour. Learn how our tours tie in with the Ohio Learning Standards and see what an asset volunteers are to the museum.

 

Meet the Staff. In order to provide an overview of the different positions in the museum, interns will have the opportunity to network with staff, where they will learn about different areas of the museum field, such as collections, exhibitions, education, marketing and administration.

Job Descriptions and Museum Department:

Curatorial Department

1) Digital Exhibition Intern – Start January 2022 (Ohio Humanities Project Grant)

Minimum 200 hours. With this interdisciplinary opportunity, the intern will learn how to engage with the museum’s public through utilizing collections to provide a digital exhibition. The intern will focus on researching and updating content currently located in the physical exhibit titled, Wall of Fame, an exhibit about famous people from Allen County. The intern will edit and write short biographies as well as assist the Director of Curatorial Affairs in creating an online exhibit featuring that content. The intern may handle objects through research and digitizing and will utilize computer software (Wix, Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements, Silverfast).

Main Project: Assist in creating an online exhibit with the Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Archives and Manuscripts

  • Research people included in Wall of Fame: Famous People from Allen County physical exhibit and update the exhibit narrative

  • Research additional entries into the Wall of Fame: Famous People from Allen County exhibit and write online exhibit content for those additions

  • Scan and photograph collections related to the exhibit’s featured individuals to be placed in the museum’s database and online exhibits

  • Create additional collections database entries as needed

  • Post written and audiovisual exhibition content on museum website

  • Create online marketing materials for online engagement for the Famous People from Allen County exhibit

2) Exhibition Development Intern – ongoing, starting in Spring 2022

Minimum 200 hours. During this internship, the individual will learn the process of creating an exhibit from development to installation. Because this is an advanced internship, basic object handling and collections care experience is preferred.

  • Assist curators with the following:

    • Research collections and historical content for exhibitions

    • Write exhibit labels

    • Create marketing materials for exhibit and associated programming

    • Prepare artifacts for display o Evaluating the exhibition

  • Work with educators and curators to do the following:

    • Plan and coordinate educational programs and content in conjunction with the exhibit (this could be online and in-person opportunities for the pubic)

    • Assist in hosting and evaluating program 

 

3) Collections Processing Intern – ongoing

Minimum 100 hours. During this collections-focused, introductory internship, the individual will learn basic collections care principles, acquire object handling skills, and become familiar with methods of marking collections. The intern should be detail-oriented and have proficient skills in writing and research.

  • Catalog 2D and 3D materials, including measuring and photographing/scanning the objects

  • Research collections to adequately describe the objects

  • Add and edit records in the museum’s database

  • Number objects, labelling the object with its ID number

  • Rehouse collections, as needed ​