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History Collections Intern

Program Office/Description: 

New York State Museum History Office documents and collects artifacts pertaining to NYS history.  The NYSM has over 5 million artifacts related to NYS history.  The collections intern will learn how to document, research, process, re-house, and store artifacts. Work may include de-installation and installation of artifacts on exhibit.  

The Assignment (Description of Job): 

This assignment would be hands-on work directly with artifacts in the History collections.  
Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following: 
(1) Physical processing of historical artifacts, documents, and materials in the Museum's collection including cleaning, organizing, labeling, re-housing, and incorporating into storage, using NYS Museum practices and standards; 
(2) cataloguing individual artifacts; 
(3) Entering catalog and related data into electronic databases; 
(4) Preserving, documenting, and evaluating artifacts; 
(5) Conducting artifact –level inventories; 
(6) Photographing artifacts for documentation; 
(7) Assisting curators and collections staff with exhibits, public programs, tours, research requests, and other educational/research activities related to the collections.

Assignment Type: 
Professional Development Plan : 

Intern will learn collections management and best museum practices in a large cultural institution.
Intern will learn museum procedures.
Intern will gain experience with a collections database. 

Desired Skills, Abilities, & Educational Background: 

Working on a Masters degree in History or public history.  Some public history experience preferred, database experience (excel, Past Perfect, MIMSY), attention to detail. 


10 hours/week to be completed at the NYSM located at 222 Madison Avenue, Albany, New York or at the off-site storage facility in Rotterdam, NY. 

Application Instructions: 

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, resume, transcript (student copy is acceptable), and completed internship application to  Please include the Assignment Number (OCE-SP23-2) in the subject line of your email to reference this assignment.

Internship Program: 
SUNY/SED Internship
Program Area: 
Office of Cultural Education
Program Office: 

Jennifer Lemak 

Number of Interns Requested: 
Degree Level: 
Spring 2023
Pay Rate: