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