Collection Internships | International Museum of Surgical Science

The International Museum of Surgical Science offers two four-month internships in the Spring (February – June) and in the Fall (August – December). The Museum is currently accepting applications for the Spring session. Internships are offered in the Museum’s Library and Permanent Collection and are intended to support applicants with Collections Management backgrounds, or a strong interest in Museum or Library careers. These internships are best suited for applicants having just completed an undergraduate degree, or in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.

About the Library Internship

The Collections Intern (Library) will work with the Museum’s Exhibit and Development Manager to clarify the Museum’s library catalog, implement provisional conservation policies, and publicly report on progress via the Museum blog.

Ideal candidate holds their undergraduate degree in library/information science, history, history of art, museum studies or related field, is currently pursuing such a degree, or has equivalent experience. The ideal candidate works well with minimal supervision and has a strong interest in libraries and museum collections.

About the Permanent Collections Internship

The Permanent Collections Intern will work with the Museum’s Exhibit and Development Manager to clarify the Museum’s catalog, and stabilize collection areas. The Intern will implement museum standards and best practices in collection management, practice safe-handling of art and artifacts and gain hands-on experience working with both natural history and fine arts collections. The Intern will be expected to publicly report on progress via the Museum blog.

Ideal candidate holds their undergraduate degree in history, history of art, museum studies or related field, is currently pursuing such a degree, or has equivalent experience. The ideal candidate works well with minimal supervision and has a strong interest in museum collections (practically & theoretically.)

Internship Requirements

Applicants must be willing to commit at least one full day per week during the Internship Period.

The International Museum of Surgical Science does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

Important Dates for Spring Session

Application Period: November 15, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Determination: January 15, 2019
Internship Period: February 1 - June 15, 2019

Requirements
To Apply: 

Required Internship Application Materials:

  • Statement of Intent / Cover Letter: Statement must address the following 3 prompts:
    1. Do you have a background working with Libraries or Museum Collections? If not, what is your interest in this internship?
    2. What in particular interests you about the International Museum of Surgical Science’s collections (refer specifically to Library or Permanent Collection)? 
    3. In what ways do you hope to benefit from this internship?
  • C.V. or Résumé
  • Writing Sample (500 words maximum)
  • 3 References
    • For each reference, please include (1) Name (2) Relationship to Applicant (3) Years Acquainted and (4) E-mail Address & Telephone Number
       

Please send application materials as attachments to monica@imss.org with the subject line "Library Internship Application" or "Collections Internship Application."

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Monica Stokes
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone Number: 
3126426502
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