Collections Internship at The Hershey Story
The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue located in Hershey, Pennsylvania seeks a qualified intern candidate to work with the collection staff on several ongoing projects.
The intern will experience a wide range of collections responsibilities including object handling and packing, object numbering systems and documentation, preventative conservation techniques, loan policy and procedures and maintaining collections management software. A successful candidate will work approximately 20 hours per week for 10-15 weeks. Internship hours must be completed during normal operating hours (M-F 8:30-5:00). Internships are unpaid but may be completed for college credit.
Intern will be responsible for re-cataloging and re-housing artifacts from The Hershey Story’s permanent collection. The project includes properly and efficiently housing the collection using acid-free storage materials and recording location information into a central database. Additionally, the Intern will evaluate each catalog record and take photographs of each artifact for inclusion in the museum’s new on-line database. The Intern may choose to work with one of the following collections: ceramics, glassware, souvenirs or toys.
Examples of other duties:
Assist staff with cleaning and maintenance of exhibits.
Assist staff with processing new acquisitions and loans.
Assist staff with annual spot check inventory.
Graduate degree candidate in Museum Studies, American Studies, History, Anthropology or similarly related field. Exceptional undergraduate Junior or Senior candidates will also be considered.
Basic knowledge of standard museum curatorial practice is a plus
Interest to pursue a career in the museum or archives fields
Excellent written and oral communication skills and legible handwriting
Detail oriented and ability to work independently
Ability to lift 25 pounds and climb ladders
Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel; experience with database software. Experience with PastPerfect Museum Software is a plus.
Multitasking and ability to prioritize project needs
Valid driver’s license and transportation
Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Valerie Seiber, Collections Manager, The Hershey Story, 63 W. Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033; or email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “2017 Internship” in the subject line. Internship is for the spring 2017 semester and must be completed between January and June 2017.
Applications must be received by November 16, 2016.