Curatorial Assistant Intern

Saint Paul, MN 55102
United States

Library Science
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Manages Others
Security Clearance Required
Yes Background Check required
Employment Type
Intern - not paid
Work Schedule
No Travel

Current undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates can apply up to one year after graduation.

The collections department documents the history and culture of the state by building, preserving and making available the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society. The intern will work independently and with staff in the collections department to assist in the identification, cataloging and processing of acquisition offers in the 3D Objects collection. At the culmination of the internship the intern will submit a blog post on a subject of their choosing to be published in Collections Up Close. For more info, see

Ideal degrees: History, museum studies, anthropology, library science, or related fields.

Student Qualifications: Senior level undergraduate student or graduate student. Must possess the following:

  • Interest in history and material culture (preferred: future desire or plans to work with collections

  • in a museum)

  • Attention to detail

  • Strong research and writing skills

  • Strong computer or database skills

  • Strong oral communication skills

  • Requires minimal direct supervision

  • Ability to lift and move moderately heavy objects

Student Responsibilities:

  • Inspect and research unprocessed objects

  • Consult acquisition files to determine status of objects

  • Create acquisition and catalog records for unprocessed objects

  • Prepare and mail Deed of Gift agreements for acquisitioned objects

  • Occasionally attend Acquisition Committee and other meetings

  • Write a blog post

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • Experience working in a professional setting

  • Specialized training in MNHS collections cataloging and collections management software

  • Knowledge of collection acquisition process and museum standards and best practices

  • Training in the careful handling of fragile historic objects

  • Experience handling museum artifacts

How to apply: Send a cover letter, resume, PDF copy of school transcripts, and any required additional materials to Applications are open March 1-31, 2020