INTERNSHIP:  Collections Assistant


Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and located in Elk Horn, Iowa, the Museum of Danish America is the only national institution that tells the story of Danish immigration to the United States and the influence of Denmark on American culture today.  The Museum’s broad collections are almost entirely inventoried, cataloged, and digitized, and are available online.  Much of this work has been accomplished by interns.  MoDA’s intern program includes both Danes and Americans, providing a unique international experience.


Position Description:

The primary task for this internship will be completing inventory of items in the museum’s visual storage space in anticipation of redoing and reorganizing the space. PastPerfect records will be cross referenced with Excel inventory lists and compared to actual shelf contents to verify locations. Any additional information, photos, or condition notes will be added or updated at that time. The Collections Assistant will also participate in deaccessioning recommendations as appropriate and suggesting items to move into other storage locations.


In addition, the Collections Assistant will be an active participant in the collections and curatorial departments. As time allows, they may work on other inventory projects, help catalog new donations, and may provide hands-on assistance during exhibit rotations.  Interns are also involved in Collections Review Committee and Exhibitions Committee meetings, outreach activities (on and off site), and in behind-the-scenes tours to other museums for professional development and networking opportunities. 


Position Details and Benefits:  

Duration/Hours:  Six months, 40 hours per week

Pay:                      $1,200 monthly stipend

Benefits:             Rent-free, fully-furnished house (includes all utilities and internet), access to the intern car for use throughout the duration of the internship

Start Date:        June 6, 2022 (can be flexible)


Position Requirements: 

Masters degree or intended graduation from a Museum Studies program, though undergraduates and candidates with a degree in History or a related field may be considered; excellent writing skills; strong attention to detail; ability to handle large workloads and meet deadlines; ability to perform the physical requirements of the position including standing for long periods of time and lifting heavy objects; and ability to work well alone and in a group.  Optional, but highly preferred:  museum registration and/or inventory experience, and familiarity with PastPerfect software.


Application Deadline and Selection Process:  Must be received by midnight March 20, 2022.  Phone interviews for selected candidates will be held the week of March 28, and selection will be made the week of April 4.


Application Details:  Send letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references via email to Julia Jessen, Registrar: [email protected].  Questions are welcome.


This internship is made possible by generous support from the Danish Club of Tucson.