INTERNSHIP: Collections Assistant
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.
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
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
Duration/Hours: Six months, 40 hours per week
Pay: $1,200 monthly stipend
fully-furnished house (includes all utilities and internet), access to the
intern car for use throughout the duration of the internship
6, 2022 (can be flexible)
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.