Closes 03/15/17

Registration and Collections Management Intern

Kentucky Historical Society


Internship Compensated

Museums & Historical Societies

Are you interested in learning about the day-to-day operations of managing museum collections? The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated intern to work with the Registrar and the Collections Manager of the Historical Resources team.

This internship is open to graduate students interested in gaining collections management experience in a museum setting. The intern will gain broad hands-on experience in cataloging, inventory, monitoring environmental conditions, as well as collections management and care. The intern will also learn about records management in a museum setting and work with the KHS loan program.

The intern will participate in a cataloging and rehousing project, contribute to the wall-to-wall collections inventory, and will assist the Collections Manager with weekly environmental checks. The intern will also work on accessioning new donations, processing loans, and other registration tasks. The intern will also participate in weekly team meetings, collections committee meetings, learn basic collections care and assist with other collections projects as needed. Other tasks may include, but are not limited to: cataloging incoming donations, object photography, data entry, artifact handling and research.

The internship is available for those interested in class credit and those just seeking more experience in the museum field. The internship is a six-week, full-time internship (approximately 230 hours). The exact timeframe and schedule will be mutually determined by the supervisor and the successful candidate. The internship must be completed by between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2017.

Minimum requirements: Must be currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate level program working towards a degree in museum studies, public history, history or other related field. The candidate must have strong research and organization skills.  Basic knowledge of collections management and the proper handling of museum objects is preferred.

KHS is a state agency and membership organization that is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The KHS mission is to educate and engage the public through Kentucky’s history in order to confront the challenges of the future.

This is a temporary, paid position based in Frankfort, Kentucky. Employee benefits are not available. Housing is not provided.

To apply, email a cover letter, application and resume to [email protected]. No phone calls please.


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