Curatorial Assistant

Department: 
Library & Collections
Supervisor: 
Associate Curator, 3D Objects
Hours: 
10-12 hours per week; anytime M-F 10:00-4:00
Location: 
Minnesota History Center
Semester(s): 
Spring 2018 (January-May)
Status: 
Unpaid; A limited number of diversity stipends are available for eligible candidates.
Project summary: 

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 about an accessioned object of their choosing to be published in Collections Up Close.

Ideal degree(s): 
Anthropology, History, Library Science, Museum Studies
Student qualifications: 
  • 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
  • Pack and mail rejected objects to donors
  • 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 
Additional required submissions: 

Short writing sample (not to exceed 500 words). Ideally, the sample should be a cited, research-based piece.