Internship - Collections Assistant

  • Posted on:
    Sep 14, 2021
    Employment Type:
    Full Time


  • Position Overview:

    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 creating an item-by-item inventory for a large donation offer to the museum. The donation includes ceramics, books, audio records, art, and other objects. The inventory will be compiled on Excel spreadsheets and, depending on the object, will include titles, authors/artists, manufacturers, and dates. Art and other objects will include reference photographs within the spreadsheet and brief descriptions. Throughout the inventory process, the intern will provide recommendations to the registrar and Collections Review Committee on which pieces might be appropriate for the permanent collection.

    In addition, the Collections Assistant will be an active participant in the collections and curatorial departments. As time allows, they may 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 behind-the-scenes tours to other museums for professional development and networking opportunities.

    Position Details and Benefits:

    Duration/Hours:     Approximately 3 months, 40 hours per week

    Pay:                        $9/hr.

    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:              October 18, 2021 (can be somewhat 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 September 29, 2021. Phone interviews for selected candidates will be held the week of October 4, and selection will be made the week of October 11.

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