Job Opening – Paid Summer Collections Internship (01/2010)

2010 January 16

Greater Southwest Historical Museum
Collections Intern, Summer 2010

The Greater Southwest Historical Museum in Ardmore, Oklahoma, seeks a collections intern to for a 10-12 week internship. The Collections Intern will assist in an ongoing cataloging project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Specific Responsibilities:

Assist the Curator and two Curatorial Assistants in cataloging the Museums collections
Assist to enter catalogue information into PastPerfect
Assist in the re-housing of artifacts/objects
Assist with cleaning and basic preventative conservation of collections.
Assist with the maintenance and documentation of the collection
Assist in the classification, description, and interpretation of artifacts/objects
Conduct research for identifying and interpreting the objects.

Background:_ The Museums mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the cultural, social, and economic history of south central Oklahoma, with a special emphasis on Ardmore and Carter County. The Museum is located in a 1936 WPA National Guard Armory, which houses the Museum as well as the Genealogy and Research Library and Military Memorial Museum. The Museum is located approximately 90 minutes from both Oklahoma City and Dallas along I-35.

Schedule and Compensation: The internship period will run from May to August 2010. The internship weekly schedule will be based upon the candidate’s summer schedule. A minimum of 25 hours per week is expected; these hours must fall between Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm.The start date and schedule are flexible. Interns will be given a $3,000 stipend. Interns are responsible for their own housing (the Museum will assist with locating nearby rentals).

Qualifications: Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program emphasizing history, museum studies, or closely related field. Experience with PastPerfect is preferred. Must be well-organized and detailed-oriented, have strong written and verbal skills, and have ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

Please send cover letter, resume, and references by February 26, 2010 to Kristin Mravinec, Greater Southwest Historical Museum, 35 Sunset Drive, Ardmore, OK 73401 or via email to gshmcurator@cableone.net.

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