Job Opening – Internship (01/2010)

2010 January 26

Sheboygan County Historical Museum Collections Internship
Summer 2010

As part of the Strategic Plan adopted by the museum in 2008, the Sheboygan County Historical Museum seeks an Intern to work with the collection during the Summer of 2010.  This intern will assist the museum in working toward the goal of completing an inventory of the museum collection of approximately 35,000 objects.

The recipient of this internship would concentrate on either the museums Native American, Furniture, or Pranges Animation collection.  Although the intern may choose which collection to work with, the following duties will be key components regardless of subject area.

1.  Record critical object data, including number, name, description, overall condition, and available provenance.

2.  Enter data into PastPerfect database.

3.  Photograph objects for identification.

4. Other duties as related to the chosen collection, including numbering, research, preparing items for storage, recording locations in PastPerfect, and input regarding duplicate objects, Found in Collection objects, and items that would complete gaps within the collection.

Applicants for this internship should be able to work independently with little supervision and have excellent written and oral communication skills. A background (either education or work) in museum studies, along with an interest in history is preferable.  Applicants must be comfortable working with computers.  Hours are somewhat flexible, but the intern should plan on primarily working between 9 am and 4 pm on weekdays.  (The possibility of ride sharing from the Milwaukee area exists.)  A stipend (to be paid upon completion of 150 hours) of $600 is available to an applicant who accepts this internship as part of college coursework, continuing education, or independent study.

The Sheboygan County Historical Museum is dedicated to the discovery, collection, and preservation of information, records, and objects relating to the history of the county of Sheboygan and the dissemination of knowledge concerning the same.  Embracing this mission, the museum primarily serves the countys 116,000 residents, along with members of the surrounding five counties through the maintenance of the four historic buildings, a modern 20,000 square foot exhibit and storage facility, and an exhibit restoration and storage center on the property.   In addition to period displays in the historic buildings, the museum features exhibits related to Native American culture, the maritime industries, and other important themes of county history.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 2 references to: Tamara Lange, Collections Coordinator, or Cass Karl, Registrar,  Sheboygan County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081 or to langetrl@co.sheboygan.wi.us and/or karlclk@co.sheboygan.wi.us. Applications received by March 15, 2010, will receive priority consideration, but applications will be accepted until an intern is chosen.

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