Internship Opportunities Fall 2013

For information and applications for all internships, please contact:

Janna Tajibaeva, Ph.D
309 Stevenson Hall
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
phone:  (502) 852-2247
email: janna@louisville.edu

Crane House – Asia Institute “Hats of Asia” Curatorial Internship

Assist in the research, curation, production, management, and installation of the exhibition "Hats of Asia." Employ best practices both from a museum point of view and experience with curatorial and exhibits materials.

Hats of Asia is a survey of the anthropological diversity of Asia through traditional costume and hats. The exhibition will feature approximately 30 objects plus contextual materials. The exhibition has target audience of K-12.

  • Deadline to Apply: August 29, 2013

Kentucky Historical Society

Graduate Internship: Digitization Coordinator/Cataloger Intern


The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) seeks an enthusiastic and motivated intern to help catalog and
digitize the Churchill Weavers fabric archive of 20th century hand-woven textiles. This is an exciting
opportunity to work with a KHS signature collection and gain valuable experience in the areas of
identifying museum objects and materials, collections management and care, artifact photography,
handling textile objects, and database entry. The intern will work closely with the Project Coordinator,
Assistant Project Specialist and volunteers to process a wide range of textile products made by Churchill
Weavers, a Kentucky hand weaving business. The textiles to be processed include experimental fabrics,
ladies clothing accessories, baby blankets and home textiles. All catalog records created will be made
accessible to the public via KHS’s online Object Catalog, www.history.ky.gov/objects.

  • Deadline to apply: August 29, 2013

Kentucky Historical Society

Museum Collections and Exhibitions #1

Are you interested in working with museum collections? If so, this is the internship for you! The
Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is looking for an undergraduate or graduate level intern for
the Museum Collections and Exhibitions department.

The intern will gain broad, hands-on experience in researching collection objects and materials,
collections management and care, and documentation and registration methods. The intern will
work with at least one KHS artifact collection to catalog and make the items available to the
public online through the KHS Objects Catalog (www.history.ky.gov/objects). The intern will
also participate in exhibition research, maintenance and installation if the exhibition schedule
allows.

  • Deadline to apply: August 29, 2013

Kentucky Historical Society

Museum Collections and Exhibitions Internship #2

Are you interested in working with museum collections? If so, this is the internship for you! The
Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is looking for an undergraduate or graduate level intern for
the Museum Collections and Exhibitions department.

The intern will work closely with the Registrar and Collections Management Assistant to map
the Museum Storage areas in preparation for a reorganization of the collections space. They will
also work with at least one KHS artifact collection to catalog and make the items available to the
public online through the KHS Objects Catalog (www.history.ky.gov/objects). The intern will
also participate in exhibition research, maintenance and installation if the exhibition schedule
allows. The intern will gain broad, hands-on experience in researching collection objects and
materials, collections management and care, and documentation and registration methods. The
intern will learn about best practices for storage and care of artifact collections.

  • Deadline to apply: August 29, 2013

Kentucky Historical Society

Museum Collections and Exhibitions Registration Internship

Do you want to learn what happens behind the scenes with collections and records management?
If so, this is the internship for you. The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated intern to work in the registration office of the Museum Collections and Exhibitions team. This internship is open to both graduate and undergraduate students interested in registration experience in a museum setting. The intern will gain broad hands-on experience in records management, accessioning museum collections and processing loans, collections management and care.

The intern will participate in a records management project to reorganize and digitize the KHS collection records, produce condition reports for items in incoming and outgoing loans, and participate in exhibition maintenance and environmental monitoring. The intern will also participate in meetings of the KHS Collections Committee and learn basic collections care and assist with cataloging collections as needed.

  • Deadline to apply: August 29, 2013

Kentucky Historical Society

Graduate Internship: Special Collections and Library

The Kentucky Historical Society is seeking an intern to assist KHS staff with the creation, management and preservation of digital collections. The intern will create digital content and metadata, make it accessible using Contentdm, and develop and follow internal preservation protocols for ensuring long-term stability of digital assets. The overall goal is to introduce the student intern to the general components of digital curation. Thus, the outcomes for the student will be an understanding of the range of processes that are involved in the management of digital media in an archival environment.

Success measures will include the student demonstrating a mastery of the skills they learn from KHS staff and the successful completion of each project. Student should be able to verbally explain the importance of each of the stages of processing an oral history collection and show understanding of the use of equipment and tools necessary to do so, with the finished project being the final and most compelling product.

  • Deadline to apply: August 29, 2013

Muhammad Ali Center

Curatorial Internship

The primary task of this internship is to support curatorial activities and the development of the Library and Archives area at the Muhammad Ali Center. Candidates should have an interest in at least one of the following areas:
•    Temporary/special/traveling exhibits
•    Research on Muhammad Ali in the media (print & video)
•    Collections management
•    Oral History
Interns in the Curatorial Department will assist with both exhibition-specific tasks and general curatorial activities. An effort will be made to include interns in many aspects and phases of a project or exhibition, and to enable interns to gain an understanding of several processes and procedures related to curatorial activities.

  • Deadline to apply: August 29, 2013


Portland Museum

Small Museum Management Internship

Portland Museum’s Small Museum Management intern will have the opportunity to work closely with museum professionals on a variety of projects and in several departments.  Intern will work closely with administrative, education, and curatorial staff who will offer exposure to a variety of aspects of the programs and services provided by the museum. The internship affords a broad, overall understanding of the workings of a museum and provides valuable experience for careers in museums and non-profit settings including development (fundraising), exhibition (labels, design, and installation), education and outreach.

Throughout their semester, the intern will work in three museum departments (administrative, education, and collections) and will be provided with resources and training to further their understanding of Portland Museum’s mission of using heritage and arts to celebrate community. Working with the Education Coordinator, interns will gain experience in education programming, special events, community outreach, and public programs. Under the Executive Director and Operations Director, the intern will gain experience in development, grant writing and management, and administration. The intern will have the opportunity to work with photographs for the Louisville Photo Biennial exhibit in October.

  • Deadline to apply: August 29, 2013


The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind - Education Internship

In 2012, Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind created a Braille Reader’s Theatre program to produce "The Miracle Worker" by William Gipson, featuring a cast of local actors, all of whom were blind or visually impaired.  A second production, "Much Ado About Nothing," followed in 2013.  One outcome of these programs is the potential creation of an original script for the acting troupe featuring a blind detective.  This project would involve researching the literary motif of the blind detective, using resources held in the Migel Library at APH, to document the origins and development of this minor theme in western literature, and presenting a written report to museum staff.  The research will provide important background, for the creation of the script and the educational materials that will accompany the museum’s original production.  Other duties inside our education department may also be assigned.

  • Deadline to apply: August 29, 2013.

The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind

Collections and Preservation Internship

The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind houses over 400 tactile maps and pictures produced between 1836 and the mid 1950s for students at residential schools for the blind.  Many of them are stored in stacks that are not ideal for preserving their relief features.  They include maps from Germany, Sweden, France, and the United States.  This internship will also address the 94 works by German printmaker Martin Kunz. This project would involve performing individual condition reports on each piece, creating a window mat, and performing some remedial cataloging using PastPerfect software.  The intern would be trained in basic condition reporting, how to create an acid free mat, and the basics of the cataloging system used at APH within PastPerfect.

  • Deadline to apply: August 29, 2013