Lafayette History Museum

Collections Intern


Organization: Lafayette History Museum

Position: Collections Intern

Pay Range: $16/hour

Collections Intern
This is a paid summer internship position. You will assist the Collections Coordinator in conducting a comprehensive inventory of the 4,000 objects in the museum’s collection.

Essential duties:
-Using inventory spreadsheets to conduct an inventory of the objects
-Object identification and research
-Object photography
-Reconciling objects with PastPerfect records
-Careful and safe handling of artifacts and archival material following best practices

Skills you will gain:
-Best practices for conducting an inventory
-Object handling
-Knowledge of Lafayette and coal mining history

Minimum Qualifications:
-Current student or recent graduate in a program in museum studies or related field
-Experience with object handling
-Basic to intermediate proficiency in Excel
-Effective communication skills
-Detail-oriented and thorough
-Ability to follow directions and ask questions as needed

Physical requirements of the job:
-Moderate physical activity is required with handling objects up 10 pounds regularly, 30 pounds frequently, and up to 50 pounds with assistance occasionally
-Occasionally working in storage spaces that are not climate controlled
-Crouching, bending over, moving around large objects to reach other objects
-Attention to detail with fine motor skills
-Comfort with occasionally handling dirty or rusty objects and working in dusty storage areas (PPE will be provided)

Compensation: $16/hour. This position is funded through an IMLS Inspire! Grants for Small Museums award.
Schedule: 15 – 20 hours per week from mid-May to mid-August
To apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and letter of recommendation to Chelsea Pennington Hahn at with the subject line “Internship Application.” In the cover letter, please describe what you hope to gain from the internship, and note if the internship will be for class credit or not.
Deadline: April 16 at 11:59pm MT

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