2020 Alaska Museum Internship Program (paid)

By IS Lab January 7, 2020

Website Alaska State Libraries, Archives, and Museums


The Alaska State Museum’s Grant-in-Aid Internship Program is recruiting three graduate students to work in Alaska museums for eight weeks during the summer of 2020. Eligible graduate students include those who have completed the first year of a graduate program in museum studies or an allied program or have recently graduated. The goal of the internship program is to provide assistance to small Alaska museums while providing quality museum experiences for emerging professionals.

The museums are small (1-3 full-time staff member) history museums located in Southcentral and Interior Alaska. These internships projects are predominantly focused on collections management of both archival materials and objects. Interns will work independently on assigned cataloging and inventory projects. Project activities include PastPerfect database management, rehousing collections, creating condition reports, creating and applying metadata standards, and improving collections care and access. Interns will work regularly scheduled hours, not to exceed 37.5 hours a week.

The Alaska State Museum does the following:

  • Reviews and awards internship grants to eligible Alaska museums
  • Recruits interns from graduate programs, conducts interviews, and matches interns to host museums
  • Connects with the interns throughout the summer, providing coaching and expert advice as needed

The host museums do the following:

  • Design meaningful and feasible projects for the intern to apply his/her professional training for the benefit of the museum
  • Provide the intern with free housing. If an intern is dissatisfied with the housing provided, it is up to the intern to find and pay for alternate housing.
  • Reimburse the cost of travel to/ from the host community (economy airfare)
  • Pay the intern stipend ($4500 for 8 weeks) on a schedule determined with the intern. Interns will be paid as contractors and are not eligible for any benefits.
  • Orient the intern to the community, museum, and internship projects
  • Provide day-to-day supervision of the intern

To Apply

To apply, please submit a resume, the names and contact information for two professional references, and a cover letter describing interest, skills, and experiences that qualify the applicant for a collections management internship at a small Alaska museum.

Please submit these materials to Anjuli Grantham, Curator of Statewide Services, at anjuli.grantham@alaska.gov.

Applications must be received by January 17, 2020. Successful candidates will be selected by March 6, 2020 and will begin the internship in late May or June of 2020.

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