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Collections Internship - Fall 2019

Job Type: Internship (Unpaid)

Location: Washington, DC


Are you looking for an exciting internship that will provide you with the skills necessary to help you obtain full-time museum employment? If so, the Newseum’s Collections Internship is for you!

The Newseum, which promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment, offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of history with technology and hands-on exhibits. As a Newseum intern you will work at our museum downtown and have the opportunity to work at our storage facility in Laurel, Maryland once a week (with Newseum provided transportation from DC). Internship hours are flexible and can be arranged to fit individual’s schedules - this can include morning work. You will be a member of the small, dynamic Collections team and will be able to make an enormous contribution to the work we do. And, because of the Newseum’s upcoming transition, [] interns will get to participate in the planning and preparations for a major artifact deinstallation and move in 2020.

Intern responsibilities will include, but are not limited to assisting the Collections Specialist with the following tasks:
- Daily monitoring and recording of environmental conditions (temperature, relative humidity, lighting, etc.) in gallery spaces
- Cataloging artifacts in collections database
- Helping prepare for a major deinstallation project in 2020
- Monitoring and reporting on exhibition conditions as they pertain to exhibited collections
- Assisting with the cleaning of exhibits and artifacts on display pre-opening
- Aiding in the deinstallation, processing, and shipping of outgoing loans - Compiling information for the new Standard Facilities Report particularly regarding the environmental conditions/calculations for each of the galleries
- Helping with basic artifact conservation


Candidates should be currently enrolled in or should have recently finished a museum-related graduate or undergraduate program, possess basic computer skills, an interest in collections/registration work, and the ability to lift 30 pounds.
Internships last for a minimum of 12 weeks beginning in late August /early September 2019 and may be part or full time. Interns available a minimum of 2 ½ days/week with an 8am-4pm (full day) and 8am-12pm (half day) schedule. This internship position can be for college credit.

Application Process

Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to:

Human Resources Department
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001

Application Deadline

July 22, 2019

The Newseum and Freedom Forum Institute are Equal Opportunity Employers.

About the Newseum and the Freedom Forum Institute

The mission of the Newseum, located in Washington, D.C., is to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. Visitors experience the story of news, the role of a free press in major events in history, and how the core freedoms of the First Amendment — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — apply to their lives. Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum has seven levels with 15 galleries and 15 theaters. The Newseum also reaches millions of students through its robust offering of on-site classes and workshops. The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Freedom Forum Institute is the education and outreach partner of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum. The Institute includes the First Amendment Center, NewseumED and the Religious Freedom Center. The Freedom Forum Institute’s affiliate organizations include the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota; the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi; and the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University. The Freedom Forum Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum.