Internships & Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities Volunteers help make the Penn Museum and its programs a success! Volunteer positions at the Museum vary from working in one of the 11 collections areas to helping with craft activities during public programs to promoting the Penn Museum at community events.
The Penn Museum offers a paid undergraduate internship for three interns from the University of Pennsylvania who will work with museum staff to create a small exhibition. Interns will learn first-hand about the curatorial, content development, administrative, and design aspects of staging an exhibition in a large museum. The year-long internship focuses on the planning, development, design, fabrication and installation of a small exhibition featured in the Penn Museum. After the exhibition’s opening, students will implement educational programs and events for the museum's public and academic audiences. Applications for the 2018-2019 Academic Year are due March 23, 2018.
The application for 2018 Summer Internships is closed. Applicants may be contacted for interviews in person or by telephone, and accepted interns will be notified mid-March 2018. The Penn Museum offers unpaid summer internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates from any college or university. Interns participate in a 9-week Museum Practice Program, meeting each week to learn about the Penn Museum’s various departments, collections, exhibitions, programs, and methodologies. The Penn Museum strongly encourages applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and anthropology.
The Penn Museum Fellows program is a new initiative that aims to support and promote advanced undergraduate research at the museum. Over the course of the academic year, the fellows will work with museum curators, staff, or associated faculty on a significant project in the collections, laboratories, or galleries. In support of this research, students will receive a stipend, as well as access to necessary collections, labs, and archival materials. Nominations for the 2018-2019 Academic Year are due March 16, 2018 and should be submitted by the student's project supervisor.
The Academic Year Internship Program is a new initiative that allows Penn sophomores and juniors the opportunity to work closely with Museum staff for two semesters, providing them with the skills, knowledge, and connections needed to support independent research in the senior year.