The Teen Summer Internship is an opportunity open to current high school students who are passionate about museums, education, archaeology, anthropology, and related fields. We strive to provide our teen interns with rich opportunities to develop career skill sets, offering practical professional experiences and interactions with the Museum’s offices, classrooms, and galleries.
During the three-week internship, time will be split between working with your supervisor on their summer projects, engaging with the public, and learning more about the Penn Museum’s departments and initiatives.
In addition to working with their supervisor, interns will spend time in the galleries both engaging our visitors and collecting their feedback. Finally, our teen interns will also attend special presentations by Museum staff/faculty that offer windows into the Penn Museum’s collections, programs, and methodologies alongside our undergraduate and graduate student interns.
The internship program will run Monday through Friday 9:00-3:00 in two cohort groups: one runs from July 10-28 and another from July 31 – August 18. If a department is only taking interns during one of the cohort groups it will be noted in the description below.
We value diversity at our museum and will provide an equal opportunity to all applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability status.
How to Apply
Below is a list of each department with a link to their application. Please read the descriptions of all available departments. It is likely that departments you have never heard of before are excellent fits for your talents and interests. If multiple departments would be a good fit for you, you may apply to multiple departments, but applicants will only be accepted into a single departments in a single year.
Once you have applied to the department, or departments, of your choosing have an adult who can speak to your strengths and accomplishments fill out the online letter of recommendation. Application and reference forms will be available from January 1 to March 15. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
The Babylonian Section is seeking an intern to help with the electronic Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary – a project dedicated to building a complete dictionary of the Sumerian language, which was used in ancient Iraq. The intern will, working with university students and interns, help convert proto-cuneiform texts into an alphabet that is better appropriate for an online dictionary. If you are passionate about language or ancient Iraq, have the ability to work with others, are patient, and are comfortable with computers you should apply.
The internship will run from July 10-28. Click to Apply.
The Conservation Department is seeking an intern to help with various summer activities including the review, treatment, and re-housing of artifacts, as well as research and analysis, and working with the public. If you are patient as well as comfortable working with their hands you should apply.
The internship will run from July 31-August 18. Click to Apply.
The Development Department is seeking an intern to help with our efforts to foster long-term audience engagement through museum membership. The intern will conduct comparative research of membership programs at other culture institutions, membership data analysis, and help with our communication to members. If you are are interested in efforts to sustain and advance the Penn Museum, comfortable with basic online research and Microsoft Excel you should apply.
The Penn Libraries is seeking an intern to help bring the little known parts of the museum collection to the public eye through digital exhibits developed by students. You will be working with museum keepers, archivists, and librarians to create sample digital exhibits that show off the museum collection and encourage Penn faculty to try something new in their courses. The exhibits you create will be based around the topic that is yet to be determined.
The Exhibitions Department is looking for a teen intern to assist the Interpretive Planning Manager in carrying out exhibition research. This includes surveying visitors in the museum, collecting and entering visitor data, and helping to produce reports. If you are passionate about exhibitions, comfortable in approaching and speaking with diverse audiences, as well as in using Microsoft Excel and Word you should apply.
The Learning Programs Department is looking for several teenagers to help with a variety of initiatives including hands-on support of our Homeschool Days and Storytime Expeditions programs, reviewing group marketing strategies, inventorying our education objects, and creating digital scans of our collection. If you are comfortable communicating with others, creative, and curious about museum education you should apply.
The Marketing Department is seeking an intern to assist with our efforts to promote the Penn Museum and its exhibitions and programs to the public. If you are energetic, comfortable with social media, photography, and editing you should apply.
The Visitor Services Department is seeking an intern to assist with the creation of an engaging and welcoming guest experience at the Museum. The intern will assist with the welcoming and orientation of Museum guests, the processing and analysis of visitor visitation data and creation of inventive ways to make the guest experience better. If you are comfortable speaking and working with a wide variety of people, creative and comfortable with Microsoft Word and Excel join the Visitor Services Team.