The Teen Summer Internship is an opportunity open to current high school students who are interested in museums, education, archaeology, anthropology, and related fields. The internship provides teenagers 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. Interns will be placed in the most appropriate department based on their skills and interest. Past summer interns worked within Learning Programs, Archives, and Exhibitions, as well as the Near East and Physical Anthropology sections.

In addition to working with their supervisor, the interns will spend time in the galleries both engaging our visitors and collecting their feedback. Finally, our teen interns will also attend special weekly presentations by Museum staff/faculty that offer windows into the Penn Museum’s collections, programs, and methodologies alongside our undergraduate and graduate student interns.

Internships will run Monday through Friday 9:00-3:00 from July 11-29 or August 1-19.

How to Apply

To apply, fill out the online application and have your recommender 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.

If you have any questions please contact us at (215) 573-5313 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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