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Summer Internship Program

Application Deadline: Friday, February 7th, 2020

The Penn Museum offers paid and unpaid summer internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates from any college or university. Please see below for more information about eligibility for funding. 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.

How to Apply

Prior to completing the online application form, you should prepare the following:

  • A 400-word maximum essay describing how your skills, interests, and experiences relate to the department (or departments) to which you are applying
  • A cover letter
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Transcripts (unofficial are preferred)
  • 2 letters of recommendation from a current or former college professor, academic advisor, or employer who can speak to your qualifications for this internship. The letter must be sent separately via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the applicant’s full name in the subject line

Interns are assigned to a department based on their academic background, professional skills, interests, and career goals. Finalists may be contacted for interviews in person or by telephone, and accepted interns will be notified mid-March 2019.


Funding

Penn Summer Humanities Internship (SHIP)
Each year the College of Arts and Sciences and Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships at Penn fund approximately twenty-five summer research internships as part of a summer institute for University of Pennsylvania students in the humanities and social sciences. The Penn Museum will host 3 paid SHIP positions in summer 2019; eligible Penn students should complete both the Penn Museum internship application and the SHIP application. Paid SHIP interns are required to complete 300 hours for a stipend of $3,500. Students will participate in the Museum’s Summer Internship Program which runs for 9 weeks between early-June and early-August, which count toward SHIP hours. Please check the SHIP website for more details. Applicants who are eligible for a SHIP stipend may apply for any of the listed positions and should select the “SHIP” box when filling out the online application form.

Diversity Stipend
Recognizing the need to increase diversity in museums and provide career-enhancing opportunities for students from underrepresented groups in the museum field, the Penn Museum will provide stipends to support the participation of minority students in its summer internships. Eligible students must be Asian/Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx, Black/African American, Native American or Alaska Native, Multiracial or Multi-ethnic. Applicants must be undergraduates enrolled in a full-time course of study; applications are not restricted to Penn students. Interns will be provided with a stipend, transportation, and on-campus housing. Students will participate in the Museum’s Summer Internship Program which runs for 9 weeks between early-June and early-August, which count toward internship hours. Interns are expected to complete 300 hours (35 hours/week) for a stipend of $4,500 ($15/hr). Applicants who are eligible for a Diversity Stipend may apply for any of the listed positions and should select the “Diversity Stipend” box when filling out the online application form.

Additional Financial Support
Applicants are encouraged to inquire with their home universities about summer internship funding opportunities or with granting organizations. Graduate student members of the AIA in the field of archaeology may be eligible for funding through the Elizabeth Bartman Museum Internship scholarship.


Academic Credit

The Penn Museum welcomes the opportunity to work cooperatively with schools seeking to grant academic credit for internships. Applicants are encouraged to initiate arrangements for credit with their colleges or universities. The Penn Museum does not grant academic credit.


Eligibility

Enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates from any college or university are eligible to apply for unpaid internships. Unpaid internships have a minimum number of hours of 150 and a maximum number of hours of 300. High-school students are not eligible, and instead should apply to the three-week Teen Summer Internship program. For funded opportunities, please see the eligibility requirements below.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Yes, we accept applications from international students enrolled in degree-granting programs. The Penn Museum will work with you on a visa, if necessary, after you are accepted into the program.


Museum Practice Program Timeline

  • The Museum Practice Program runs from June 3rd - August 2nd
  • Orientation: Monday, June 3rd
  • Lecture Series: Tuesday mornings June 4th - July 30th
  • Final Presentations: TBD week of June 29th
  • Last Day: Friday, August 2nd

Contact

Academic Engagement Department
215.746.6978