Summer Internships

Penn Museum Summer Internships are intended for students interested in museum professions, archaeology, anthropology, and related disciplines. Internships are an opportunity for students to learn about the Penn Museum’s collections, exhibitions, programs, and methodologies, and to meet professionals in the museum field.

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.

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.

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.

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