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 16, 2018.

Student Exhibition Internship: Year of Why

Internship Qualifications

University of Pennsylvania undergraduates, preferably with some experience in socio-linguistics, visual studies, history, anthropology, art history or other fields that explore the relationships between writing, objects, and human experience. Candidates should be enthusiastic, organized, self-motivated, and able to work both individually and collaboratively as part of a diverse team. Successful candidates will have experience conducting research and be extremely detail-oriented; able to work on a variety of tasks as priorities require; and demonstrate excellent communication and writing skills. Candidates must be able to interact in a professional manner with museum visitors, patrons and supporters, researchers, and other staff.


The internship will require an average of 5 hours/week and will be compensated with a $1000 stipend. Restricted to current University of Pennsylvania undergraduates.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following to Sarah Linn, Research Liaison, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, March 16th.

  • Resume or CV
  • Cover letter (one to two pages) describing the skills, abilities, and experiences that the candidate brings to the Penn Museum, with specific reference to the Year of Media theme
  • Letter of recommendation from a University of Pennsylvania professor


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