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 23, 2018.
Student Exhibition Internship: Year of Why
Why do things matter? Why do we blur the boundaries between people and things?
The 2018-2019 Student Exhibition Program will explore the social life of objects: how they memorialize events; how special objects sometimes live in the community, eating, being consulted for advice, and eventually dying; and how they can act out our intentions, benign or malicious, in the world at large.
Through a variety of world contexts where things are considered persons, we will investigate how meaningful things can inspire peace or war, nurturance or harm, understanding, compassion or love.
Three interns from the University of Pennsylvania will work with Penn Museum staff to create a small exhibition related to the Provost’s Year of Why. 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, paid internship will focus on the planning, development, design, fabrication and installation of a small exhibition, which will open in March 2019. After the exhibition’s opening, students will implement educational programs and events for the Museum's public and academic audiences. The internship will require an average of 5 hours/week and will be compensated with a $1000 stipend.
We are looking for University of Pennsylvania undergraduates, preferably with some experience in anthropology, art history, history, philosophy, or other disciplines that explore the relationships between materiality 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.
How to Apply
- Resume or CV
- Cover letter (1-2 pages) describing the skills, abilities, and experiences that you bring to the Penn Museum, with specific reference to the Year of Why theme
- Letter of recommendation from a University of Pennsylvania professor