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 2017-2018 Academic Year are due March 3, 2017.
Student Exhibition Internship: Year of Innovation
The Penn Museum is offering a paid undergraduate internship for the 2017-2018 academic year. Three interns from the University of Pennsylvania will work with museum staff to create a small exhibition related to that the Provost’s Year of Innovation. 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 will focus on the planning, development, design, fabrication and installation of a small exhibition, which will open in March 2018. After the exhibition’s opening, students will implement educational programs and events for the museum's public and academic audiences.
The 2017-2018 Student Exhibition Internship will consider innovations in writing across cultures and through time. Writing in the broadest sense is a system of visible or tactile marks that may represent words, numbers, or just sounds. We are living through a digital revolution that is both fueled by writing and, in turn, fuels it. Online and offline, computer programs utilize binary numbers, computer code, HTML, and mark-up to present us with a wealth of imagery and more text than that produced in all previous centuries combined. Moreover, this has not only been a revolution in the provision of writing, but its existence is revolutionizing the whole of our lives and that of the societies within which we live. The social impact of today’s advances in writing systems can be seen as an analogy for previous innovations in writing, such as the introduction of written scripts and the invention of the printing press, allowing people the ability to record, memorialize, and transmit information over time and space.
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
- 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