Summer Internships

The Penn Museum offers unpaid summer Internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, interested in museum professions, archaeology, anthropology, and related disciplines. Interns participate in an 8-week Museum Practice Program, meeting each week to learn about the Penn Museum’s various departments, collections, exhibitions, programs, and methodologies. Internships are open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates from any college or university. The Penn Museum strongly encourages applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and anthropology.


The application deadline for the 2017 summer internship program has passed.

The Penn Museum offers unpaid summer Internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, interested in museum professions, archaeology, anthropology, and related disciplines. Interns participate in an 8-week Museum Practice Program, meeting each week to learn about the Penn Museum’s various departments, collections, exhibitions, programs, and methodologies. Internships are open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates from any college or university. The Penn Museum strongly encourages applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and anthropology.

How to apply

The online application form for Summer 2018 internships will be posted in mid-December. 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 resume or curriculum vitae
  • Transcripts (unofficial are preferred)
  • A letter of recommendation

Please check back in mid-December for the application deadline and additional application details.

Eligibility

Enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates from any college or university. High-school students are not eligible, and instead should apply to the three-week Teen Summer Internship program.

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.

Are international students eligible to apply?

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

Financial support

The Penn Museum does not offer paid internships. However, each year the College of Arts and Sciences and Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships 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 can host up to 6 SHIP interns each year; eligible Penn students should complete both the Penn Museum internship application and the SHIP application. Please check the SHIP website for more details.

Museum Practice Program

  • Orientation
  • Weekly Lectures
  • Collections Tours
  • Field Trip to a local museum
  • Career Panel
  • Final presentations

Timeline

The Museum Practice Program runs from the first week of June – first week of August
150 hours minimum
300 hours maximum
Paid SHIP interns are required to complete 300 hours

Contact

Academic Engagement Department

interns@pennmuseum.org

215.746.6978

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