University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Highschool

The Teen Summer Internship is an opportunity open to current high school students who are passionate about museums, archaeology, anthropology, and related fields. During the three-week program, we strive to provide our teen interns with rich opportunities to develop career skill sets, offering practical, professional experiences and interactions with the Museum’s offices, classrooms, and galleries.


The internships run Monday through Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm, for three weeks. Some internships run from June 25 – July 13 while others run from July 16 – August 3. The dates of each internship will be noted in their descriptions, which will appear under the Internship section below at the beginning of the new year.

We value diversity at our museum and will provide an equal opportunity to all applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability status. Additionally, we can offer lunch and SEPTA tokens to interns who request financial assistance. You will be able to state your needs for assistance in the application itself.


Daily Schedule

In the mornings, you will work with your supervisor on their summer projects and tasks. You might also spend time working with other staff in your supervisor’s department or with other interns, but typically the mornings are the time for you to observe, assist, and be mentored by a staff supervisor in one of the Penn Museum’s departments. You will be able to apply for specific departments and staff that fit your interests and experience.

In the afternoons, all of the teen summer interns will come together as a group to get a broader understanding of the Penn Museum. Some afternoons you will get gallery tours to see what artifacts we have on display. Other afternoons will involve meeting with a wide variety of departments in the Museum to get a better understanding of the career paths that exist. On Wednesdays and Fridays you will also participate in professional development workshops with the internship program coordinator.

Teen Internships in the morning

The Digital Humanities interns spending their morning working on a digital exhibit on Cuneiform tablets.

Teen Internships in the afternoon

The teen summer interns spending their afternoon as a group learning more about the work of the Museum Library and getting to see our rare book collection.


Application Process

Below is a list of each internship with a link to their application. Please read the descriptions of all available internships as it is likely that internship with departments you have never heard of before are excellent fits for your talents and interests. If multiple internships would be a good fit for you, you may apply to them all, but applicants will only be accepted into a single internship in a single year.

Once you have applied to the department, or departments, of your choosing have an adult who can speak to your strengths and accomplishments fill out the online letter of recommendation. Application and reference forms will be available from January 1 to March 15. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Letter of Recommendation


Internships – Summer 2018

The Babylonian Section is seeking an intern to help with the electronic Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary – a project dedicated to building a complete dictionary of the Sumerian language, which was used in ancient Iraq. The intern will, working with university students and interns, help convert proto-cuneiform texts into an alphabet that is better appropriate for an online dictionary. If you are passionate about language or ancient Iraq, have the ability to work with others, are patient, and are comfortable with computers you should apply.

This internship will run from July 16 – August 3. Click here to apply.

The Conservation Department is seeking an intern to help with various summer activities including the review, treatment, and re-housing of artifacts, as well as research and analysis, and working with the public. If you are patient as well as comfortable working with your hands you should apply.

This internship will run either from June 25 – July 13 or July 16 – August 3 depending on the availability of the strongest applicants. Click here to apply.

The Development Department is seeking an intern to help with our efforts to foster long-term audience engagement through museum membership. The intern will conduct comparative research of membership programs at other culture institutions, membership data analysis, and help with our communication to members. If you are interested in efforts to sustain and advance the Penn Museum, comfortable with basic online research and Microsoft Excel you should apply

Click here to apply.

The Exhibitions Department is looking for a teen intern to assist the Interpretive Planning Manager in carrying out exhibition research. This includes surveying visitors in the museum, collecting and entering visitor data, and helping to produce reports. If you are passionate about exhibitions, comfortable in approaching and speaking with diverse audiences, as well as in using Microsoft Excel and Word you should apply.

This internship will run either from June 25 – July 13 or July 16 – August 3 depending on the availability of the strongest applicants. Click here to apply.

The Chief Preparator is seeking an intern to help us maintain our existing galleries. This includes performing a wide range of maintenance tasks including touch-up painting, small repairs, lighting adjustments, AV troubleshooting, and more. If you like working with your hands, have experience with art, crafts, or fabrication, and are passionate about our galleries you should apply.

This internship will run from July 16 – August 3. Click here to apply.

Learning Programs is seeking an intern to help create new activities for our Archaeological Adventures Homeschool Days. This includes brainstorming, developing, prototyping, and testing new activities from K-12 audiences that highlight the Museum’s collection, Archaeology, or Anthropology. These activities usually involve an art-making component as well as connections to our Teaching Collection. If you are interested in museum education, are create and curious about object-based learning you should apply.

The internship will run from June 25 – July 13. Click here to apply.

The Outreach Programs Manager is seeking an intern to re-package, label, and tag objects in the Museum’s Teaching Collection. This includes object handling, record keeping, and light interpretation of objects. If you are organized, experienced in art, crafts, or fabrication, and interested in collection management you should apply.

This internship will run from June 25 – July 13 or July 16 – August 3 depending on the availability of the strongest applicants. Click here to apply.

The Marketing Department is seeking an intern to assist with our efforts to promote the Penn Museum and its exhibitions and programs to the public. If you are energetic, comfortable with social media, photography, and editing you should apply.

This internship will run either from June 25 – July 13 or July 16 – August 3 depending on the availability of the strongest applicants. Click here to apply.

The Visitor Services Department is seeking an intern to help make visitors feel welcome and supported. The intern will assist with the welcoming and orientation of Museum visitors, the processing and analysis of visitor visitation data, as well as making suggestions on how to improve the visitor experience. If you are comfortable speaking and working with a wide variety of people, creative and comfortable with Microsoft Word and Excel join the Visitor Services Team.

This internship will run either from June 25 – July 13 or July 16 – August 3 depending on the availability of the strongest applicants. Click here to apply.

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