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🔗Museum and Archives Intern – 1200 hours

  • Internship
  • NCPE Internship
  • Calumet, MI, USA
  • Hourly USD / Year
  • August 25, 2022
  • Department: Keweenaw National Historical Park, Lake Superior Collection Management Center
  • Job Reference #: 4005a
  • Hourly Salary ($): 17.00
  • Job Qualifications:

    Background in archival science, museum studies, cultural studies, library and information science, history, or a related field preferred.

    Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

    Attention to detail, ability to follow established procedures, and willingness to learn.

    Ability to work effectively independently, as a team member, and with the public.

    Proficient computer skills, including word processing and database programs.

    Experience with photography and photo editing is preferred.

    Experience working with museum or archival collections is preferred.

    An internship appointment is conditional, subject to successful completion of a pre-appointment background investigation for a non-critical, sensitive position.

    Due to COVID-19 this internship will follow precautions established by the park management team (which may include use of face masks, social distancing, and other safety protocols).

  • How to Apply:

    Click on the application button at this listing and follow the instructions for applying online

  • Job benefits: Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Must be able to lift 30 lbs on a regular basis. Must be able to walk up and down stairs on a regulars basis.
  • Contact Name: Martin Hobmeier
  • Application Email:

National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program

Learn all about the natural and cultural history of the three National Parks on Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by day and explore the rugged natural beauty of the shores of Lake Superior and the varied architectural, industrial, social, and other cultural sites of the region in the evenings and on weekends!

Based in historic Calumet, Michigan, the National Park Service’s Lake Superior Collection Management Center (LSCMC) cares for the museum and archival collections of three Lake Superior National Parks: Isle Royale National Park (ISRO), Keweenaw National Historical Park (KEWE), and Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore (PIRO).

During the first phase of this job (ca. 600 hours), under the guidance of LSCMC curatorial staff, the museum intern will assist with the inventory, accessioning, cataloging, and photographing of a wide variety of historic objects in preparation for the rehabilitation of KEWE’s historic Calumet & Hecla Warehouse #1 into a state-of-the-art museum storage facility. This exciting project primarily deals with collections centered around historical objects and archeological artifacts related to the area’s 19th and early 20th-century copper mining operations and associated industrial processes, as well as the varied social activities and private enterprise in the booming mining communities of the same era. KEWE also has a large assemblage of unique architectural samples from historic structures that will be evaluated, accessioned, and cataloged. Fully cataloged and photographed materials will be packed and palletized in preparation for their move into interim storage while construction work in the warehouse takes place. The position will also include working with museum collections from ISRO and PIRO. These collections include objects and archeological artifacts related to Lake Superior maritime operations and shipwrecks, logging, and farming, as well as recreational activities. There are also tens of thousands of diverse natural history specimens representing the spectacular geology, flora, and fauna of these parks.

In the second phase of the internship (ca. 600 hours) the intern will gain valuable experience in processing archival materials from all three parks while working under the supervision of the LSCMC archivist. This will include rehousing, organizing, and labeling folders and boxes for records documenting permitted and internal biological projects and other National Park Service resource management records, organizing and labeling digital and physical records associated with oral history projects, cleaning, inventorying, and rehousing incoming collections of 19th and 20th century business records, family papers, and assembled collections, and updating finding aids.

Other duties assigned throughout the internship may include preventive conservation, museum housekeeping, environmental and pest monitoring, and assisting with other routine or project specific curatorial and archival tasks.

This job posting seeks to recruit two (2) interns at 1200 hours each, so there will be opportunity for close collaboration with the other NCPE intern on many aspects of the described work.

We would be open to exploring the possibility of finishing the internship on a part-time schedule during the latter part of the internship if the selected intern intends to take online classes.

Isle Royale National Park preserves and interprets the ecosystems and cultural sites of a remote island archipelago in Lake Superior, including sites of prehistoric mining from up to seven thousand years ago, commercial fishing and trapping, lumbering, industrial mining, Great Lakes maritime history, and resorts. Included in the park’s collections are specimens and records generated by the ecological studies of Wolves and Moose, the world’s longest known longitudinal scientific study, which has been on-going since 1958.

Keweenaw National Historical Park preserves and interprets the story of copper in the Keweenaw Peninsula from pre-history to the present day, with an emphasis on the geology of the unique resource (the elementally pure copper of the region), its extraction and use in pre-history, immigration to the area from other parts of the world, industrial mining of the nineteenth century when the district led the world in the production of copper, and the communities that developed around and supported the mines.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore preserves and interprets the natural beauty of the figured stone cliffs on the shore of Lake Superior which have been considered culturally significant since prehistoric times, and the ecosystems of the surrounding area, as well as the cultural sites located within the lakeshore, associated with commercial fishing and trapping, the logging industry, farming, Great Lakes maritime history, and resorts.

  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program or recently graduated (within the past 12 months) and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in the program; previous interns must stay within this overall limit. The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full time (40 hours per week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. If selected, the exact starting date will be determined by you and the NPS supervisor. The stipend rate is $15.00 or $17.00 per hour unless otherwise listed.

    The successful candidate is responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location; some exceptions apply. The supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodation.

    The National Council requires all interns working in-person at Federal facilities and/or with Federal employees receive the Covid-19 vaccination. Please be advised that you may also be required to wear a mask, depending on the protocols adopted by your work site. Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required if you are selected for a position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about these requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. You may direct any questions to NCPE's Internship Program Director, Julee Johnson, at

    Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees. Stipends are academic awards and taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.

    How to Apply

    You may review NCPE's internship opportunities during the Summer and Winter application rounds without registering. Use the search function to find listings by location, keyword, or area of interest/category. Once you identify one or more positions of interest, there is a 3-step application process.

    Step 1: Click on the Apply for Job button, then select Universal Application. Click on Register to create a User Account, which requires a username and email. A link will be sent to you from to create a password. We suggest that you add this email to your safe senders list so you don't miss receiving this important link. You will be instructed to Log In to Preservenet using your user name or email and password, which will take you back to the Universal Application.

    Step 2: The Universal Application is required to apply for all NCPE internships. You fill out this form only once. In addition to contact information, educational status, work history, and experience, it requires two attachments: (1) the 2 most recent years of academic transcripts. These may be unofficial transcripts if official versions are unavailable. PDF only. (2) a resume or CV (curriculum vitae). Please limit to a maximum of 4 pages; 2 pages preferred. May be .doc, .docx or PDF. This form may be saved as a draft and completed later. Use the link provided to return to the form.

    Step 3: Once you submit the Universal Application, you may browse and apply for NCPE internships using the link provided. Complete the application process by clicking on the Apply for job button found at each internship listing and upload the required Essay. Use the essay to explain why you are applying for an internship, including how your interest areas will benefit the National Park Service (NPS) and how the internship will further your studies and career goals. Be as specific as possible; there is a 400-word maximum length. Submit the essay to finish the application for that position. You may apply for a maximum of 6 internships during this application round. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!

    Once the deadline for submission has passed, NPS supervisors will review the applications and may contact candidates for a phone interview. Candidates who are not selected will be notified. Please allow about 4 weeks after the deadline before inquiring about the status of your application.

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