National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program
Harpers Ferry Center (HFC) is the National Park Service’s Media Center and creates tools to assist NPS interpreters in the field, including museum exhibits, publications, wayside exhibits, and historic furnishings. HFC also houses museum conservation, the HFC Commissioned Art Collection, and the NPS History Collections.
The intern will divide their time between the HFC Commissioned Art Collection and the HFC Registrar’s Office. The Commissioned Art Collection contains more than 11,000 pieces of art purchased by Harpers Ferry Center or produced by HFC staff for park brochures, exhibits, films, posters, publications, and other projects. The HFC Registrar’s Office oversees all objects currently on loan to HFC for conservation treatment and maintains all files and paperwork related to both current and past conservation projects.
The intern will assist the NPS Museum Specialist – Collection Manager with object handling, object scanning, condition report writing, database entry, metadata entry, and object rehousing for objects in the HFC Commissioned Art Collection. The project will include rehousing part of the collection and completing object condition reports, scanning collection items that have not been scanned, and applying metadata to images in Photoshop. The types of objects/materials the project will focus on are works on paper, illustration board, tracing paper, transparencies, and art mounted on foam core.
The intern will also work with the HFC Registrar to organize, refile, rehouse, and draft a finding aid for the park files. As part of this work, the intern will spend time in each of the conservation labs to ensure that all paperwork produced by conservators from various projects is represented in the Registrar’s Office files. The intern may also assist with receiving, registering, and packing a variety of different types of museum objects, as needed.