🔗Interior Museum Collections Intern – 1200 hours
Website National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program
The Interior Museum’s collection contains more than 8,000 objects (documents, artwork, specimens, and artifacts) of cultural, historical, and scientific importance. Subject areas in archaeology, biology, ethnology, geology, history, and paleontology reflect the purview of DOI’s bureaus. In addition, the permanent collection is the primary repository for materials pertaining to the Office of the Secretary, DOI’s overall administration and legacy, and the building’s architectural details. A distinct grouping within the Museum’s holdings is the Office of the Secretary Art Collection (OSAC), comprised of more than 800 two- and three-dimensional works of art relating to DOI. OSAC works are specifically for display in private office space within the Main Interior Building via the Art-in-Office Program
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) protects and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage. It plays a central role in how the United States stewards its public lands, increases environmental protections, pursues environmental justice, and honors the country’s relationship with Tribes. The purpose of the Interior Museum of the Office of the Secretary is to educate the public and DOI employees about the current missions and programs of the Department, the history of the Department, and the art and architecture of its headquarters building in Washington, D.C. The Museum acquires objects which promote understanding of the Department’s activities and holds them in trust through documentation, preservation, and management of the collection.
This internship offers training and experience working with this wide-ranging museum collection of historic, ethnographic, and scientific objects. College students or recent graduates interested in learning more about how museums work or who are considering a museum career are encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate will work with the Interior Museum staff as a museum technician assisting with collections care issues including database management, registration, photography, object handling, preventive conservation, research, and related projects such as cataloging and accession review. The intern may aid in the installation and deinstallation of temporary displays onsite as well as with the Art-In-Office program. They also assist with public programs and public tours of the historic Interior Building, constructed in 1936 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
This position is part of the Internship Program administered by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). The program is a partnership between the National Park Service and NCPE. Eligibility requirements apply; visit https://preservenet.org/ncpe-internships/ for details and instructions.
Qualified NCPE interns who successfully complete their internships may count their position towards earning a Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Authority certificate. Once earned, the PLC hiring authority certificate may be used to apply for eligible Federal temporary, term, or permanent positions. Visit the website listed above for details about this benefit. Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee Federal employment.