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Mennonite Life offers a summer internship in three areas: the archives, the museum collection, and museum interpretation. Working alongside staff members, interns will gain insight into the daily operation of a museum and archive. While the intern will work primarily in one of the three areas, he or she will be introduced to all three throughout his or her time at Mennonite Life. Interns will also receive career counselling and coaching. These internships are available for credit or no credit, and interns will receive a stipend of $2400. Applicants are responsible for communicating what their college or university requires in order to earn credit.
Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate-level degree, or have recently graduated. The time commitment for an internship is 20 hours a week for a minimum of 8 weeks. Applicants should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be comfortable with computers, and have the ability to work independently and collaboratively.
The Archives intern will assist the Archivist/Librarian with processing and organizing Mennonite Life’s archival collections, which include church congregation records, personal papers, and collections related to organizations and schools. The intern will learn about archival processing, rehousing, and cataloging. He or she will also gain experience with Mennonite Life’s collections management database, PastPerfect. The intern may also be called on occasionally to help with larger institution-wide projects and events if needed.
The Museum Collections intern will assist the Collections Curator in caring for and documenting Mennonite Life’s museum collections, which range from fine arts to agricultural equipment. The intern will learn about museum activities such as cataloging, collections documentation, artifact handling, and artifact preventative care. He or she will also gain experience with Mennonite Life’s collections management database, PastPerfect. The intern may also be called on occasionally to help with larger institution-wide projects and events if needed.
The Museum Interpretation intern will assist the Administrator of the 1719 Museum with the management and maintenance of the 1719 Museum site. The intern will assist with tours, event planning, and developing interpretive materials. He or she will have the opportunity to learn about running a small museum through meetings with volunteers and outside contractors. The intern may also be called on occasionally to help with larger institution-wide projects and events if needed.
Please submit a cover letter stating your preferred area of focus (Archives, Museum Collections, or Museum Interpretation), a resumé, and two letters of reference to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for the summer of 2023 are due April 14.