Museum Intern

Job Description

The Sutliff Museum is seeking a creative, flexible, and enthusiastic individual with and interest in public history and museum and a commitment to excellent visitor services for the position of Museum Intern. The Collections Intern will work with the collections of the Sutliff Museum located in Warren, Ohio. Under the supervision of the Museum  Director, the Museum Intern will document, process, inventory, photograph, and store a wide variety of artifacts, including paintings, furniture, household goods, and documents. The Museum Intern will also assist with the development of exhibits.

Successful candidates should have or be pursuing a degree in history, art history, museum studies, or a related field, must be willing to take initiative, and will be highly organized, have excellent computer skills, and be  comfortable interacting with the public. Basic knowledge of PastPerfect software and artifact handling is helpful but not required. 

At the completion of their internship, the Museum Intern will have accomplished a project in their area of focus (i.e., collections) and will also understand how all of the areas overlap within the wide variety of tasks required of the staff at the Museum. The Intern will  participate in committee meetings and will be involved in many aspects of the Museum's operations. The Collections Intern can expect to work hands-on in a variety of capacities at the Sutliff Museum, including:

  1. Providing guided tours,
  2. Assisting with special events and programs,
  3. Exhibit design, research, development, and installation,
  4. Updating social media,
  5. ​Assisting with daily operational tasks as needed.

Internships take place during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. A schedule will be coordinated between the Intern and the Museum Director. The Intern may typically work any hours between 12:00–4:00 PM, Wednesday through Saturday. Work outside this schedule may also be arranged. 

The Sutliff Museum is committed to supporting the mentorship aspect of the internship experience. We will work with you to ensure your internship  meets your academic and professional goals. With the many aspects of  museum management that can be explored, an internship plan may be developed to cater to your specific interests.

Credit Hours:
This internship is unpaid. Students who wish to attain course credit for  this internship must first notify the faculty representative/internship coordinator of their department. The Museum Director will correspond with the faculty representative regarding the student’s progress, and will work with the student to ensure academic requirements are met.

How to Apply:
Internship applications are accepted at all times of the year. The Sutliff Museum accepts applications from upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. Students in programs such as history, art history, museum studies, or a related field are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply, please mail or email a resume and a cover letter that  describes your interests and background to the following:
​Melissa Karman, Museum Director
444 Mahoning Avenue NW
Warren, Ohio 44483