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Summer Collections Internship

The Collections Internship offers students the opportunity to learn about artifact handling, documentation, and care basic collections care. A museum’s mission and its collection is the base for all other functions and activities occurring in the institution.  


Schedule: The internship is for the summer term. The schedule is weekdays, 8 am – 5 pm.  


Pay scale: $10.00 per hour for 40 hours a week for 10-week Academic Summer Session. Begin date is flexible.  


Internship Description 

Assist with inventory and collections documentation, record location, condition, photograph artifacts, and re-house artifacts when necessary. Assignments require the ability to handle objects with both hands, read small numbers, climb ladders and stairs, and an ability to lift 35 pounds. Specific skills and tasks will be taught by the Collections Coordinator. 

Collections Internship


Skills & Responsibilities 

  • Interest in historic artifacts
  • Measure and describe each artifact 
  • Willingness to learn
  • Record condition and location code 
  • Good organizational skills
  • Attach assigned numbers to artifact 
  • Attention to detail
  • Photograph each artifact 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word
  • Enter data into collections catalog  


Be punctual and meet deadlines. Clean, neat, comfortable casual attire. 

Note: Some work will be dirty. Must have a positive attitude and be open to new things.  

Please send a resume, one letter of recommendation from a professor who is aware of your capabilities, and a cover letter. In the cover letter, explain what your expectations of the internship are and why you are interested in museum work. Send the application materials to Carrie Van Buren, Collections Coordinator, SDSU Box 601, Brookings, SD 57007 or to  


Application deadline:  March 15, 2019 or until filled.