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Posted: 06/25/2009

Employer
Camden County Historical Society
Museum

The Camden County Historical Society (CCHS), organized and incorporated in 1899, has developed into an active regional educational and cultural institution with the largest physical plant of any historical agency south of Trenton. CCHS is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and interpretation of life in Camden County and Southern New Jersey from 1600 to the present. CCHS serves a metropolitan area of half a million, residing in 37 municipalities. Camden Countys residents vary from 24 wealthy families in Tavistock to 80,000 in Camden City where a significant portion of the population is on public assistance. CCHS comprises a complex of four separate but connected buildings in a quiet, residential area of Camden known as Parkside. The four buildings include Pomona Hall, a caretakers house, a museum building and Boyer Hall (research library, offices and auditorium).


Position
Fall Curatorial/Collections Management Internship
Type
Internship Opportunity
Location
Camden, NJ
Details
Unpaid
 

The Camden County Historical Society(CCHS) internship program is designed to provide students with an introduction to the standards of museum practice and provide hands-on experience in museum work. By the end of the term, the intern will be fully familiar with the collections management and curatorial functions within the museum setting. CCHS offers interns the opportunity to work in a small non-profit institution with a dedicated staff. Interns will gain diverse experience in activities typical of small museums and historic sites.

Responsibilities:

The museum intern will assist with the day-to-day operation of the CCHS museums. The museum intern will work with the museum director on the overall management of the Historical Societys collections as well as the operations of the 18th century Georgian mansion, Pomona Hall and the Museum of Camden County History.

The intern will have hands-on experience with objects in the permanent collection in terms of inventorying, assessment of condition, storage and maintenance, accessioning and deaccessioning, cataloguing, researching, conserving and entering information onto the database.

The Museum intern will also have the opportunity to work with staff on the research, planning and installation of exhibitions. CCHS staff will work with each intern/volunteer to select tasks and projects that suit individual interests and skills.

Knowledge:

Historical background and experience with museums, libraries, and working with the public a plus, but not required. Applicants should have an interest in history or related disciplines. Strong organizational skills and attention to details a must. Research and editing experience is a plus. Computer literacy: Knowledge of PastPerfect Museum Software and Microsoft Office helpful. Experience using a digital camera and scanner is also helpful.

Details:

Internships are available year-round. The museum staff accepts three (3) per semester. Interns participate in the ongoing work of the museum and are expected to complete a project or some portion of a major project. Individual responsibilities are determined by the educational background and work experience of the intern, as well as the needs of the museum. While this position is unpaid, school credit can easily be arranged.

Hours are flexible (Wednesday-Friday 9:30-4:30 and Sunday 12-5), but interns are expected to commit at least 7 hours a week to CCHS. The diverse in-depth experience that interns experience working at CCHS make this an ideal opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate student in History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Museum Studies, Library Science, Sociology, and related fields.

OPen until
none given

How to apply
Please visit the CCHS website www.cchsnj.com for more information about the Historical Society and direct any questions to museum.cchs@gmail.com. To be considered for an internship position, please email a cover letter and resume with references to the Museum Director at museum.cchs@gmail.com by July 22 to be considered for the fall semester.
Sarah Hagarty

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