Scope: The intern will work with the Registrar in assisting with planning, coordination and execution of re-housing of the Museum’s extensive textile collection into a new storage space. The Museum’s collection dates from the early 1800s to the present. The collection includes men’s, women’s and children’s fashion, accessories and other textiles.
Intern Goals & Responsibilities: The internship goals will include imparting on-the-job training and experience in the world of museum textiles. The internship pertains directly to the movement of textile collection along with the inspection of the textile collection during the re-housing project. Interns will gain knowledge in museum inventory management along with textile preservation and minor conservation work. A variety of fabric types and fashion styles will be available for interns to study and help museum staff identify.
• Movement of boxes
• Examination and inventorying of box contents
• Identifying fabric and clothing styles.
• Attaching identification labels.
• Taking pictures of textiles
Requirements: Prospective interns need to be currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program or have recently completed work in such program. Students majoring in Fashion, Textiles, Museum studies or a related field are ideal.
The best candidates will be able to:
• Work independently within the guidelines established by Registrar and ask questions when new situations arise
• Work on multiple projects at the same time with minimum supervision
• Interact professionally with varying groups including staff, volunteers, museum members, donors and guests.
• Accept supervision and critique of work
• Lift heavy and awkward boxes.
• Do minor hand sewing
• Be detail oriented, creative and resourceful
• Have a good sense of humor
• Possess excellent oral and written communication skills
• Maintain a professional and amicable demeanor and appearance
• Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite knowledge preferred