Internship

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Curator Kristy Griffin, Intern Anna Thompson, and Collections Fellow Krystle Weddle celebrate after completing a project to relocate museum collection

The Sitka History Museum offers internships to current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates.  Museum staff work with interns to design projects meant to enhance the student’s education and meet the needs of the Museum and Sitka Historical Society.  Internship positions are project-based and interns can typically tailor their experience by selecting a museum operations division to concentrate on.  The availability of internship positions may vary from semester to semester based on the needs of the division the student wishes to pursue.  Please see below for a list of museum operations divisions and potential internship possibilities within the divisions.

 

Collections

  • Learn museum registration methods
  • Catalog and research museum artifacts
  • Process and digitize archival or photograph collections

Curation

  • Assist with object and exhibition research
  • Work with the Curator to write exhibition interpretation
  • Contribute to museum exhibition design efforts
  • Develop an online exhibit

 Education & Outreach

  • Help plan and develop events for the public
  • Assist with the organization and implementation of outreach events
  • Write a plan and explore funding opportunities for new educational programs

Marketing & Public Relations

  • Update and develop new pages and posts for the Sitka History Museum’s website
  • Assist 150th Community Liaison, Linda Williams, with marketing and public relations related to the 150th Anniversary of the transfer of Russian’s claim on Alaska to the United States
  • Draft and submit press releases
  • Ensure that Museum and Society Historical Society events are on media calendars throughout the city and state
  • Act as photographer at Museum and Society Historical Society events

Development & Fundraising

  • Assist with writing and research for grant proposals
  • Help with donation and membership entry
  • Working with the Executive Director, implement fundraising projects

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to KristyGriffin@SitkaHistory.org.  In your cover letter, please  indicate the semester you are interested in interning, your division preference, and how you think your experience would supplement your educational goals. Please also describe you prior experience, if any, that you have in the museum industry and/or the division to which you are applying.

Compensation

Academic Credit

It is the responsibility of the student to convey all internship requirements to their Sitka History Museum staff supervisor, to ensure that university needs are met in order for the student to obtain credit.