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Collections Assistant Intern

Department: Museum Programs
Location: Heritage Center, Mackinac Island
Start Date/End Date: early June through August
Pay Rate: $2,000 stipend upon successful completion of the internship; Free Housing

Scope of Duties:
The intern position on Mackinac Island will be responsible for inventorying, cataloging and other general collections work. Duties may also include organization and cataloging of historic photograph or archival collections material and assisting in conservation treatments and research. Based on the individual’s interests and skills, the intern may also have opportunities to participate in costumed interpretation or visitor evaluation. May also have other duties as assigned.

Mackinac State Historic Parks (MSHP) will offer free housing on Mackinac Island to the selected individual in return for 32 hours per week of internship duties. Housing is dormitory-style with kitchen facilities available. We will also attempt to find a paid position within our organization for up to 15 hours per week to assist with spending money.

General Information:
The workstation for this position is the Heritage Center on Mackinac Island. The intern may be assigned duties at other MSHP sites on Mackinac Island and in Mackinaw City as park needs dictate. The work schedule may vary according to park needs and may include occasional weekend and evening work. Generally, this is a 32-hour per week internship working Monday through Thursday.

Position Requirements:
-Must be 18 years or older as of first date of internship.
-Must be pursuing or have graduated with a degree in History, Museum Studies, Library Science or related field.
-Education and experience in basic museum practices.
-Knowledge of collections management, policies and procedures.
-Knowledge of computers and good word processing skills.
-The successful candidate should have experience in museum inventorying, artifact handling, marking and cataloging.

Physical Requirements:
Stretching and bending are moves commonly made throughout the day by interns in this position. The intern must have the ability to do the following activities, with or without reasonable accommodation: frequent lifting, carrying, transporting, loading and unloading of up to 35 pounds, walking long distances and up steep inclines in all weather conditions, frequent twisting, bending, stooping, reaching and grasping, sitting and/or standing for long periods of time, and the ability to utilize ferry boat transportation to and from Mackinac Island. This position also requires the individual to walk over uneven terrain and up steep inclines.

Length of Internship:
Position interns for 12 weeks starting in early June through late August. The start and end dates of the internship may be adjusted if the applicant’s school schedule requires it. The individual must indicate on their employment application their dates of availability.

If you have specific questions regarding this position, please contact Brian Jaeschke, Curator of Collections, 231-436-4100, extension 107.

Due to the high volume of applications, only those applicants invited to interview will be contacted.

Application Information and Deadline:
Click here to fill out an application online.

Questions about this internship can be sent to Brian Jaeschke, Curator of Collections, or 231–436-4100.

Due to the high volume of applications, only those applicants invited to interview will be contacted.

Click here to fill out an application. 

Please contact:

P.O. Box 873
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
231-436-4100 x111