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Illinois State Museum

The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will hire five IC Explorer interns for the summer 2015 semester. Below is a listing of possible internship fields that you can choose from to ensure that your experience is as relatable to your interests as possible. You may indicate more than one field that you are interested in being considered for, and this should be indicated in your cover letter.


Geology Collections Assistant
The Museum's fossil collections play important roles in research, education, and exhibits. This internship provides an opportunity for a student to assist curators in entering and verifying existing records in a computer database for vertebrate, invertebrate, and plant specimens. The intern will learn about specimen identification, georeferencing, collections organization, cataloging, conservation, and collections database management. The intern will work in the Illinois State Museum's Research and Collections Center in Springfield.

Zoology Collections Assistant
The Museum has extensive collections of Midwestern insects, freshwater bivalves, birds, and mammals. There are also smaller collections of reptiles, amphibians, and fish. The intern will assist with the curation of one or more of these collections, and will gain knowledge about Illinois fauna and museum curatorial methods including database management. The intern may also participate in cataloging and database development for materials recently acquired by the museum, including a donation of mammal research specimens from a private collector and a large collection of mounted birds and mammals transferred from another museum. The intern will work in the Illinois State Museum's Research and Collections Center in Springfield.

Herbarium Curatorial Assistant
The Museum's herbarium includes over 110,000 pressed plants, primarily from Illinois. An intern will assist with curation of this important collection. Activities will include updating of identifications on herbarium sheet labels, mounting and labeling of new specimens, and updating of the electronic database for the collection. The intern will work in the Illinois State Museum's Research and Collections Center in Springfield.

Anthropology Collections Assistant (Springfield)
The Museum has one of the largest archaeological collections in the Midwest and is currently assembling prehistoric and historical artifact type collections at the ISM-Springfield that will be stored in specially designed cabinetry. The fragile and exotic artifacts stored in these cabinets will be used for research projects, education, and temporary exhibitions. This internship provides an opportunity for a student to assist curators in identifying and cataloging specimens from the collections and field projects, rehousing collections, and updating electronic databases. The intern will learn about Illinois prehistory and early history, specimen cataloging, collections management, and database development. The intern will work in the Illinois State Museum's Research and Collections Center in Springfield.

Anthropology Collections Assistant (Dickson Mounds Museum)
This internship provides an opportunity for a student to assist curators in identifying and cataloging specimens from the collections and field projects, rehousing collections, and updating electronic databases. The intern will learn about Illinois prehistory and early history, specimen cataloging, collections management, and database development. The intern will work at Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown.

Fine Arts Collections Assistant
The Museum has extensive collections of fine and decorative arts. The fine arts collections include approximately 4,000 prints, photographs, paintings, sculpture, posters, and folk art that document the art and history of Illinois. Interns will assist Museum art curators with the curation of these collections and also participate in exhibition planning and educational programming. The intern will work in the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.

Decorative Art and History Collections Assistant
The Decorative Arts and History collection documents Illinois history through its material culture. This department collects, preserves, and interprets the lifeways, artistry, industry, and innovation of the people of Illinois' past, as well as important historical trends that shaped our state. The collection includes objects made or used in Illinois including agricultural, fishing, recreational, and industrial tools and equipment, decorative and household objects, personal goods, toys, armament, and historic costumes. The Decorative Arts and History intern will learn about the curation of historic objects and obtain hands-on collections management experience including object handling, rehousing, and database management. The intern will work at both the Illinois State Museum and Research and Collections Center in Springfield.

Museum Education (Springfield)
An internship is available in museum education to assist with planning and delivery of public programming and to gain an understanding of informal education, especially as compared to K-12 classroom education. This includes assisting with the planning and implementation of family events, the Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest, and Super Saturdays. The intern will also experience working with the public in the Museum's hands-on children's gallery (Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum). Special projects can also be arranged depending on the intern's goals and interests. The intern will work at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.

Museum Education (Dickson Mounds Museum)
An internship is available in museum education to assist with planning and delivery of public
programming and to gain an understanding of informal education, especially as compared to K-12 classroom education. Special projects can also be arranged depending on the intern's goals and interests. The intern will work with the Museum's education and other staff at Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown.

Library Collections
The Museum library has a significant book collection pertaining to Illinois and its natural history, anthropology, botany, zoology, geology, art, and museum science. The Museum's rare book collection contains materials about ornithology, geology, and anthropology. The library's monographs are accessible via an online catalog, and one task is to add the rare book collection to this catalog. Other projects include serials inventory and book stack rearrangement. The intern will work at the Illinois State Museum in downtown Springfield and the Research and Collections Center.

Museum Publishing
The intern will learn about the production of museum books, magazines, and newsletters, including working with deadlines, collaborating with curators, editors, photographers, and printers, and applying desktop publishing technology to real-life projects. He or she will also learn about issues vital to museum publishing, such as scholarly vs. popular publications, negotiating contracts, and conveying an organization's image and message through print communication. Editing with a style manual, advanced software techniques, and print communication principles can also be covered. Tasks may include layout, design, and editing assistance for various small print projects. The intern will work at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.

Museum Photography and Videography
The intern will learn about photography and videography in a Museum setting. He or she will have opportunities to participate in archiving of slides and photographs, photographic documentation of Museum project and programs, and videotaping of special programs.

Museum Marketing and Public Relations
The intern will learn about marketing and public relations in a museum context through firsthand experiences at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. The intern will work with the Museum Administration on a variety of projects designed to strengthen the Museum's public image and promote its programs.

To apply for an IC Explorer Internship at the Illinois State Museum for the summer of 2015, email your resumé and cover letter in one attached PDF file to Internship Coordinator JJ Sadler at JJ.Sadler@mail.ic.edu. In the cover letter, indicate which positions(s) most interest you.

Address your cover letter to the site contact:

Dr. Robert E. Warren
Curator of Anthropology
Illinois State Museum
1011 East Ash Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703-3535

The application deadline is February 6, 2015. On-campus interviews will be held in mid-February and selections will be made before spring break.

    
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