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Museum Collections Intern

Internship Responsibilities

The Fire Museum of Maryland, a diverse history and technology museum, seeks a qualified intern to work in the Registrar’s Office and the Research Center to help to design a plan to identify, pack and move a variety of archival materials and small 3-dimensional artifacts into another area of the Museum. These collections need to be moved, as new lighting, HVAC, a compact storage area, and perhaps a new sprinkler system will be installed. Tasks will involve researching objects that need specialized handling, the preparation of work areas, ordering of supplies, photography/scanning; data entry into PastPerfect 5, the Museum’s database; & artifact handling will all be areas the intern works on with the Registrar and her assistant.

Attention to detail is a must; ability to lift 30 lb. boxes; capacity to work on own with limited supervision, interest in collections management or archives required.

Skill Set Required

Previous museum experience, especially handling of objects or experience with storage projects is preferred. Good computer skills (ie. Microsoft Office) are necessary, with working knowledge of museum databases a plus (especially PastPerfect). The intern will be taught to use PastPerfect 5 in house, as needed.

Preferred Areas of Study/Major(s)

History, Archives, Museum Studies

Internship Location

Lutherville, MD

Details

Semester: Summer (Jun - Aug), Fall (Sep - Dec)
Year: 2016
Hours per week: 10-20 hours
Workdays: Flexible
Pay: No

Application Requirements

Application Deadline: April 30, 2017
Required Documentation: Resume, Cover Letter, References
Application Instructions

Please send cover letter, including information as to why you feel this internship would help you in your chosen field and what you hope to gain from this experience. Also, an up-to-date resume, and information concerning school's internship requirements should all be sent to me at mmheaver@firemuseummd.org.

Headquarters

1301 York Road-rear
Lutherville, Maryland 21093

About Fire Museum of Maryland

“The mission of the Fire Museum of Maryland is to collect, preserve, display, and interpret historically significant apparatus and related artifacts, memorabilia, and records of the urban fire service in the United States; and to educate the public about the history, people, equipment, and techniques of the fire service and fire prevention and safety.”

The Fire Museum of Maryland is one of the largest fire museums in America.  Located in Lutherville, just north of Baltimore City, the Museum is a leading institution in preserving, restoring and interpreting the history of the urban fire service in the U.S.

The Museum, which was founded in 1971, houses a world class collection, comprising more than 40 pieces of firefighting apparatus, dating from 1806 to 1957. The collection also includes over 1,700 smaller 3-dimensional objects, an extensive working telegraph system, and a large archive and library with over 13,000 documents, catalogues, photographs, negatives and books. These objects are used primarily for research or to help tell a more complete story for our exhibits and education programs.

The non-profit 501(c)(3) Fire Museum of Maryland grew from a collection of fire engines, apparatus and fire related materials that had been amassed over more than 40 years by the Stephen G. Heaver family. Since its founding in 1971, the Museum has expanded the depth of its collections to become a professionally run institution that is open to the public 4 days a week during the summer, and on weekends during the rest of the year. It is also available year round for both school and adult tour programs.

There are 4 full-time staff, 10 part-time, and numerous volunteers who work on the wheeled apparatus, catalog and research archival materials, as well as photography of the collections and activities at the Museum.