Overview

An incredible opportunity to get hands-on experience managing a world class museum.

Responsibilities: Projects will be determined through assessment of an intern’s interest as well as the needs of the Museum. During their term at the Museum, an intern may work on projects inclusive of any of the following areas:

– Assist with the curation of permanent and rotating exhibitions and galleries in the Museum.
– Assist with the creation of interpretive signage elements in the Museum galleries.
– Research and write articles for the website and blog of the Museum.
– Aid in the care of the Permanent Collection of carriages and automobiles as needed.
– Assist with the creation of educational materials.
– Perform research in Studebaker Corporate archives.
– Assist in the execution of the Concours d’Elegance at Copshaholm.

Qualifications: Internships are available for any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school program. Candidates will be judged based upon demonstrated interest in the field as well as past experience and education. Familiarity with Past Perfect are encouraged by not required.

Description of internship opportunity and learning development: Students will be taught the entirety of the process of artifact handing from accessioning items into the collections to caring for them in the long-term. At the end of the internship, the student will be skilled in the procedures that are required for accessioning artifacts as well as be familiar with many of the complications associated with this process.

The student will also play an instrumental role in creating and releasing the interpretive material. These materials generated will be used in the Museum’s galleries and by everyday Museum visitors. The skills that will be practiced in these tasks will allow the student to learn about breaking down complicated topics for the Museum visitors and showing how an object and its interpretative materials must work together for the betterment of the student.

The student will spend significant time with the Museum’s professional staff who have ties through both the automotive Museum world and beyond.  The staff is always happy to share and use their connections on behalf of the interns.  Visits to other area Museum will also be arranged to ensure that the intern is exposed to the wide array of Museum jobs and professionals.

About The Studebaker National Museum

The Studebaker National Museum was established to be the center for education, preservation, and interpretation of design and innovation.  This is accomplished through programming, active collecting, and the display of vehicles, archives, and artifacts that showcase the local and global influence of Studebaker and related industrial innovators.  In pursuit of this vision, the Museum is one of only three automotive museums to earn accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums.

An important part of successfully fulfilling the mission of the Museum is to provide foundational experiences for the next generation of Museum professionals. The Museum is seeking internship candidates who wish to gain hands-on experience in the museum or non-profit management fields.