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Spring 2017 (Jan-May) Collections Department Intern

Collections Management Internship

The National Building Museum’s Collections Department is responsible for the care of the 250,000 drawings, photographs, documents and 3-D objects in the Museum’s collection. Interns will work directly with the Museum’s Registrar on a large-scale inventory and cataloguing project of the Museum’s Northwestern Terracotta architectural drawings collection. Duties will include inventorying and cataloging 20,000 drawings dating from 1920 to 1950, including research on the location, architect and status of each individual building.


Spearhead a project to inventory one of the Museum’s architectural drawing collections. 

Create a timeline for the project, research current/new methods and techniques for completing the project, execute and complete the project within the necessary time frame. 

Enter all data in to the Museum’s collections management database, Past Perfect. 

Assist with the exhibit installation, deinstallation and packing 

Other duties as assigned.


Interns must be currently enrolled in a graduate program. 

Previous experience with architectural drawings and archival collections preferred 

Knowledge of collections management databases, preferably PastPerfect 

Knowledge of proper archival and collections management techniques 

Self-starter that can work independently 

Be creative and a problem solver 

Ability to work well in a team environment


Hours of position are flexible, but must occur on Monday – Thursday between 9:00am and 4:00pm.