Collections Management Intern – Decorative Arts

Categories: Internships

Collections Department

The National Building Museum is currently seeking a graduate-level intern to photograph, scan, rehouse and update the catalog records for the Ernest L. Brothers Interior Design Collection, in preparation for the collection to be placed online through the Museum’s new collections website.  The Brothers collection consists of watercolors, drawings, fabric, hardware, photographs and other ephemera related to the Brothers interior design business.

The collection was cataloged in the 1990’s and now the records need to be updated to current standards and all the artifacts need to be photographed, scanned and rehoused.  Interns must be currently enrolled in a graduate program. Hours of position are flexible, but must occur on Monday – Friday; between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Responsibilities and Functions:

  • Spearhead a project to update the cataloging records for Brothers Interior Design collection
  • Photograph and scan all objects, photos and drawings in the collection
  • Reorganize and rehouse the collection for easier access and safer handling
  • Generate lists of supplies needed for rehousing, order supplies and rehouse the collection
  • Conduct research on buildings, locations and people in/associated with the photographs
  • Enter all data in to the Museum’s collections management database
  • Assist with the exhibit installation, de-installation and packing
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 15-20 hours/per week
  • Monday – Friday

Preferred Characteristics and Experience:

  • Previous experience with decorative arts 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

All Museum internships are unpaid; however, we will work with your academic institution to provide academic credit as needed. Position is open until filled. Please send your resume to