Collections Management Intern – Photography

Categories: Internships

Collections Department

The National Building Museum is currently seeking a graduate-level intern to assist with the completion of a large scale, multi-year cataloging, and rehousing project involving the Museum’s Robert Lautman Photography Collection.  The Robert Lautman Photography collection consists of over 20,000 photographs, negatives and slides from Lautman’s 50+ year long career.

Subject matter includes federal buildings, museums, private residences and other prominent structures in the Washington, DC area. Over 90% of the collection is organized and this project will focus on the unidentified images.  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 organize, catalogue and rehouse a collection of negatives, slides, prints and ephemera
  • Create an organizational system for the unidentified images in the collection and implement that system
  • 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, deinstallation and packing
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 15-20 hours/per week

Monday – Friday

Preferred Characteristics and Experience:

  • Previous experience with photography 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