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Curatorial Intern | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Curatorial Intern

Black Point Estate Curatorial Intern

Curatorial Intern | Wisconsin Historical Society
Job Information
Location(s)Black Point Estate, W4270 Southland Road, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147
DivisionDivision of Museums and Historic Sites (DMHS)
County Walworth
Classification Not Applicable
Working TitleCuratorial Intern
Type of EmploymentTemporary, schedule will vary. The expected duration of the internship is about 10 weeks at about 40 hours per work week.
SalaryA total stipend of $3500 will be provided in installments over the summer. Academic credit can be arranged in cooperation with a sponsoring college or university program. 
ContactDavid.Desimone@wisconsinhistory.org
Deadline to Apply Application Deadline March 15, 2016

Brief description:

Black Point Estate and Gardens is a historic house museum on the shore of Geneva Lake, Wisconsin operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. The estate seeks a curatorial intern to work with the curatorial assistant on a variety of projects described below.

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Compensation/Credit:

A total stipend of $3500 will be provided in installments over the summer. Academic credit can be arranged in cooperation with a sponsoring college or university program. The expected duration of the internship is about 10 weeks at about 40 hour work week.

Responsibilities:

  • Use historical research methods and skills to enhance interpretation of collections. (20% of time.)
  • Work with curatorial assistant to inventory and catalog historic book collection of over 1,200 volumes. (20% of time)
  • Interpret the history of Black Point Estate, The Conrad Seipp Brewery and Lake Geneva to the general public, Use and develop customer service skills in including answering queries, greeting, and directing visitors. (20% of time)
  • Learn and perform basic collections care for over 2,000 items on permanent display. (20% of time)
  • Other duties as assigned (assist with programs, visitors, etc.) (20% of time)

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to work well and communicate effectively with the public and volunteers.
  • Ability to work independently, with effective organization and time management skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • 2 years of previous classroom or independent historical research experience.
  • Have transportation/vehicle and ability to drive in state of Wisconsin
  • Ability to perform tasks that require moderate exertion, stand/walk for long periods.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of basic collections care and management practices
  • Knowledge of best practices in museum interpretation/education
  • Previous independent research experience
  • Basic knowledge of Past Perfect collections management software

Special Notes

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment to determine if the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires employers to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States. Upon reporting for work, an individual will be expected to present proper evidence establishing employability.

How to Apply:

Send Cover Letter, Résumé, and contact information for 3 references to:

David.Desimone@wisconsinhistory.org

 Application Deadline March 15, 2016

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The Wisconsin Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.