Internships

SUMMER 2020 PAID INTERNSHIPS

The Palmer Museum of Art offers paid internships during the summer semester for Penn State graduate and upper-level undergraduate students. Summer interns work at the museum 20 hours per week for ten weeks between May 18 and August 14 (exact dates and schedules can be flexible). The pay rate for summer interships is $15 per hour.

Please review eligibility requirements for each position listed below before submitting an application. 

Required application materials

Deadline for Summer 2020 Intern Applications: Sunday, March 29, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

All application materials should be emailed to Brandi Breslin, museum educator, at bgb56@psu.edu by 5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2020. Successful candidates will be notified and then required to complete an online application through the Penn State jobs site.

 

SUMMER 2020 INTERN PROJECTS

Curatorial Research Internship in American Art (CRAA)

The primary focus of this internship will be research and planning for the production of a catalogue featuring the Palmer’s pre-1950 American paintings collection. Additionally, this position will participate in ongoing projects in the Palmer’s curatorial department, including research, collections management and exhibition planning with specific duties including: cataloguing new acquisitions and correcting existing records; assist with drafting interpretive text; assist with acquisition of rights for image reproduction; fact-check object files in preparation for publication. This position may also participate as needed with gallery installation projects and public programs.

Successful candidates will have strong written and verbal communication skills; an ability to think creatively and work independently; experience in art history research and interpretive writing.
Summer 2020 internships at the Palmer Museum of Art are funded for $15 per hour, 20 hours per week, and ten weeks between May 18 – August 14. Exact dates and work schedule can be flexible.

To be eligible for this position, you must be a Penn State graduate student in Art History or Art Education. This internship is made possible by the Silver Trout Curatorial Graduate Internship Program.

Curatorial Collections Management Internship in American Art (CMAA)

The primary focus of this internship will be research and collections management for two large collections of American drawings recently acquired by the Palmer Museum, to include confirming object dimensions, signatures, and inscriptions, and to assist with rehousing and safely storing the works. This position may participate in ongoing projects in the Palmer’s curatorial department, including research, collections management and exhibition planning with specific duties including: cataloguing new acquisitions and correcting existing records; assist with drafting interpretive text; assist with acquisition of rights for image reproduction; fact-check object files in preparation for publication. This position may also participate as needed with gallery installation projects and public programs.

Successful candidates will have strong written and verbal communication skills; an ability to think creatively and work independently; experience in art history research and interpretive writing.
Summer 2020 internships at the Palmer Museum of Art are funded for $15 per hour, 20 hours per week, and ten weeks between May 18 – August 14. Exact dates and work schedule can be flexible.

To be eligible for this position, you must be a Penn State graduate student in Art History or Art Education. This internship is made possible by the Silver Trout Curatorial Graduate Internship Program.

Curatorial Collections Management Internship in Ancient Art (CMAP)

The primary focus of this internship will be research and collections management for a wide range of ancient objects, including Peruvian ceramics, in the permanent collection. Assignments will include confirming object dimensions, signatures, and inscriptions, and researching exhibition and provenance history. This position may also participate in ongoing projects in the Palmer’s curatorial department, including research, collections management, and exhibition planning, and may also participate as needed with gallery installation projects and public programs.
Successful candidates will have strong written and verbal communication skills; an ability to think creatively and work independently; experience in art history research and handling of art objects.
Summer 2020 internships at the Palmer Museum of Art are funded for $15 per hour, 20 hours per week, and ten weeks between May 18 – August 14. Exact dates and work schedule can be flexible.

To be eligible for this position, you must be a Penn State graduate student in Art History or Art Education. This internship is made possible by the Silver Trout Curatorial Graduate Internship Program.

Curatorial Collections Management Internship in European Art (CMEA)

The primary focus of this internship will be research and collections management for European works of art in the permanent collection. Assignments will include confirming object dimensions, signatures, and inscriptions, and researching exhibition and Nazi-era provenance history (as part of NEPIP). This position may also participate in ongoing projects in the Palmer’s curatorial department, including research, collections management, and exhibition planning, and may also participate as needed with gallery installation projects and public programs.

Successful candidates will have strong written and verbal communication skills; an ability to think creatively and work independently; experience in art history research and interpretive writing.
Summer 2020 internships at the Palmer Museum of Art are funded for $15 per hour, 20 hours per week, and ten weeks between May 18 – August 14. Exact dates and work schedule can be flexible.

To be eligible for this position, you must be a Penn State graduate student in Art History or Art Education. This internship is made possible by the Silver Trout Curatorial Graduate Internship Program.

Curatorial Research Internship in American Prints (CRPP)

This internship will assist with the preparation of a catalogue on the museum’s Tavern Collection, a large group of prints featuring mostly 19th-century views of towns and cities in Pennsylvania. Additionally, this position will participate in ongoing projects in the Palmer’s curatorial department, including research, collections management and exhibition planning with specific duties including: cataloguing new acquisitions and correcting existing records; assist with drafting interpretive text; assist with acquisition of rights for image reproduction; fact-check object files in preparation for publication. This position may also participate as needed with gallery installation projects and public programs.

Successful candidates will have strong written and verbal communication skills; an ability to think creatively and work independently; experience in art history research and interpretive writing.
Summer 2020 internships at the Palmer Museum of Art are funded for $15 per hour, 20 hours per week, and ten weeks between May 18 – August 14. Exact dates and work schedule can be flexible.

To be eligible for this position, you must be a Penn State student in Art History, the School of Visual Arts, Women’s Studies, or American Studies and have achieved superior academic records. This internship is made possible by the Dorothy and John C. O’Connor Endowment for the Yeager and O’Connor Collection of Prints.

Museum Education Internship in K-12 Programs (MEKP)

The primary focus of this internship will be to develop a cohesive plan for K-12 educator programs at the museum, including written resources, online tools, workshops and tour programs; to research best practices in museum education; to research art and artist related to the Palmer’s collection; to conduct surveys and evaluation of museum audiences; to prepare written materials for educators and other museum visitors; and to assist with creating an interpretive plan for the museum. This position may also participate as needed with public programs and events.
Successful candidates will have strong written and verbal communication skills; an ability to think creatively and work independently; experience in working directly with the public; knowledge of a variety of art materials and processes; experience with art research and interpretive writing.

Summer 2020 internships at the Palmer Museum of Art are funded for $15 per hour, 20 hours per week, and ten weeks between May 18 – August 14. Exact dates and work schedule can be flexible.

To be eligible for this position, you must be a graduate or upper-level undergraduate student at Penn State. This internship is made possible by the James E. Hess and Suzanne Scurfield Hess Endowment for Art Education at the Palmer Museum of Art.

 

2020-21 UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIPS

Undergraduate internships at the Palmer Museum of Art are offered with the goal of providing educational experience in a professional museum setting. Interns gain practical experience by working with museum professionals on projects and programs. At the same time, the museum benefits from research and contributions made by interns.

Internships require a committment 8-10 hours per week for both the fall and spring semesters. Exact work schedules can be flexible to accommodate class needs and will be set with supervisors at the beginning of each semester.

Undergraduate interns may work with the Palmer in one of three methods:

  • Qualify for hourly wages through Community Service Federal Work Study (CSFWS). To see if you would qualify for this funding, visit the Penn State CSFWS page at https://sites.psu.edu/communityservicefws/about-us/
  • Course credit via internship – check with your academic advisor to see if your department allows credit for internships
  • Volunteer – if you are not eligible for CSFWS or credit but still want to gain experience, you may work with us a volunteer intern

Application requirements:

Deadline to apply for 2020–21 Undergraduate Internships: Sunday, April 5, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

2020–21 Intern Projects – click on links to see full project descriptions

 

PALMER STUDENT AMBASSADORS

The Palmer Museum of Art seeks Penn State student volunteers to work with us to present programs that encourage visitors to explore world-class art and exhibitions. Palmer Student Ambassadors (PSAs) will interact with the public, inspire close-looking with original works of art, assist in creating gallery activities, and host public programs designed for Penn State students and community members. 

Previous art experience is not required, and students from all academic areas of Penn State are encouraged to participate. Interested students must be comfortable with public interaction and must be able and willing to make an academic year (fall and spring semesters) committment of 2–5 hours per week, with some weekend and evening shifts.

Weekly, required meetings are held Thursdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and provide training in gallery teaching, public speaking, and museum exhibitions. Evening and weekend program shifts take place once or twice per month (typically Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons), and daytime shifts may be scheduled to suit individual student schedules. 

Applications to participate in the 2020–21 PSA Program will be accepted through September 7, 2020. To download an application, click here. For more information, attend a scheduled Informational Meeting or email the museum educator, Brandi Breslin, at bgb56@psu.edu.

Palmer Student Ambassador 2020–21 Informational Meeting

Students interested in becoming a Palmer Student Ambassador should plan to attend an informational meeting in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium. Upcoming sessions:

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 2, 2020, 2 p.m.