Topic ID #31194 - posted 2/14/2014 1:12 AM

Recreation & Parks Museum Collection Intern/college (Intern II) - Henrico, VA

Jennifer Palmer

Job: IRC62368
Job Title        Recreation & Parks Museum Collection Intern/college (Intern II)
Location        Henrico, VA, US
Organization Name        County of Henrico Department of Recreation and Parks
About US       

Henrico County, a progressive employer of choice, is offering internship opportunities for high school and college students to develop skills and experience relevant to their course of study.  We are committed to creating challenging, meaningful, relevant work experiences for students.  All internships will have specific learning goals identified by the student as being core to their academic and career development.  The County will strive to ensure a balance between the intern's specific learning goals and the work that is required by the Department.

Established in 1611, Henrico County has deep historical roots. Henrico County borders the City of Richmond to the west, north and east and constitutes approximately a third of the Richmond metropolitan areas. Henrico County is among the top-rated counties in the nation and was one of the first localities to adopt the County Manager Form of Government. Citizens of Henrico County are represented by an elected Board of Supervisors representing five magisterial districts.

Henrico County General Government currently has more than 30 agencies. Department Heads are appointed by the County Manager, with the exception of the elected constitutional officers.  Henrico County is an equal opportunity employer and, when you join us as an intern, you will be surrounded by fellow associates who come from all walks of life, all types of cultural backgrounds and all ages.
General State of Duties       

Closing Date:  This position closes on Monday, March 31, 2014

This postion is for a summer 2014 internship for a rising junior or senior. This internship is for academic credit.

Henrico County offers a variety of challenging hands-on internships performing a variety of responsible tasks relevant to the assigned department. Internships may be available many departments. For more information on the operations and functions of each department click here:
Essential Duties       

Museum Collection Intern - This postion is for a summer 2014 internship for a rising junior or senior. This internship is for academic credit.
Desired area of study: History, Art History, Library Science, Museum Studies, Public History, Archeology, or other related field
Desired GPA: 3.0 or better
Desired Student: College rising Junior or senior
Work Hours: Flexible hours Monday - Friday between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. No more than 29 hours per week.
Work Location: Division of Recreation and Parks: Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive, Henrico, Va


This is an internship position for college students who will work with museum artifact collections with Historic Preservation and Museum Services in the Division of Recreation & Parks.  Students may work with three-dimensional objects or paper archive collections, and will be required to complete artifact documentation records and protect artifacts from damage.  Interns will assist collection staff in the day-to-day management of collection records and will use the utmost care in handling or working around artifacts.  Potential projects and tasks may include collections inventory, artifact cataloging and tagging, compilation and organization of collection records, artifact research, data entry of collection information into collection database, photography and archival storage areas and exhibits.  Knowledge of integrated pest management principles, museum temperature and humidity standards, and safe artifact handling procedures is a plus.  Interns should be detail oriented, organized, responsible, and have the ability to work independently, write legibly and use basic computer programs.  Knowledge of Excel spreadsheets and museum collection databases are helpful.  Prefer an intern who is seeking a career in museum collection management or curatorial work.  Knowledge of Virginia History and/or Henrico County is a plus.  Working with museum artifacts is not a given.  Until an intern has completed our in-house training and been evaluated on artifact handling skills, we cannot promise he/she will be allowed to handle or work near museum collections.  If we do not feel comfortable with an intern's ability, another project will be assigned.  Preference is given to those with prior experience with museum collections.


Strong foundational knowledge in a field relevant to internship; excellent interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience of County employees and citizens integral to the internship; excellent organization and research skills with the ability to collect and organize facts/tasks effectively; excellent attention to details; excellent knowledge of and familiarity with computer systems with demonstrated proficiency in the use of a personal computer and common software products (e.g. Word, Excel, Power Point); ability to multitask and manage priorities; ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as a part of a team; and ability to meet assigned deadlines.


Internships are intended to complement the student's academic program so the intern must bring foundational knowledge as well as a strong interest in the assigned department's mission and operations, and be prepared to work in a fast-paced environment. The intern will receive training relevant to the assigned responsibilities, clear direction regarding expectations and feedback concerning their performance. Interns will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of the operations of the assigned department as well as broad basic skills and industry knowledge. Internships may include extensive public contact. Internships may be an integral part of a team or may require the intern to work more independently. The intern will also learn how to work in a professional environment and have opportunities to network with department leaders and other professionals in the internship field.
Minimum Qualifications       

Education: Pursuing a college degree in a field relevant to internship or post-secondary vocational/technical training in a trade or craft that is relevant to the internship; GPA of 3.0 or better; prefer a college student in the junior or senior year of the relevant degree program;

Experience: Completion of courses in relevant degree or vocational/technical program; relevant job or volunteer experience;

Or:  Any equivalent combination education and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities relevant to the internship.

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