Archival Internship


Applicants should be pursuing a graduate degree in History, Library Science, Art History, or Museum Studies. Applicants should be interested in archival cataloguing procedures and organization with a strong interest in obtaining experience in museums/archives. Interns must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week during the academic and summer terms. Applicants should possess basic computer skills, excellent organizational skills, and attention to detail; excellent research and written/oral communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Essential intern functions:

The purpose of this internship is to provide students with hands-on experience with cataloguing the Museum’s institutional archives. This internship will offer the student an opportunity to do professional-level work where the student will be responsible for creating records, summarizing and implementing keyword searches, and proper handling and storage of archival documents. Materials include original family items, administrative documents and printed material such as newspaper clippings, pamphlets, catalogues, invitations, annual reports, etc.

Intern Duties:

  • Document all necessary course requirements
  • Complete all assignments in a timely manner
  • Obtain knowledge of the Museum’s history, mission, strategic plan, and Permanent Collection/archival documents
  • Assist with the daily operation of the Archives including email correspondence, phone calls, and filing
  • Obtain a working knowledge of Database – Museum Software
  • Special Projects such as:
    • Cataloguing procedures/implementation of original historic documents
    • Rehousing and labeling documents
    • Field Research inquiries
    • Assist Curator/Registrar with other duties as assigned 

Interested applicants should email the following:

  • A  cover letter expressing areas of interest and career goals
  • A résumé including a list of courses taken
  • Students from the University of North Florida are required to obtain a recommendation from Dr. Charles Closmann, Chair, History Department. This recommendation must be sent in writing to the Intern Supervisor.

Intern Supervisor

Kristen Zimmerman, Registrar

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

829 Riverside Avenue

Jacksonville, Florida 32204

904.899.6020 direct