Thursday, May 15, 2014

Collections Internship (Unpaid)

Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World's Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark.
Since 1962, Pacific Science Center has accomplished many wonderful things and accumulated numerous archival items.  The archive includes fifty years of board meeting minutes, Seattle World’s Fair materials, photographs, and more.  A Collections Intern is needed to assist with the ongoing organization of Pacific Science Center’s paper and photo archives.  The Intern will inventory, catalogue, and re-house items within the archive.  This internship is an excellent opportunity for a Museology student seeking a thesis project as several potential projects have been identified.  A detail-oriented individual with a background in collections management, museum studies, library sciences, and/or archives is an ideal candidate for this internship.

Reports To: Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Position Start Date: Fall, 2014
Position End Date: Ideal candidates will commit to 2 quarters – minimum 10 week commitment
Time Commitment: 9 to 12 hours a week - Intern needed during regular business hours (9:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Application Instructions: Send cover letter and resume to: subject line - Collections Internship 

Job Duties
• Complete the digitization and proper storage of board meeting minutes
• Finish the labeling and housing of photos
• Catalogue and re-house select World’s Fair memorabilia
• Organize items within the archive
• Order archival supplies
• Other duties as assigned

Learning Opportunities
• Develop high-level collections/archives skills
• Demonstrate leadership skills by making collections decisions
• Develop collections policy skills by creating photograph digitization standards
• Strengthen communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills through diverse interactions with Pacific Science Center staff, volunteers, and visitors
• Gain insight into the inner-workings of Pacific Science Center

Position Requirements
• Background in museum collections management and/or archival collections management
• Working toward a degree in Museology, Non-Profit Administration, Library Science, Archive/History or related field preferred
• Must have very strong attention to detail
• Must be able to provide 3 references and pass a background check 
• Excellent verbal communication skills
• Courteous professional manner
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion
• Ability to present oneself in a professional manner with regards to personal appearance and hygiene
• Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation

We are an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs in every county of Washington state and beyond. 

Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer. We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.

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