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Collections Intern – Conservation Survey

The Collections department of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks an intern to assist in the conservation survey of contemporary Native American and Western artworks.

Opportunity: January 8-12, 2024 (1 day onboarding, 4-day consecutive project term), and 2 days data entry scheduled before June 30, 2024; $896 stipend ($16/hr)

This opportunity will occur in person at the Eiteljorg Museum. The intern will report to the Collections Manager and Contract Conservator, interact with the Curators of Native American Art and Western Art, History and Culture, and may interact with the Registrar and Director of Collections and Exhibition Management. The intern will have the opportunity to learn about condition reporting, archival housing, and exhibition requirements for many different types of artwork, including basketry, metal, animal materials, and painted surfaces, as well as a number of multi-component installation works. They will also learn about the development of conservation treatment proposals, and will refine safe object handling skills.

The work requires interns to sit and perform data entry for long periods, as well as stand, stoop, lift materials both unassisted and as part of a team, and climb ladders.

To Apply:

Please send resume (include applicable education, work, and volunteer experience) and cover letter (explain: 1) your interest in the position, 2) your unique qualifications, and 3) how this project supports your career goals) with the subject line “Collections Survey Internship” to Rebekah Ryan, Collections Manager, at by Dec 1, 2024.

Note: Changes may be made to the dates of this project due to COVID-19 travel restrictions or Conservator’s schedule. Updates will be made to this posting if that occurs.

No phone calls please.

Requirements / Qualifications

Minimum Requirements: Enrolled in a Bachelor’s program in museum studies, conservation, art history, history, ethnohistory, or anthropology with knowledge of museum collections care practices and demonstrated object-handling skills. Applicants must be detail-oriented, enthusiastic, and capable of doing repetitive tasks with excellent computer skills.

Physical Demands: Ability to reach with hands and arms, stoop, and see. Ability to push, pull, lift, and carry 10-50 lbs. short distances. Ability to climb step stools, carry items up stairs, and stand for long periods of time. Ability to enter data into a computer. Wear gloves and be able to perform delicate operations when dealing with fragile items. Have clear communication skills, both verbally and written, and can understand spoken communications. Work is performed in a climate-controlled environment.

Additional Information


Handling: Appropriate handling methods are key to keeping items safe. The intern will appropriately retrieve and handle a variety of items.

Condition Reporting: Knowing the condition of items helps prioritize care as well as resources. The intern will lean how to evaluate item stability and write reports. 

About the Museum:
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art was founded by Indianapolis businessman and philanthropist Harrison Eiteljorg. Our mission is to connect everyone with the stories of the Indigenous peoples of North America and the Western experience through innovative artistic expressions, educational experiences, and collaborative partnerships. For more information about our organization:

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