The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to attract, select and develop a diversely talented staff of people. We offer competitive packages and practice equal opportunity employment policies. In this section, find listings for any open positions.

Collections Volunteer/Intern

The collections department of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is seeking volunteers/interns to assist in accessing and housing recently acquired collections.

The Collections volunteer/intern will report to the Director of Museum Collections and interact with the Registrar and Assistant Collections Manager on a daily basis. The volunteer/intern will have the opportunity to learn about accessioning and deaccessioning methods, archival housing, condition reporting, safe object handling, packing, and various aspects of working with a collections management system (The Museum System).

Important projects for 2019 are cataloging and housing recently acquired collections of contemporary Native American art. The job requires interns to sit and perform data entry for long periods, as well as stand, stoop, lift, and climb. The position is unpaid.

Please send resume and cover letter to Allison Evans, Director of Museum Collections, at No phone calls, please.


Title: Collections Volunteer/Intern

Department: Marketing & Collections

Collection Management System: The collections database centralizes collections information and is critical to all aspects of collections management. The volunteer/intern will learn to create and update records in The Museum System (TMS), giving them an understanding of the importance of accurate and appropriate data entry for collections information access and retrieval. Additionally, they will learn the basics of digital content management by producing/organizing files and documentary photography.

Handling: Appropriate handling methods are key to keeping objects safe. The volunteer/intern will learn how to appropriately handle a variety of objects and pack them using a variety of methods.

Registration: Objects must be documented and tracked to be useful to staff and the public. The volunteer/intern will learn the accessioning process, including information gathering and entry into the collections management system, as well as object numbering.
Archival Housing: Objects need to be preserved and protected. The volunteer/intern will learn how to create archival enclosures, as well as how to house objects using various techniques and materials.

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


Minimum Requirement: Enrolled in Bachelor program for art history, history, ethno history, or anthropology. Applicants must be detail oriented, enthusiastic, and capable of doing repetitive tasks with excellent computer skills. Knowledge of museum collections care practices is preferred.


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 objects upstairs, 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 objects. Have good, clear communication skills, both verbally and written, and can understand spoken communications. Most work is performed in a climate-controlled environment.

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 inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history, and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. For more information about our organization:

Spring Marketing & Communication Internship

Application Deadline: November 26, 2018

If you are a motivated college student interested in Marketing and Communications, we are looking for a summer intern to assist our Marketing Department! The intern will have the opportunity to work hands-on with projects, media outlets, content development, and some of our most exciting events of the year.

Please read the job description for more details. To apply for a currently open position, please send resumes and references to or to:

Eiteljorg Museum
Attention: HR Manager
500 W. Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204


Title: Spring Marketing & Communication Internship

Department: Marketing & Communications

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in downtown Indianapolis seeks a highly motivated college student to assist the Marketing & Communications Department in its efforts to promote and raise awareness of the museum’s events, exhibits and programs during spring semester 2019. Through this unpaid internship, a student will have the opportunity to learn practical, valuable professional workplace skills that will bolster any resume.

The internship would start on or around Jan. 14, 2019, and would continue through early May 2019, but can be adjusted to finish earlier or later depending on the applicant’s college calendar and requirements. Typically, this position would be 15 to 20 hours per week during business hours on weekdays. There will be some events on evenings or weekends that this position is required to work, including an exhibit opening Friday night, March 8, 2019, two daytime public programs on Saturday April 13 and Saturday April 20, 2019, and a gala fundraiser on Saturday night, April 27, 2019. The applicant must have reliable transportation to and from the museum.


The applicant should be an enrolled university student or recent graduate majoring in public relations, journalism, digital marketing, communications, advertising, tourism or a related field. The applicant should have experience with social media and social media marketing, as well as Microsoft Office software, Adobe Suite software, and experience with photography and video production. Additional experience with html/css website design is preferred.


Responsibilities will revolve around helping execute various facets of marketing communications plans and working to achieve marketing and museum goals and objectives. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the Marketing & Communications staff with spring marketing tasks
  • Contacting media outlets to pitch museum exhibits and events
  • Assisting in maintaining the museum’s daily presence on multiple social media platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and others
  • Taking photographs and shooting video, often on short notice, of museum events and activities.
  • Writing copy for the museum’s e-newsletter and writing articles for the Eiteljorg Blog, which could involve interviewing the subjects of those articles.
  • Posting content to the museum’s newly-redesigned website
  • Organizing office files and materials
  • Delivering or distributing printed materials off-site
  • Attending regular meetings internally with museum staff, and externally with tourism groups to maintain marketing visibility; and other duties as assigned

Qualities the Eiteljorg Museum seeks in an intern are: reliability, dependability, creativity, self-confidence, good verbal and written skills, a pleasant, professional demeanor, strong time-management skills, ability to follow specific directions, willingness to take on assignments that have tight deadlines, a flexible schedule, a desire to learn from experienced colleagues and the ability to work cooperatively with people of many backgrounds. The intern must follow all museum policies and procedures in the museum employee handbook.

This is an unpaid position, but the intern will have access to certain cost-saving privileges, including free parking 24/7 at the museum’s underground parking garage at a prime location in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, free admission to the museum and museum programs, discounts to the museum café and store, and discounts to other participating Indianapolis museums and attractions. During the internship, the marketing intern will be able to attend and enjoy the Eiteljorg’s high-quality receptions. There are many intangible benefits, including the opportunity to interact with and learn from museum executives and curatorial staff about the nonprofit world, attend informal orientation sessions, hone professional office skills, build a portfolio, develop a professional network and acquire effective job references. While gaining this valuable job experience, the intern will get to work in a beautiful museum building surrounded by amazing art and history while working with some talented colleagues. The museum will attempt to schedule marketing internship hours to coordinate with classes or any outside employment commitments the intern might have.

Although the Eiteljorg Museum cannot guarantee that an intern will receive college credit for the internship, the Marketing & Communications staff will be happy to coordinate with the intern’s faculty advisor to provide documentation that might assist the student in receiving academic credit for their work, time and effort.


The deadline to apply is November 26, 2018. Qualified applicants should send a resume, cover letter, three writing or project samples as well as contact information for three professional references to this address:

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