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Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

Explore the non-paid internship opportunities for students interested in completing internship credit hours through their institution.

We offer several non-paid internship opportunities for students and individuals interested in gaining hands-on experience, preparing them for their next career step. We accept applications from student and recent grads. For all our for-credit internships, interns must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program related to the internship and be able to receive credit for the internship through their institution. Check out all opportunities below.

 

 

Collections Department

Collections Storage Renovation Project Intern

The Collections department at the Rochester Museum & Science Center would like to host students looking to acquire a variety of skills in collections management. Storage renovation interns will work closely with the Collections Manager and Collections Planning Specialist to clean, re-house, move, and document a wide range of collections objects such as zoological specimens, ethnological objects, household textiles, paintings and industrial technology collections. Exact internship duties may change based on day-to-day operations, as well as the interest and competencies of the intern. Individuals with a background in museum studies, history, natural sciences, anthropology, archaeology, paleontology, geology, and library sciences preferred, but not required. Successful applications will gain skills in areas such as object identification, object handling and basic cleaning, data compilation, collection documentation, and overall collections management.

Hours

Hours and schedule are subject to the availability of the intern, but a minimum time commitment of 10 hours per week for the duration of the semester is preferred. After the time commitment is determined, the Collections Registrar and intern will find a suitable weekly schedule (i.e. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9am to 1pm, OR 1pm to 5pm).

To Apply

Send a (1) resume and (2) cover letter addressed to Michael Barone, Collections Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions? Please call 585.271.4332 x353.

Collections Database Management Intern

The Collections department at the Rochester Museum & Science Center would like to host students looking to acquire a variety of skills in collections database management. Database management interns will work closely with the Registrar's Assistant to reconcile data related to object and people records in our Mimsy XG museum database. Database records are vital to the intellectual control of a museum’s collection and represent a wealth of information that can be used by staff, researchers, and the public to learn more about the 1.2 million objects in the collection at the RMSC. Database management interns will help to improve the search quality and intellectual control of the collection for future users. Exact internship duties may change based on day-to-day operations, as well as the interest and competencies of the intern. Individuals with a background in museum studies, history, library studies, or an interest in database management preferred, but not required. Successful applications will gain skills in database management and areas such as data cleanup, reconciliation, and organization, primary source research, and basic registrarial procedure.

Hours

Hours and schedule are subject to the availability of the intern, but a minimum time commitment of 10 hours per week for the duration of the semester is preferred. After the time is determined, the Collections Registrar’s Assistant and intern will find a suitable weekly schedule (i.e. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9am to 1pm, OR 1pm to 5pm).

To Apply

Send a (1) resume and (2) cover letter addressed to Alyssa Hickey, Registrar’s Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions? Please call 585.271.4552 Ext.336.

Institutional Records Survey and Indexing Intern

The Collections department at the Rochester Museum & Science Center would like to host students looking to acquire a variety of skills in institutional records surveying and indexing. Institutional Records Survey and Indexing interns will work closely with the Registrar and Registrar's Assistant to survey and index institutional records held by the Collections department including documents from archaeological expeditions, past museum exhibitions, collections object inventories, staff correspondence, and more. Exact internship duties may change based on day-to-day operations, as well as the interest and competencies of the intern. Individuals with a background in museum studies, history, anthropology, archeology, or an interest in records surveying and indexing preferred, but not required. This internship requires attention to detail, organizational skills, and basic writing and computer skills. Successful applications will gain skills in areas such as collections processing, data organization, and primary source research.

Hours

Hours and schedule are subject to the availability of the intern, but a minimum time commitment of 10 hours per week for the duration of the semester is preferred. After the time is determined, the Collections Registrar’s Assistant and intern will find a suitable weekly schedule (i.e. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9am to 1pm, OR 1pm to 5pm).

To Apply

Send a (1) resume and (2) cover letter addressed to Alyssa Hickey, Registrar’s Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions? Please call 585.271.4552 Ext.336.

Zoological Collection Intern

The Collections department at the Rochester Museum & Science Center would like to host students looking to acquire a variety of skills in collections management related to the area of natural history. The Zoological collection at the RMSC consists of approximately 26,000 specimens including skeletal and study skin specimens, eggs and nests, taxidermy, shells, insects, paleontological specimens, and biological models. Zoological collection interns will work closely with the Registrar and Registrar's Assistant to update collection inventories and aid in the organization of the newly renovated zoology vault through careful object handling and the assignment of identifying data to specimens. Exact internship duties may change based on day-to-day operations, as well as the interest and competencies of the intern. Individuals with a background in zoology, biology, environmental science, and museum studies with an interest in natural history preferred. Successful applications will gain skills in areas such as object handling, specimen identification, general collections management and processes, zoological specimen care and primary source research.

Hours

Hours and schedule are subject to the availability of the intern, but a minimum time commitment of 10 hours per week for the duration of the semester is preferred. After the time is determined, the Collections Registrar’s Assistant and intern will find a suitable weekly schedule (i.e. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9am to 1pm, OR 1pm to 5pm).

To Apply

Send a (1) resume and (2) cover letter addressed to Alyssa Hickey, Registrar’s Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions? Please call 585.271.4552 Ext.336.

Exhibits Department

Exhibits Intern

Interns in the exhibits department utilize their time and artistic expertise in the design and production of exhibits within the museum. Our in-house exhibit personnel look for interns with fine arts, woodworking, sculpting, painting, digital media or animation backgrounds to help create engaging exhibits for the museum.

Some of the tasks that you may be involved in as an intern include:

  • Creating and building of exhibit furniture, kiosks and exhibit environments.
  • Maintaining and improving exhibits.
  • Developing exhibit graphics
  • Creating scale models for use in exhibit development and within exhibits.
  • Creating animations and digital media for use in exhibits.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be over the age of 18
  • Available during some hours from Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm, no weekends, no holidays.
  • Backgrounds in fine arts, woodworking, sculpting, painting, digital media or animation are preferred.

To Apply:

A completed application form AND a resume submitted to Lois Shaffer, Deputy Director of Exhibits at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An interview with a portfolio may be requested

 

Contact Us

Rochester Museum & Science Center

RMSC Internship & Volunteer Coordinator
657 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

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