Museum Collections Management Internship

Hagley Museum and Library seeks a collections intern to assist with the processing of unprocessed collections and their attendant backlog of records. The intern will have the opportunity to see handle the problem solving of processing a previously under-managed collection. This project will also include cleaning up records in preparation for addition of the collection to Hagley online database.

Internship duties include:

  • Inventorying and cataloging the objects and assigning numbers to objects
  • Reconciling the contents of the collection with original paperwork
  • Applying numbers to the objects
  • Photographing the objects
  • Housing the collection
  • Assisting with moving housed objects into long-term storage
  • Entering records in the Vernon CMS database
  • Ensuring records marked for digitization conform to the data standards

Applicants should:
1) Be currently enrolled in a graduate program, or have recently completed a graduate program in museum studies or related field (undergraduates with exceptional backgrounds will be considered).
2) Have previous hands-on collections management experience (specifically, familiarity with and skills in object handling, housing or inventory, and object numbering).
3) Have strong attention to detail, problem solving skills and flexibility.
4) Have familiarity with digital photography and be able to use the Microsoft Office suite.
5) Be able to bend, stoop, lift 40 lbs occasionally and 25 lbs frequently and independently, and climb stairs and ladders.

The internship is accompanied by stipend compensation for 8 to 12 weeks beginning in early - mid June 2017.  Hagley is willing to work with the intern’s institution to meet course credit requirements.

A background check will be required.

Send letter of interest, resume with references to:
Keith E. Minsinger
Hagley Museum and Library
P.O. Box 3630
Wilmington, DE 19807
Or email to

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, March 1st, 2017.

Hagley Museum and Library collects, preserves and interprets the unfolding history of American enterprise. Hagley is located on 235 acres by the Brandywine River in Wilmington, Delaware. Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. This example of early American industry includes restored mills, a workers’ community and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family.                                      

Expire Date: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017