Work at the African American Museum of Iowa

Join the team at the African American Museum of Iowa.

Staff Opportunities

Cataloging Intern (Paid)

This is an hourly, part-time, temporary position. The intern will be responsible for reviewing records in the AAMI’s PastPerfect collections database for completeness and standardization. Responsibilities include:

  • Using policies and procedures developed by AAMI staff, review individual object, archive, photo, and/or library records.
  • Updating and competing records to ensure standardization of data entry and completeness of information.
  • Photographing and scanning objects, archival materials and/or library materials as needed, following established guidelines.
  • Handling objects and archival materials, as needed.
  • Tracking progress, reporting on project outcomes, and recommending revisions to plans and procedures.

Term of Employment

May – August 2017 (or similar)

Hours

  • The intern is expected to work 20-30 hours per week, per a schedule established with his or her supervisor.
  • The internship will terminate upon the completion of 250 hours.

Scheduling

Between the hours of 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday

Compensation

The intern will receive an hourly wage of $10/hour

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate college/university student in Museum Studies, Public History, History, African American Studies, Art History, English, or other relevant discipline.
  • Detail-oriented and organized.
  • Excellent grammar, spelling, and proofreading.
  • Proficient in word processing.
  • Previous experience working with museum collections and/or a museum collections database is advantageous, but not required.

To Apply

Submit cover letter, resume, and two references via email to Felicite Wolfe at fwolfe@blackiowa.org by March 1, 2017.

Internship Opportunities

Internships are available to current and recent undergraduate and postgraduate students. Internships are unpaid. To apply for an internship, submit an internship and volunteer application.

Curatorial Internship

Assist the curatorial staff with developing upcoming exhibits and managing the museum’s collection, archives, and library. During your internship, you may:

  • Catalog objects, archives, and library materials in the AAMI’s PastPerfect collections management database
  • Write condition reports and photograph objects
  • Rehouse objects and archival material in storage
  • Digitize collection materials
  • Complete oral history transcriptions
  • Conduct research for future AAMI exhibitions
  • Assist with the development and installation of temporary exhibitions
  • Assist with the development of traveling exhibitions

Scheduling

Scheduling is flexible based on the intern’s availability and is established at the start of the internship. Available hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The total hours of completed may be dictated by the intern’s college or university.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate student in museum studies, public history, history, African American studies, American studies, English, or other relevant discipline
  • Previous experience in museum collections or exhibition development is advantageous, but not necessary
  • Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail

Education Internship

Assist the education staff with developing and leading guided tours, workshops, and public programs. During your internship, you may:

  • Develop new adult presentations based on historical research.
  • Create and execute new workshops for students in PreK through 12th grade.
  • Assist in planning programs and events

Scheduling

Complete your hours between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday depending on the availability of your immediate supervisor. We request that you’re available at least one morning each week. Night and weekend hours are available only when assisting with special events and programs.

Qualifications

You must have an interest in working with children and adults in a professional setting.

Marketing Internship

Contribute to print and online marketing for educational programming, exhibits, partnerships, and events. During your internship, you may:

  • Assist in the creation of signage, circulars, mock-ups, email campaigns, online promotion, etc.
  • Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials
  • Assist with fulfillment of marketing offers
  • Assist with community festivals
  • Perform analysis of marketing data
  • Seek and analyze competitor marketing materials both on and offline
  • Prepare presentations
  • Enter contact information into contact management systems
  • Support social media efforts
  • Track public relations activity

Scheduling

Complete your hours Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Qualifications

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment
  • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in public relations, marketing, advertising or related field
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Extensive knowledge of Web and social media
  • PowerPoint, Word and Excel experience preferred