The McFaddin-Ward House, an AAM accredited historic house museum in Beaumont, Texas, is offering a paid summer internship in its collections and education department. Built 1905-1906, the Beaux-Arts Colonial mansion was the home of Mamie McFaddin Ward, who left the house as a historic house museum in 1982. The museum, which opened in 1986, ranges over three city blocks and includes the main house, a carriage house, a visitor center, an administrative office, and a collections office building.
Position Summary: The intern will gain experience in all areas of a historic house museum and will spend hands-on time in collections, archives, education, and public relations.
Duties May Include:
Collections management: Organizing, cataloging and digitizing archives and photographs, research, data management, storage upgrades for museum collection, object photography, environmental monitoring, taking inventory.
Interpretation/ Education: Assist with Summer Camp and junior interpreter training. Investigate and develop onsite and outreach programming for other groups. Inventory and organize teaching collection.
Public Relations: Assist with marketing and promotion of museum activities, including press releases, social media, blogging, and media appearances.
Qualifications: Applicant must have a strong interest in digitizing and organizing photographs, archives, and museum collections, as well as in interpretation and education, and must be capable of precise and detail-oriented work. Knowledge of proper museum artifact handling and computer literacy are required. A bachelor’s degree or coursework, training, or equivalent experience in museums studies, museum education, history, art history or art education is preferred. Interns must provide their own housing and their own transportation.
Employment Period: Ten (10) weeks at 40 hours per week, with a $2,900 stipend (taxes will be withheld). Flexible work dates between May and September. Office staff is willing to assist with necessary paperwork for interns to obtain course credit.
Deadline for Submission: Friday, March 28, 2014
How to apply: Submit a cover letter and current resume, including the contact information of three references, by mail, email, or FAX to:
725 Third Street
Beaumont, Texas 77701
P: (409) 832-1906
F: (409) 832-3483