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INTERNSHIPS

Seeking a creative outlet?
Find yourself drawn to creative places and people?
Wonder what goes on behind the scenes in museums?
Want to work as part of a vibrant, exciting team?

If your answer is a resounding "Yes!" an internship at PEM is the perfect fit. PEM offers the chance to work side by side with professionals in diverse fields and make valuable contacts within the museum world. Be ready to bring ideas to the table, set goals and accomplish meaningful projects. You might shoot and produce a video for integrated media, write a marketing plan, coordinate a wedding or build part of an exhibition. Interns learn invaluable professional and time-management skills. Plus, a museum is an exciting and creative place to work! Volunteer internships are available with flexible hours in a range of departments. The program also includes Q&A sessions with staff and fellow interns that might focus on behind-the-scenes operations, current exhibitions and how to get a job.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2015 Internships. Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2015. Internships begin September 3, 2015. If you are seeking an internship for credit, please include your school's deadline for response in your cover letter. Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970-3783.

  • Art & Nature Center Intern/Art & Nature CenterOpen or Close

    Join the Art & Nature Center (ANC) as an intern.You’ll greet and help visitors in the recently renovated ANC and monitor how families interact with exhibits. You’ll help maintain exhibits, teach interactive programs and art activities. You’ll research varied topics while working on independent projects. Possible projects include: supporting exhibition evaluation, generating public programming ideas and exploring future ANC exhibition topics. Administrative tasks include copying, preparing for programs, preparing mailings and organizing supplies.

    Internship Qualifications: College or graduate student. Some customer service or education experience is preferred but not required. You should have a friendly, personable manner, strong communication skills and a passion for working with children and families and be comfortable interacting with the public. Ideal for students interested in museum education. Ability to stand and lift moderately heavy objects helpful.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Design Intern/Creative Services DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Creative Services team as a design intern. If you are nearing completion of a graphics art degree and would like to gain significant workplace experience before graduation, this is the ideal internship for you. You’ll produce a wide range of printed materials including signs, brochures, fliers and postcards and help solve design and construction problems related to museum signage, packaging, etc. Interns will learn to take a job from conception through printing (including press checks).

    Internship Qualifications: College student and skilled designer, proficient in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, who can work independently and with a team. You must also have good writing skills and be interested in working in an arts/nonprofit environment. The ability to work well with staff throughout the organization is essential. Please include a link to an online portfolio or samples of your work in PDF format with your application.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Curatorial Office Intern/Curatorial DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Curatorial Office as an intern. Assist with the daily administrative duties and longer-term special projects under the direction of the Executive Assistant to the Chief Curator. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about high-level administrative support and the operations of one of the nation's top museums, while also observing the inner workings of an award-winning curatorial department. Responsibilities will include preparing travel reimbursements and check requests, responding to curatorial inquiries and exhibition solicitations, printing and photocopying exhibition documents, calendar management and greeting visitors. Special projects might include setting up and maintaining filing systems; researching trends in design, communication and technology; identifying interesting speakers for a professional development lecture series; and assisting the Chief Curator on research for upcoming exhibitions, including Auguste Rodin and Shoes. Interns will have the opportunity to sit in on monthly curatorial department meetings.

    Internship Qualifications: Must be proficient in Office Suite applications with knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. Excellent oral and written communication skills are a priority. Accuracy, attention to detail, reliability and flexibility are equally essential. The intern must have the ability to handle confidential matters in a highly professional and service-oriented environment as well as a professional phone manner and appearance. The intern should have the desire and ability to work and thrive as part of a team and independently. Patience and a good sense of humor are essential.

    One internship opportunity, approx. 12-15 hours a week divided over 2 days. (No weekends)

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Exhibitions and Research Intern/Curatorial DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the curatorial team as an intern assisting two curators with research for an upcoming exhibition, Ocean Liners: Modernism and Glamour. Assignments will include helping to develop and manage the working list of objects for the exhibition and assist with research as directed. Tasks will include data management including photocopying, collating, organizing, filing and managing paper and digital files. Reporting to the Associate Curator for Exhibitions and Research the intern will also work on other exhibition and curatorial projects as directed.

    Internship Qualifications: College or graduate student, preferably with knowledge of art history and an interest in 20th century design. Candidates should be enthusiastic, articulate, organized, self-motivated, and willing to assist with a variety of administrative and curatorial aspects related to the project. Candidates should also have experience conducting research and be extremely detail-oriented and able to work on a variety of tasks as priorities require. The intern must demonstrate excellent writing skills, as assignments may include writing brief descriptions of objects, or summarizing information from our files. Candidates must be able to interact in a professional manner with museum visitors, patrons and supporters, researchers, and other staff. Proficiency with Microsoft Windows programs is necessary. Experience with Excel and Adobe Photoshop would be very helpful.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Development Intern/Development DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Development team as an intern. You'll assist in all aspects of the Peabody Essex Museum's fundraising operations. Responsibilities include providing administrative support to Development department as needed, writing materials for donor cultivation and stewardship, assisting with specific research and data gathering projects, supporting gift acknowledgement and fulfillment activities and assisting in planning and execution of special member events. Interns will also contribute to maintenance of accurate Raiser's Edge donor database by gathering and updating of contact information and relationships.

    Internship Qualifications: College or postgraduate student with excellent written and oral communication, planning and organizational skills and ability to work independently and as part of a team. Strong interpersonal skills and precise attention to detail are required. Must be computer literate and have knowledge of and ease with Microsoft Office. Must effectively interact with members of the Development staff, as well as other museum departments. Experience conducting online research preferred. Please include a writing sample with your application.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Executive Office Intern/Executive OfficeOpen or Close

    Join the Executive Office as an intern. Assist with the administrative, clerical and special projects duties as directed by the Executive Office Manager. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about high-level administrative support and operation of one of the nation's top museums. Responsibilities include maintaining and setting up of filing systems, preparing correspondence, photocopying, data entry, telephone inquiries, mailings, research, greeting visitors, Trustees and Overseers, VIP Guests and donors. Assist with meeting and special event set-up.

    Internship Qualifications: Familiarity with Office Suite applications with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, excellent oral and written communication skills. The intern must have the ability to handle confidential matters in a highly professional and service-oriented environment as well as a professional phone manner and appearance. The intern should also have the desire and ability to contribute and thrive as part of a team and/or independently. In addition, accuracy, attention to detail, reliability and flexibility are essential. The hours for this Internship are Monday through Friday for a total of 20-25 hours per week.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Adult Programs Intern/Education DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Education Department for summer 2015. You'll work closely with the adult programs staff to research a wide variety of presenters for our programs including visual artists, authors, filmmakers, musicians, art and history experts. You'll also help create and implement interactive art activities for adults that will be offered at our Exhibition Opening Day Celebrations as well as the PEM/PM: Evening Party series. This is a great opportunity to network and gain hands-on experience planning events for the public. Administrative tasks include organizing materials, ordering supplies, and preparing prototypes for art activities.

    Internship Qualifications: College or graduate student who is knowledgeable about art, art-making and enjoys working with adults and families. Academic concentration in Education, Studio Art, Art History or Museum Studies preferred. You will need strong organizational skills, computer skills and the ability to work collaboratively or independently and multitask. The intern should be comfortable speaking in front of groups and have excellent communication skills. Must be available some nights and weekends for events.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Youth Programs Intern/Education DepartmentOpen or Close

    The Education and Interpretation department seeks creative, driven interns to assist with the research, development and facilitation of programming for youth audiences (ages 5-19). You will gain hands-on creative learning experience in the art studios, galleries and in the community. A willingness to work independently and as a team, an openness to try new things, and a desire to work with a diverse range of youth audiences, including English Language Learners, are qualities that week seek. Students/Graduates and community members interested in studio art, art education, museum studies, community arts education and new media technologies are encouraged to apply.

    Internship Qualifications: Interns must have previous education or creative arts experience. Interns must be available two mornings/afternoons per week. Dependability and flexibility are musts. A desire to work with school-aged children and teens is also a must. College students focusing on Art Education, Studio Art, New Media, Museum Education, or Art History are strongly encouraged to apply.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Family Programs Intern/Education DepartmentOpen or Close

    The Family Programs team seeks an enthusiastic and creative intern to support the research and implementation of our various programs and projects for learners of all ages and abilities. You will work closely with the Family Programs Coordinator to create experiences that are centered on sharing art and building community within the museum. Projects may include large-scale festivals, workshops, in-gallery interactives, gallery kits, art carts as well as contributing to the overall vision for Family Programs at PEM.

    Internship Qualifications: Graduate student, advanced undergraduate, or professional who is pursuing a career in Art Education, or Museums. Must have some research, organizational, and computer skills. Basic knowledge of art materials, studio practices and art history preferred. Desire to interact with the PEM's diverse audience members is essential.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • School Programs Intern/Education DepartmentOpen or Close

    The Education and Interpretation department seeks creative, driven interns to assist with the research, development and facilitation of Fall programming for student and teacher audiences. Gain experience designing gallery activities that promote critical thinking, creative expression and interdisciplinary learning; prepping and running art activities; contributing to teacher professional development programs; and tracking attendance and feedback on tours. A willingness to work independently and as a team, an openness to try new things, and a desire to work with a diverse range of audiences are qualities that we seek.

    Internship Qualifications: Graduate student or advanced undergraduate who seeks opportunities to work directly with students and teachers and is knowledgeable of art and art making. Academic concentration in Education, Studio Art, Art History or Museum Studies preferred. Strong organizational skills, computer skills, communication skills, comfort speaking in front of groups, and ease with multitasking are all required. Experience leading art activities and/or developing curriculum materials is preferred.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Digital Asset Management Intern/Exhibitions Research and PublishingOpen or Close

    Join the Exhibitions Research and Publishing team and assist the Digital Asset Manager on initiatives to bring PEM's database of collections images to the public. We are entering an exciting new era of open access in the museum world, and curating the digital collections is a high priority. The DAM intern will help PEM manage our digital collections with responsibilities such as: vetting image quality, inputting metadata, image research, editing tombstone and credit line information, and creating contact sheets. Additional projects may include assisting on digital asset management for PEM publications and exhibitions.

    Internship Qualifications: Familiarity with Lightroom 5, FTP clients such as Hightail, MS Office, web research, standard Windows file systems, and stock photo sites. The DAM intern should have knowledge of basic copyright laws, and a passion for good data management. They should do accurate, reliable work with impeccable organization. Must be able to communicate professionally and clearly with rightsholders, vendors, and PEM staff across many different departments.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Guest Services Intern/Guest Services DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Guest Services team as an intern. You'll be an ambassador for the museum working in the Information and Special Exhibition areas to welcome guests and inform them about our programs and exhibitions. You may also learn how to sell museum admission at the admissions desk and assist current and new members at the membership desk. Other responsibilities within the department include administrative support and general customer service for museum guests, members and staff. You'll learn customer service skills by interacting with the public, sharing information and helping ensure an extraordinary experience for our guests.

    Internship Qualifications: High school or college student. Some customer service experience is preferred but not essential. You should have a friendly, personable manner and be comfortable interacting with the public. Must be available two to three days a week including weekends. Cash-handling experience a plus.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Video Production Intern/Integrated Media DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Integrated Media team as a video production intern. This internship is a hands-on learning experience. You'll collaborate in the creative and technical processes involved in the production of promotional, educational and informative video content. Work with digital editing software to produce video that will appear on PEM's web media platforms, during PEM events, or in marketing initiatives.

    Internship Qualifications: College student with a solid understanding of Final Cut Pro essential. Strong organizational and communication skills. Experience with live audio and video recording a plus.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Marketing Intern (Beginning January 2016)/Marketing DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Marketing team as an intern. As a ready contributor to our marketing team, you'll assist the department in researching and writing our monthly tourism newsletter, radio spots and e-blasts to PEM subscribers. You'll also support the department with a variety of tasks including sales, data entry, distributing materials to museum partners and processing donation requests.

    Internship Qualifications: College student with exemplary communication skills, strong organizational and people skills, attention to detail, a comfortable phone presence and the ability to work independently. You will need Internet skills for research, strong office skills and the ability to multi-task.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.

  • FELLOWSHIPS

    PEM offers summer fellowship opportunities for graduate students and cultural professionals of Native American, Native Hawaiian or Alaska Native background. These paid, full-time, 10-week fellowships prepare participants for leadership positions in the museum field and/or the nonprofit cultural sector. The program presents a comprehensive perspective on the theory and practice of museum leadership, in the context of a meaningful, in-depth project within a department of the museum. Weekly intensive workshops, field trips, lodging, travel expenses and a stipend are included. School credit is available upon official request.

    The 2016 Native American Fellowship position descriptions will be available in January, 2016.