Curatorial Interns
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, NH


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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site is seeking TWO Curatorial Interns interested in committing 10 weeks in support of National Park Service. The internship is suitable for undergraduate students pursuing careers or interests in museum studies. The program provides an introductory, hands-on approach to various aspects of working in a museum. Themes are explored on a weekly basis in areas of collections care, interpretation and exhibit development. Interns have opportunities to research and write content for exhibits, contribute to ongoing projects and create new programs.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in museum collections and history preservation.

Start Date: June 1, 2016

End Date: August 5, 2016

Duration: A 10 week commitment is required

Location: Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Cornish, New Hampshire.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire, USA, preserves the home, gardens, and studios of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s foremost sculptors.

Project Partner Website: For more information regardingSaint-Gaudens National Historic Site or National Park Service please visit: For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation: 400/week, $640 relocation bonus

AmeriCorps: Interns in this position may be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award Program (EAP). The EAP opportunity is for a successful term of service with an award to the Corps member upon completing 300 hours of service.

Housing: Park housing accommodates five people. Separate bedrooms will be assigned to each house member. The house is fully furnished.

Position Description:


  • Object handling, care and labeling (long term)
Bronze preservation (short term)
Special tours (short term)
  • Public outreach (short term)
Exhibit development and installation (long term)


  • Exposure to a variety of art objects: sculpture, paintings, medals and coins, textiles, furnishings, and print materials
Develop basic methods in object handling to apply in collections storage rooms, exhibit galleries and the historic buildings
Monitor collections for signs of pest and environmental concerns


Assess an objects condition and note any discrepancies
Learn and apply basic cleaning treatments to art objects
Select and research a topic of interest relating to the historic site and its collections
  • Develop a special tour or presentation for park visitors
Gain or practice public speaking skills while giving presentations to visitors
Engage audiences by contributing to social media platforms
Participate in public outreach events
Research and develop content for an exhibit display
Assist park staff with packaging and transporting objects for exhibit installation



  • Implement weekly preventative care maintenance schedule
  • Complete annual inventory for collections objects
Catalog, label and rehouse archival artifacts
Complete annual bronze statue cleaning
  • Provide weekly 20 minute presentations to park visitors
  • Maintain social media platforms through regular weekly posts
  • Produce exhibit displays featuring collections objects for galleries and the Visitor Center
  • Install exhibit displays in galleries

Mentoring: Curatorial interns will receive an orientation to the park site and meet park staff on their first workday. Interns receive binders with weekly outlines and additional scholarly information, similar to a course syllabus.


  • Past Curatorial interns have majored in US, European, South American, and Women’s history, art history, anthropology, archaeology, and museum studies
  • Some knowledge of museum practices.
  • Some knowledge of art and appreciation of history
Ability to work with park staff, independently or in a group
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills
  • Be able to work both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather (hot, cold, wet, dry)
  • Be somewhat dexterous and spatially mindful when exercising caution to care for and handle artifacts
Basic Computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)


  • Internship is available to US Citizens or permanent residents only.
  • Intern must be between the age of 18 and 35
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record, (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • A personal vehicle is required.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interest in pursuing a career within the museum field.

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:
This position has been filled.

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position can close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Katy Dalrymple, at (385) 249-7215 or

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