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Collections Inventory Intern

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
1100 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pointe, MI 48236
$16 an hour - Part-time, Internship


1100 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pointe, MI 48236

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Collections Inventory Intern
Part-time, 12-24 hours/week
$16.00/hour, non-exempt
12-week, temporary position

Position Description

As a member of the Material Culture department, the Collections Inventory Intern provides support for the inventory and collections management of the collections at Ford House.


· Assist in conducting inventories.

· Photograph or digitize objects and enter information into collections management database, PastPerfect.

· Physically mark objects.

· Research object provenance.

· Rehouse objects for movement to collections storage facility.

· Catalog and number found in collections artifacts or new acquisitions.

· Assist with other collections management duties such as general collections care, preventative conservation, cataloging backlog, research requests, donation processing, relocating artifacts, and preparing objects for exhibition.

Internship Goals

· Provide training similar to that which would be given in an educational environment.

· Work closely with regular employees qualified in the intern’s field of study.

· Direct opportunity to learn about objects housed in the museum collections.

· Ability to practice and improve organizational and problem-solving skills.

· Direct opportunity to handle objects, while learning relevant and applicable collections management skills.

· Opportunity to learn proper preventative conservation methods and storage for collections materials.

· Practice precision in data entry and organization.

· Learn about a wide variety of materials and how they are stored, handled, and organized in a museum setting.

· Learn practical and relevant museum/collections management skills that will transfer to future opportunities for working in museums and cultural institutions.

Physical and Environmental Demands

Ability to sit at a computer terminal for long periods of time. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

Uniform Requirements

This position does not require a uniform. Daily attire is business casual.

Skills and Requirements

· Current undergraduate or graduate student studying history, museum studies, library science, American studies, archeology, or a closely related field preferred but not required. Recent graduates of such programs may also apply.

  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage projects effectively.
  • Ability to function independently as well as on a team.
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Comfortable speaking to groups and able to communicate effectively with visitors and other staff members.
  • Problem solving skills.

Work Schedule, Pay, & Other Information

· The position pays $16.00/hour.

· Schedule is a variation from 12-24 hour weeks or 144-288 hours per week total.

· Work hours are 8a-4:30p with two fifteen-minute paid breaks and a half hour unpaid lunch.

· Required to work three shifts per week; weekly schedule is flexible.

· This position does not include PTO, sick time, health or medical benefits.

To apply for the internship, please submit the following to

1. A resume or a completed employment application.

2. A one-page cover letter expressing areas of interest and career goals.

3. A letter of recommendation from an instructor, academic advisor, or current or past employer.

Ford House is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or certain state or local laws.

Job Types: Part-time, Internship

Pay: $16.00 per hour

Physical setting:

  • Office


  • 8 hour shift


  • High school or equivalent (Required)


  • Microsoft Excel: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Customer Service: 1 year (Preferred)

Work Location: One location