Museum Outreach Intern

Website Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Superintendent's Division, Museum & Archives Program

Start Date: May 15th, 2023

End Date: August 4th, 2023

Compensation: $640 a week paid every two weeks. Travel costs to the site and back home are covered by the program. 

Car is required

Application Due: February 6th, 2023

The Latino Heritage Internship Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers

All interns must be fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.

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Position Description:

The Museum Outreach Intern will be focused on increasing accessibility to the CHCU and AZRU museum collections, which have limited physical exhibit opportunities, through both short- and long-term avenues. Not only will the intern increase accessibility to the materials, but they will also look for every opportunity to showcase the stories of multiple associated communities, including indigenous tribes, early New Mexicans, and federal government managers. CHCU and AZRU are involved in an Interior Initiative to increase the discoverability of museum collections, and this internship will directly contribute. The intern will provide two to five public tours of the primary repositories and create a summary poster for each park collection that can be used for varied annual outreach events (e.g. museum studies career fair and American Indian Arts Festival). The intern will also be expected to review the museum collection pages on the parks’ websites, designing appropriate updates in collaboration with the parks’ website manager. The intern will create a series of social media posts about their experiences and discoveries in the collections for posting on the parks’ social media sites. At the end of the internship, the Museum Outreach Intern will make a presentation to the parks’ management team about their experiences, discoveries, and extent of outreach efforts.

Intern Qualifications:

Interns selected for the NPSCF Program should possess:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience
  • Strategic thinking ability
  • The ability to self-start/work independently
  • Flexibility/resourcefulness
  • The ability to adapt new skills and ideas to the public sector

The intern will have some level of museum or archive experience or education. Coursework in anthropology, museum studies, or indigenous studies is preferred. Candidates must be detail-oriented, collaborative, and comfortable working independently. Candidates will have advanced computer skills in the Microsoft Suite and Photoshop.

Physical/Natural Environment: We operate off-park by special legislation with frequent trips to the parks. A government vehicle is available for those trips to the parks. We are high altitude (4600-6200 ft asl) and in the shadow of three different mountain ranges with volcanos to the east. This is a major metro area with grocery store and other amentities readily available. There are many nearby Latino communities and neighborhoods, particularly Old Town and the South Valley. The University of New Mexico, where we lease our workspace, is a designated Hispanic-serving institution.  The two largest hospitals in the state, University of New Mexico Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital, bookend our work location with multiple smaller hospitals throughout the city and surrounding suburban areas. Weather will be hot and dry until the monsoon season starts in June/July when wesee brief but torrential afternoon storms. Very low risk of tornados. Some flash flooding risk on roads during monsoon events.

Work Environment: This work will be completed in an office setting with visits to the field only as desired. Some boxes of collection materials can be as heavy as 30 lbs. This is a very climate-controlled work environment. We regularly host more than one summer intern – and we currently anticipate from 1-3 additional interns will be working through the summer.

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