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The Museum of the American Revolution offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students who are seeking job experience and continued education. Applications are welcome from applicants who are currently enrolled junior or senior level undergraduate students, graduate students, or have recently graduated.

Please note that internships are not available in every area each semester. Internship programs vary each semester on an as-needed basis. For more information on future internships, please check our website closer to the semester you wish to apply for to see which programs will be offered.

The Museum's internship positions are compensated with a stipend.

Summer 2024 Internship Applications Now Open

Please see open Summer 2024 internship opportunities below. Summer 2024 internships run for 10 weeks from mid-June to mid-August. Interns are expected to work 15 hours per week and a stipend of $1500 is to be paid at the end of a successful internship. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2024.

Collections Management and Exhibitions Interns

The Collections and Exhibitions Department is looking for two undergraduate or graduate students, or recent graduates, who will each complete a 15 hours per week internship during the summer of 2024. These interns will spend one day a week focusing on exhibit development, particularly research and writing, and spend one day a week on museum collections management and preservation.

During their day each week with the Exhibitions team, the two interns will work closely with the Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions to engage in historical research about objects in the Museum’s collection and about topics related to the Museum’s upcoming exhibits. There will be opportunities to write interpretive object labels and perform archival research at other institutions in Philadelphia. The interns will also interact with the Museum’s education team to learn more about historical interpretation and visitor engagement.

During their day with Collections each week, the two interns will work closely with the Museum’s Collections Manager to update and standardize collections management database records. There will be opportunities for the interns to work with other Collections and Exhibitions Department staff and assist with exhibition preparation and  installation, preservation tasks, and collection inventories.

A successful candidate is detail oriented, a self-starter, a strong and concise writer, and has excellent organizational skills. Applicants should have a strong interest in museum work, curation, and museum collections care. No previous museum experience is required, but an academic background in history, art history, and/or museum studies is necessary.

The internship runs for 10 weeks from mid-June through mid-August, with flexible start and end dates. The intern will be expected to work 15 hours per week. Stipend is $1500 to be paid at the end of a successful internship.

• Must be currently enrolled in pursuit of an undergraduate degree (rising juniors and seniors preferred) or graduate degree or recently graduated.
• Knowledge of American history; knowledge of or interest in Revolutionary-era history is a plus.
• Previous experience working at a museum is a plus.
• Excellent attention to detail is required.
• Strong writing skills are required.
• Comfortable with databases, Excel, Google Docs and Sheets, and with Dropbox.

To Apply:
• Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].
• Application deadline: March 15, 2024.
• Only applications with all required documents submitted by the deadline will be considered.
• Additional documents, such as writing samples, may be requested during the interviewing process for select programs.

Corporate Partnerships Intern

Position Description
The Museum’s Development department generates more than $4 million annually from donors. From supporting general operations to underwriting new programs, “contributed revenue” is necessary to accomplish the Museum’s educational mission.

The Corporate Partnerships intern will support the work of, and directly interface with, the front-line fundraisers and other vital staff members of this department, with a particular focus on the Corporate Partnerships program.

Corporate partnerships drive a significant portion of the Museum’s fundraising through annual corporate memberships, sponsorships of events and exhibitions, and educational grants. But don’t mistake these for merely transactional relationships: our corporate partners are some of our most involved supporters; engaging employees, customers, and broader stakeholders in the Museum and our inclusive storytelling.

With the corporate community turning its attention to 2026 and the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, this is an exciting time for the Museum and the corporate partnerships program. Priorities for this summer include:

• Prospecting and pitching sponsors for the 2026 special exhibition The Declaration’s Journey.
• Leveraging excitement around the 250th to recruit new Corporate Members.
• Planning and hosting a meeting of the Museum’s Corporate Advisory Council.
• Engaging corporate partners in the Museum’s programs and exhibits.
• Stewarding partners through July 4 cards and outreach.
• Strengthening data and record-keeping, to ensure the corporate partnerships program and other Development programs can operate smoothly and efficiently.

Primary Responsibilities
• Research and compile information on corporate partners and prospects.
• Help manage database information and other donor records.
• Assist with developing corporate partnership proposals, acknowledging corporate gifts, and fulfilling and tracking partner benefits.
• Help coordinate and staff corporate partnerships and other development events.
• Assist with general mailing projects, filing, and other administrative tasks.
• Other duties as assigned.

Experience & Skills
• Interest in and some familiarity with fundraising/development, sales, marketing, external affairs, or corporate social responsibility.
• Willingness and ability to interface with corporate partners and prospects via phone, email, and in person.
• Ability to work within databases to manage accurate and detailed constituent records.
• Skill in writing in a professional context.
• Proficiency in MS Word and Excel. 

• Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

How to Apply
• Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].
• Only applications with all required documents submitted by the deadline of March 15th will be considered.

Digital Content Intern

Position Description
The Digital Content Intern will support the Web Editor and Social Media Manager in the Communications department and work closely with the Marketing department.

Primary Areas of Responsibility
• Assist the Social Media Manager with content ideation, development, scheduling, and production for organic and paid social media.
• Assist the Web Editor with writing and editing web copy as well as building and updating pages through the Museum’s website CMS (Twill).
• Assist in staying up to date on digital trends, including gathering and building content for Instagram Reels and TikTok.
• Assist in content gathering, including photography and short-form video, at select Museum events.
• Assist with social media and website data and analytics reporting, including helping with monthly all-staff reports.
• Opportunities to assist with public relations, as needed/desired, including:

  • - Assist with organizing press clips and drafting monthly media reports.
  • - Draft press releases, media alerts, and other publicity materials.
  • - Assist with updating of outside arts and cultural event calendars.
  • - Assist with press events, film shoots, photo shoots and other press visits.

• Opportunities to assist with marketing, as needed/desired, including:

  • - Assist with planning the paid social media ad calendar.
  • - Join digital marketing data and analytics reporting meetings.
  • - Producing evergreen digital assets, such as short-form videos, for ongoing use.

• Opportunities to learn about various additional Museum departments, including development, membership, collections, curatorial, education, visitor engagement, etc.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills
• Working toward a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Digital Marketing, Communications, or a related field.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Excellent organizational skills.
• Ability to produce under tight deadlines with multiple priorities.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team.
• Ability to work weekends, evening hours, or holidays as needed.
• Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite programs.

To Apply
• Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].
• Application deadline: March 15, 2024.
• Only applications with all required documents submitted by the deadline will be considered.
• Additional documents, such as writing samples, may be requested during the interviewing process for select programs.

Frequently Asked Questions About Internships

Only applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted via e-mail or phone to schedule a date with one of the Museum’s internship coordinators. Interviews may be conducted in person for those in close proximity to the Museum or over the phone or video chat for applicants outside the Philadelphia area. We let all candidates know the final status of their applications about six weeks after the application deadline. 

No. The Museum accepts both official and unofficial transcripts. 

Applications must be submitted via email by the application deadline.  

The Museum accepts applications from undergraduates who have completed at least their sophomore year prior to the start of the internship as well as from students currently enrolled in a graduate program. The Museum also accepts recent graduates, provided they have graduated within the same calendar year as the Internship Program. All students must maintain or have maintained a grade point average of at least a 3.0.

Depending on the department the internship is with, there are varying requirements including number of hours, specific skills, and educational qualifications such as having completed a certain number of years or credits. Please see the internship description of your program of interest for more information.

Yes, interns can receive course credit so long as they make arrangements with their respective colleges and universities.

Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt via email once you have accurately submitted the online application and uploaded your material.

No. Interns are responsible for making their own housing and transportation arrangements.

Employment at the Museum is not guaranteed to interns following the completion of their internship program. Interns are welcome to apply to be considered for any available positions.