Studio Institute

Collections Management Intern

Founder's Hall at Girard College -- Collections Management Intern

Please see instructions on how to apply at the bottom of this page.

The Founder's Hall collection includes one of America's greatest single-owner collections of papers and objects, left to the school by Stephen Girard, the richest man in America when he died in 1831, as well as a rich school-history collection documenting the unprecedented school Girard endowed for disadvantaged youth and provide resources for the study of educational, architectural, and Philadelphia history. The Collections Management Intern will work with the Director of Historical Collections on a project to document this collection and make it accessible through an online catalog, as well as to rehouse the Stephen Girard Papers in new archival storage boxes and conduct an inventory of the papers. They will also conduct research into the 170-year history of the display of the Stephen Girard and Girard History Collections and create a detailed document to help train guides and inform future exhibition development. 

The Intern will learn about collections management, collections cataloging, object photography, and daily operations of caring for a varied collection of archival and three-dimensional materials, as well as about the history of museum display and practice. The Intern will also participate in the general life of the museum, including assisting with tours, learning about object handling and cataloging, attending meetings, etc. This position will involve a large, but rewarding writing and research project partially based off of the Intern's personal interests.

Skills: The intern must have strong organizational ability and good attention to detail. S/he is self-motivated and capable of working independently.

Projects Include:
- Research and collect information pertaining to the founding of Girard Collecge
- Catalogue and document a number of objects from Girard's collection
- Work with the Director of Collections to document and make accessible a large number of archived objects from the collection

***To ensure the safety of our students, we require criminal background checks (FBI and Pennsylvania), child abuse clearance, and substance abuse testing of all our applicants offered employment. The student will be working primarily on the second floor of Founder's Hall, and must be comfortable climbing the staircase multiple times a day.***

This position pays $12/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $580 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program. Visit the Program Details page for more information.  

1) Will be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student as of the Fall 2018 semester. You must be a rising Junior or Senior.
2) Attend college in Philadelphia, or live in Philadelphia. 

3) Have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $5000. This number is on your FAFSA form, to see what it looks like -- click here. 


1) To apply to a position, please click here and fill out the eligibility application form
2) Once your eligibility application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for the program. Note: once you're verified as eligible for Arts Intern, you can apply to as many positions as you'd like. You do not have to submit the eligibility application more than once. 
3) You will forward this confirmation email, along with your CV, cover letter, transcript, and recommendations to the email below these instructions with the subject "Arts Intern 2018 Approved Application".

Once you've received confirmation of eligibility, email your application to Kathy Haas at