Studio Institute

Collections Management Intern

Founder's Hall at Girard College -- Collections 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. In preparation for upcoming master planning for the museum, the Collections Intern will work under the Director of Historical Collections on a research project on Stephen Girard as a philanthropist and his role in the broader history of philanthropy. They will review secondary resources to compile known information on Girard’s philanthropy and philanthropic influences; will conduct primary source research in his letters and financial papers, and will assemble resources on the broader history of philanthropy to provide a guide for contextualizing his work.

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. In addition to their research work, the Intern will undertake a cataloguing project to document a set of un- or under- catalogued items; the collection will be determined based on the intern’s interest and museum’s needs.

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 history of philanthropy and Stephen Girard’s role in such affairs
- Compile known information on Girard’s philanthropic efforts and influences
- Conduct primary source research in his letters and papers and combine with secondary resources to build a broader context of his philanthropic work

***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 $15/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $500 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 2019 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, and transcript to the email below these instructions with the subject "Arts Intern 2019 Approved Application".

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