Studio Institute

Collections Research Intern

Lippitt House Museum -- Collections Research Intern

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

The Arts Intern will work on two projects. The primary project is compiling a comprehensive catalogue and research report describing the contents of the Lippitt House Museum’s teaching collection as well as drafting labels for collection items on exhibit. A secondary project is reviewing the training manual used by volunteer docents for accuracy and thoroughness and updating as necessary.

1) The Teaching Collection Project:
The project will provide a hands-on opportunity for the student to conduct research using secondary sources, both paper and web based. The intern will have an opportunity to exercise technology skills by organizing their research by building a custom Excel spreadsheet. The research efforts will have a real-life impact on future museum tour offerings and educational programs. The products from this research project will be incorporated into the docent training manual, used to select teaching objects on display for house tours, and the development of public programs. Providing background information and historical context for teaching objects will enable museum educators to provide more hands-on and interactive opportunities for visitors that are rich in content.

The research and writings skills utilized in the project will help prepare the student for future curatorial work with material culture research and cataloguing experience. This is valuable practical experience employers are looking for when the student enters the job market. Highlights of this work will be shared publicly via the museum’s social media channels and via blog posts.

2) The Docent Manual Project:
This project will provide an opportunity for the student to use primary and secondary sources, both paper and web based. The research efforts will have a real-life impact on the quality and consistency of tours provided for visitors. The research skills utilized in the project will help prepare the student for conducting research for curatorial, historical, or informational text purposes. This is also valuable practical experience employers are looking for when the student enters the job market.

Completion of these projects will greatly benefit Lippitt House Museum. The products from these interpretation-based research project will be incorporated into the docent training manual. At the end of the internship period, the intern will present their research to museum docents as part of their ongoing professional development training opportunities.

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.  


BEFORE APPLYING, VERIFY YOU:
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 or live within a 35 mile radius of Providence, in the state of Rhode Island.

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. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:

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 2019 Approved Application".

Once you've received confirmation of eligibility, email your application to Carrie Taylor at ctaylor@preserveri.org.