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Please Touch Exhibitions

Please Touch Museum -- Exhibtions Intern

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

The Intern will assist in the planning and development process for Centennial Innovations, an upcoming overhaul of PTM’s current Centennial Exhibitions gallery. This upgraded gallery will utilize the historic events of the 1876 US Centennial World’s Fair as inspiration for envisioning innovations of the future. The Intern will join the design committee for the exhibit, gaining a full understanding of the project and contributing content/design. The Intern will prototype elements of the exhibit design in the gallery, working directly with visitors.

With the guidance of the Director of Exhibits and other museum staff, the intern will develop, implement, and analyze survey and visitor use tracking methods for exhibit assessment. The Intern will research the importance of exhibit evaluation and learn common methods of direct (surveys) and indirect (tracking studies) of measuring the impacts of an exhibit. The Intern will then develop a plan for evaluating visitor engagement for a Centennial Innovations prototype, working in the gallery through direct interaction and observation. Once data is collected, the Intern will aggregate all data and analyze data to reach conclusions regarding visitor impact on the prototyped element. This will benefit the Intern by providing a thorough understanding of the exhibit assessment process as well as an opportunity to develop, implement and analyze the process. The museum will benefit from the data collected and use the information when making decisions regarding exhibit modifications and learning goals.

Projects Include:
- Develop, implement, and analyze survey and visitor use tracking methods for exhibit assessment
- Analyze data to reach conclusions regarding visitor impact
- Contribute to the design committee for an exhibition, including prototyping and and working with visitor engagement

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. Note: you must make note of which position you're applying to in the application. 
2) Once your eligibility application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for the program. 
3) You will forward this confirmation email, along with your CV, cover letter, transcript, and recommendations to the email at the bottom of each position description with the subject "Arts Intern 2018 Approved Application"

Once you've received confirmation of eligibility, email your application to Ray Radigan at