The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame collects, preserves and researches bowling’s history, provides a suitable home for bowling’s major halls of fame, and makes the museum’s information and collection available to interested parties globally for education, promotion and entertainment while promoting the sport and industry to as many people as possible, thus providing value and visibility to its industry. The curatorial department at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame consists of three major areas—exhibits, three-dimensional collections and library and archival collections. The curator’s purpose is to collect, interpret, preserve and make available materials relating to the history of bowling at all levels.
An internship at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students interested in the administration of history to gain valuable, hands-on experience in museum collections management, preservation, exhibit design/implementation and historical scholarship. The internship program is project-oriented and designed to coincide with student interests and professional goals. Working with a professional curator, interns receive one-on-one attention in their chosen field. Internships are available for fall, spring and summer semesters in the following areas:
Museum Collections Management:
Interns identify, document and catalog the museum’s collection of artifacts. The collection is very comprehensive and covers all aspects of the game of bowling, from ancient Egypt to the modern professional game.
Exhibitions and Research:
Interns assist the Curator in updating and changing existing exhibitions. Additional tasks include label writing, artifact research and selection, exhibit preparation and monitoring environmental conditions.
Photography and Film & Video Archives Management:
Interns identify, arrange, describe and catalog the photograph collection. The collection includes photographs, negatives and slides. Additionally, interns assist in the organization of the film and video archive, which includes game footage, ceremonies, interviews and instructional films.
Interns identify, document and catalog the library’s holdings, which includes books, periodicals, event programs and other published materials.
Interns evaluate, arrange, describe and catalog archival collections. Collections include donor files, press releases, individual papers, correspondence and other types of institutional record.
It is also possible for an intern who desires to gain experience in more than one area of historical administration to complete an internship consisting of multiple projects in different areas within the curatorial department. The museum asks a commitment of at least 100 hours. Hours are flexible within a Monday to Friday schedule. The number of internships available varies depending on the availability of projects and are unpaid.
· General understanding of museum collection practices preferred
· Familiarity with Microsoft office
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
· Ability to follow directions and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
· Ability to be a team player required
· Attention to detail essential
· Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
· Must pass IBC’s Registered Volunteer Program background screen
· Ability to adhere to the Code of Conduct of the Registered Volunteer Program is a condition of internship
To apply for an internship, e-mail resume and cover letter specifying internship interest to Jessica@bowlingmuseum.com