• Delia Faria
  • MAC interns
  • Daryl Popper
  • Jillian Wood
  • MAC interns unveiling Poly project
  • Native American Fellows working on Ku Protocol ceremony

We're
mentors.

INTERNSHIPS

Seeking a creative outlet?
Find yourself drawn to creative places and people?
Wonder what goes on behind the scenes in museums?
Want to work as part of a vibrant, exciting team?

If your answer is a resounding "Yes!" an internship at PEM is the perfect fit. PEM offers the chance to work side by side with professionals in diverse fields and make valuable contacts within the museum world. Be ready to bring ideas to the table, set goals and accomplish meaningful projects. You might shoot and produce a video for integrated media, write a marketing plan, coordinate a wedding or build part of an exhibition. Interns learn invaluable professional and time-management skills. Plus, a museum is an exciting and creative place to work! Volunteer internships are available with flexible hours in a range of departments. The program also includes Q&A sessions with staff and fellow interns that might focus on behind-the-scenes operations, current exhibitions and how to get a job.

Now accepting applications for Winter/Spring 2015 Internships. Deadline for submissions is November 14, 2014. Internships begin January 8, 2015. If you are seeking an internship for credit, please include your school's deadline for response in your cover letter. Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970-3783.

  • Art & Nature Center Intern/Art & Nature CenterOpen or Close

    Join the Art & Nature Center (ANC) as an intern.You’ll greet and help visitors in the recently renovated ANC and monitor how families interact with exhibits. You’ll help maintain exhibits, teach interactive programs and family workshops, and develop art activities. You’ll research varied topics while working on independent projects. Possible projects include: supporting exhibition evaluation, curriculum development, generating public programming ideas and exploring future ANC exhibition topics. Administrative tasks include copying, preparing for programs, preparing mailings and organizing supplies.

    Internship Qualifications: College or graduate student. Some customer service or education experience is preferred but not required. You should have a friendly, personable manner, strong communication skills and a passion for working with children and families and be comfortable interacting with the public. Ideal for students interested in museum education. Ability to stand and lift moderately heavy objects helpful.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Registration Intern/Collection Services DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Registration team as an intern. You will discover the secret, fast-paced, behind-the-scenes workings of an art museum by assisting in the daily duties of the Registration Department. You will assist in the preparation of documentation for changing exhibitions, outgoing loans and PEM's permanent collection; digitize collection records, including scanning, image manipulation, file re-naming and organization; data entry of object and accession records on the Argus Software database system; archive files, including surveying, organizing and archiving files under the instruction of the entire Registration Department; research projects pertaining to donors, loans and object records as they arise; train in object handling, object moves and the creation of condition reports; and participate in ongoing collection digitization projects.

    Internship Qualifications: College student with knowledge of and an appreciation for art/art history and a demonstrated ability in paying attention to details. Ability to work well with staff throughout PEM is essential.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Design Intern/Creative Services DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Creative Services team as a design intern. If you are nearing completion of a graphics art degree and would like to gain significant workplace experience before graduation, this is the ideal internship for you. You’ll produce a wide range of printed materials including signs, brochures, fliers and postcards and help solve design and construction problems related to museum signage, packaging, etc. Interns will learn to take a job from conception through printing (including press checks).

    Internship Qualifications: College student and skilled designer, proficient in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, who can work independently and with a team. You must also have good writing skills and be interested in working in an arts/nonprofit environment. The ability to work well with staff throughout the organization is essential.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Photo Intern/Creative Services DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join our dynamic photography team and sharpen your photography and post production skills. Work alongside PEM photographers in both public and behind-the-scenes shoots of programs, exhibitions and amazing works of art. Practice advanced digital imaging techniques and help us manage our digital assets in a creative and lively production environment.

    Internship Qualifications: College student with demonstrable proficiency in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom; 1-2 years experience/classes in photography; familiarity with Mac OS and DSLRs; and comfortable working with the public.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Curatorial Intern/Curatorial DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Curatorial team as an American art intern. You’ll assist in all aspects of the American art curator's projects, including working on PEM's American art collection and special exhibitions. Responsibilities include providing administrative support to curator as needed, providing research assistance for the American art collection, and assisting with special exhibitions and related projects.

    Internship Qualifications: College senior or graduate student majoring in art history. Excellent written and oral communication, organizational, and research skills in libraries and online. Ability to work independently and a precise attention to detail are required. Must effectively interact with members of the curatorial staff, as well as other museum departments.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Development Intern/Development DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Development team as an intern. You’ll assist in all aspects of the Peabody Essex Museum’s fundraising operations. Responsibilities include providing administrative support to Development department as needed, writing materials for donor cultivation and stewardship, assisting with specific research and data gathering projects, supporting gift acknowledgement and fulfillment activities and assisting in planning and execution of special member events. Interns will also contribute to maintenance of accurate Raiser's Edge donor database by gathering and updating of contact information and relationships.

    Internship Qualifications: College or postgraduate student with excellent written and oral communication, planning and organizational skills and ability to work independently and as part of a team. Strong interpersonal skills and precise attention to detail are required. Must be computer literate and have knowledge of and ease with Microsoft Office. Must effectively interact with members of the Development staff, as well as other museum departments. Experience conducting online research preferred. Please include a writing sample with your application.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Adult Programs Intern/Education DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Education Department for Winter/Spring 2015. You’ll work closely with the adult programs staff to research a wide variety of presenters for our programs including visual artists, authors, filmmakers, musicians, art and history experts. You'll also help create and implement interactive art activities for adults that will be offered at our Exhibition Opening Day Celebrations as well as the PEM/PM: Evening Party series. This is a great opportunity to network and gain hands-on experience planning events for the public. Administrative tasks include organizing materials, ordering supplies, and preparing prototypes for art activities.

    Internship Qualifications: College or graduate student who is knowledgeable about art, art-making and enjoys working with adults and families. Academic concentration in Education, Studio Art, Art History or Museum Studies preferred. You will need strong organizational skills, computer skills and the ability to work collaboratively or independently and multitask. The intern should be comfortable speaking in front of groups and have excellent communication skills. Must be available some nights and weekends for events.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Youth Programs Intern/Education DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Education Department for winter/spring 2015. Interns will help support and develop programming for PEM’s ArtLink program and the Maker Lounge under the supervision of the Youth Programs Coordinator. The ArtLink program seeks to provide creative experiences for underserved youth in the North Shore and the Maker Lounge is an interactive creative space that provides drop-in design challenge activities and takeovers that focus on teens and young adult audiences. Interns will have the opportunity to support the Youth Programs Coordinator in a variety of ways including preparing materials, assisting in workshops and gallery activities, developing content for the Maker Lounge, and other administrative duties.

    Internship Qualifications: Interns must have previous education or creative arts experience. Interns must be available two mornings/afternoons per week. Dependability and flexibility are musts. A desire to work with school-aged children and teens is also a must. College students focusing on Art Education, Studio Art, New Media, Museum Education, or Art History are strongly encouraged to apply.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Family Programs Intern/Education DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Education team as the Family Programs Intern. You will assist in the research, planning, and implementation of a variety of programs for family audiences of all ages and abilities. This will include researching future partnerships with artists and performers, preparing supplies, assisting at large events, as well as other regular administrative tasks.

    Internship Qualifications: Graduate student or advanced undergraduate who is pursuing a career in Art Education, Museum Studies, or Childhood Education. Basic knowledge of art materials and studio practices and art history preferred. Must have strong research, organizational, and computer skills, as well as the ability to multi-task and be flexible. Desire to work with the public is essential.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • School Programs Intern/Education DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Education team as a school programs intern. You will help to plan and implement programs for student groups, including prepping and running art activities, contributing to lesson plans for student tours, performing research, and tracking attendance and feedback on tours. Additionally, you will contribute to an evening event for educators (March 17) and other teacher workshops, an end-of-school-year family night event, and the planning of our 5-day summer Teacher Institute. This is a great opportunity if you are interested in working directly with students and teachers and want to learn more about developing educational programs.

    Internship Qualifications: Graduate student or advanced undergraduate who enjoys working with children and educators and is knowledgeable of art and art making. Academic concentration in Education, Studio Art, Art History or Museum Studies preferred. You will need strong organizational skills, computer skills and the ability to work independently and multitask. You should be comfortable speaking in front of groups and have excellent communication skills. Experience leading art activities is preferred but not required.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Digital Asset Management Intern/Exhibitions Research and PublishingOpen or Close

    Join the Exhibitions Research and Publishing team and assist the Digital Asset Manager on initiatives to bring PEM’s database of collections images to the public. We are entering an exciting new era of open access in the museum world, and curating the digital collections is a high priority. The DAM intern will help PEM manage our digital collections with responsibilities such as: vetting image quality, inputting metadata, image research, editing tombstone and credit line information, and creating contact sheets. Additional projects may include assisting on digital asset management for PEM publications and exhibitions.

    Internship Qualifications: Familiarity with Lightroom 5, FTP clients such as Hightail, MS Office, web research, standard Windows file systems, and stock photo sites. Experience with Access databases a plus. The DAM intern should have knowledge of basic copyright laws, and a passion for good data management. They should do accurate, reliable work with impeccable organization. Must be able to communicate professionally and clearly with rightsholders, vendors, and PEM staff across many different departments.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Guest Services Intern/Guest Services DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Guest Services team as an intern. You’ll be an ambassador for the museum working in the Information and Special Exhibition areas to welcome guests and inform them about our programs and exhibitions. You may also learn how to sell museum admission at the admissions desk and assist current and new members at the membership desk. Other responsibilities within the department include administrative support and general customer service for museum guests, members and staff. You’ll learn customer service skills by interacting with the public, sharing information and helping ensure an extraordinary experience for our guests.

    Internship Qualifications: High school or college student. Some customer service experience is preferred but not essential. You should have a friendly, personable manner and be comfortable interacting with the public. Must be available two to three days a week including weekends. Cash-handling experience a plus.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Integrated Media Intern/Integrated Media DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Integrated Media team as an intern. This internship is a hands-on learning experience geared towards college students completing a Museum Studies or related degree program who want to see how digital media integrate into the exhibition development process. You’ll collaborate in the creative and technical aspects of making digital media pieces, you’ll interface with other departments, and assist in keeping multiple IM projects on track. You might even blog about your work at PEM.

    Internship Qualifications: College student with a solid understanding of museums, and basic familiarity with web protocols, social media platforms, Google apps, and Microsoft Office. The intern must possess strong organization and communication skills and be able to manage multiple priorities. Programming or filmmaking experience a plus, but not necessary.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.
  • Marketing Intern/Marketing DepartmentOpen or Close

    Join the Marketing team as an intern. As a ready contributor to our marketing team, you’ll assist the department in researching and writing our monthly tourism newsletter, radio spots and e-blasts to PEM subscribers. You’ll also support the department with a variety of tasks including sales, data entry, distributing materials to museum partners and processing donation requests.

    Internship Qualifications: College student with exemplary communication skills, strong organizational and people skills, attention to detail, a comfortable phone presence and the ability to work independently. You will need Internet skills for research, strong office skills and the ability to multi-task.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.

  • FELLOWSHIPS

    PEM offers summer fellowship opportunities for graduate students and cultural professionals of Native American, Native Hawaiian or Alaska Native background. These paid, full-time, 10-week fellowships prepare participants for leadership positions in the museum field and/or the nonprofit cultural sector. The program presents a comprehensive perspective on the theory and practice of museum leadership, in the context of a meaningful, in-depth project within a department of the museum. Weekly intensive workshops, field trips, lodging, travel expenses and a stipend are included. School credit is available upon official request.

    Email your application, letters of recommendation, official school transcript and resume to michelle_moon@pem.org or mail to Michelle Moon, Assistant Director of Adult Programs, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970.

    The 2015 Native American Fellowship position descriptions will be available in January, 2015. 2014 Native American Fellowship Position Descriptions

  • Curatorial Fellow in Native American Art and CultureOpen or Close

    Fellowship Goals: This fellowship offers experience in aspects of curatorial practice in Native American art and culture. Through active involvement with the department's current projects, the Fellow will gain insight into the process of developing exhibitions, the design and use of Web-based outreach tools, the development of collection and research databases, and approaches to object and artist research.

    Responsibilities and Tasks: Assist with exhibitions research projects including the development of concepts for forthcoming exhibitions, research on objects for the re-installation of PEM's permanent collection, and research on artists and objects for a contemporary Native fashion exhibition.

    Conduct ongoing Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) research and outreach.

    Assist with the enhancement of PEM's online collection access portal by conducting artist biographical research and identifying additional object data such as provenance, bibliographic references, and exhibition and publication histories.

    Provide daily support to the Curator of Native American Art and Culture, assisting with department activities such as hosting delegations of visiting scholars, artists and/or indigenous community representatives, and regular operational tasks and duties as assigned.

    Training and Supervision: The Curator of Native American Art and Culture will be the primary supervisor for the Fellow. Other specialists may provide training or project-based supervision as necessary.

    The Fellow will receive training as necessary in PEM's database, Web content management system, object provenance, object handling, and concept development and presentation.

    Preferred Skills: Important skills include Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel; familiarity with Adobe Photoshop; excellent written and oral communication; general research experience in the area of art and culture; familiarity with museum presentations of Native art and culture, and curatorial concepts and process.

    Thoroughness, attention to detail, creativity, willingness to try new things, ability to work independently and flexibility.

    Familiarity and comfort with Web-based research and applications.

    Ability to manage varied timelines for a series of sequential projects, some with an end date, others ongoing.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, three letters of recommendation, official school transcript and resume to michelle_moon@pem.org or mail to Michelle Moon, Assistant Director of Adult Programs, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • Education and Interpretation FellowOpen or Close

    Fellowship Goals: The Education and Interpretation Fellow will assist PEM in developing a new stream of gallery learning programs designed to facilitate engagement of visitors with the collection. The Fellow will research, develop and prototype gallery programs, and craft a training curriculum for museum staff and volunteers who will deliver the gallery learning program upon its launch in Fall 2014. This program stream aims to develop an array of formats for drop-in interactions themed around artworks from the collection, using related objects, conversational interpretation and experiential learning activities.

    Responsibilities and Tasks: Work with the Education Specialist to develop a gallery learning experience on the art of Northwest Native American cultures, including the completion of a draft program plan, research, prototyping, implementation and evaluation.

    Conduct research and benchmarking on effective gallery learning: timing, staffing, titling and descriptions, relevant learning theory and communication strategies

    Develop written best practices for gallery learning, including communication strategies, program and materials design, and training methodologies.

    Work with the Docent Program Manager to develop a gallery learning training curriculum for staff and volunteers, to be delivered in Fall 2014.

    Training and Supervision: Supervision will be led and coordinated by the Docent Program Manager. The Fellow will also work closely with the Education Specialist to develop and prototype the Native American art gallery learning program.

    PEM will provide training on best practices for working with volunteers, designing training curricula and creating training resources, program delivery, evaluation, educational philosophies and theories including material culture, teaching with objects, multiple intelligence theory, constructivist learning theory, learning styles and other relevant intellectual frameworks.

    Orientation, regular check-ins, and an end-of-program review will ensure good communication between the Fellow and supervisory staff.

    Preferred Skills: Excellent interpersonal communication skills with audiences of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

    Interest in and familiarity with museum education and free-choice learning in informal contexts.

    Experience with instructional design and/or program design.

    Ability to interact professionally with staff and represent the museum positively to a wide public.

    Creativity and imagination.

    Comfort with the use of basic office software such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel; ability to work with iPads and use a variety of apps.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, three letters of recommendation, official school transcript and resume to michelle_moon@pem.org or mail to Michelle Moon, Assistant Director of Adult Programs, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • Exhibition Planning and Design FellowOpen or Close

    Fellowship Goals: The Exhibition Planning and Design Fellow will take part in the multifaceted work of planning, developing and implementing a complex schedule of art museum exhibitions, taking on aspects of managing project schedules, coordinating multiple staff teams, problem-solving and troubleshooting, and overseeing projects such as installation, deinstallation, collection rotations and other exhibition-related projects.

    Responsibilities and Tasks: Participate in all regular operational functions of the Exhibition Planning and Design staff, assisting with the tasks involved in the management and implementation of exhibitions.

    Perform general and visual research related to exhibition topics, current or potential institutional partners and new/innovative approaches to exhibitions.

    Attend meetings and contribute to discussions related to exhibition projects.

    Organize departmental assets and assist in continuous process improvement and documentation.

    Training and Supervision: The Director of Exhibition Planning will be the primary supervisor. The Fellow will also work with two Exhibition Project Coordinators, the Director of Exhibition Design and the Manager of Exhibition Design Projects.

    The fellowship experience will provide an inside experience of the tools, systems and protocols PEM (and many other art museums) use to create exhibitions.

    The fellowship will support a high level of skill development in project management.

    Preferred Skills: Specific interest in work related to exhibition development and implementation.

    Comfort with the use of basic office software such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel; ability to work with iPads and use a variety of apps. Additional skills with Adobe Suite and design software a plus.

    Organized, methodical and detail-oriented.

    Able to work well in teams and calmly manage tight deadlines and intensive work schedules.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, three letters of recommendation, official school transcript and resume to michelle_moon@pem.org or mail to Michelle Moon, Assistant Director of Adult Programs, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • Institutional Giving FellowOpen or Close

    Fellowship Goals: The Institutional Giving Fellow will participate in all aspects of institutional giving. The work will include communicating with corporations, foundations and government agencies, advancing museum projects and enhancing understanding of this area of development and how it relates to other aspects of museum work. This fellowship will include identification and qualification of potential funding sources, developing a case for support, proposal development, and fulfilling and reporting on funded activities.

    Responsibilities and Tasks: Identify and qualify prospective institutional supporters.

    Create exhibition sponsorship materials and participate in proposal development for exhibition funding, particularly in the area of Native American art.

    Manage grant documentation files.

    Training and Supervision: The primary supervisor will be PEM's Development Writer. Training will include an introduction to online resources and tools used to conduct research; meetings with various members of the Institutional Giving team as well as members of the Development Department; writing exercises that involve preparing written materials for different audiences; an introduction to fundamentals of grant management; and an overview of PEM's grant portfolio.

    Preferred Skills: Familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite and basics of online research (required).

    Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills including excellent writing ability.

    Familiarity with Raisers' Edge or other prospect management software a plus.

    TO APPLY:
    Email your application, three letters of recommendation, official school transcript and resume to michelle_moon@pem.org or mail to Michelle Moon, Assistant Director of Adult Programs, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970