Unpaid Internship: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Library seeks an unpaid intern or practicum student interested in Library and Information Science to earn hands-on experience with art and museum library practices and procedures in various areas from collection development, reference, education and outreach, to circulation, cataloging, serials, and interlibrary loan. We will work with the student to create an enriching and well-rounded internship or practicum experience to gain a comprehensive overview of the operation of an art museum library and best practices in general.

Duties may include

  • Assessing and/or processing donations and materials to help shape the development of the collection
  • Copy cataloging a variety of materials utilizing OCLC Connexion in conjunction with our Aleph Integrated Library System
  • Providing reference, training, and research assistance to public and in-house curators and patrons
  • Contribute to collection maintenance projects from weeding to moving of collections

The student should commit to working at least 10 hours per week, MondayFriday.


Good candidates for this position will be / have:

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate-level Library Science program or a closely related field
  • ¬†Interested in the arts and/or museums
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details
  • Ability to work independently; ability to take directions; willingness to ask questions
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds and push a book cart
  • Ability to work in a Windows environment; proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Familiar with OCLC Worldcat, electronic resources helpful

About the Library
As one of the major art reference libraries in the United States, the Museum Library houses approximately 227,000 books, auction catalogues, and periodicals dating from the sixteenth century to the present. Reflecting the Museum’s rich and distinctive collections, the Library’s holdings focus on European, American, and Asian painting and sculpture; furniture and decorative arts; arms and armor; costume and textiles; prints, drawings, and photographs; and modern and contemporary art.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to Ryan McNally, rmcnally@philamuseum.org

Ryan McNally
Cataloging and Electronic Services Librarian

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