About the host company 

Through our exhibits, programs and collection, the Swedish American Museum seeks to interpret the immigrant experience for children and adults, and promote an appreciation of contemporary Swedish-American culture.
The Museum was founded in 1976 and located in Andersonville.

Job Description 

Intern Position Descriptions – Collections and Exhibits Interns at the Swedish American Museum will work with the Curator to improve access, documentation, care and storage of the Permanent Collection. Activities may include inventory processes, data entry, digitization/photography of collection items, research, editing and updating database object records, maintenance of collection storage and work areas, and assisting with storage upgrades.

Interns will be responsible for researching and installing one window display using objects and artifacts from the permanent collection. Intern will assist with installation/de-installation of special exhibits. Activities may include preparing the gallery for installation and openings, loading and unloading of traveling exhibit crates, inventory and condition reporting of traveling exhibits, mounting of signage, and editing/mounting of gallery labels. Exhibits interns will be responsible for researching and installing one temporary exhibit case in our permanent exhibit during their tenure with the Museum.

In relation to core exhibits, interns will assist with object rotation, inventory and monitoring of core exhibits. Projects may include updating gallery guides and activities, editing/mounting of interpretive labels, research, physical installation/de-installation of artifacts and gallery maintenance. Interns may also volunteer as a docent for our core exhibit “The Dream of America.” They will be trained by staff to guide public tours of the exhibition as well as act as a roaming docent stationed in the exhibit spaces to answer individual questions at special events.
Exhibit interns who would like to docent should be outgoing, friendly and interested to assist in interpreting the exhibit for visitors. Schedules can be flexible – the Museum gives a monthly public tour on one weekend per month and schedules other guided tours as needed by visiting groups. Interns will build computer and administrative skills and will exercise attention to detail and ability to work independently and also exercise presentation skills, learn and develop knowledge about Chicago/Swedish history and interact with diverse groups of visitors.

Every effort is made to balance the skills and interests of prospective interns with the needs and priorities of the department and the institution overall.