The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation has funded the establishment of an internship program at the Indiana University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, at IU Bloomington.
With a long-term goal of improving Indiana’s professional museum workforce, this program’s primary objective is to increase the quantity, quality, and accessibility of real-world professional development experiences available to IUB upper-level undergraduate and master’s degree students seeking museum careers.
On-campus internships undertaken during fall and spring semesters are enabling IUB students to gain valuable work experiences without interrupting their studies by relocating to distant locations or for unrelated part-time work. The program will also advance a public service mission through the option of funding summer session work in off-campus museums as well. This option expands the range of professional opportunities available to museum-focused IUB students, while strengthening the work of these peer institutions.
The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc., a private foundation, was established by Allen W. Clowes, a leading philanthropist in Indianapolis, Indiana, who during his life made major contributions to various charitable organizations that promoted or preserved the fine arts, music, literature, education, science and history. Most of these organizations are located in Central Indiana. The primary mission of the foundation is to support charitable organizations that promote or preserve the Arts and Humanities and to support charitable organizations that were supported by Mr. Clowes during his life or are similar to those supported by Mr. Clowes.
For information on applying for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 internships, please see below.
Application Process Sheet
This internship program is available to IUB upper-level undergraduate (juniors and seniors) and masters students who are preparing for careers in museums.
The deadline for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 internships is April 23, 2021. Complete application materials must be emailed to iumaa@indiana,edu by midnight on that date.
Application materials must include
- Completed Application Form (please submit only the form, do not include the InformationSheet or Application Process Sheet). You may apply for both semesters, but mustsubmit separate applications for each semester.
- Cover Letter describing the internship you would like to apply for and why, including yourpreparation and qualification for the internship (please see below regarding Letter ofCommitment from Internship Supervisor).
- List of References (please include complete contact information, including emailaddresses, for three references)
- Letter of Commitment from Internship Supervisor. Internship opportunities andsupervisors at the IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology are listed on the nextpage, and you must speak with a IUMAA supervisor if you wish to apply for an internshipat the IUMAA. For off-campus internships during the summer semester you mustarrange the internship and obtain and submit a letter of commitment from a designated supervisor.
Please submit the Completed Application Form, Cover Letter, Resume, List of References, and Letter of Commitment from Internship Supervisor together (in that order and in one PDF document) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Internship Program provides each recipient funding for $15 per hours for up to 20 hours per week over a 15-week semester. (Please note: A background check may be required before the funding can be awarded.) Students who have any additional paid positions at Indiana University may not be eligible for the Clowes award as the university restricts the number of hours worked per week as a university student employee.
Internships at the IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
The following is an overview of IUMAA departmental project areas and initiatives. Please review the information and contact the listed supervisor to discuss possible internships.
Mathers Ethnographic Collection Cataloging Internship—Emily Bryantemail@example.com
Catalog or re-catalog collections according to museum procedures
Create paper records of work as instructed
Research collections as necessary for accurate cataloging/re-cataloging
Write up research notes and bibliographies, as collections are cataloged/re-cataloged
Mathers Ethnographic Collections Management Internship—Ellen Sieberfirstname.lastname@example.org
Select and move artifacts for exhibition use
Record artifact movements
Possible tasks include tagging and/or labeling artifact and mold-remediation
Archaeological Curation Internship—Melody Popeemail@example.com
Assist Curator in developing new Archaeology Cataloging Guide
Create paper records/collections report of work
Research collections as necessary for accurate cataloging and description
Write research notes, collector biographies, and bibliographies, as necessary when collections are cataloged or augmented
Rehousing, relabeling, and database entry may also be involved
Archaeological Exhibit Preparation and Recording Internship—Melody Popefirstname.lastname@example.org
Assist Curator to document and handle artifacts selected for exhibition
Prepare condition reports
Take photographs and measurements
Archaeological Collections Exhibition Research Internship--Melody Popeemail@example.com
Research donors, collections, and documents for exhibition
Exhibitions Internships—Matthew Sieberfirstname.lastname@example.org
Assist the Manager of Exhibitions and the exhibits team to mount and install a major exhibit.
Public Relations Internships—Judy Kirkemail@example.com
Develop articles for a newsletter
Develop press releases; contact press/media representatives
Assist in flyer/mailing distributions
Assist in social media
Education Projects Internships—Sarah Hatcherfirstname.lastname@example.org
Develop and implement programs and projects that further the mission of the museum
Curriculum packet development
Create family guides and other gallery materials
Give tours and develop tour materials as needed