Yellowstone National Park, Museum Intern, Summer 2022
Bill Lane Center for the American West
Applications closed on January 31, 2022
Approximate Offer Date:
Friday, March 11, 2022
Description of agency and internship overview:
The Heritage & Research Center protects and preserves the natural and cultural heritage of Yellowstone National Park, while providing access, education, and entertainment to the public. The museum, archives and library are owned by the public and for the public! We collect all things related to Yellowstone's history: archival, archeological, ethnographic, historic, biologic, paleontological, and geological collections.
The intern will be working on a project - but overall as part of a team. They will work directly with the supervisor and with a lead. They will get the benefit of working in all sorts of working environments to promote a diversity of experiences. This position involves 100% indoor work with a chance at one or two field days with other programs of the interns choosing. The HRC is a dynamic program and we can provide a specialized experience for the intern, depending on their interests. We would like to cater the project to the intern's interests. We always have several baseline museum and archives routine work that we would expose them to: working in our cataloging database, records management, rehousing museum collections (museum preservation), conducting annual inventory, cataloging collections (insects, uniforms, or photograph albums to name a few) or writing and designing exhibits. We also have other possible opportunities: working on a virtual web exhibit, museum housekeeping in exhibits, monitoring climate, working on the reference desk, assisting with research requests, scanning images and documents, photographing collections, providing tours to the public and really anything they want to specialize in. YELL is celebrating our 150th anniversary so we may have special events and projects this year that would be exciting for the intern.
Catalog museum collections (possible collections: insects, wolf skulls, uniforms, ranger ephemera)
Work on the special 150th web exhibit
Providing tours of the museum collections to the public
Assisting with requests by conducting research, scanning, and communicating with researchers
Design exhibits, for example designing an exhibit case celebrating the 150th anniversary or the history of managing fish in the park or early expeditions.
Eligibility and Requirements:
Bill Lane Center internships are part of Cardinal Quarter opportunities and we encourage students from all disciplines to apply to our opportunities. The opportunities are full-time (35-40 hours a week) for 10-weeks during the summer. Specific start and end dates can be coordinated directly with the supervisor.
We really can accept any students - we have a full gamut of projects and we can cater to their experience or if they want to learn something new and just have a great internship doing something outside their studies!! Some examples are: history, archives, art, cultural resource management, museums, biology, geology, paleontology, GIS, geography
Note: Students are only eligible for one Stanford-funded full-time experiential learning opportunity during the 2021-22 academic year (inclusive of summer).
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Attention to detail
Excellent communication verbally and in writing
Good time management (especially if the internship ends up remote)
Positive and fun!!
Good with databases or excel
Selection of applicants:
Complete applications are screened and finalists are contacted for an interview with staff from the Bill Lane Center for the American West. The top candidates for each position are forwarded to the agency for direct interviews with their potential supervisors and other agency staff. Host agencies will then notify the Lane Center of their preferred candidate and that applicant will receive an internship offer by email. The applicant is expected to respond promptly (within 48 hours) via email to the offer, or the offer will be rescinded. Once an applicant accepts an offer, the student should promptly notify all other Stanford and non-Stanford programs to which they have applied that they have accepted another offer and to withdraw their candidacy.