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Yellowstone Curatorial Intern

The National Park Service (NPS) was created on 25 August 1916 via the Organic Act which states that the NPS “…shall promote and regulate the use of Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations…which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same…as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”  Specifically, the Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center, an NPS collections storage and research facility for Yellowstone National Park, exists to promote the overall NPS mission by documenting the natural and cultural history of Yellowstone, preserving that history for future generations, and making it accessible to researchers and the public.

The main purpose of this internship is to introduce an undergraduate to the museum career field and specifically the operations of a museum program in a large national park.  Projects will involve conducting collection inventories, cataloging and photographing museum objects, creating a one-case exhibit on a Yellowstone park topic of the intern’s choosing, and assisting with behind-the-scenes tours of the collection.


Internship Tasks

  • Catalog, number, photograph and rehouse a variety of museum objects
  • Assist curatorial staff with outreach by presenting behind-the-scene tours of museum storage
  • Create a one-case exhibit on a Yellowstone park topic of the intern’s choice for display in the HRC
  • Assist with conducting parkwide collections inventory
  • Create custom storage containers for a wide range of objects such as projectile points, photograph albums, souvenirs
  • Create 15-20 minute informal presentation for museum collection storage portion of facility tours

Necessary Qualifications

An interest in the history of the national parks and a willingness to learn about museum work

Desired Skills

Public speaking experience and the desire to conduct behind-the-scenes tours are desired but not necessary. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Gardiner, MT
Preferred Majors or Experience: 
All class years are welcome to apply, but this internship is introductory and therefore most appropriate for freshman and sophomores.