Collection Intern

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum seeks a summer Collection Intern. The intern will be involved with a grant-funded project to enhance the museum’s online collection platform. The intern’s role in this project will be to gather and edit information for descriptions; upload content; and carefully manage digital images and records in multiple databases and formats. The intern will also be involved with retrieving and re-storing artifacts for photography, which requires the ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, climb a ladder, bend, kneel, and balance.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of PastPerfect collection management software and art- or artifact-handling experience. The individual must show attention to detail and be accurate and organized. The individual should be self-motivated and able to work independently. The individual will be part of a team that includes staff and interns, will perform other related duties, as assigned, to support the work of the grant project and the museum, and attend relevant meetings as requested.

At present, Vesterheim Museum’s Main Building and Museum Store are open to the public. Offices, classrooms, and collection areas are for designated staff only. Masks are required and social distancing and sanitation protocols are in place for both public and staff-only spaces.

Wage: The internship is onsite and paid. Wage: $8 per hour for 30 hours per week (weekdays) for a total of 375 hours. The hours are to be completed this summer between May 17 and August 31, 2021.

Location: Located in Decorah, Iowa, Vesterheim is the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center. The collection that began in 1877 has grown into one of the most comprehensive museums in the United States dedicated to a single immigrant group. Vesterheim’s exhibitions explore the diversity of American immigration through the lens of the Norwegian-American experience and highlight the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts. A staff of 31 oversees the institution, its 33,000 artifacts, twelve historic buildings, Folk Art School, library, and archives. The museum has more than 5,000 members and has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1970.

Apply: Application deadline: April 18, 2021. Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references via email to Laurann Gilbertson, Chief Curator,

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