Internships Administration

We offer four different types of internships here at the Museum:
Education | Marketing and Public Relations | Collections | Administrative


Administration Internship

The Joliet Area Historical Museum is a history museum located in the heart of downtown Joliet. The $9.4 million dollar museum opened in the fall of 2002 and serves a diverse population.

Purpose: The Administration Intern will assist the Executive Director and Professional full-time museum staff with the daily operations of the historical museum. Intern will gain experience in building management, museum governance, financial budgeting and administration, strategic planning, human resources and risk management, development and fundraising, marketing and public relations, member services, programming, volunteer management, research and collections management. The internship experience will be mutually beneficial for both the Intern and the Museum. The Administration Intern will benefit as he/she will gain valuable experience in a Museum setting that will help to further his/her career goals. The intern will be required to produce a final project to add to his/her work portfolio. The Museum will benefit as it will have a final project that will positively impact on its administrative, educational, or curatorial activities.

Qualifications: The Administration Intern must possess the following qualities: excellent writing and oral communication skills, ability to work independent of supervision, must be a self-starter and energetic, and must work well with the diverse population that the Museum serves.

Possible Experiences as an Administration Intern: Research policies and procedures of other museums, design and implementation of programs, performing collection management and exhibit functions, giving tours, assisting at special events, writing materials, designing publicity materials, and attending meetings.

Internship Requirements:

The Administration Intern will:

  • Complete one major project. This project will be chosen from a list of projects compiled by the Executive Director. The Administration Intern will meet weekly with the Executive Director to assess progress on the major project.
  • Attend one Board of Directors meeting.
  • Give tours and assist in gift shop as necessary.
  • Assist other professional staff (Development Director, Educator, Curator, Gift Shop Manager) for at least one week during their internship to learn about those areas of museum operations.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Supervision: The Executive Director will be responsible for the supervision and evaluation of the Administration intern. Supervisory meetings will be held weekly.