Bowers Internship Program
Thank you for your interest in joining the Bowers Museum Internship Program! Our goal is to collaborate with talented students from our neighboring colleges and universities to provide an invaluable hands-on complement to their academic experience. The Bowers Museum offers an array of internship opportunities for students of all disciplines.
Please complete the Internship Application Form and submit along with your current resume and a brief cover letter to HumanResources@Bowers.org.
Internships are open to undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates. Internships are year round, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis, depending upon availability. Interns are asked to commit to a certain number of hours and a specific schedule for a duration of at least 3 months. Internships are unpaid. Due to the unique nature of each department, the qualifications, responsibilities, and duration of each internship will vary. Additional information can be found on the internship application.
Volunteer at the Bowers
For general volunteer opportunities, please submit your volunteer application with a cover letter of introduction that includes any qualifications and/or experience you may have relating to your area of interest. Email your application and cover letter to HumanResources@Bowers.org.
Opportunities range from assisting with art project preparations and execution for our monthly festivals to conducting onsite surveys and helping with mailing assembly. Volunteer applications are accepted year round and positions are appointed as needed.
Current Employment Opportunities
Position Title: Preparator (Fabricator and Wood Finisher)
Department: Exhibit & Design Fabrication
Reports to: Vice President of Exhibit Design and Installation and the Chief Preparator
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
Under the supervision of the Vice President of Exhibit Design and Installation and the Chief Preparator, this position assists with fabrication, mounting and general handling of permanent and special exhibits. At times, Preparator will be expected to safely handle and work around artifacts.
Preparator will also assist in the maintenance of museum’s fabrication shop and keep specified equipment in pristine and safe condition. Preparator must be an experienced carpenter. The preparator must be able to safely operate power tools and dust collection systems, as well as assist with installing modular walls, casework and lighting. Preparator must have an eye for detail and know how to complete professional finish work, be organized and able to produce high volumes of work with minimal supervision, move heavy objects, work on ladders and operate scizzor lifts.
This position is part-time and may lead to full-time, days and hours may vary.
- Collaborates in the planning and installation of exhibits including fabricating temporary and permanent walls, display casing, pedestals shelving, lighting, signage, labels and other exhibition components
- Lifts, carries and moves heavy objects such as crates, art work, exhibition furniture and props
- Performs moderately complex carpentry including leveling, joining, finishing and and painting
- Assists with art and artifact handling including wrapping, crating, storing and shipping, as well as the construction of crates and storage fixtures
- Drives Museum vehicle in support of exhibition and collection programs
- Assist in the installation, maintenance and operation of gallery and showcase lighting
- Understands and maintains awareness of any precarious situations around artifacts
- Routinely inspects facility and galleries and corrects deficiencies; maintains appearance of galleries, including cleaning and dusting showcases, frames and pedestals
- Operates appropriate hand power tools and performs carpentry work as instructed
- Other duties as assigned
- Conduct all responsibilities in a safe manner according to regulations (OSHA, IIPP, etc.)
To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily and be competent in all aspects of the job summary. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made.
Education and/or Experience
High School Diploma; plus three to five years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Independent good judgment and decision-making are required in this position.
Other Skills, Abilities, and/or Training
- License to operate a variety of vehicles and forklifts
- Proven skills in the use of power tools, wood and metal shop machinery, and lifting apparatuses
- Knowledge of best practices for art handling and movement, installation and art object packing and crating
- Proven skills in woodworking, cabinetry, metalworking, plastics, painting/decorative finishes, and general construction
- Experience fabric-wrapping panels and boxes
- Ability to read floor plans and Autocad to communicate through sketches
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to HumanResources@Bowers.org; no phone calls please.