Collections/Education Internship (El Paso, TX)

Internship Title:  Collections/Education Internship

Supervising Division/Department/Site: Magoffin Home State Historic Site

Semester Internship is Available:  Spring/Summer/Fall

Work Location Address: 1120 Magoffin Av, El Paso, TX 79901

Duration:  To Be Determined

Application Closing Date: Until Filled

Hours/Week:  6 to 8 hours a week during Fall, Spring or Summer semesters; additional hours may be required by the school program

Travel Required:  No  



Option I/Collections: Interns may work on one or more of the following projects: packing and storing artifacts; researching the museum collection; taking digital photographs of artifacts; re-housing and cleaning artifacts; working on processing the archives; and organizing site resources.

Option II/Interpretation: Interns may work on one or more of the following projects: develop themed tours of historic house; develop engaging programming and events for the Magoffin Home State Historic Site; develop off-site programming and outreach for schools and other community organizations; and develop multi-sensory tours and/or accessible tours for groups with various abilities.

Option III/Historic Preservation:  Interns may work on one or more of the following projects:  to create exposures windows in the Home and recreate historic finishes (under the supervision of an historic finishes' professional); lime plaster and adobe repair; examine Secretary of the Interior Standards generally and as they apply to the Home specifically; research into the architectural history of the Home; and give specialized tours or classes as appropriate.

Complies with all agency Internship Program policies and procedures.



Pack and store artifacts, cleaning artifacts, cataloging and researching collections, data entry of catalog records into collections database, process the archival collection, develop themed tours and programs, develop off-site programming, develop multi-sensory guided house tours.



Interest in museums, history, and/or education.  Strong writing, research and communications skills.  Strong organizational, multitasking and people skills.  Knowledge of American and Texas history.  Knowledge of standard office computer skills, including database software and word processing.  Ability to work independently and on detailed tasks.  Degree or expected degree in anthropology, archeology, archival/library studies, art, art history, education, history, museum studies, political science, social studies, sociology, or a related field.  Demonstrated interest in museum programs, education and/or history.



Applications will be accepted from currently enrolled college students who are in their second, third or fourth year of coursework as well as graduate students and recent Bachelor’s and Master’s degree graduates.


REMARKS (Application procedure, Special requirements): Applications must be submitted on the Texas Historical Commission’s Internship Application available on the web at  Please mail applications to P.O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711 or deliver them in person at 1700 N. Congress Avenue, Suite B-65, Austin, Texas.  A resume and current transcript must be submitted with your application.  Resumes cannot be submitted in lieu of applications.  Applications will be reviewed, and top applicants will be contacted for interviews.  After a qualified person has been chosen for the specified internship, letters will be mailed to all interviewed applicants letting them know that the position has been filled. Disability access for application submission, testing and interview accommodations can be provided upon reasonable notice.


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