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A limited number of museum internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students. Internships for course credit are supervised by individual staff members in the curatorial, education and marketing departments. Please contact the staff member with a cover letter, resume and copy of the internship requirements to be considered.


The Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives offers a number of diverse internship opportunities. 

The Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives continues to offer internship opportunities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, but all internships are remote for 2020-2021. 

Digitization/Communications Intern:

This internship position involves working with the Arts Legacy Project, an exciting initiative geared to increase access to digital content and images about artists in Western New York. Responsibilities include:

  • Adding content to artists’ biography pages on the Burchfield Penney’s website
  • Using the Burchfield Penney’s custom-built Content Management System to expand digital resources available online about the archival collections
  • Editing oral history interviews conducted with Western New York artists
  • Editing video interviews conducted with Western New York artists
  • Compiling video clips to make a Living Legacy Project montage

Skills include:

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with the Adobe suite, and specifically Adobe Premiere is preferred but not required

Library Intern:

This position involves working  to further develop and implement a comprehensive catalogue system for the Burchfield Penney’s library resources. Responsibilities include:

  • Cataloguing and data entry
  • Reorganization of books and catalogues based on subject matter

Skills include:

  • Ability to lift 30 lbs
  • Experience with database programs and Microsoft suite
  • Familiarity with Library of Congress Subject headings is preferred but not required.

Archival Processing Intern:

This internship will focus on the archival processing of various significant collections housed at the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives. Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the Archivist, participating in the assessment of archival materials as the preliminary stage of the arrangement and description process
  • Rehousing textual and photographic materials long-term preservation
  • Data entry into the Burchfielf Penney Art Center's custom-built Content Management System

Skills include:

  • Ability to lift 30 lbs
  • Familiarity with the Society of American Archivists’ DACS standard (Describing Archives: A Content Standard) preferred, but not required
  • Ability to work independently
  • High degree of attention to detail

If you are interested in interning with the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives, please email Heather Gring a copy of your resume and a cover letter stating your interests and experiences.