Collections Intern (Unpaid)
Field Forward stipends are available. To learn more, including application deadlines, please visit: CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Internships.
Company Overview: Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum documents and interprets the history of country music—a musical genre and culture central to the identity of the city, the state, and the nation. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Museum proudly combines subject expertise, ambitious research, and preservation of an unparalleled collection with expressions of creativity in music, art, and history. The Museum collects artifacts that illustrate the evolving history and traditions of country music and provides diverse learning opportunities through educational programs, publications, and exhibitions. The core exhibit follows the story of country music from its folk beginnings through its evolution as a commercial art form. Rotating exhibits examine a broad range of topics, from country classics to contemporary and emerging artists in American Currents. The Museum owns Hatch Show Print, a letterpress print shop opened in 1879, and it operates Historic RCA Studio B, where Elvis Presley and many others recorded.
Departmental Overview: In direct support of the mission statement of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Museum Services Division preserves and protects the Museum’s collections using best practices available, while incorporating emerging technologies to provide access to these collections. Within Museum Services are teams of exhibit managers, curators, and registrars.
Internship Overview: The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum offers internships that advance the educational goals of the student as well as the Museum’s mission. Field Forward stipends are available. To learn more, including application deadlines, please visit: CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Internships.
Collections internships are designed for a minimum commitment of 12 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks with consideration given to individual university requirements. Additional adjustments to this schedule will be at the discretion of the internship supervisor. Educational programs which operate on a quarterly basis will be accommodated. Motivated students who are seeking hands-on experiences in a team-oriented environment will find excellent opportunities at the Museum.
The Collections intern will work most closely with the team of registrars who focus on collections processing, research, storage, and care. The Collections intern will assist with organizing, photographing, and cataloging artifacts in the Museum’s collection, including, but not limited to, awards, clothing and accessories, document collections, and memorabilia. The goal of this internship is to learn the necessary skills to provide exceptional care to museum collections.
The Collections intern will also learn and use collections and digital content management software, providing qualitative improvements to collections information and improving its accessibility for prospective researchers. Additionally, this work may also include research projects aimed at improving information found in these systems.
Prior to the start of this internship, Registrar staff will meet with the Collections intern to assess goals and further focus internship duties to include skills most applicable to the intern’s educational objectives, as well as most beneficial to the collection’s needs.
Specific Internship Duties Include:
- Create inventories of pre-selected artifacts
- Photograph artifacts as needed
- Catalog artifacts using collections management software, specifically PastPerfect
- Label, pack, and house artifacts according to museum standards
- Assist with collection software maintenance (as described above)
- Assist with interdepartmental projects as needed
- Working toward a master’s degree or higher in library and information science, history, public history, museum studies, or another related field
- Experience with PastPerfect or a similar collections management software
- Basic knowledge of country music history
- Experience handling fragile and rare archival materials
- Basic knowledge of photography and photography equipment
- Basic knowledge of best practices in collections management policies, such as labeling artifacts, properly packing artifacts, and inventorying collections
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
Key Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
- Ability to organize diverse materials and to identify subject matter of value
- Ability to self-motivate and work independently on projects, as well as to collaborate with a team to achieve long-term goals
Conditions of Internship:
- Must lift a minimum of 25 lbs.
Notes to Applicant:
- Please upload a resume and cover letter when applying for this position.
- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate the varied attributes, characteristics, and perspectives that make each person unique, and we believe that fostering a culture of inclusion is essential to institutional excellence. The Museum promotes an environment of respect, communication, and understanding, while actively seeking opportunities to learn about and establish practices that further facilitate equity. The Museum does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.
- We are a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all qualified candidates to apply for open positions. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its staff and visitors. All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and employment verification, including federally mandated E-verify processes, as required for position.
- Due to the high volume of applications received for internships, hiring managers may only contact you if they are interested in scheduling an interview. Please refrain from calling to inquire about your status in the search.
- Visit CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Internships for further details about the application process, including important deadlines.
- Applications are only accepted online on our career page: CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Employment.