2023 Collections Intern- summer


Join the team at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West for an unforgettable summer learning experience! Taliesin West is a World Heritage site and one of the most frequently visited travel destinations in Arizona. 

Sharply focused on ensuring our local, regional, national, and international audiences feel welcome to explore, engage in, understand and financially support the historic spaces of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin and Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation inspires people to discover and embrace an architecture for better living through meaningful connection to nature, the arts and each other. In Wright's own words, our vision is "to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme and meaning to life." 

The Collections Summer Residential Internship is a unique opportunity to spend 2 months living and working at Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece in Scottsdale, Arizona, being provided with an inspiring learning opportunity with “real world” museum experience. The work will be a mix of building skills around museum, archival, and library collections including cataloging, condition reporting, inventorying, writing finding aids and research guides – all of which relate to the full spectrum of historic artifacts and materials that capture the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. NOTE: this position is approximately 8 weeks in duration (estimated to be mid-June through mid-August 2023) and includes both onsite housing on the Taliesin West campus and an hourly stipend of $13.85/hour for up to 30 hours of work weekly. This year’s program will accommodate up to 3 internship participants for the season.

Essential Functions:

  • A range of projects will be available for interns to select based on interest in archives or museums. Interns can select to stay on one track, or work on various projects in each field. Examples include: 
  • Processing archival collections including inventory, arranging, rehousing, and describing archival materials.
  • Fully cataloging art collection materials such as prints or drawings.
  • Assisting in a collection move into a new storage space.
  • Assisting in research requests and other activities that will further the Intern’s knowledge and experience. 
  • Working collaboratively with Collections and Foundation staff and other interns as projects and programs warrant.
  • Collaborating with Collections department staff members including the Curator, Registrar, Librarian, and other professionals under their guidance and within a learning environment.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.


Minimum Requirements:

Enrollment in a graduate-level library, museum studies, or related field; eligibility for university credit may exist depending on the academic internship requirements of the intern’s degree program (inquire for more details).

Proficiency in basic computer operation, navigation of online web services and applications, and utilization of software programs including Microsoft Office within a Windows environment.

Demonstrated high levels of motivation, capable of working in a high energy environment, a creative and flexible thinker, able to work independently and within a supportive team, demonstrate attention to detail, and have strong research and organizational skills.

The successful candidate must be able to lift 40 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

An interest in the field of architecture and related disciplines, and the work of Frank Lloyd Wright overall.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. 

  • Physical Demands: While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and consistently talk or hear; and rarely taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.  
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather and desert environmental conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • OSHA Risk Classification for COVID-19 Exposure: Lower Risk (Caution): This position has minimal occupational contact with the public and other co-workers and is therefore determined to fall within the Lower Risk category as defined by OSHA. To further minimize risk, employees are required to follow the Foundation's Safe and Healthy Workplace guidelines and related personal and facility infection control policies.