Registration Internship, Fall 2019


Discover the behind-the-scenes workings of a contemporary art museum and sculpture park by assisting in the daily registration duties. Registration interns at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum engage in a wide variety of tasks and gain hands-on experience and valuable insight into the many different and exciting aspects of working in a museum. The intern will assist the Registrar in general, day-to-day collections management duties and special projects to ensure the preservation and safety of the collections. These tasks will include, but are not limited to, updating object records and image files, creating condition reports, data entry on the Mimsy database system, inventorying objects, organizing and re-housing files, and additional projects as needed at the museum or off-site storage facility. The intern may also be called upon to help with other administrative tasks or larger institution wide projects and events as needed. Interns are integral to the success of the museum and as such, they are fully integrated into the museum work environment.


  • Self-motivated museum studies or art history graduate student or upper level undergraduate with future career goals to work in museum registration or collections management.
  • Individual should be detail-oriented and have excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, or multi-task on various projects.
  • Computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office, is essential.
  • Cataloguing and database experience (Mimsy) is preferred.  
  • Ability to perform tasks in a professional manner and with discretion when working with confidential records.
  • Ability to commit to a minimum of two eight-hour days per week for the agreed upon duration of the internship, which typically lasts four months.  

Prospective applicants should be aware that the internship is an unpaid, volunteer position that offers an opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience by learning first-hand about museum work, and personally contributing to preserving the collections for future generations. Applicant should also have a car as public transportation does not service deCordova and interns may be asked to assist with off-site errands. The intern may also occasionally be asked to assist with events or projects occurring in the evening or on the weekend.

How to Apply:
Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume with three references by email to Elizabeth Upenieks ( by August 26.

Apply by:
August 26, 2019