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Preservation & Curatorial Intern, SS United States Conservancy (Philadelphia, PA)
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - historic preservation, maritime history, curatorial, museum planning
Contributed By: Allee Davis
Website: https://www.ssusc.org/

Preservation & Curatorial Intern, SS United States Conservancy (Philadelphia, PA)
SS United States Conservancy | Employment Opportunities
Preservation & Curatorial Intern

Who we are
: The SS United States Conservancy, a national nonprofit organization founded in 2004, is dedicated to protecting, revitalizing, and promoting the historic ocean liner SS United States, the largest passenger ship ever built in America and current holder of the transatlantic speed record. “America’s Flagship” transported four U.S. presidents, business moguls, movie stars, tourists, artists and authors, and immigrants, and the vessel is one of the sole surviving iconic ocean liners from the golden age of trans-Atlantic travel.

The SS United States Conservancy purchased the SS United States in February of 2011 and is currently working to secure her future as a mixed-use, stationary development which will include a SS United States museum. The Conservancy is moving full speed ahead on its goals of building its permanent collection of archives, art, and artifacts from the SS United States. Our dedicated staff is always diligently exploring how to best preserve, celebrate, and disseminate the range of items in the Conservancy’s collections through not only various social media platforms but also through unique opportunities and partnerships with museums, institutions, and other organizations.

Guided by a prominent board of directors and advisory council, the Conservancy currently has a small team based in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and New York. The organization has members hailing from all 50 states and 22 nations worldwide.

For more information about the organization and its mission, visit www.ssusc.org.

What we are looking for: The SS United States Conservancy is currently recruiting for a part-time Preservation & Curatorial Intern to work remotely and/or be based in its Philadelphia office.

The Preservation & Curatorial Intern will work with Conservancy staff to develop and disseminate its permanent collection of art, artifacts, and objects and assist in shipboard museum planning. Tasks will include drafting and editing descriptions of the Conservancy's collections for digital and print outreach and display, assisting with museum planning surveys and research, scanning historic documents and photographs, culling and summarizing highlights from the Conservancy’s archive of passenger lists and other documents from the SS United States, and conducting research on specific historic topics. Additionally, the intern will help devise and implement fundraising and outreach strategies for an oral history initiative. Other responsibilities may include some administrative and editorial duties such as responding to member inquiries, updating databases, and editing documents.

Qualifications
  • Ability to work remotely with a personal computer available for use. The ideal candidate should have a strong self-starter attitude with a keen attention to detail.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, and Google Drive. Experience with Adobe Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign would be advantageous.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills are essential.
  • Ability to generate and contribute to creative and effective problem-solving strategies. 
  • Preference will be given to candidates pursuing a master’s degree in historic preservation or museum studies.
Commitment: 10-15 hours per week. (This internship can be combined with other part-time work or internship opportunities.) 

Remuneration: Expenses and hourly stipend.

Start Date and Duration: Negotiable.

These positions offer excellent opportunities for professional and personal development with practical, hands-on experience and mentoring. To apply, please send resume and cover letter to positions[at]ssusc.org with “Preservation & Curatorial Intern” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to respond to each individual applicant. Qualified candidates will be contacted by one of our staff members to arrange a phone interview.



Keywords: historic preservation, maritime history, curatorial, museum planning

Posted: April 11, 2020
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