Collections Assistant, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA

The Berkshire Museum, located in downtown Pittsfield MA in the center of the beautiful and culture-rich Berkshires, interprets a unique collection of historic artifacts, scientific specimens, and fine and decorative arts that you won’t find anywhere else. Our mission is to bring people together for experiences that spark curiosity and innovative thinking by making inspiring connections between art, science, and natural history, both inside the walls of our historic 1903 building and throughout our community. Learn more at www.berkshiremuseum.org.

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION: The Collections Assistant will support the Collections Department with on-going projects related to the upkeep and organization of Berkshire Museum’s interdisciplinary collection of approximately 40,000 objects. Intern will learn how the front-end operations of collection management work at a museum.

Tasks may include:

  • Assist in cataloguing, photographing, and condition reporting objects
  • Learn and develop skills in object handling and prep, and collection accession
  • Assist in maintenance of database through data entry and accessioning projects
  • Assist in conducting object and provenance research using the PastPerfect database, accession records, and other sources.
Prior experience requested.

PERIOD OF INTERNSHIP/EMPLOYMENT: Summer 2019

PAY TYPE: Unpaid

OPPORTUNITY TYPE: Internship

JOB STATUS: Part-time

LOCATION: Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield MA

APPLICATION DUE DATE: Rolling

REQUIRED DEGREE: Art History, Museum Studies, or related field. Prior collections experience recommended.

CONTACT: Kendra Knisley

HOW TO APPLY: Send resume and cover letter to kknisley@berkshiremuseum.org.