Volunteer Internships

Winterthur offers curriculum-based, staff-level internships to qualified college students, recent graduates, and graduate students. These internships are intensive educational and professional experiences that often offer academic credit. Interns work with professionals to develop job skills as well as to discover the inner workings of a major decorative arts institution.

The following descriptions are designed to give a general overview of what an intern may experience in certain divisions and departments. The actual work that an intern completes may vary from the description below according to the needs of the museum and the requirements of the intern.


Current Internship opportunities:


Pollinator Project Internship: The Delaware Bee Walkers are gearing up to do pollinator observations at Winterthur in the new Brown’s Woods Meadow.  They are looking for an intern to assist with data entry.  

The ideal intern would be an individual who is interested in nature and specifically entomology. The bee walkers will be doing observations starting Tuesday May 24th.  They collect data on the types of bees they see on blooms and the data is entered on an EXCEL spread sheet and also on a national data base.  The intern would be welcome to participate in the observations approximately 2 hours each week every other week but the central task to be done by the intern is transferring information on the number and types of bees observed into the data sheets which have already been developed and also entering the data into a national data base.  Office space is available at Winterthur or the intern could complete the work off site.  

Qualifications: Knowledge and facility with EXCEL and ability to utilize web applications. Knowledge of entomology preferred but candidates with an interest in nature and bees with a willingness to learn will be considered.

Project duration: May 24 through September 2016. Please send cover and resume to Volunteer Manager, Tricia Davies tdavie@winterthur.org



Registration Summer Intern and Fall Intern: Seeking a graduate or undergraduate intern to work in the Museum Registration Department (Summer, June-August and Fall, September-December). Both positions are 1 to 2 days per week, unpaid.

Duties may include:

  • Museum collections inventory
  • Museum database editing
  • Collections processing, numbering, basic photography
  • Other projects as available

Museum collections management coursework and/or some prior experience working with museum collections preferred. Legible handwriting, attention to detail, and good computer skills required. To apply please email letter of interest and resume to Beth Parker Miller, Registrar, bparke@winterthur.org Summer internship deadline: April 29, 2016 or until filled. Fall internship deadline: May 30, 2016 or until filled.







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