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Intern, Anthropology Collections, Repatriation, and Registration

The Field Museum is a not-for-profit museum located on Chicago’s Museum Campus. In the Field's 125+ year history, which started in 1893 at the World’s Columbian Exposition in the “White City,” we have engaged in research on all seven continents, cultivated a collection of over 40 million specimens and objects, engaged with hundreds of thousands of students from Chicago and the surrounding areas, and welcomed millions of visitors to the Museum each year. We accomplish this through the efforts of our dynamic and diverse staff of not only scientists and educators, but also front line staff in Visitor Services and Membership, Protection Services, Facility Planning and Operations, as well as behind the scenes support staff. 
The Field Museum is searching for two paid summer interns for our Anthropology Collections Department to join our team!
Interns will assist in documenting and digitally managing a specialized collection within the Biological Anthropology section of Anthropology collections. This paid internship will be offered full-time (35-hours / week) and will be completed over the course of approximately 12 consecutive weeks. The project is designed to train future anthropologists, registrars, and museum studies students in both the technical and ethical aspects of caring for collections containing sensitive material. Anticipated duties include scanning catalog records, data collection, documentation, and entry, as well as management of resulting data in the Museum’s KE EMu database system. Other duties include collections care, rehousing, digital photography, and transcription of handwritten documents. Therefore, selected interns should demonstrate an ability to engage and interact with sensitive materials, including handling human remains, and be able to read script (cursive) handwriting.

  • Must be actively enrolled or have graduated within 6 months prior to the internship
  • Must be comfortable handling human tissue
  • Must be comfortable engaging with difficult historical information / references to past
  • language that is now considered offensive or harmful
  • Must be able to read script (cursive) handwriting


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Important Note: In order to protect the health and safety of our employees, guests and their families, the Field Museum is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions from the vaccine will not be considered as given the nature of this position, we are unable to provide an accommodation for anyone who has not been vaccinated. 
The Field Museum is an equal opportunity workplace and employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or any other protected class. We strive to create a working environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and one that promotes human dignity and mutual respect among all staff. We believe every member of our organization enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, to identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions.

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