Supreme Court Summer Internships

Supreme Court of the United States
Office of the Curator
Paid Summer Internships
The Office of the Curator at the Supreme Court of the United States is seeking paid interns interested in history, art history, museum education, archives, and museum studies for the summer of 2010. All positions are full-time, 90 day appointments paid at the rate of $14.64 per hour. Only rising juniors or seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students are eligible.
For over 30 years, interns in the Curator’s Office have gained valuable hands-on experience while learning about various museum practices and the role of a federal curatorial office. In addition to working on one of the projects described below, all interns in the Curator’s Office will be trained to conduct tours and lectures for visitors; therefore also gaining a substantial working knowledge of the role and functions of the Supreme Court, its rich history, and the architecture of the Building.
2010 Summer Internship Projects
Photography Cataloging:
Assist in ongoing effort to make the Court’s collection of photographs accessible to staff and researchers by helping to build a database of digital images. Work with the Court Photographer to scan and enter data on photographs documenting events at the Supreme Court and assist in responding to requests for images/permission to use images from the Court’s collection.
Excellent organizational skills, typing/data entry skills, and ability to communicate clearly in writing required; familiarity with databases and photo imaging software, public speaking experience, and customer service experience desired.
Visitor Programs:
Assist visitor services staff with projects evaluating public programs and visitor orientation to the Supreme Court Building. Research and develop short presentations and materials for visitors on Court history, architecture, and portraits of Justices.
Excellent research and writing skills, public speaking experience, and exceptional interpersonal skills required; teaching and/or museum education/interpretation experience desirable.
Collections Management/Archives:
Assist collections managers with cataloguing the Court’s collection of 15,000+ graphic arts objects. Produce high-quality digital copies of images and conduct research using resources at the Court and Library of Congress. Organize and catalogue collections of papers and ephemera related to past Justices.
Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and computer skills necessary. Previous experience with collections and/or knowledge of collections management principles and practice and experience with The Museum System (TMS) software is a plus.
How to Apply:
The following materials must be submitted together via fax at (202) 479-2926:
♦ Cover Letter
− Explain how your previous experience relates to the work of this office and address what interests you about the work of a curatorial office.
− You MUST state date you are available to begin work.
− Indicate interest in one of the specific project areas.
♦ Resume
♦ Federal Form 612 (
− You do not need to fill out Section A, questions 1-3
− You MUST sign and date the form in section G.
♦ Federal Form 306 ( )
− You MUST sign and date the form at question 17a.
The following materials should be submitted separately according to the directions below:
♦ Two letters of recommendation
− Recommendations should be from individuals familiar with your work ethic and abilities, such as professors, employers, or athletic coaches.
− Recommenders should submit letters directly to Please include the applicants name in the subject line.
Return Applications to:
Gwen Fernandez
Visitor Programs Manager
Office of the Curator
Supreme Court of the United States
Fax: (202) 479-2926
Select candidates will be contacted for telephone or in-person interviews in late March and all applicants will be notified of their status by mid-April. Please note that final internship offers are subject to successful completion of a background check.
Questions? Contact us at Due to the volume of applications we are not able answer telephone requests or inquiries.

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017

Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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