Heurich House Museum Fall Collections Internship – Washington, D.C. – Unpaid

About the Heurich House Museum

The Heurich House Museum preserves the legacy of Christian Heurich and enriches the creative economy of Washington, DC. The private non-profit Heurich House Museum preserves the historic Heurich House mansion as a museum and community center. The mansion, which was built from 1892-94, was the home of German immigrant, local brewer, and philanthropist Christian Heurich (1842-1945). Recognized as Washington, DC’s most successful brewer, he ran the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. until his death at 102. The mansion is notable for its technological innovations, original interiors, and rich archival collection of one of the most important local families. The museum is open for regular public events and public tours. Private tours and event rentals are also available.

The museum educates the public about the life and times of Christian Heurich and promotes a deeper understanding of late-Victorian architecture, technological innovation in the built environment, the brewing industry of Washington, DC, and the German immigrant experience in America.

The Heurich House Museum is seeking a Collections Intern to assist the Collections Manager with collections-related projects. The ideal candidate should be willing to jump into any task, get their hands dirty, ask questions, and have a good attitude.

Job Description

The Collections Manager oversees the stewardship of the Heurich House Museum’s collections, archives, and research materials. Under the supervision of the Collections Manager, the Collections Intern will work in coordination with staff, guides, and volunteers in a variety of capacities and on a range of tasks, which may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Photographing, inventorying, and cataloging collections; 
  • Monitoring and recording of environmental conditions (temperature, relative humidity, lighting, etc.); 
  • Processing donations and incoming loans; 
  • Aiding in the installation and de-installation of exhibited collections; 
  • Helping with basic collection maintenance, including cleaning;
  • Other collections-related projects as assigned. 

This is an internship for credit only. Interns must be able to complete this for college or university credit.

Required Experience, Skills, and Availability

  • Must be enrolled in a B.A., M.A., or graduate degree program at a college or university of recognized standing with major course work in museum studies or related field 
  • Self-starter and team player
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Creative problem solver and highly organized
  • Good attitude
  • Availability on weekdays required – Preferred availability Mondays through Wednesdays (hours between 10am to 6pm)
  • Number of hours per week is flexible based on program requirements

Email resume, cover letter, and 1-2 page writing sample to hr@heurichhouse.org. No phone calls.

The Heurich House Museum values diversity of culture and thought and seeks talented, qualified employees in all its operations regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age or any other protected classification under country or local law.