Cell Block 7 Museum Professional Intern – Ella Sharp Museum

The Ella Sharp Museum is pleased to offer internship opportunities for qualified post-secondary students as well as those between degree programs to intern in various museum divisions throughout the year. No housing or stipend is offered for these internships. Students are responsible for arranging academic credit with their sponsoring institutions.

We are currently seeking a Cell Block 7 Museum Professional Intern. This internship will provide the applicant with a wide array of museum experiences. Based on the applicant’s area of interest (collections, exhibits, interpretation, education, etc.), their experience can be enhanced beyond the listed responsibilities through a project coordinated by the Museum Manager

Responsibilities for this position are as follows:

  • Become fluent in the historical interpretation of Cell Block 7 and the Michigan Prison system
  • Have a general understanding of the history and operations of the Ella Sharp Museum
  • Conduct guided tours of Cell Block 7.
  • Participate in Cell Block 7 and Ella Sharp Museum events. This includes working during the Ella Sharp’s annual Art, Beer and Wine festival.
  • Assist in research, design and installation of future exhibitions and educational programs.
  • Work in Past Perfect Software to manage collections records in the database.
  • Admissions and customer service activities including ticketing and cash register management.
  • Assist in cleaning and maintenance of museum.
  • Help in other museum duties as needed or assigned.


  • Applicant should have a degree in or be pursuing a degree in history, art, museum studies or a related field. Undergraduate and Graduate levels accepted.
  • Applicant must be detail-oriented, able to follow instructions accurately and be able to use good judgement in executing the proper handling of artifacts.
  • Excellent research, writing, communication, customer service and computer skills are required.
  • Must have a clear criminal background and be able to pass a MDOC background check.

Time commitment:

15-20 hours per week
Wednesday - Sunday
May 15th-August 4th (12 Weeks)

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to the Intern Administrator, Jena Smoyer at jenas@ellasharp.org, by March 31, 2017 at NOON.

Posted on the MMA website 3/10.

 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Michigan Museums Association       313-334-7643       PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721      lcbrisson@michiganmuseums.org

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