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Students interested in a SHIP position at the Penn Museum must submit 2 applications: one through the Penn Museum's website (due February 11), and one through SHIP (due February 25). 

Applicants to Penn Museum summer internship positions should be interested in anthropology, archaeology, museum practice, cultural heritage, and related disciplines. Internships are comprised of a project-based placement in a museum department and the Museum Practice Program, which includes orientation, weekly lectures, collections tours, field trips to local museums, and final presentations. The Penn Museum strongly encourages applications from students who are members of groups historically underrepresented in careers related to museums and anthropology.

About the Program

Internship Dates: June 3 - August 2, 2024

Weekly Museum Practice Program: Wednesdays 10am -12pm

The program includes orientation, weekly lectures, collections tours, field trips to local museums, and final presentations by interns.

We are currently planning for an in-person summer. Remote/hybrid work may be possible for some projects.


A typical internship schedule is 9:30-4:30pm 3-5 days a week; schedules vary based on supervisor availability and project structure. CURF awardees are required to fulfill 300 hours; the Wednesday morning Museum practice program is required, and those hours count toward the completion of 300 internship hours.

Application Procedure

All applications must be submitted on the Penn Museum’s website by February 11, 2024. Applicants must also complete CURF's SHIP application, the deadline for which is February 25, 2024. Interns are offered positions based on their academic background, professional skills, interests, and career goals as they align with Museum projects which vary from year to year. Finalists will be contacted for interviews and offers will be made early April 2024.

Students can gather more information on the Penn Museum website.

Applicants must apply directly to the Penn Museum through their online internship application as well as through the SHIP application.