Collections Intern (Library)


About the International Museum of Surgical Science:

The International Museum of Surgical Science (IMSS) is the only museum in North America devoted to the art and science of surgery. A division of the International College of Surgeons, IMSS was established in 1954 by pioneering surgeon and fine art photographer Max Thorek. Four floors of exhibits housed in a historic lakefront mansion portray the ancient and modern healing practices of Eastern and Western civilizations—from acupuncture to x-rays—through artifacts, fine art, and archival materials.


About the International Museum of Surgical Science’s Internships:

The International Museum of Surgical Science offers two five-month internships in the Fall (August – December), and in the Spring (February – June). Internships are offered in the Museum’s Library and Permanent Collection, and intended to support applicants with Collections Management backgrounds, or a strong interest in Museum or Library careers. These internships are best suited for applicants having just completed an undergraduate degree, or in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.


About the Collections Internship (Library):

The Collections Intern (Library) will work with the Museum’s Exhibit and Development Manager to clarify the Museum’s library catalogue, implement provisional conservation policies, and publicly report on progress via the Museum blog.

Ideal candidate holds their undergraduate degree in library / information science, history, history of art, museum studies or related field, is currently pursuing such a degree, or has equivalent experience. Ideal candidate works well with minimal supervision, and has a strong interest in libraries and museum collections.



Internship Requirements


Applicants must be willing to commit at least one full day per week during the Internship Period.

The International Museum of Surgical Science does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.


Important Dates


Application Period: December 11, 2017 - January 4, 2018

Determination: January 18, 2018

Internship Period: February 1, 2018 - June 15, 2018



How to Apply


Required Internship Application Materials:

  • Statement of Intent / Cover Letter: Statement must address the following 3 prompts:

    • Do you have a background working with Libraries or Museum Collections? If not, what is your interest in this internship?

    • What in particular interests you about the International Museum of Surgical Science’s library?

    • In what ways do you hope to benefit from this internship?

  • C.V. or Résumé

  • Writing Sample (500 words maximum)

  • 3 References

    • For each reference, please include (1) Name (2) Relationship to Applicant (3) Years Acquainted and (4) E-mail Address & Telephone Number

Please send application materials as attachments to:

Subject Line: Library Internship Application

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Monica Stokes
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone Number: