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Artistic Property Summer Intern

Recruitment #16-005302-0001


The Maryland State Archives is recruiting for Summer Internship candidates. Any High school, undergraduate or graduate level college students are eligible to apply.  It is not necessary to be a history major to participate in the program, and students of other disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Interested students may apply for more than one internship opportunity and will be considered for each internship applied for.

As the historical agency for Maryland, the State Archives is the central depository for government records of permanent value.  Records date from the founding of the Maryland Colony in 1634 to the present day. The State Archives identifies, appraises, acquires, describes, preserves, and makes physically and electronically available (in a secure and dynamic environment) the permanent records of Maryland’s past, while providing reliable current information to citizens and public officials for the better administration of Maryland government and understanding of Maryland history.  

The Archives describes Maryland state, county, and municipal government agencies, and their origin, functions, structure, personnel, historical evolution, reports, and other aspects of Maryland and its history; and encourages the study of Maryland government and history.  The agency also serves as the custodian of the state's fine art collections.

The Maryland Commission on Artistic Property is the official custodian of all valuable paintings and other decorative arts owned by or loaned to the state. The Commission provides for the acquisition, location, proper care, custody, restoration, display, interpretation and preservation of these paintings and decorative arts. The Maryland Commission on Artistic Property of the Maryland State Archives is the official custodian of the state-owned art collection, as well as fine and decorative arts owned by or loaned to the State. The goal of the Commission is to make the collection accessible to the public through preservation, conservation, display and interpretation.

The collection comprises of more than 4,000 objects including paintings, sculptures decorative art objects, works on paper and furniture dating from the thirteenth century to the present day. The collection is rich in portraiture of Maryland governors, legislators and first ladies.

Many of these works of art are displayed in the Maryland State House, Government House and other public buildings throughout the Annapolis complex.  




Edward C. Papenfuse Archives Building

350 Rowe Blvd Annapolis, MD 21401.

Some assignments may require regular off-site work.

Main Purpose of Job

The intern's responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, assisting Artistic Property staff in a variety of collection management tasks, researching and cataloging artifacts, database processing, art handling, updating the collections web-site, and management of object and administrative records.


Interns are expected to work 35 hours per week, starting on Wednesday, June 1st through Tuesday, August 9th.


In order to be considered for an internship, you must: Be a current student or recent graduate (within the last year) of high school, undergraduate studies or graduate studies


The following must be submitted prior to the closing deadline in order to be considered for the internship.  If submissions are missing, the application will be removed from consideration.  Late submissions will not be accepted. Along with the online application, applicants must submit:

· Cover letter- (statement, in the form of a letter explaining how you will benefit from the program and how the agency will benefit from your participation)

· Academic transcripts, both undergraduate and graduate, if applicable.

· A letter of recommendation from a faculty member from current or most recent school

· An academic writing sample to display strong writing ability for content, clarity, and grammar. (Copy of a paper written for class is acceptable.)


The preferred candidate should be an upper-level undergraduate or graduate student, with coursework in museum studies, collections management, history, art history or archival studies and will be able to demonstrate strong time-management, the ability to work independently, but able to gauge when it's important to ask for clarification on a project, as well as research, basic computer, communication and organization skills



Job opportunities within the Maryland State Archives are now accessible through JobAps, the Statewide Recruitment, Examination and Applicant Tracking System.  

The online application process is STRONGLY preferred.   

By using the department filter and highlighting “State Archives”, you can view all active recruitments within the agency.  First-time users can register for an account by selecting a position to apply for, choosing “I am a new user” at the bottom, then keying in the necessary fields.    

If online access is not available, you may submit a paper application and resume, to:

Maryland State Archives

350 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis, Maryland  21401

Attn:  Emily Squires or

FAX:  410-974-3895

All materials must include the applicant's name and the job number and must be received by 5:00 p.m. of the closing date.

We thank our veterans for their service to our country and encourage them to apply.

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the state’s diversity.