For over 30 years, interns in the Curator's Office have gained valuable curatorial experience while learning about museum practices and the work of the
Supreme Court. The Curator's Office was created by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger in 1973 to record and preserve the Court's history. Our mission is to
promote a greater public understanding and appreciation of the Nation's highest court. To this end, we collect the institution's rich history, share
it with a diverse audience through a variety of programs, and preserve it for future generations.
During their time in the Curator's Office, interns gain a substantial working knowledge of the role and functions of the Supreme Court, its history, and
the architecture of the building. Additionally, all interns regularly conduct tours and Courtroom lectures and staff and the Visitor Desk to assist
visitors. Each intern is also assigned to work with a staff member on curatorial projects, such as cataloguing photographs and objects, assisting with
the management of visitor programs, caring for historic objects, organizing manuscript collections, and conducting research. *
Some administrative support tasks, such as answering phones and working with our computerized reservation system, are required.
* Applicants should be aware that this is not a legal training internship.
As such, it does not involve working with the legal functions of the Court or with cases currently before the Court. However, interns will receive
training on the Court's operations, and, during the period from October to April, may occasionally observe oral arguments.
Terms and Hours Internships are available throughout the year. Applications will be accepted from undergraduate students
who have completed at least four semesters of coursework, and from graduate students. Summer interns serve for a defined, 12-week appointment. During
the fall and spring, start and end dates are flexible to accommodate each student's academic calendar. Candidates may also choose to apply for a 3-5
week winter internship.
During the summer and winter, internships are available for those who can commit to a full-time, 5-day schedule. Spring and fall interns have the option
to work part-time, but must commit to at least three full days per week. Working hours for internships are Monday - Friday from 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
All internships are unpaid. Staff will assist interns by completing necessary paperwork to obtain academic credit for their internship.
Intern Positions & Qualifications Each intern will spend a substantial amount of time working with a staff member
on projects in one of the following three areas: collections management/archives, photography, or visitor programs.
All candidates should be highly motivated individuals who share our passion for collecting knowledge and sharing it with the public. Interns work
closely with our professional staff, but individual projects require a certain degree of self-motivation. Therefore, applicants must display a high
level of maturity and superior judgment.
Examples of Past Intern Projects
- Drafting a visitors' self-guided tour brochure to highlight exhibits and architecture.
- Organizing the family papers, photographs, and memorabilia of Justice Wiley B. Rutledge.
- Digitizing 35mm film taken by the Court Photographers and incorporating scans into the Court's graphic arts collection.
- Cataloguing the Court's silver collection (see photograph at right).
How to Apply
A complete application includes the following:
- Cover Letter
- Explain how your previous experience relates to the work of the Curator's Office, and address what interests you about curatorial work.
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Recommendations should be from individuals familiar with your work ethic and abilities, such as professors, employers or athletic coaches.
- Recommendations must be submitted online directly from the recommender.
Applicants: To apply online, please click here.
Recommenders: To submit a recommendation, please click here.
|Summer Session: March 28th
||Winter 3-5 Week Session: October 15th
|Fall Semester/Quarter: July 15th
||Spring Semester/Quarter: October 15th