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Collections Internship - Science Fiction (Unpaid)


Collections Intern - Science Fiction (Unpaid)


Katherine Hughes, Registrar


January 2019


10-weeks, though this is a scalable project and the intern may elect to extend to a 2nd quarter


9 - 12 hours a week


Jack Gaughan was a preeminent science fiction and fantasy illustrator. In 2014 his entire professional archive was gifted to the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) by his estate. Included in the gift were 90 sketchbooks that span Gaughan’s entire career. MoPOP is seeking an intern to photograph the sketchbooks while adding finding aid details for each book. A finding aid process was previously developed which the intern will follow. This is a scalable project and ideally the intern would complete 3-6 sketchbooks during the course of the internship.

Job Duties:

  • Digitally photograph each page of the sketchbook
  • Name, crop, and upload each image to designated folder on the MoPOP server
  • Work with MoPOP Collections team on adding finding aid details for each sketchbook
  • Other duties as assigned

Learning Opportunities

  • This is an excellent opportunity to work with a small, focused collection that spans one artist’s entire career
  • The intern will gain experience in artifact handling, digital photography, and finding aid creation

Position Requirements

  • Current college or graduate student ideally pursuing Museology or Library Science coursework/career
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for the mission of the MoPOP—passion for science fiction and fantasy literature a plus!
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Strong communication and time management skills
  • Organized, detail-oriented, a self-starter
  • Proficiency using MS Office Suite
  • Ability to think creatively and come up with resourceful ideas and solutions
  • Ability to commit to 9-12 hours a week preferred; with some flexibility regarding terms and hours


Email a cover letter and resume to with the title “Collections Internship - Science Fiction.”