Employer: Nordica Memorial Association
Internship Number: 557
Internship Title: Curatorial Research Assistant
Location: Farmington, Maine
Period of Engagement: Summer
Compensation: $250
Description of the Internship:
The Nordica Memorial Association, a non-profit organization, was founded in the 1920’s with the mission of preserving the artifacts and memory of Lillian Nordica (Norton), who was a Farmington native and a world-famous opera star – the most famous person to have ever come from Farmington.  As opera has become a less popular musical form, the memory of her fame has faded.  The Association’s mission is to preserve that memory as well as her home, her artifacts, and her legacy.
The Nordica Museum, an 1840’s Cape on Holley Road and Madame Nordica’s birthplace, contains a large collection of her artifacts and memorabilia.  The grounds of the museum were a part of the old Norton farmstead, including an historical barn and acreage consisting of fields and woods.  The Museum is open to the public from June 1st through Labor Day, 1-5pm.The Nordica Memorial Association is seeking student interns to work 4-6 hours per week assisting with a project to create a detailed digital inventory of the Nordica Homestead Museum.  Given the size of the collection, it is anticipated the project will be ongoing for approximately two years.  The project could also be appropriate for an undergraduate research project.

For more information about Madame Nordica and the Nordica Memorial Association, visit their website at:  http://www.lilliannordica.com/

Responsibilities:
  • The intern will use Microsoft Excel software for cataloguing the inventory. Interns may also assist with the maintenance and storage of the collection.
  • The intern may also assist in day-to-day museum operations such as giving tours when the museum is open.
  • This internship will allow students to learn basic museum curatorial tasks and gain an understanding of the maintenance and operation of a small museum.

The student intern will also assist in day-to-day museum operations such as giving tours during the summer, etc.

This internship will allow students to learn basic museum curatorial tasks and gain an understanding of the maintenance and operation of a small museum.

Qualifications:
  • Sophomore level or higher
  • Detail-oriented with good time management skills
  • Interest in museum curating, music, or history would be preferred
  • An interview with qualified, interested candidates will be conducted
Application Process:
Application is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.
Complete and submit the Partnership’s Internship Application Form online.
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