Registration Intern

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Oakland Museum of California


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Oakland, CA 94607

Job Description: 

The Oakland Museum of California strives to provide innovative learning opportunities to students of diverse backgrounds and areas of study that are interested in working with a multidisciplinary museum that puts visitors and community at the center of our work.


The Oakland Museum of California values are fundamental to our institutional culture and guide our work together.


Excellence: We are committed to excellence and working at the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.


Community: We believe everyone should feel welcome and part of our community, both within the Museum and with our visitors and neighbors.


Innovation: We embrace innovation and calculated risk-taking to achieve our mission.


Commitment: Our work at the Museum demonstrates a sense of purpose and a shared accountability for the institution's success.

Position Description

The Registration Intern will participate in the processing and care of the OMCA's collection, working closely with OMCA registrars to learn best practices and museum standards in collections management. The intern will support the registration department with accessions, loans, collections documentation, object handling and data reconciliation. The intern will gain familiarity with the CollectionSpace (OMCA'S collections management system). Special projects may include acetate negative rehousing, processing, digitizing, cataloging, and preparation for move to cold storage; collections moves and rehousing; and collections management approaches for objects with poor documentation.


Educational Objective:

Through this internship we will to provide learning opportunities and hands-on experience in the areas of museum artifact handling and storage practice, and photograph preservation. The intern will gain additional knowledge related to registration and collections activities and have the opportunity to work with curatorial and conservation staff.

Under the close supervision of the Registrar the intern will learn about and gain direct experience in:


  • Inventorying collections objects and creating accompanying documentation
  • Creating and editing digital catalog records
  • Tracking and updating object locations
  • Rehousing collections objects in archival housing
  • Digitizing and photographing collection objects
  • Assisting with management of collection records






  • Interest in Registration and Collections field in a Museum
  • Current student or recent graduate in an accredited Museum Studies four year or graduate studies program


  • Basic experience with museum object handling
  • Attention to detail and strong organization
  • Familiarity with PC & Macintosh platforms, skills in MS Office and Google Suite
  • Collections experience in a museum setting strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with collections management software preferred
  • At least 18 years of age



Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to the following:

  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds



  • Paid hourly rate
  • Free one year annual membership including cafe and store discounts
  • Cultural Connections Membership


We are happy to work with your educational institution to provide credit for this internship.



The Oakland Museum of California is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to apply for available employment, internship, fellowship and volunteer positions at the Museum, as we aim to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community.




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