Year Round Intern - Union Pacific Museum

Date:  Jun 25, 2024

CO BLUFFS, IA, US, 50000

Reference Number:  1632 
Department: Executive 
Closing Date:  07/31/2024

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The Union Pacific Railroad Museum, located in a historic Beau Arts-style building in downtown Council Bluffs, Iowa; historic Mile 0 for Union Pacific, houses one of the nation's oldest corporate collections. A mix of artifacts, photographs, and documents make up the unique inventory that traces the development of the transcontinental railroad. This internship focuses primarily on the photographs -- approximately 500,000 glass plate negatives, slides, stereocards, film, and prints. The aim is to digitally capture significant photographs to preserve their place in American history for future generations and make them available to universities, cultural institutions, publishers, and exhibitors.


The prospective intern will work to organize, index, rehouse, and digitize photographs using top-of-the-line technology and innovative archival concepts. This well-rounded position will assist with general museum operations, including research, making this internship an ideal choice for students looking to obtain employment in the museum or archival profession. This is a year-round position with a flexible work schedule of approximately twenty hours per week.


Applicants must be currently enrolled in a college degree program with a major discipline declared in Museum Studies, Library Science, History, Public History or Public Administration. Applicants must also have completed four semesters of study in a college degree program. 


  • Organize and prepare collection images identified for digital scanning process. Index and rehouse images as well as apply metadata.

  • Manage digitized scanning project plan. Collaborate with and coordinate internal and external resources to ensure on-time, on-specification, and on-budget delivery of digital assets.

  • Become subject matter expert in the use and application of computerized archive inventory and related software.

  • Monitor digitizing scanning processes and ensure that quality objectives are achieved for image quality and other plan specifications.

  • Assist with general museum operations, historical research and other projects as requested.

Qualifications - Required


  • College credits equivalent to two years towards an undergraduate degree in Museum Studies, Library Science, History, or Public Administration. Must include basic historical research methodology or similar applied experience.

Qualifications - Preferred


  •  1 year(s) experience in computer applications demonstrating proficiency with MS Office software applications (Word, Excel, Power Point, and/or Access).
  • 1 year(s) experience / knowledge in a management / professional position specifically knowledge of digital photographic tools, general photographic techniques, materials and other processes.
  • Basic project management skills
  • Basic analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Basic time management skills

Physical and Mental Job Requirements

Work Conditions


What we offer:

  • A strengths-based, engagement-focused, and performance-oriented culture
  • Ongoing learning and development
  • Wellness and Employee Assistance Programs
  • Competitive compensation 

Inclusion Statement

Union Pacific’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is based on our desire to create an environment where people can be their best, personally and professionally. Our employees are unique individuals. Our diverse perspectives come from many sources including gender, race, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status.

As America's railroad, Union Pacific has an innate responsibility to speak out against all forms of discrimination while creating an environment where all can see themselves belonging and succeeding.