Title: Museum Research Intern (Long Term)
Location: USGA Golf Museum, 77 Liberty Corner Rd., Far Hills, NJ 07931
Position Timeframe: February through August, 2018
The USGA Golf Museum, the nation’s first sports museum, preserves and celebrates the history of the game to enhance the enjoyment of golfers, golf fans, and sports fans worldwide. Its collection of more than 70,000 artifacts, 500,000 photographs, a growing library and a robust video archive support ongoing efforts to bring golf history to life through education, outreach, and scholarship.
If you’re interested in working with a team of dedicated history and museum professionals in a distinctive internship setting, the USGA Golf Museum may be for you. The USGA Museum Research Intern will assist with a comprehensive report through research and data compilation. The materials you collect, organize and catalogue, along with the report your research will serve as the seminal resource on topics important to health and advancement of the game. In addition to gaining hands-on experience working with the world’s premier collection of golf library materials, this role provides the unique opportunity to perform groundbreaking, in-depth research on a subject that intersects both history and science.
This latter part of the internship will also feature a Professional Development focus where the intern will have an opportunity to participate in Panel Discussions (Leadership & Former Interns), learn more about our broader organization by being exposed to "Day in the Life of" job overviews, participating in community service and social activities, and the opportunity to complete and present a capstone project for senior leaders and management.
What you can expect:
The goal of the internship is to assist with a comprehensive report through research and data compilation.
- Search for and compile data, both statistical and anecdotal, from a wide variety of library materials
- Review primary and secondary sources, including early periodicals, industry reports, newspaper articles and books, for all relevant data in a detailed and methodical manner
- Determine relevant data and note trends for further research
- Compile data for review and synthesis; will include digitally cataloguing data and maintaining records of reviewed sources
- Working closely with the USGA Historian regarding direction of and sub-topics for research, use of sources and final product
What you bring to the USGA:
- Experience with long-term, in-depth research projects (required)
- Preferred areas of study include history, anthropology, sociology, American studies, art history, or other research-intensive disciplines. Non-traditional backgrounds will be considered if candidate shows strength in other areas.
- Knowledge of navigating library resources, comfortable with primary source documents
- High attention to detail, extremely methodical, strong time-management skills
- Ability to sit, read for prolonged periods of time
- Ability to identify, gather and summarize important information
- Basic knowledge of golf (preferred)
About the USGA:
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.
The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
The United States Golf Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer