The Restoration Intern will assist the Manager of Restoration Services and the Restoration Technician in restoring Museum vehicles; maintaining Museum vehicles; and restoring and preserving vehicles that do not run. This is a paid internship opportunity. Specific duties include:
Assisting in the repair of damaged, aged, or otherwise incomplete vehicles, with specific duties depending on the background and skills of the intern. Restoration activities include (a) fabricating components for chassis, frames, brackets, and other support and mechanical components; (b) repairing minor dents; (c) paint touch-ups; (d) rebuilding engine components; and (e) routine vehicle maintenance.
Assisting with the restoration of vehicles that are official Museum restoration projects from time to time, by assisting restoration staff in taking the car apart as a prelude to engine repairs and paintwork. Specific assignments will depend on the nature of the project and the intern’s skills.
Assisting Manger of Restoration Services and Restoration Technician with the maintenance program for all running Museum vehicles.
Assisting with the documentation of repairs of Foundation vehicles and maintenance of files.
Assisting Restoration Services staff with managing the Indianapolis Historic Racing Exhibition and running of historical race cars.
Organizing tools, equipment, and materials as needed.
Assisting in the transport of vehicles to local venues and between Museum storage sites.
Participating in meetings and training programs with respect to Restoration Services.
Basic knowledge of automobile repair and maintenance.
High school graduate or GED equivalent required; classes and training toward a certification or Associates Degree in automotive engine design and repair, auto maintenance and repair, and/or bodywork required, with at least 20 hours of class credit or equivalent training required.
Experience and interest in older engine systems and body construction techniques preferred.
Excellent attention to detail and high accuracy rate required.
Basic skills in use of basic power tools for engine and body work; and knowledge of wiring and similar technical skills and knowledge preferred. Experience and/or training in welding, fabrication, use of metal lathe and mills would be a plus, but not required.
Current driver’s license valid in Indiana.
Interest in motorsports preferred.
Knowledge of and experience using MICROSOFT Office products (WORD and EXCEL).
Problem solving skills: ability to see and diagnose a problem and determine how to fix it.
Ability to communicate with a variety of individuals on technical matters.
Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues with, in some cases, close supervision.
Ability to handle basic tasks with minimal supervision once own abilities are proven.
Maintains confidentiality of proprietary, confidential, and sensitive information.
Has high degree of personal and professional integrity; acts in ethical manner and avoids conflicts of interest.
Ability to prioritize projects and adjust priorities due to changing needs and circumstances; recognizes when to involve supervisor in decision-making about priorities.
Follows through promptly and delivers work product on-time and in acceptable condition/quality.
Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people.
Keeps colleagues and supervisors informed of progress of tasks, as well as issues that require supervisor’s resolution.
Knows when to ask questions to seek guidance and when to move forward on his or her own.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
Must work all or a part of one or both days on weekends in May and during select other events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, or as may periodically be requested and/or necessary. Must be able to lift 40 pounds, push vehicles (with assistance of others), work underneath cars, bend over engine bays, and otherwise work at sometimes awkward angles or positions. Due to potential work-related exposure to chemicals, awareness of and adherence to Hazard Communication and Personal Protective Equipment written programs is expected.
Internal Number: RESTO01127
About Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the oldest and most revered motorsport facilities in the world. Constructed in 1909 five miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis, it was included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum (IMSM) was established in 1956. The Museum offers 37,500 square feet of exhibit space featuring cars, trophies, photographs, racing records, memorabilia, and fine art to interpret the national and international significance of motorsports. We welcome more than 165,000 visitors through our doors 363 days a year and have been named one of USA Today’s top-three best sports attractions in the country.
The Museum’s collection encompasses race cars from many series: IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula 1, Sprint, Midget, motorcycle races, and drag racing. It also includes a variety of passenger automobiles, many of which were manufactured in Indiana by companies that once had ties to racing. These include spectacular examples of Duesenberg, Marmon, and Stutz marques, as well as Ferrari, Mercedes, and a variety of other European passenger car makers. The collection e...ncompasses motorcycles, dragsters, cars and other vehicles that have set world land speed records at various points in history.
Motor racing will be a revered aspect of our American heritage and a valued part of family culture for generations to come.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation celebrates more than a century of the innovation, thrill and adventure of motor racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.