More Professional Numismatists Guild interns have been hired and additional internship applications are being accepted, PNG announced Tuesday, June 9, 2015. PNG is also offering its online education courses to anyone, whether or not they want to become an intern.
Highlighting the strength of the mentoring program that was established with PNG’s 2014 launch of its Promoting Numismatic Growth initiative, five of the original seven interns have full-time numismatic careers. The two latest are Evan Brooke, age 30, and Ian Connor, age 22.
Brooke is now a grader at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (www.NGCcoin.com) and Connor is working for coin dealer Jay King of Logansport, Indiana.
"I feel incredibly lucky to have been chosen by the PNG to take part in this amazing internship program," Brooke said. "You could not buy the knowledge and connections I have made in the past year."
"There is no doubt in my mind the most valuable part of the PNG experience is the people you meet and work with on a daily basis. The experts you cross paths with at all companies is something that is invaluable and extremely helpful."
The Promoting Numismatic Growth program is intended to help nurture the next generation of professional numismatists, PNG describes, and it includes online instruction about coins, banknotes and the numismatic market, followed by a paid internship at a major numismatic company.
Today, internship applications are being accepted by PNG from prospective candidates 21 to 32 years of age.
"Internship candidates who successfully complete a background security check and the education components of the program will have the opportunity for a three to six month, paid internship at either Heritage Auctions or Numismatic Guaranty Corporation," explained PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.
PNG is also offering its extensive online, multi-media internship education and training curriculum from the Edward C. Milas School of Numismatics to anyone who wants to take the classes, not just internship candidates. There are two levels of online classes developed in conjunction with the University of Rare Coins.
The fee for applying to PNG’s internship program is $250 to cover the cost of a security background check and the Level 100 online classes. The cost for Level 200 for intern candidates is an additional $250. Those who want only the online classes can enroll for $300. Certificates of Completion are given to those who successfully finish both levels.
Additional information about the internship program and educational courses is available at www.PNGdealers.org.