Current Internship Opportunities

 

* National Electronics Museum, PAID Summer Internship

The National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, MD is seeking an intern for Summer 2014.  The intern will work primarily in Collections with the Assistant Director.  The intern will also have the opportunity to experience a variety of aspects of museum operations including volunteer management, visitor services, and education.

The internship includes a $3600 stipend for 12 weeks of full time work, and may be applied towards school credit as your school allows. Applicants should be graduate students, recent graduates, or upper level undergraduates in Museum Studies, History, History of Science, or related fields. The successful candidate will be detail oriented, organized, and able to work independently as well as in a team.  Ability to lift up to 40 pounds and to climb ladders, and American citizenship required.  Knowledge of PastPerfect collections database a plus.

Please send resume or CV, cover letter, and two recommendation letters (transcripts welcome but not required) to Alice Donahue at donahue.nem@gmail.com

* National Park Service, Office of Cultural Resources Management, Washington, DC, Internship Opportunities for 2014

The National Park Service, Office of Cultural Resources Management, located in Washington, DC, is developing a series of projects to help meet the goals identified in the National Park Service Centennial Call to Action

The office is particularly interested in meeting goal # 3: “History Lesson” which calls on the National Park Service to “Excite and involve new audiences in the exploration of the full diversity of the American experience by conducting history discovery events, projects, and activities that invite them to explore and share their heritage, using a variety of participatory methods, in at least 100 parks and programs…. History Lesson expresses the National Park Service’s commitment to fostering community stewardship of our common heritage and to inviting conversations about our collective past that help us share our visions for the future of the agency and for the nation. It reflects the ways that history practitioners from a variety of disciplines within the agency investigate and interpret the past. The Goal also underscores that education, interpretation, and community engagement are central to all the National Park Service does.”

To help achieve these goals, interns in the Office of Cultural Resource Management can:

  • Test a new “Place Based Inquiry Framework” by developing a preservation project with a group of peers
  • Conduct Outreach and Develop New Projects in the realm of historic preservation
  • Identify and Research new themes for heritage trails and other initiatives
  • Develop and Implement a social media strategy for promoting preservation

For more information about any of the opportunities on this list, please contact Dr. Barbara Little, Program Manager for Cultural Resources Office of Outreach, National Park Service. barbara_little@nps.gov  202-354-2130

* Hapers Ferry National Historical Park, Spring, Summer, and Fall 2014 Internships, Application Deadlines Vary

Multiple internship opportunities are available at Harpers Ferry. For general information, a list of specific internship opportunities –including, but not limited to those listed below– and to apply please look here.

Internships of particular interest are:

Do you have an interest in sharing the beauty and history of Harpers Ferry through virtual media? Are you savvy with new technology? If so, apply to become our next Social Media / Web Management Intern and use your technology and outreach skills to share and inspire public interaction with the stunning landscape, special events, and programs at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Education internships focus on the presentation of curriculum-based programs in the field. Spring and Fall interns serve school groups. Summer interns focus on a variety of summer youth groups. The internship involves in-depth study of 19th century American history and some river-based environmental science. The primary topics include the nationally significant resources of the Harpers Ferry area; John Brown, the Civil War, African American history, Industrial history, Transportation history, and Landscape history. This internship is approximately 10-15 weeks in length. Park housing may be available.

A living history internship includes conducting historic research, planning and delivering public history talks and tours while in costume. Interns provide information, orientation and interpretation to thousands of park visitors. The internship involves in-depth study of 19th century American history focused on the nationally significant resources of the Harpers Ferry area, including John Brown, Civil War, African American history, industrial history, transportation history, landscape history. Summer, 10 to 12 weeks, flexible start and end dates. This internship is approximately 10-12 weeks in length. Park housing may be available.

* The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Collections and Registration, Summer Internships

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has a number of internship opportunities available for students who would like professional training in collections management, collections registration, and collections records. Students receive significant instruction and leave the internship with marketable skills. Most of the internship work will take place in the Museum’s offsite storage facility in Linthicum, MD, very near the UMBC Main Campus.

If you are interested in learning more, please email Dr. Meringolo:  ddm@umbc.edu

Interested students must be interviewed by the Museum’s Chief Collections Manager before applying for an internship through the Department of Visitor Services.

* The Maryland Historical Society, Library and Special Collections, Summer Internships

The Maryland Historical Society offers competitive fall, spring and summer internships to current undergraduate and graduate students. The overarching goals of our internship opportunities are to enhance the students’ educational experiences, as well as meet the needs of the institution. Interns are assigned directly to a staff member who supervises and mentors them on diverse and challenging projects that directly impact MdHS. Because of the semester nature of internships, interns are usually assigned to short-term projects.

There are a number of internship opportunities listed on the Historical Society website, here:  http://www.mdhs.org/support-mdhs/internships

The society is particularly interested in finding interns for three Library and Special Collections Projects:

The Henderson Photograph Collection Project

The Hutzler Photograph Collection Project

and the Morris Soper Papers Collection Project

Please consult the Historical Society internship page for more information about projects and the application process.

* Rolling Deadline:  Neighborhood Design Center, Baltimore

The Neighborhood Design Center was established in the wake of the 1968 Baltimore Riots. It is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve neighborhood livability, viability and sustainability by providing pro-bono design and planning services in support of community-sponsored initiatives. The NDC has initiated a multi-tiered project to collect, examine, and interpret its history. The organization seeks TWO graduate interns. The internships are unpaid.

One intern will conduct oral histories with past Presidents and associates and create digital films for the NDC website.

A second intern will conduct textual and photographic research about past NDC projects. They will draft interpretive stories about these projects for inclusion in a new digital exhibit that is currently under construction.

If you are interested, please send your resume and a short letter of interest describing your relevant experience and/or training to Jennifer Goold, jgoold@ndc-md.org

* Rolling Deadline:  Park History Interpretation Intern

The Urban Resources Initiative –a partnership of the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, the Parks & People Foundation, and other local institutions– is looking for a park history interpretation intern. The intern will conduct oral history interviews with diverse users of Baltimore parks on topics which expand our understanding of the importance of parks in the history of the city.

For more information, you can contact Dr. Edward Orser, orser@umbc.edu.

Send a cover letter, your resume, and the name and email address for a faculty member who is willing to provide a reference. Send this application material to jobs@parksandpeople.org. The internship is unpaid.