Topic ID #34644 - posted 1/27/2015 7:47 AM

Collections/Archives/Education Internships at Litchfield Historical Society



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ARE YOU ENTHUSIASTIC and interested in history? Do you have good communication skills? We may be looking for you to intern with us during the summer of 2015! The Litchfield Historical Society operates The Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library and two museums: the Litchfield History Museum and the Tapping Reeve House and Law School.

We have internship opportunities in Collections, Archives, and Education. Please choose to focus your internship in one or two of these areas. For a full description of these, and other internship opportunities, visit our website at www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org

Collections Interns
Collections interns work with the either the Curator of Collections on projects related to the Historical Society’s museum collection and exhibitions or the Curator of Library & Archives on projects related to the holdings of the Helga J. Ingraham Library.

Interns working with the Curator of Collections will become familiar with conducting inventories, basic object handling, and object numbering through hands-on projects. Interns will also gain experience in cataloging practices, conducting research, and entering data into the museum’s collection management system, CollectionSpace. Interns interested in exhibitions will have the opportunity to assist the Curator of Collections in creating research notebooks that identify potential objects, documents, and ephemera for upcoming exhibits as well as research notes compiled from secondary and primary sources.

 Previous curatorial interns have:

  • ·       Assisted with object re-housing and inventorying
  • ·       Conducted primary research for major exhibitions
  • ·       Cataloged unprocessed collections
  • ·       Helped with exhibition installation
  • ·       Input object records and images into our online searchable database

 Interns working with the Curator of Library & Archives will arrange and describe collections of papers. They will gain experience working with the archives management system ArchivesSpace. They will conduct research, write elements of finding aids, and digitize documents and photographs. They may also assist in creating public programs and exhibitions.

 Previous archives interns have:

  • ·       Created finding aids
  • ·       Cataloged books
  • ·       Digitized collections
  • ·       Created exhibits
  • ·       Created Web pages


Education Interns

Education interns work with the Curator of Education and the Education Assistant on projects relating to the Historical Society's education programming.  This internship will be tailored to your particular interest, with a focus on public programming, school curriculum development, or both. During your internship, you will work towards a final project: for example, developing, researching, and implementing a program for children or adults, or creating a lesson plan or pre-and post-visit materials for school groups. Whatever the focus of the project, interns are expected to participate in all of the education activities of the institution.

Additionally, interns in education have the option to give tours to groups, help at programs for children and adults, assist with publicity for events and programs, and gain hands-on experience with historical research while working with primary sources.

Previous education intern projects include:

  • ·       Researching and conducting a walking tour for visitors
  • ·       Creating a spy program for Adventures in Early America, a week-long summer program for kids
  • ·       Conducting research on Litchfield's Civil War history for A Civil War Experience, another week-long summer program that immerses kids in the 1860s
  • ·       A World War II oral history project
  • ·       Assisting the creation of a hands-on area in an exhibit on 18th-century life

Practical Information

  • ·       Internships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students
  • ·       The internship length is flexible
  • ·       We will go on occasional field trips to other local museums and history organizations throughout the summer
  • ·       Internships can be tailored to fit college or university requirements
  • ·       Interns may count this internship for college credit (if the intern gets permission from their university)
  • ·       The internship is unpaid

Internship Requirements

  • ·       A minimum commitment of 20 hours a week for four weeks
  • ·       A focused project for the internship--the intern and staff work together to select the project
  • ·       A presentation, newsletter article, or series of blog posts about your internship

Characteristics of a Successful Intern

  • ·       Enthusiasm
  • ·       Flexibility
  • ·       Good communication skills
  • ·       An interest in history
  • ·       The ability to work both independently and with others
  • ·       Attention to detail


Application Materials

  • ·       Letter of Interest (please include area of interest in your letter)
  • ·       Resume
  • ·       Internship application PDF
  • ·       Writing Sample
  • ·       Two letters of recommendation

Click here to learn more about the Litchfield Historical Society.

Additionally, you will be required to conduct an in-person or phone interview. You may email or mail your application materials to the following addresses:

Email: education@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org

Mail:

Litchfield Historical Society

P.O. Box 385

Litchfield, CT 06759

Fax: 860-567-3565

Questions?  Call 860-567-4501 or email education@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.






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