Topic ID #36915 - posted 4/5/2016 10:23 AM

Collections Internship


The Litchfield Historical Society is looking for interns!


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 2016! 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.

 Collections Interns

Collections interns work with 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 

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
  • 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.
  • Please submit your application materials by May 1, 2016.


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
  • Attention to detail
  • An interest in history
  • The ability to work both independently and with others

Application Materials

  • Letter of Interest (please include area of interest in your letter)
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample
  • Internship application (
  • Two letters of recommendation 
Learn more here:

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:

Litchfield Historical Society
P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 06759
Fax: 860-567-3565


For more information call 860-567-4501 or email:

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