Topic ID #36916 - posted 4/5/2016 10:26 AM

Education Internship at Litchfield Historical Society


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.

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
  • 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

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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