Unpaid internships focusing in collections, education, or exhibits are offered throughout the year. These internships provide students or recent graduates with hands-on experience working at a museum or historic site. We ask that interns commit four hours/week for the duration of the internship. Course credit is available.
Position descriptions and qualifications:
The Collections Intern will work with the collections of the Schenectady History Museum located in Schenectady and the Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction. Under the supervision of the Curator, the Collections Intern will document, process, inventory, photograph, and store a wide variety of artifacts, including paintings, furniture, household goods, and farm tools. The Collections Intern will also work with inventory volunteers. Successful candidates will be highly organized, possess an interest in history, and enjoy working hands-on with artifacts. Basic knowledge of PastPerfect software and artifact handling is helpful but not required.
The Education Intern will work to develop and update the education programs of the Schenectady History Museum located in Schenectady and the Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction. The internship will help to develop lesson plans, assist with the training of Museum Educators, and implement school programs. Interns may also be asked to cooperate with the Exhibit Intern to develop educational components for exhibits or to assist staff with the planning and implementation of educational activities during special events. Successful candidates must be comfortable working with children.
The Exhibit Intern will work to develop exhibitions for the Schenectady County Museum located in Schenectady and the Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction. The intern will work both independently and with the museum staff to research, fabricate, and install multiple exhibits. The topics of these exhibits may include both art and history. Successful candidates will have excellent writing skills, and prior research experience. Design experience is not necessary, but is helpful.
Interested applicants should submit the following:
- A resume
- A statement not exceeding two pages explaining which area of focus the applicant is interested in and how an internship with the Schenectady County Historical Society will supplement their educational and career goals
Applications can be submitted electronically or in hard copy. Electronic submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org . Hard copy submissions can be mailed to 1100 Main Street, Rotterdam Junction NY 12150.
For more information about unpaid internships, please contact Jenna Peterson Riley.