The Schenectady County Historical Society seeks a flexible and enthusiastic individual with an interest in public history and a commitment to excellent visitor services for its summer internship program. Please download the job description and application instructions here.
Internships focusing in collections or education 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 a minimum of eight hours/week for eight weeks 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 SCHS. 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 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.
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
Please email the above to firstname.lastname@example.org.