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Paid internships-Historic Trades (16 openings)
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, VA

Duration:  12 weeks

Primary Duties:

  • There are potential opportunities in the following trade shops including the Apothecary, basket makers, gunsmiths and founders, historic farmers, joiners, military artificer, silversmiths, shoemakers, tinsmiths, weavers, and wigmakers. Usually, an intern is assigned to one trade for the entire period.
  • Interprets processes, history of the trade, and 18th century history to guests.
  • Uses 18th century tools and techniques.

Application Qualifications:

  • Applicants must submit a resume and also a cover statement indicating why they are interested in an internship, what they hope to gain from the experience, and what they will contribute to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Trades program and guest services.  Most internships take place during the summer months, but if an applicant would prefer a different time, the cover statement should indicate so.
  • Interest in exploring opportunities to work in the living history field, especially Historic Trades.
  • Knowledge of colonial American history--generally gained through participation in or strong interest in pursuing an undergraduate degree in History, American Studies, Architectural History, Museum Studies, or a related discipline.
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to deal with the public in individual and crowded situations.
  • Previous public contact or public museum interpretation experience or teaching.
  • Must be able to: 1)  meet the physical and skill requirements of the trade; 2) work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays.

Highly desired: Course work in American history or a field related to the trade; previous trade experience; familiarity with the Historic Area.

Register and apply online at:  http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/careers

Questions:  careers@cwf.org

Colonial Williamsburg supports a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. AA/EOE

Posted 3/30/15 

Apprentice Historic Farmer
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, VA

Primary Duties

Full-time position with benefits.  The primary function of the apprentice historic farmer is to rediscover, learn and preserve the varied skills of the 18th-century farmer and interpret those skills and processes to the public.  The apprentice must become proficient in these skills so that he/she can teach future apprentices, insuring the trade is perpetuated.

Application Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge of historic or traditional agricultural methods and aptitude to learn the techniques, skills, and history of an 18th-century farmer.
  • Must be able to:  1) do strenuous physical work in all weather conditions; 2) work a flexible schedule; including evenings, weekends, and holidays; 3) commit to a multi-level apprentice training program.
  • Previous public contact experience similar to that gained working in a living history museum.
  • Ability to: 1) clearly and effectively interpret historical information to the public; 2) conduct in-depth research into the trade and present results in an effective manner oral and written.
  • Qualifications are generally gained through a high school degree/G.E.D.  Candidate must be able to demonstrate physical endurance and hand/eye coordination applicable to the trade; lift a minimum of 50 pounds without undue stress; tolerate the effects of pollen, dust, tobacco leaves, and other organic material associated with an agricultural setting.

Final candidates are to present in person to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Employment Office a valid driver's license and an original Motor Vehicle Record transcript (MVR). The MVR is to be no older than 30 days, issued by the same state as the driver’s license, and must cover the past seven years.  New residents must obtain a Virginia driver’s license by date of hire.

Highly desired qualifications: Four-year degree in History, Anthropology, or American Studies or subject matter related to the trade.  Previous living history museum experience.

Register and apply online at:  http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/careers

Questions:  careers@cwf.org

Colonial Williamsburg supports a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. AA/EOE

Posted 3/30/15

Schenectady County Historical Society | Mabee Farm Historic Site
Schenectady, NY

Click links to see complete job listings and how to apply.

2015 Collections Internship

2015 Education Internship

Application Deadline: April 6, 2015

Posted 3/24/15 

Sagamore Institute
Raquette Lake, NY

Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks, the non-profit steward of "Great Camp" Sagamore, a National Historic Landmark located in the Central Adirondack community of Raquette Lake, New York is recruiting for paid seasonal internships. Sagamore is a 27-building complex built by William West Durant between 1894 and 1897. Sagamore, located on its own lake in the Blue Ridge Wilderness area of the Adirondack preserve was a Vanderbilt family wilderness retreat visited by the elite including writers, artists, businessmen and political figures of the early 20th century. Durant's complex is considered one of the finest of the Adirondack "Great Camps” and is an architectural model of the National Parks Services rustic building design.

Sagamore's internship program invites qualified applicants to join our staff for the season to work and learn in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state. Interns will perform a variety of duties but will specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Historic interpretation of Sagamore's history and buildings
  • Trail stewardship and environmental interpretation
  • Event planning and support
  • Public Programs Supervisor

Interns will received training in their specified area as well as participate in a comprehensive training program to prepare them for leading tours and completing projects at the site. The training seminars include presentations on American history of the late 19th and early 20th century, Adirondack environmental issues and concerns over time and museum practice and management. Interns will work on teams to complete substantive projects in support of Sagamore's mission.

Qualifications: Successful candidates will be self-motivated and possess great leadership, organization, communications and interpersonal skills with a commitment to non-profit advocacy and cultural work. A background and record of academic achievement in relevant college coursework, strong writing skills and interest in pursuing careers in related cultural and environmental fields preferred. Trail stewards will require at least First Aid and CPR certification, additional outdoor skills like canoeing and wilderness first responder training strongly desired. Internships require a commitment from the first week of June through the second week of October, 2015.

Benefits: include a stipend paid bi-weekly; room and board, professional interpretation training and content seminars on history and environmental issues; and opportunities to participate Sagamore's on-going programming.

To Apply: Contact

Garet Livermore
PO Box 876
116 Huff Road
Cooperstown, New York 13326

Posted 3/19/15 

Unpaid Internships
Frontier Culture Museum
Staunton, VA

The Frontier Culture Museum is currently accepting applications for unpaid interns throughout the year. Our museum is able to offer a wide range of internship opportunities throughout the museum. We are interested in dedicated students with majors in history, education, historic preservation, business and accounting, marketing, and agricultural and animal sciences. All interns must have completed at least one year of college before the start of the internship.

Description of Internship Areas of Interest:


Serve as part of an interpretive and educational team throughout the museum. You will assist in conducting school programs, summer camps, and other educational events. You may wear period clothing and work on-site after observation and training. You will work under the direction of full-time staff and conduct a variety of hands-on demonstrations for students or visitors. Must have strong public speaking skills.

Historic Preservation:

You will assist full-time staff in the maintenance and construction of historic buildings throughout the museum.

Curatorial/Research & Collections:

You will assist full-time staff in curatorial and research projects. Must have strong organizational skills.


You will assist full-time staff in the marketing department. Must have strong organizational and computer skills.


You will assist full-time staff in the care of livestock throughout the museum.

All interns are required to complete a short training program within their internship area. All interns must complete a short research project and fulfill the requirements of their college or university internship program if applicable.

These positions may require the ability to work outdoors in hot or cold weather; to perform some heavy lifting; to work with tools; to work with animals; and to greet and talk with visitors.

Please complete the entire application form and return with a copy of your most recent transcript and a brief chronological resume. Request application by contacting Andrew Richardson, or found online at www.frontiermuseum.org. Submit all materials at least two weeks prior to start date of internship. The Frontier Culture Museum is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages minorities to apply for internships. Application must be signed, dated and all other required materials received to be eligible for consideration.

Return Application by email to andrew.richardson@frontiermuseum.org or by mail to:

Andrew Richardson
Director of Education
Frontier Culture Museum
P.O. Box 810
Staunton, VA 24402

For more information on these internship positions please e-mail andrew.richardson@frontiermuseum.org.

Posted 3/18/15  

Paid Internships
The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI

The Henry Ford is accepting applications for the Simmons Graduate Internship Program. Two full time opportunities are being offered for summer 2015. Applications for both positions are due Friday, April 10 and must include a letter of application, resume, and two letters of recommendation.

Information about the program, project descriptions, and application instructions are available here: http://www.thehenryford.org/about/grants.aspx#simmons

Posted 3/18/15  

Paid Summer Internships
Hanford Mills Museum
East Meredith, NY

Brief Description: Hanford Mills Museum (HMM) operates a historic water and steam-powered site in East Meredith, NY, and focuses on historic power generation, millwork, and sustainability. The Museum seeks two interns to work closely with staff on a variety of key projects related to educational programming and interpretation. Internship projects may be flexible depending on the interns' interests and qualifications.

Full internship descriptions including responsibilities and qualifications are available on our website: http://www.hanfordmills.org/about-hanford-mills-museum/employment-opportunities/

Duration: These paid summer internships will last 8-10 weeks. Interns will work 40 hours per week.

Hiring to begin March 13, 2015 on a rolling basis until filled.

Email a cover letter describing the fit between applicant’s professional experience and position responsibilities; resume; and contact information for three professional references to kajsah@hanfordmills.org.

Posted 3/9/15 

Multiple Internships
Iowa Living History Farms
Urbandale, IA

Paid Internship: Historic Interpreter

Overview:  Historical interpreters explain through demonstrations and interactions with the public what farm and rural life in Iowa and the Midwest was like in an earlier time. Living History Farms operates four working sites where the daily routines of the past are re-created: a 1700 Ioway Indian Farm, an 1850 Pioneer Farm, an 1875 town, and a 1900 Farm with horse-powered equipment.  The Henry Wallace Exhibit Center connects visitors to agriculture and rural life in the 20th century through interactive exhibits.

Details:  Historical interpreters work at a minimum of two historic sites, are supervised by the museum’s professional staff, and wear clothing appropriate to the time period, which is supplied by Living History Farms. Historical interpreters are scheduled for between 28 – 35 hours over a five-day work week, which includes weekends. Only a limited number of exceptions to the weekend schedule can be accommodated.


Paid Internship: Day Camp Counselor

Overview: Day camp counselors supervise groups of 8 – 12 youth in grades 1 – 6 each week during the summer.  Day camp sessions at Living History Farms run Monday through Friday.  Youth are at camp from 9:00 – 4:00, with counselors working generally 8:15 – 4:45.  Each day camp group will spend one day during the week at a different historical site at the 500-acre, open-air museum. Camp activities include games, crafts and projects that reflect the various time periods: 1700 (Native American), 1850, 1875, and 1900.  Counselors will spend 95% of their time outdoors.

Details: Two weeks of intensive training are offered prior to the first week of camp in June. Applicants must be able to attend all weeks of training, required seminars, and complete all 10 weeks of camp sessions.  Counselor interns are expected to work 8:15 – 4:45 during camp and on the following two Saturdays:  June 27 (mid-season trainings) & August 8th (camp clean-up day).

Visit the LHF web site for complete details and to download an internship application form.  http://www.lhf.org/en/about_us/internships/paid_internships/

Posted 2/4/15

Intern Clerk II-III-IV (Paid)
San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park
La Porte, TX

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Student Internship Program introduces interested college students to career opportunities in positions located statewide and job settings to gain practical experience and training in natural and cultural resource fields.

Paid internships are available in various Divisions depending on available funding.  The student internship program employment period varies depending on the specific intern opportunity.  NOTE: If selected for a paid opportunity, intern will be paid at the rate of pay reflected from the completed hours on the fall transcript.  Spring semester credit hours do not count towards the rate of pay for the internship.

Under the direction of the Park Superintendent, this internship provides an opportunity designed for students to obtain relevant work experience to be competitive for future positions in park operations, such as: management, interpretation/education, administration, maintenance, resource protection, law enforcement, etc. This position is responsible for performing a complete range of tasks to learn all the aspects of park administration, operations and management. Duties include, but are not limited to, natural and cultural resource management; facility, grounds and equipment maintenance management; interpretation and education programming and management; customer service, fee collection, revenue control and fiscal accountability; marketing and promotional programming; park patrols to include visitor contact and law enforcement observation. Performs special projects/assignments and attends selected training programs to enhance the overall working knowledge and skills related to operational and management activities. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division, and Branch rules, regulations, and procedures.

NOTE: Acceptance to the paid internship does not guarantee a permanent position in state parks.

For complete job dscription and to apply: TPWD Jobs
Posted 1/26/15

Multiple Internships
Colonial Williamsbug
Williamsburg, VA

Intern, Education Outreach

Intern provides research assistance and production support for educational media projects and programs as assigned.

In general, interns may assist with development and curation of:

  • Educational resources and products for outreach instruction
  • Teacher professional development
  • Adult programming
  • Educational media

Tasks may include standards review, data entry, writing, proofing, fact checking, testing, quality control, meta-tagging, cataloguing, website/page maintenance, and evaluation.

Related projects included Electronic Field Trips, Internet/website, Current Events/Virtual Republic website, teacher curriculum writing, The Idea of America online high school history curriculum, HERO (online media library), online professional development, and evaluative research.

Intern will receive supervision from Manager of Program Development Initiatives Lisa Heuvel and/or Senior Editor-Writer Gina DeAngelis, with guidance from staff members on specific projects.


  • Some completed college-level coursework with concentration in education, history, American studies, or museum studies.
  • Prior experience with photographic, archive/library, educational or historical research.
  • Computer word-processing experience and Internet research experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Graduate-level coursework in history, American Studies, museum studies, curriculum & instruction, educational leadership, educational technology. Preferred subject areas are history, social studies, and English Language Arts.

For More Information:
See below


Intern, Publications

The publications department intern will assist with various aspects of book publishing, specifically the editorial, design, and production processes. This may include:


  • Checking quotes and facts in manuscripts, including locating primary sources from libraries and online sources
  • Photo research
  • Basic proofingClearing permissions for images from museums, libraries, and other sources
  • Archiving electronic files of published books
  • Researching topics for contents of forthcoming books
  • Writing preliminary draft material
  • Maintaining the Publications library
  • Participating in the review of new projects
  • Miscellaneous administrative tasks

Intern will receive close supervision from editor Amy Watson for editorial tasks and from designer and production manager Shanin Glenn for design and production tasks.


  • College student or graduate
  • Interest in writing or publishing
  • Experience with research and writing

Preferred Qualifications:

  • English or History major

For More Information:
Students may contact Lisa Heuvel, Education Outreach at lheuvel@cwf.org or Director of Publications Paul Aron at paron@cwf.org about academic internships.

Posted 12/23/14 

Paid Internship
Homestead Prairie Farm
Decatur, IL

Terms of position:  One internship for 26 weeks from mid-May to mid-November. Work week is Monday through Friday with alternating weekend duty and compensatory time off.  988 total hours for the entire length of the internship based on a 38 hour work week.     

Location:  Homestead Prairie Farm, a circa 1860 living history house museum, is located on the grounds of  the Rock Springs Conservation Area (a 1300 acre riverine forest and prairie park) near the city of Decatur, Illinois. It is administered by the staff of the Macon County Conservation District with assistance from volunteers.  Staff offices are in the nearby Rock Springs Nature Center.  For more information on the conservation district go to:  www.maconcountyconservation.org

Salary/Stipend/Housing:  $8.75/hour at 38 hours/week. Intern also receives a $250 monthly housing stipend payment.  No on-site housing is available but site is near Decatur, Illinois.       

Duties include interpretation, youth programs, collections, exhibits, etc. To find out more information about the duties see the link below.
To apply or inquire with any questions:  
Go to http://www.maconcountyconservation.org/internship-opportunities/ to download an application. Return application along with 2 writing samples of at least 3 pages each, a resume and official college transcripts. 

Deadline is 5:00 PM on March 7, 2015. 

Contact person:      Brent Wielt, MCCD,  3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, IL 62521
Phone: 217-423-7708  
Email:    bwielt@maconcountyconservation.org  

Posted 12/23/14 

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