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Internship Opportunities

The Western Reserve Historical Society welcomes undergraduate and graduate students to work and learn with our staff.  Internships at WRHS are not just for the History Major, but are also available in all levels of non-profit management. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience with one of the finest regional historical societies in the country. At this time, all internships available are unpaid. Students may receive college credit for their internships (depending on their individual college programs).


High School Senior Service Learning Projects:

Senior Service Projects for the 2013-2014 school year are at capacity at both the History Center and Hale Farm & Village and we are no longer accepting applicants.  

Public History Experience - Summer 2014

The Summer Internship in Public History offered throughout the Western Reserve Historical Society is ideal for those thinking of entering into or working with: Museum Management, History Majors, Fundraising, Education, Interpretation, Non-profit management, Curatorial, Registrar, Exhibit design/production, Research and other jobs related to Historical Society functions.  

All interns participating in this particular internship program attend a two-hour class once a week for 9 weeks learning about the practice of Historical Society operations. The rest of the week is spent working in your chosen environment learning best practices. Summer Public History Internships are available at both the History Center in University Circle, and at Hale Farm & Village in the Cuyahoga Valley. 
The program takes place from June until mid-August 2014.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to human resources.  
Interviews for the Summer 2014 internship in public history take place in April and May.  The final deadline for applications is May 16, 2014
Course Topics in the Summer Internship Program:
  • Costumed Interpretation
  • Special Event Planning and Operation
  • Museum Education Programs
  • Site Specific Historic Interpretation
  • Public Programs in Museums
  • Museum Management
  • Grant Writing
  • Historic Preservation of Buildings & Grounds
  • Special Event Planning
  • Outdoor Museum Operations
  • Budgeting
  • Personal Experiences
Summer 2014 Internships available:
  • Research Assistant
  • Transcription
  • Archival Processing
  • Oral History Transcription
  • Education Training Development
  • Education Programming Development
  • Special Events Coordinator - Operations
  • Marketing and PR
  • Historic Preservation
  • Manuscript Processing Archives
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education Summer Camp Assistant
  • Education Activity Assistant Gardens
  • Public Program Development Assistant
  • Public Programs Special Event Coordinator
  • Craft & Trades Interpretation
  • Horticulture & Gardening Assistant
  • Animal Husbandry Assistant
  • Farm Hand
  • Horticulture and Gardens Program & Interpretation Coordination

Please reply with a resume and cover letter and return to human resources, or mail at the following address:
Human Resources
Internship Application 
Western Reserve Historical Society
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Year-round and other types of internships:
Past Interns Have: Written press releases and created ads for WHRS exhibits, Processed archival and photographic collections in the WRHS Library, assisted in the development of new collections policies at the Historical Society, helped build new exhibits and take down old exhibits, assisted in preservation work on WRHS collections, Researched new exhibits, and selected artifacts for those exhibits, assisted in the reorganization of storage areas, helped maintain and update WRHS records , catalogued a decorative-arts collection, assisted in the inventorying of the Chisholm Halle Costume collection, Researched for a new education program, researched for a WRHS publication, and helped write new interpretive labels for WRHS exhibits and artifacts.

  • Interns may focus on one particular area of museum work, or they may work in a variety of areas to gain more experience.
  • Internship hours are flexible, from 10-40 hours per week.
  • Museum interns can work from 9-5 Monday through Friday, while Library interns can work Thursday through Saturday. We can work around a your class schedule.
  • Internships are open to students of all academic backgrounds; while a history background is helpful, it is not entirely necessary. What is necessary is a willingness to work, and the ability to shift gears when needed.
  • Prospective interns should note that the Western Reserve Historical Society's ability to host an intern at any one time is dependent on availability of supervisory staff and the student's academic background and record.
  • For students who live in the Akron area, internships are also available at our Hale Farm and Village facility, located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. Duties at Hale Farm would entail research for the interpretation program, and assisting in the preservation of the historical structures at the site.