Internships

Non-Profit Internships 

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).

Applying for an internship?  Download the required materials below:

Internship Application | Background Investigation Authorization Form | Confidentiality Policy


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Winter/Spring Internships

Cleveland History Center

Project Title: Marketing Intern
Location: CHC
Department: Marketing
Project Description: Intern would research social media topics and create a content calendar around approved topics. Additional duties include: research industry and regional publications and the journalists who would be a good fit for WRHS stories and put together an updated community relations partner list that would identify groups and bureaus for partnerships.
# Of Interns: 1
Requirements: This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with some knowledge and interest in social media, media/community outreach, and creative. Experience in Microsoft Office applications, various social mediums, and Adobe Creative Suite required.
Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

Project Title: Reference Division Interns
Location: CHC
Department: Library/Archives
Project Description: Reference Division Intern activities include greeting and registering incoming Library patrons, explaining WRHS Library rules and procedures.  Front desk interns will assist the staff with visitor inquiries about WRHS collections, access to the WRHS online catalog and on research and genealogy projects. Interns also assist with retrieving and shelving library materials, filling photocopy requests and special research projects. Interns will research their own family history and become familiar with WRHS genealogy and historical resources in order to broaden research skills and provide experience assisting staff in a special collections library.
# Of Interns: 2
Requirements: Interest in History, detail oriented, works well with the public, students, volunteers, trust worthy.
Hours Per Week: Up to 20
Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

Project Title: Museum Education Intern
Location: CHC
Department: Education and Public Programs
Project Description: Interns work closely with the Lead Educator in assisting with student programing, from set up to tear down, support the education team with students.  Also, create authentic learning models that incorporate primary source materials and place-based educational experiences for all audiences. Additional job duties include museum interpretation, day to day operation of the museum and the coordination of special events.
# Of Interns: 2
Requirements: Interns should display excellent communication skills, creativity, and willingness to be trained in multiple areas to provide hands-on interactive programming.
Hours Per Week: up to 24
Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

Project Title: Hospitality Event Planning & Retail Sales
Location: CHC
Department: Gift Shop & Rentals
Project Description: Sales—Learn all phases of museum gift shop from set-up, cash handling, restocking and inventory.  Events—Learn all phases of events with client bookings, vendor purchases, set-up, day of event and breakdown.
# Of Interns: 1
Requirements: Willingness to learn and be hands-on in all phases of events and sales.
Hours Per Week: Up to 20
Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

 

Summer 2018 Internship Listings

 

 

Project Title: Intern, Cleveland Jewish Archives

Location: CHC
Department: CHC Jewish Archives
Project Description: Short and long term interns are needed for work in the Cleveland Jewish Archives of Western Reserve Historical Society. Interns assist with a variety of tasks:

  • processing archival collections
  • digitizing archival materials
  • completing oral history projects
  • researching topics for special projects and exhibits
  • working with community members and volunteers to promote local Jewish history

The internship provides interns of any age the opportunity to work in the fields of public history, library science, and/or Jewish history. It is an especially good opportunity for those wishing to work as archivists in the future.

# Of Interns: 2-3
Requirements: Strong organizational and technical skills are required.
Hours Per Week: Up to 20, short and long term interns needed

Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

 

 

Project Title: Marketing Intern

Location: CHC
Department: Marketing
Project Description: Intern would research social media topics and create a content calendar around approved topics. Additional duties include: research industry and regional publications and the journalists who would be a good fit for WRHS stories and put together an updated community relations partner list that would identify groups and bureaus for partnerships.
# Of Interns: 1
Requirements: This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with some knowledge and interest in social media, media/community outreach, and creative. Experience in Microsoft Office applications, various social mediums, and Adobe Creative Suite required.

Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

 

 

Project Title:  Reference Division

Location: CHC
Department: Library/Archives
Project Description: Reference Division Intern activities include greeting and registering incoming Library patrons, explaining WRHS Library rules and procedures.  Front desk interns will assist the staff with visitor inquiries about WRHS collections, access to the WRHS online catalog and on research and genealogy projects. Interns also assist with retrieving and shelving library materials, filling photocopy requests and special research projects. Interns will research their own family history and become familiar with WRHS genealogy and historical resources in order to broaden research skills and provide experience assisting staff in a special collections library.
# Of Interns: 2
Requirements: Interest in History, detail oriented, works well with the public, students, volunteers, trust worthy. Hours Per Week: Up to 20

Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

 

 

Project Title:   Museum Education Intern

Location: CHC
Department: Education and Public Programs
Project Description: Interns work closely with the Lead Educator in assisting with student programing, from set up to tear down, support the education team with students.  Also, create authentic learning models that incorporate primary source materials and place-based educational experiences for all audiences. Additional job duties include museum interpretation, day to day operation of the museum and the coordination of special events.

# Of Interns: 2
Requirements: Interns should display excellent communication skills, creativity, and willingness to be trained in multiple areas to provide hands-on interactive programming.
Hours Per Week: up to 24

Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org   

 

Project Title:  Information Services Intern

Location:   CHC

Department:  IT

Project Description: 

  • Assist in implementation and maintenance of Society computers and computer networks
  • Assist in updating policy and procedures for information services department
  • Assist in inventory
  • Assist in rollout of new PCs and upgrades of existing PC’s
  • Technical Writing of Manuals and Instructions
  • Assist System Administrator in ensuring operation of computer system

#of Interns: 1

Requirements:  Experience with Windows operating system and network hardware/software required. Working towards Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or information systems management preferred.

Application Instructions:  Please send your cover letter and resume to jwaterman@wrhs.org

This is an unpaid internship, but college course credit is eligible as we have a one day a week classroom training as part of the internship program.

 

 

 

Project Title:   Hospitality Event Planning & Retail Sales

Location: CHC
Department: Gift Shop & Rentals

Project Description: Sales—Learn all phases of museum gift shop from set-up, cash handling, restocking and inventory.

Events—Learn all phases of events with client bookings, vendor purchases, set-up, day of event and breakdown.
# Of Interns: 1
Requirements: Willingness to learn and be hands-on in all phases of events and sales.

Hours Per Week: Up to 20

Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

 

 

Project Title: Costume Collection Intern

Location: CHC
Department: Costume and Textiles
Project Description: The costume and textiles intern will work with the curator on exhibitions and collections management. Exhibition work may include research and installation. Collections management projects include object cataloging, object movement, and collection inventory. Interns are also expected to complete an independent research project of their choosing that will culminate in a small display proposal.

# Of Interns: 1
Requirements: Open to graduate and undergraduate students in art history, history, or related fields. Knowledge of historical dress resources and graphic design a plus. Applicants should have demonstrated experience with primary resource research, and be willing to work in a self-directed environment.
Hours Per Week: Up to 20. Interns will work at the museum on either Thursdays or Fridays with the option to fulfill their hours remotely (performing research, for example).

Application Instructions:  Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

 

 

Project Title:   Curator & Collections Internship 

Location: CHC
Department: Collections
Project Description:  The curator & collections intern will work with the Curator of Collections & Exhibits directlyY.  Collection management projects include object and art cataloging, movement and inventory.# Of Interns: 4 (Will work in pairs)
Requirements: Attention to detail, work without direct supervision, able to work in storage areas.

Hours Per Week:  20 Hours

Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

Project Title:  Research & Program Development – Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area in coordination with Canal Way Partners

Location:  CHC     

Project Description:

The Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area is a federally designated area that spans from Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River to Dover/New Philadelphia. The heritage area is 110 miles long and connects visitors through the 101-mile Towpath Trail, an American By-way, and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The heritage area is governed by the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association (OECA) and its board and the work is divided between two local non-profits, Canalway Partners (Cuyahoga County) and Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition (Summit, Stark, and Tuscarawas Counties).

Canalway Partners is tasked with telling our region’s history (Cuyahoga focused) through programming and partnerships. We have had a lot of success with the Take a Hike program where we partnered with the Historic Gateway Neighborhood. This program uses professional tour guides with actors playing historical figures telling of times gone by.  With the completion of the Towpath Trail in 2020, the development of Canal Basin Park, and the anticipated partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Western Reserve Historical Society, we are looking to expand the Take a Hike program and explore additional programming that connect people to our history.

We need research that can help us with programming around these three main stories:

  • History of the Ohio & Erie Canal and how being a transportation hub transformed Cleveland as a city.  Also, it creates Cleveland’s first Port and sets the Cuyahoga River Valley as our industrial workshop.
  • The economic gilded age of the late 1800’s-early 1900’s and how the Cuyahoga River valley acted as a hotbed for businesses to be formed and the economy to grow.
  • The environmental degradation of our natural resources because of the industry and how Carl Stokes and Lou Stokes brought the last burning of the Cuyahoga River as an example of the magnitude of the environmental problems facing all American urban areas and how that effort was a catalyst for the passing of federal legislation: the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act; the formation of US EPA; and the inspiration for Earth Day.

Secondary stories that we’d like to get more information on are:

  • Immigration to Cleveland because of economic opportunity and where did the people come from over the years.  We want to present story within framework of national immigration trends (waves) – and how that national trend played out in Cleveland using Tremont as the focus of local immigration settlement patterns.
  • Railroads:  Railroads replaced the canal system and had far reaching impact.  What is Cleveland’s experience?
  • Cleveland Centre and the details of the project.
  • We are looking to use the material to create narratives for interpretative materials. This would include photographs, transcripts, letters, video, or other materials that would help enhance the experience.

Requirements:  Interns will work closely with VP Museums Special Projects & Exhibits and have good organizational skills

# of Interns 2

 

 

 

Project Title:   Museum Education Intern

Location: HFV
Department: HFV Education
Project Description: Interns work closely with the Education & Public Program Manager to create authentic learning models that incorporate primary source materials and place-based educational experiences for all audiences. Projects apply to the day to day operation of the museum and the coordination of special events.
# Of Interns: 1

Requirements: Interns should display excellent communication skills, creativity, and willingness to be trained in multiple areas to provide hands-on interactive programming.
Hours Per Week: 10-15

Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

 

 

Project Title: Horticulture & Gardening Interns
Location: HFV
Department: HFV Agriculture and Horticulture
Project Description: Interns assist with all aspects of horticulture & garden maintenance, including the demonstration of historic practices and techniques. Seasonal experiences may include the coordination of Farm to Café projects.
# Of Interns: 2
Requirements: Interns work closely with the Agriculture & Horticulture Coordinator to apply & coordinate agricultural practices and techniques to enhance the quality of the museum’s agriculture & horticulture program and enhance guest experiences. All intern positions are ‘hands on’
Hours Per Week: Up to 20

Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

 

 

Project Title: Animal Husbandry Intern

Location: HFV
Department: HFV Agriculture and Horticulture
Project Description: Interns assist with all aspects of livestock management and sustainability at the museum, including guest education and interaction. Livestock include: oxen, sheep, hogs and chickens.
# Of Interns: 2
Requirements: Interns work closely with the Agriculture & Horticulture Coordinator to apply & coordinate agricultural practices and techniques to enhance the quality of the museum’s agriculture & horticulture program and enhance guest experiences. All intern positions are ‘hands on’.
Hours Per Week: Up to 20

Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

 

Project Title: Hospitality and Event Planning Intern

Location: HFV
Department:
Rentals

Project Description: Learns guest service and hospitality standards; Learns event planning from site tour to event conclusion; Oversees guest service, including customer satisfaction, safety and sanitation according to regulations; Execution of event with rental clients, working with vendors, room setup and take down, preparing supplies for events; Coordinates rehearsals and Wedding Ceremonies; Maintains daily emails questions for rentals and scheduling site tours; Executes contracts for clients and scheduling of events; Learn hands-on about site rental, coordination and event management and what it’s like to work for a non-profit Living History Museum.

# Of Interns: 1
Requirements: Willingness to learn event planning, strong communication skills, customer service skills, willingness to have hands-on participation.
Hours Per Week: Up to 20

Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

 

 

Project Title: Historic Preservation Intern

Location: HFV
Department:
Maintenance/Preservation

Project Description: Intern assists with all aspects of historic preservation in relation to the historic structures. Candidates must have a willingness to learn and demonstrate construction skills and complete hands on projects relating to historic preservation. Projects include carpentry, painting, research and information collection including but not limited to historic structure reports, presentation creation and project management.

# Of Interns: 2
Requirements: Hours Per Week: Up to 20

Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

 

 

Project Title: Business Plan Development Intern

Location: Hale Farm and Village, Peninsula, Ohio
Department:
Sales

Project Description: The intern will work directly with the Sales management team to create a business, marketing, feasibility, financial management, and general operations plans.  The candidate must be passionate about working to create a local and sustainable economy, preferably with a retail focus.

  • Identifies trendsetter ideas by researching industry and related events, publications, and announcements; tracking individual contributors and their accomplishments.
  • Locates potential business deals by discovering and exploring opportunities.
  • Screens potential business deals by analyzing market strategies, deal requirements, potential, and financials; evaluating options; resolving internal priorities.
  • Develops negotiating strategies and positions by studying integration of new venture with company strategies and operations; examining risks and potentials; estimating partners’ needs and goals.
  • Protects organization’s value by keeping information confidential.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
  • Provide daily/weekly updates to the management and escalate unresolved issues in a timely manner.
  • Other projects as assigned.

# Of Interns: 1
Requirements: The intern will lead a project that will assist the Retail Sales team to create an e-commerce business plan, using the following four basic steps:

  • Step 1 – Business Concept Development
  • Step 2 – Financial Projections
  • Step 3 – Content Creation
  • Step 4 – Presentation

Hours Per Week: 15-20Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

 

 

Project Title: Sourcing Analyst Intern

Location: Hale Farm and Village, Peninsula, Ohio
Department:
Sales

Project Description: The candidate should have interest, and preferably experience, in technology. You will design and analyze reports based on the collection of data related to the sourcing, contracting, management and performance of suppliers and vendors. Successful candidates are highly motivated to learn, work collaboratively and independently, manage assigned tasks and initiatives from start to finish with input from Retail Sales Manager, and have exceptional written, verbal, and analytical skills. You must be an absolute self-starter with strong project management skills and possess the ability to effectively manage multiple demands of your time and resources to deliver exceptional results.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Develop ad-hoc spend analysis and accurately assess material cost drivers.
  • Access and manipulate large amounts of data into meaningful analyses.
  • Coordinate with the team to aggregate data, forecast spend patterns to identify future spend management opportunities, and ensure data integrity accuracy.
  • Work with business owners to develop an understanding of spend drivers which help provide context for data used in cost models.
  • Develop and assist project strategies and forecasting plans including identification and interpretation of key project requirements.
  • Present and explain cost models to management, including data-driven business recommendations and alternatives.
  • Provide daily/weekly updates to the management and escalate unresolved issues in a timely manner.
  • Protects organization’s value by keeping information confidential.
  • Other projects as assigned.

# Of Interns: 1
Requirements: The Sourcing Analyst Intern will lead an initiative to research and source potential POS and e-commerce website platform providers. The role will work closely with Retail Sales manager to develop RFPs, provide analytical support and direction in the company’s strategic sourcing process as well as on initiatives in the Technology area.

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Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org

 

 


Public History Summer Internship

w IMG_20130712_154138_206Summer 2018 Dates TBD

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 classes once a week for 9 weeks during which you learn about museum and non-profit operations. The rest of the week is spent working and learning in your chosen field. Summer Public History Internships are available at both the Cleveland History Center in Cleveland’s University Circle, and at Hale Farm & Village in Bath, Ohio.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume and WRHS Internship Application to Janet Waterman, Human Resources Associate, at jwaterman@wrhs.org. No phone calls or hard copies, please.

Interviews for the Summer 2018 internship in public history take place in April and May.  Internships will be awarded based on applicant interest and aptitude, as well as available positions.

Click here for a list of internship requirements.


High School Senior Service Learning Projects

Schaffer(1)Check back soon for application details for Spring 2018 High School Senior Service Projects at the Cleveland History Center and Hale Farm & Village. Late applications will not be accepted.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter that includes a project proposal and your suggested dates of availability, as well as your resume,  and a completed copy of the WRHS Youth Volunteer Application to Janet Waterman, Human Resources Associate, at jwaterman@wrhs.org. No phone calls or hard copies, please.

Interviews for the Spring 2018 Senior Service Learning Projects take place in March and April.