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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

Winter/Spring Internships

Cleveland History Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 No phone calls or hard copies, please.

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