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 | Code of Conduct


 

Public History Summer Internship

Summer Internships are available for 2021.  Internships with be in-person, virtual or hybrid.

For more information on internship opportunities, please contact Mary Manning, College & Career Readiness Specialist, at 216-721-5722 x1503 or mmanning@wrhs.org.

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.

Summer Public History Internships are available at both the Cleveland History Center (CHC) in Cleveland’s University Circle, and at Hale Farm & Village (HFV) in Bath, Ohio.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume and WRHS Internship Application to Jennifer Dukes, Human Resources Manager, at jdukes@wrhs.org. No phone calls or hard copies, please.

Interviews for the summer 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.  Internships will take place June 2021 through August 2021.


2021 Internship Opportunities

 

Project Title: African American Archives Processing Intern
Location: CHC
Department: Library/Archives
Project Description: The African American History processing Intern will assist in the arrangement and description of archival materials related to the African American community of Northeast Ohio. The intern will gain experience in organizing and processing archival materials for researchers to access. Intern will broaden research skills, expand knowledge of WRHS resources, and gain experience in outreach and public programming.
# of Interns Needed: 1
Requirements: Interest in history, detail oriented, ability to work independently, basic computer and data entry skills.
Hours per Week: Up to 20 hours (combination of on and off-site work), Monday-Friday during WRHS open hours.
Application Instructions: Send resume, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@wrhs.org.


Project Title: Internship, The 2021 A. Grace Lee Mims Arts and Culture Oral History Project
Location: CHC
Department: Distinguished Scholar of African American History and Culture (Office of the President & CEO)
Project Description: Named for one of the founders of the African American Archives Auxiliary (Quad A) of the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS), the A. Grace Lee Mims Arts and Culture Oral History Project offers interns the opportunity to collect first-person narratives about African American life in Greater Cleveland. All research will support the ongoing Share Your Story Digital Collecting Initiative at WRHS.
# of Interns Needed: 1
Requirements: Interest in African American history and culture (evidenced by the successful completion of course work at the post-secondary level or related campus or community programming), excellent oral and written communication skills, basic computer skills, and ability to work independently and with the project director using Zoom. Experience conducting interviews for oral histories or journalism is a plus.
Hours per Week: 10 hours (mostly off-site work); flexible scheduling (Monday-Saturday).
Application Instructions: Send resume with contact information for two references, cover letter, writing samples and web links to or PDFs of interviews (if applicable) and application form to jdukes@wrhs.org.


 

Project Title: Curator & Collections Internship – Closed – Positions Filled
Location: CHC
Department: Collections
Project Description: The curator & collections intern will work with the Curator of Collections & Exhibits directly. Collection management projects include object and art cataloging, movement and inventory.
# Of Interns Needed: 2 (Will work as a pair)
Requirements: Attention to detail, work without direct supervision, able to work in storage areas.
Hours Per Week: 20 Hours
Application Instructions: Send resume, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@wrhs.org.


Project Title: Advancement Intern
Location: CHC
Department: Advancement
Project Description: Intern would assist with database management and membership as needed. Duties may include data entry, helping to plan donor events; helping at special events; researching trends in local event and museum giving; proposing strategies for promoting Cleveland History Center events and programs; and assisting the Advancement Team with fundraising opportunities. Occasional phone calls to members and supporters. The Advancement Intern will take on special projects as assigned.
# Of Interns Needed: 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, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@wrhs.org.


Project Title: Encyclopedia of Cleveland History Research Interns – Closed – Positions Filled
Location: CHC
Department: Research and Publications
Project Description: This internship will involve the research and writing of entries for the on-line Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. The ECH is the first urban encyclopedia to go on line and is project of Case Western Reserve University with content support from the Western Reserve Historical Society. The ECH receives nearly a million page views per year and is a vetted scholarly project. Interns will prepare and/or update entries on a variety of topics relating to Greater Cleveland. Research will be done on-line or in the research libraries of the Western Reserve Historical Society and other area institutions.
Requirements: Interns for this project must have strong research and writing skills. Dr. John J. Grabowski, editor of the ECH and Senior VP for Research and Publications at WRHS will oversee the internship.
# of Interns Needed: 2
Application Instructions: Send resume, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@wrhs.org.


Project Title: Jewish Archives Processing Intern – Closed – Positions Filled
Location: CHC
Department: Library/Archives
Project Description: The Jewish Archives Processing Intern will assist in the arrangement and description of archival materials related to the Jewish community of Northeast Ohio. The intern will gain experience in organizing archival materials for researchers to access and be exposed to all steps in the creation of collections in the WRHS Research Library, from meeting donors to processing to research and outreach. Interns will broaden research skills, expand knowledge of WRHS resources, and experience working in a special collections library.
# of Interns Needed: 2-3
Requirements: Interest in history, detail oriented, ability to work independently and in small groups, basic computer and data entry skills
Hours per Week: Up to 20 hours, Monday-Friday during WRHS open hours
Application Instructions: Send resume, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@wrhs.org.


Project Title: Jewish Archives Digital Projects Intern –  Closed – Positions Filled
Location: CHC
Department: Library/Archives
Project Description: The Jewish Archives Digital Projects Intern will assist in the digitization of materials from WRHS collections. In addition to scanning materials, the intern will help with the identification of materials to digitize, assist in uploading the materials to the WRHS digital repository, and learn more about the digitization of audio-visual materials. The intern will learn about both special collections libraries and digital librarianship. Interns will broaden research skills, expand knowledge of WRHS resources, and experience working in a special collections library.
# of Interns Needed: 1-2
Requirements: Interest in history, detail oriented, ability to work independently and in small groups, interest in photography and knowledge of Photoshop helpful
Hours per Week: Up to 20 hours, Monday-Friday during WRHS open hours
Application Instructions: Send resume, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@wrhs.org.


Project Title: Marketing Intern
Location: CHC
Department: Marketing
Project Description: Intern would assist with marketing tasks and social media management as needed. Duties may include writing content for Facebook and Twitter on timely historical topics; researching trends in local event and museum promotion; proposing strategies for promoting Cleveland History Center events and programs; creating marketing materials for upcoming events and programs; and assisting with market research and guest surveys. The Marketing Intern will take on special projects as assigned.
# Of Interns Needed: 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, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@wrhs.org.


Project Title: Digital Projects Intern
Location: CHC
Department: Library/Archives
Project Description: The Digital Projects Intern will assist in the digitization of materials from WRHS collections. In addition to scanning materials, the intern will help with the identification and selection of materials to digitize, assist in uploading the materials to the WRHS digital repository, and create or enhance metadata for digitized collections. The intern will learn about both special collections libraries and digital librarianship. Interns will broaden research skills, expand knowledge of WRHS resources, help improve access to WRHS collections, and experience working in a special collections library.
# of Interns Needed: 1
Requirements: Interest in history, detail oriented, ability to work independently and in small groups, interest in photography and knowledge of Photoshop helpful, interest in learning about metadata and subject authorities such as Library of Congress Subject Headings
Hours per Week: Up to 20 hours, Monday-Friday during WRHS open hours
Application Instructions: Send resume, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@wrhs.org


Project Title: Education & Public Programming Intern
Location: CHC
Department: Education and Public Programs
Project Description: Interns in Education and Public Programs will engage with a variety of projects and events, working closely with PK-12 Education Coordinator, the Education & Public Programs Manager, and other departmental staff. Projects may include: planning and preparing materials for in-person and virtual education programs serving all ages; assisting with summer events and student programs, from set up to tear down; researching best practices for programs and initiatives in development; and/or program sales support. The Education and Public Programs interns will assist in developing and delivering authentic learning experiences that incorporate primary source materials and place-based educational experiences for all audiences.

# Of Interns Needed: 1-2
Requirements: Excellent communication and organization skills, creativity, and commitment to serving the public.

Hours per Week: Up to 20 hours (combination of on and off-site work). May include some weekend hours depending on the CHC schedule of events.

Application Instructions: Send resume, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@wrhs.org.


Project Title: Historic Preservation Intern
Location: HFV
Department: Maintenance/Preservation
Project Description: Intern assists with caring for the historic structures, learning and applying historic preservation techniques and philosophies as needed. Candidates must have a willingness to learn and demonstrate construction skills and complete hands on projects relating to historic preservation. Projects could include carpentry, painting, periodic maintenance, masonry/plasterwork, window/door repair, research and information including but not limited to historic structure reports, presentation creation and project management. Intern is encouraged to share interest in specific areas during application process.
# Of Interns: 2
Hours Per Week: Up to 20
Application Instructions: Send resume, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@wrhs.org


Project Title: Museum Programming Intern
Location: HFV
Department: HFV Education and Public Programming
Project Description: Interns will work within the Education & Public Programming department to explore the department’s three main duties: designing engaging K-12 educational lessons and experiences; developing meaningful public programming based on historic themes; researching and composing inclusive interpretations for historic spaces, places, and objects. Interns will have a chance to explore and experience all of these areas and will complete a practical hands on project within the area of their choice.
Hale Farm is able to offer on site or a hybrid or onsite and virtual internship experiences.
# of interns: 4
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, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@wrhs.org