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


Fall Internships

Hale Farm & Village

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: Farm Hand Intern
Location: HFV
Department:
HFV Agriculture and Horticulture
Project Description: Interns assist with general barn maintenance, pasture, paddock and crop management and animal husbandry and include guest education and interaction.
# 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.

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


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 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 Intern
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 to 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 Intern
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.


Public History Summer Internship

w IMG_20130712_154138_206June – August 2017

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 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 2017 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.
The final deadline for applications is April 30, 2017.

Click here for a list of internship requirements.


Summer Internships

Hale Farm & Village

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: 5
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


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


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: 1
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


Project Title: Farm Hand Intern
Location: HFV
Department:
HFV Agriculture and Horticulture
Project Description: Interns assist with general barn maintenance, pasture, paddock and crop management and animal husbandry and include guest education and interaction.
# Of Interns: 1
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


Project Title: Program Development & Interpretation Intern
Location: HFV
Department:
HFV Education and Public Program and Agriculture and Horticulture
Project Description: Interns assist with development of interpretation and education of agriculture and livestock for use in programs.
# Of Interns: 1
Requirements: Interns work closely with the Agriculture & Horticulture Coordinator and Education & Public Program Manager 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


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: Both artistic and organizational skills needed.  Willingness to assist with moving projects.  Experience with assorted craft and art mediums a plus.
Hours Per Week: Up to 20, short and long term interns needed


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


Project Title: Automotive/Marque Collection Processing Intern
Location: Cleveland History Center
Department: Library
Project Description: Short and long term interns are needed for work in the Research Library of Western Reserve Historical Society. Interns assist with a variety of tasks including: assisting with cataloging materials including finding existing records, adding holdings, and labeling; sorting and shifting books and other published materials to new locations. The internship provides interns of any age the opportunity to learn more about work in the fields of public history, library science, and/or history. It is an especially good opportunity for those wishing to work in libraries or historical institutions in the future.
# Of Interns:  1 or 2
Requirements: Ability to lift boxes of published materials up to 40 pounds, use computers to look up book information and use Excel and Word
Hours Per Week: Up to 20, short and long term interns needed


Project Title: Education and Public Programs Administrative Intern
Location: CHC
Department: Education and Public Programs
Project Description: Assistance in implementing programs for museum events. This position will work closely with the Program Coordinator in program development, marketing and community outreach. Intern will be aiding in the creative and administrative tasks associated with creating and implementing programs.  Additional job duties include museum interpretation, day to day operation of the museum and the coordination of special events.
# Of Interns: 1
Requirements: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is necessary. Needs to be comfortable with community outreach and have good communication skills. Willingness to help with event set up and tear downs.  Photoshop proficiency a plus.
Hours Per Week: up to 24


Project Title: Education Archivist Intern
Location: CHC
Department: Education and Public Programs
Project Description: This project will continue a long-term filing, organization, and archiving project involving decades of paper records relating to institutional history and past education and public programs initiatives.
# Of Interns: 1
Requirements: Organizational skills and an interest in creating new, functional systems that document institutional history. Willing to take direction and work independently.
Hours Per Week: up to 24


Project Title:   Museum Education Intern
Location: CHC
Department: Education and Public Programs
Project Description: Interns work closely with the Lead Educator to 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


Project Title: Collections Intern
Location: CHC
Department: Collections
Project Description: The collections department intern will work on a number of inventory and organization projects, possibly including object cataloging, object photography, and object preparation for Cleveland Starts Here.
# Of Interns: 1
Requirements: Open to graduate and undergraduate students in museum studies, art history, history, or related fields. Applicants should be organized and be detail oriented. Ability work in a self-directed environment. Knowledge of museum practices a plus.
Hours Per Week: Up to 20


High School Senior Service Learning Projects

Schaffer(1)Applications will be accepted from January 5, 2017 to March 6, 2017 for Spring 2017 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 2017 Senior Service Learning Projects take place in March and April.