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


Arts Intern Exhibitions & Curatorial Internship

Through the Arts Intern program, in Summer 2020 the Cleveland History Center will offer two paid Exhibitions and Curatorial Internships.  Qualified applicants must be a full time undergraduate student and a rising Junior or Senior in Fall 2020, must attend college or live within Cleveland or its Inner Ring Suburbs, and must have demonstrated financial need.  For more information on verifying your eligibility and applying, please click here to see the position description on the Arts Intern website.


Public History Summer Internship

Summer 2020 Internships are from June 1, 2020 through August 10, 2020

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.

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 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.

Click here for a list of internship requirements.

Internships are available at both the Cleveland History Center and Hale Farm & Village as noted in the internship descriptions below. The following internship opportunities are available:

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, Monday-Friday during WRHS open hours
Application Instructions: Send resume, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@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 Needed: 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, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@wrhs.org BY APRIL 15. Please note that the April 15 deadline only applies to the Costume Collection Internship.

Project Title: Curator & Collections Internship
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: 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 the Education Experience Manager and other departmental staff. Projects may include: research and interpretation of sites and collection materials; planning for professional developments and education programs serving all ages; maintaining quality of education spaces and materials; assisting with summer events and student programs, from set up to tear down; event planning; and 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: 2
Requirements: Excellent communication and organization skills, creativity, and commitment to serving the public.
Hours Per Week: up to 20.
Application Instructions: Send resume, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@wrhs.org.

Project Title: Encyclopedia of Cleveland History Research Interns
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 entries on businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have existed in northeastern Ohio for over a century. The focal point for research will be the library of the Western Reserve Historical Society.
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
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
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: 2-3
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: Library Reference Intern
Location: CHC
Department: Library/Archives
Project Description: Library Reference Intern activities include greeting and registering incoming Library patrons, explaining WRHS Library rules and procedures. Front desk interns will assist the Library Reference Team 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. Interns will broaden research skills, expand knowledge of WRHS resources and experience working in a special collections library.
# of Interns Needed: 2
Requirements: Interest in History, detail oriented, works well with the public, students, volunteers, trust worthy.
Hours per Week: Up to 20 hours, mostly Thursday through Saturday during Library 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: 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, including day camps for youth, workshops for adults and themed programming.
# of Interns: 8
Requirements: Interns should display excellent communication skills, creativity, and willingness to be trained in multiple areas to provide hands-on interactive programming. Interns may start up to two weeks before the Public History Summer Internship Start Date posted on the website.
Hours Per Week: 10-15
Application Instructions: Send resume, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@wrhs.org

Project Title: Horticulture & Gardening Intern
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, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@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, 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 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, cover letter, and application form to jdukes@wrhs.org