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 Internships have been cancelled for Summer 2020. Please check back for internship opportunities in the Fall 2020.

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

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 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.