Potential internship – Make Mr. Rogers proud

If you’re looking for opportunities to proselytize history to the masses, maybe The Trolley Museum in East Windsor, CT would put you on the right track.

The Trolley Museum is looking for docents for the summer, people who will be trained to provide walking tours and oral interpretations of displays and equipment. And, if you’re good, they’ll even let you operate the trolleys! Other possibilities include interns who would organize the museum’s library and archives.

Website at: http://ct-trolley.org

If interested, contact:
Larry Bryan
Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors
The Connecticut Electric Railway Assoc., Inc.
Dba The Connecticut Trolley Museum
A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Historical and Educational Organization

Wadsworth Internship opportunity

The Wadsworth-Atheneum Museum of Art has a Diversity Internship opportunity this summer. For details on the position and the application (due Monday, May 2), see here.

As always, if there’s an opportunity for an internship for credit, you need to go see Dr. Carenen first, or Dr. Kirchmann if it’s at the Windham Textile Museum.

Museum Opportunity: Ebenezer Avery House

The Ebenezer Avery House served as a makeshift hospital after the Battle of Groton Heights on September 6, 1781, and is an important piece of Groton’s history, as well as the national history of the American Revolution.  Located on the grounds of Fort Griswold, the house preserves and exhibits the history of both the Avery family and the battle.

We are looking for interested individuals for our tour guide position for the upcoming season. Please pass this along to graduate or undergraduate students looking for some summer work. The tour guide is a paid position at the Ebenezer Avery House in Groton, CT. We are also looking for people willing to volunteer while we are open. Even committing just one day per week (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) would be a great help! We are looking for some fresh eyes to help us get our goals accomplished! It is a great way to gain some experience in the museum field!

Tour Guide, Ebenezer Avery House
Paid Position
Start Date: May 27, 2016

The Tour Guide is responsible for providing access to the Ebenezer Avery House through the use of informational tours. The Tour Guide should be prepared to assist in basic housekeeping. Responsibilities also include making sure all policies and procedures are being followed, including security procedures for the grounds and collections. The tour guide is in charge of keeping track of gift shop sales, and additional help may be needed for special events. The Guide may be required to work alone at times.

The Ebenezer Avery House is located in Groton, CT, and is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Friday through Sunday 12-4pm.

Qualifications: The Tour Guide should be engaging, able to recall facts and accurately explain the history of the site, communicate well with visitors of all ages, and effectively problem solve if a guest has special needs. The Tour Guide should also be able to politely and firmly ask visitors to follow the rules while on tour, and correct any behavior that may be detrimental to the House and collection.

For those interested, especially if you want to pursue an internship possibility, contact Dr. Caitlin Carenen. One out our recent History alums Kristina Oschmann is currently working there as a curator.

Internship opportunity at New England Air Museum

The New England Air Museum seeks outgoing individuals to join our Museum Educator team. Museum Educators play an essential role in providing high quality visitor experiences by conducting a variety of public programs for youth and families. Responsibilities include leading hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, interactive Flight Science demonstrations, and open cockpit experiences in our historic aircraft. Other duties include leading children’s birthday parties as well as assisting with scout programs and special events as needed. Experience working with children in educational settings is required, as is an interest in the history of aviation. Some college coursework is required; a Bachelor’s degree in Education, History, Science, or a related field is preferred. This is a part-time, non-exempt position that pays $15 per hour and requires weekend availability. In addition, some weekday availability is also required during the months of July and August, and during school vacation weeks. Some evenings and holidays will also be required. Hours are 10:00am-4:30pm, up to 13 hours per week during the school year and up to 26 hours per week during the summer and school vacation weeks. This position is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

Deadline: March 18, 2016. The New England Air Museum website is at www.neam.org.

As usual, be sure to stop and see Dr. Carenen first before applying for any internships, especially those you might want credit for.

Internship Opportunities at Mashantucket Pequot Museum

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in Mashantucket, CT seeks students interested in internship opportunities. The museum’s Research Department typically hosts 6 interns and volunteers at any given time. So if you’re interested in interning in a museum dedicated to Native American history, contact Dr. Carenen, the History department’s internship coordinator.

You can visit the museum at www.pequotwar.org

Internship opportunity: Lebanon Historical Society

The Lebanon Historical Society seeks several volunteers who love learning, working with people and sharing what they’ve learned. These volunteers are needed to work as historical interpreters for the Beaumont House and Pastor’s Library. Historic building tours are offered from mid-May to mid-October.

Volunteer interpreters will work in pairs on Saturday afternoons accompanying visitors on tours of the Society’s historic buildings. Interpreters are based in the Lebanon Historical Society Museum where they will assist staff with office, research and collections-related projects between tours. Training for these positions will take place in April.

Volunteers will learn about the history of the two buildings and the people associated with them as well as practicing story-telling techniques to bring the past alive for visitors. Previous experience or historical expertise are not required, just enthusiasm for local history, sharing good stories about interesting people and a little bit of time.

Located on the east side of Lebanon’s historic Green, the Historical Society encourages a sense of community by connecting residents and visitors with the people, places, objects and stories of the Town’s past.

If you’re interested, go see Dr. Carenen, coordinator of the History department internships.

Fall Semester Internship Available with the Colchester Historical Society

Colchester can trace it roots to colonial Connecticut when the first settlers arrived in 1698.  The Colchester Historical Society, founded in 1963, has amassed a wide body of documents, images and artifacts that follow the town’s history. The Colchester Historical Society (CHS) has an active museum located in an historic building within the center of town.  CHS is member of the Connecticut League of History Originations, the American Assoc. of State and Local History.   We participate in the StEPs-CT Program and the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition.

Come intern with us and apply your love of history and gain some valuable work experience in museum, historical research and/or the curatorial profession.

Intern Duties:

  • Tour/Program Development
  1. Help develop content for a new digital mobile application of a 10 site self-guided historical walking tour.
  2. Help plan our next public event, a Spooky Cemetery Tour, scheduled in October for families with children.
  3. Plan a program/opening for Town’s Holiday Homecoming in December.
  • Museum/Marketing
  1. Set up a visitor log; be a greeter/docent, develop a greeter’s guide,
  2. Update website as necessary.
  3. Develop new visitor interest through social media.
  • Inventory Collections
  1. Review electronic files for over 900 items and develop this data as a public research tool.
  2. Help inventory additional collection artifacts currently off-site, determine historical significance and develop new collections categories as necessary.

Hours -Minimum of 8 hours per week; flexible hours to be scheduled with mentor; some Saturday afternoons as museum docent.  Candidate must be able to work independently once direction is given by an assigned mentor.

To learn more about the Colchester Historical Society visit our website:  www.colchersterhistory.org