Monday, March 26, 2012

Summer and Fall 2012 Internship Opportunities

A few of the summer and fall internships that have passed my desk over the past few weeks.  If you are interested in undertaking an internship during one of the summer sessions, we need the contract in hand the week before the session starts.  Remember, you can undertake a summer internship anywhere in the world – you do not have to be in Chicago.  For those of you looking ahead to the fall, now is a good time to set up an internship so that you do not have to scramble at the beginning of the semester.

·      National Veteran Arts Museum
·      National Hellenic Museum
·      Pritzker Military Library
·      Historic Wagner Farm
·      The Josephine Baskin Minow Fellowship for Achievement in American History
·      Chicago Maritime Museum

National Veteran Arts Museum – Summer/Fall

We have some very specific needs coming up.  We need at least one person (maybe two) who can assist in social media.  We have two promotions going where the intern would get to interact on a regular basis with people from CBS network and CBS local radio.  Additional duties would include helping with press/media activities. 

We also have a need for a person with computer/multi-media skills.  We are gearing up to launch our virtual museum on either Memorial Day (or July 4th).  Preparing for it will require someone adept at computers, website content writing and editing, and possibly photography. 

If interested, please contact:
Levi B Moore, Jr

National Hellenic Museum – Fall

The National Hellenic Museum has several available internships for the fall semester.  You can find them listed here:

Pritzker Military Library – Summer/Fall

The Pritzker Military Library is now taking applications for Student Interns.  These Student Internships are ideal for History and English majors as well as GLIS students.  Student interns will create bibliographies and pathfinders as well as learn how to conduct reference interviews, work in our catalogue, and maintain the circulation desk.

Student Internships require six hours each week to be complete on one pre-scheduled day for a minimum of eight weeks.

Essential Position Qualifications:
·      Excellent communication skills
·      Advanced computer orientation skills
·      Attention to detail
·      Ability to work in teams and independently
·      Research skills
·      Upper level classwork
·      Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
·      Excellent written and oral communication skills

Assigned Responsibilities and Duties
·      Work with catalogue
·      Create bibliographies, pathfinders, and a list of primary sources for the provided topic
·      Work with the library staff members to determine items to possibly add to collection
·      Manage the circulation desk (this includes answering phones as well as patron questions)
·      Work a minimum of six hours during one shift (including breaks)

Please send resumes and cover letters to Christy Stanford at
Paid Internship in Northern Chicagoland Area - Summer
Historic Wagner Farm
Glenview, Illinois

Site Description: Wagner Farm is operated by the Glenview Park District. The farm was founded in 1855 and functioned as a dairy and truck farm, supplying vegetables and cream to the surrounding areas. Throughout its history the farm witnessed urban development until the year 2000 when it became one of the last working farms in Cook County.  Wagner Farm offers educational opportunities to school, scout, and adult groups focusing on early 20th century agriculture and lifestyles. 

Internship Duties: Wagner farm is offering a paid internship opportunity starting in the spring of 2012.  Assignments cover all areas of museum work including:
program developmentday to day public interpretationcollections-based projectsassisting and leading special eventsvarious administrative dutiesfarm chores and livestock care

The duration of the internship is six months from the start date.
Deadline to apply is April 6, 2012.

If interested please send a resume, cover letter, and references to:

Sarah Hagye
Program Manager
Wagner Farm
1510 Wagner Road
Glenview, IL 60025

Chicago History Museum – Summer and Fall

The Josephine Baskin Minow Fellowship for Achievement in American History at the Chicago History Museum (CHM) is a competitive award that recognizes superior academic achievement by college students. The Fellowship is aimed to introduce minority college students to a career in history museums through a ten-week fellowship. Fellows work alongside CHM staff to contribute to institutional advancement in research and interpretation of the collections for diverse public audiences.

Minow Fellows will assist in projects that offer diverse audiences access to the museum and to history. Projects may include:
·      Assist in visitor research and data analysis
·      Participate in prototype of exhibit interactive activities to determine effectiveness in engaging the visitor and delivering key messages.
·      Contribute to the research and development of interpretive resources to assist targeted audiences in making meaningful and personal connections with history.
·      Participate in the coordination and delivery of public programs.

Eligibility: Minority college students who have excelled in the study of history (preferably American, Public, Urban) and have completed Junior year in college.

Application: Interested candidates must submit the following material by April 16, 2012:
·      Letter of nomination from a professor
·      Transcript of academic achievement
·      A short essay (1000 words maximum) on the topic: Can museums play a role in helping people make meaningful, personal connections to history? If so, how do they do that? Why should museums make such connections?

The fellowship will occur during the summer or fall 2012. The Fellowship will last ten weeks and fellows are required to work a minimum of 15 hours a week. Fellows who successfully complete their work will receive a $1000 stipend. Please be advised that you must successfully pass a background check to participate in this program.

Send application packet to:
D. Lynn McRainey
Elizabeth F. Cheney Director of Education
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Chicago Maritime Museum – Summer and Fall
310 South Racine Avenue w Chicago, Illinois 60607 w 312 421 9096
Exploring our Waterways its History and People

Museum Cataloging Internship
The Chicago Maritime Society has several unpaid internship opportunities for students interested in assisting in the cataloging of the organization's collection of maritime artifacts. Currently, only a small portion of the society's collection is properly cataloged. The goal of this internship is to help the Chicago Maritime Society organize, clean, preserve, and catalog its collection using the MimsyXG software used by most museums. Scheduling is flexible, but interns need to work at least one or more days Monday-Friday for at least 4-6 hours.

The Chicago Maritime Society researches, educates, and celebrates Chicago's maritime heritage. The society holds a collection of approximately 10,000 objects, documents and images related to Chicago's maritime heritage and maintains historical files and records utilized by scholars, authors, and researchers. The organization is located on the 6th floor of the Helix Building, just one block from the Racine Blue Line station.

Responsibilities and Duties:
·      Ability to work at least one or more days Monday-Friday for at least 4-6 hours
·      Learn and use the MimsyXG system of museum software
·      Organize, identify and describe the museum's current collection of materials
·      Properly store and clean museum-quality artifacts
·      Prepare & scan photographic & document images in to the cataloging database
·      Prepare documents and objects ready for cataloging

·      Previous experience or knowledge in the handling and preserving of museum artifacts
·      Interest in/or knowledge of maritime, Chicago, or Great Lakes history
·      Good computer knowledge and experience

Interested students should contact:

Don Glasell
Office Manager