Working as an Education Intern at the National World War 1 Museum and Memorial

Hello, my name is Carolyn Kovar and I am a Summer Education Intern at the National World War 1 Museum and Memorial. Although there has been lots of new things to learn, I have loved my first two weeks working there. My supervisors have done an excellent job both listening and responding to what my fellow intern and I are interested in and what we wish to achieve during our eight week internship.

Our primary roles as Education Interns have fallen into two central categories. First, working on projects, primarily the lesson plans that the museum creates to aid teachers when teaching about the First World War. For these assignments, our supervisors make notes of minor issues with the lesson plans before they are published. These issues we, the interns, go in and fix. Issues include anything from switching photos to those from our collection, to fixing incomplete bibliographies or improper citations. The other job for the interns is giving educational tours of the Museum to various school groups. In order to do this we have been learning about the Museum itself, it’s collections, and the history of the building. This has been daunting, but very interesting.

My favorite part of the Internship has been getting to shadow various tours conducted by volunteers or staff members for groups from Kindergartners to Seniors. Each volunteer or staff member that leads a tour gives their own unique spin to the common story. Listening to the tales, trivia, or facts that each member brings has been delightful. Through reading numerous tours I was able to create my own guide, so when the time came to give my first tour I felt prepared and excited. After leading a class of charming, well-behaved kindergartners, I was eager to do more tours.

Already, I have learned so much through this internship. It has been a delight to meet the various faculty members at the National World War 1 Museum- from Social Media Manager to Senior Curator- and to learn their various job descriptions. Watching how their team works helps me better understand what part I would like to play in my future museum career.

Job Opportunity: Collections Assistant-Special Collections and Museums at Truman State University

Collections Assistant – Special Collections and Museums

Overview:  Under the direction of the Associate Dean of Libraries for Special Collections and Museums, this position will assist with collections care, exhibition production, and facilitation of educational outreach in the Special Collections and Museums department of Pickler Memorial Library. 10 months, 40 hours/week position with full benefits.

Responsibilities:  Ensure proper collections care for the Special Collections and Manuscripts, University Archives and Museum collections; Conduct inventory control for departmental collections; Coordinate the processing of archival collections and assist with the preparation of finding aids; Research and Catalog Artifacts; Perform condition assesments and prepare condition reports for material; Photograph/digitize collection material as needed; Assist with exhibit production at Pickler Memorial Library, as well as at the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitor Center; Assist with educational programs, presentations, and departmental collaborations; Supervise and train student workers/interns; Provide reference assistance as needed; Work holiday rotations and outside of regular Monday-Friday schedule as needed; and perform other duties as assigned

Required qualifications: 

  • Education: High School Diploma or GED and some college coursework
  • Skills:  Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.  Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within an academic instiution.  Familiarity with informational resources and ability to conduct research.  Excellent accuracy and attention to detail.  Dexterity to handle fragile items; physical ability to move around in small enclosed work areas accessible only by narrow stairways and to lift, manipulate and carry heavy books, boxes and artifacts.  Must be competent using Microsoft Office and have the ability to learn new software

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in history, studio art, art history, anthropology, or related field
  • Experience working in a special collections, museum, or archive setting
  • Familiarity with collections care and conservation methodology
  • Previous working experience with PastPerfect and/or other database management software packages
  • Familiarity with digital cameras and photo editing software

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter, application, resume, transcripts, and contact information for three references online or to:

Human Resources
Truman State University
McClain Hall 101
100 E. Normal Ave.
Kirksville, MO 63501

Any questions may be directed to Human Resources at hrstaff@truman.edu or 660-785-4031.

Review of applications will begin July 2, 2018 and continue until position is filled.

Submit Application Materials Online

Job Opportunity: Weekend House Manager at the John Wornall House

The Weekend Manager at the John Wornall House is primarily responsible for giving public tours, opening and closing the Museum, providing support to volunteer docents and administrative support to staff. This is a part-time (11-hours/week) hourly, non-exempt position that reports to the Director of Public Programming and Events. Core hours are Saturdays and Sundays, flexible hours depending on the event schedule. Museum background preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform the regular procedures to open and close the House, preparing it for public tours.
  • Give public tours as needed and provide support to volunteer docents.
  • Participate in group visits such as school and scouting field trips by giving tours and implementing program activities.
  • Access the database to look up and enter data for members and donors.
  • Answer the phones and take messages.
  • Process admissions, gift shop sales, and other payments such as program and event tickets and memberships.
  • Prepare and reconcile the cash box.
  • Complete administrative projects as assigned by the Executive Director, and the Director of Public Programming and Events.
  • Assist the Volunteer Manager in recruiting, training, scheduling, supervising, and recognizing volunteer docents for public tours.
  • Assist the Volunteer Manager in the development an annual appreciation program for volunteers.
  • Assist the Volunteer Manager in scheduling group tours and field trips and securing the volunteers and staff as needed.
  • Assist the Director of Public Programming and Events with curriculum development for camps (i.e. summer, winter, spring break)

Other Responsibilities:

  • Maintain an inviting and presentable environment of the facilities and grounds at all times.
  • Be available to work with staff on educational and fundraising events for the Wornall/Majors House Museums (WMHM).
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and strategic direction of the WMHM.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work both independently and as a team player.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to multitask effectively and work flexibly and productively.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including outstanding aptitude in customer service.
  • Experience in museums and/or nonprofits.
  • Willingness to foster the mission and values of Wornall/Majors by being an active, passionate member of our staff.

Compensation: Pay rate $10.00 per hour.

To apply send resume to:
Kerrie Nichols, Executive Director
director@wornallmajors.org

Unpaid Internship: Photographs and Prints Internship, Missouri Historical Society

Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, MO (Summer 2018)

The Missouri Historical Society is accepting applications from students who are interested in an unpaid internship within our photographs and prints department at the Library & Research Center. This position will report directly to the photographs and prints archivist.

The intern will work on completing an inventory of 1950s-era photographic negatives from the St. Louis Public Schools Photograph Collection. The intern will compare negatives to a listing of images; learn to identify film types, and evaluate and record their conditions; arrange the film in appropriate storage containers; and record their locations. The ideal candidate will have strong attention to detail and an interest in photographic history.

The work schedule is flexible, with hours typically between 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. A minimum of 15 hours of work per week is required. The final schedule will be determined with the supervisor.

The ideal candidate will be an undergraduate majoring in library science, history, American studies, or a similar field of study. Some experience with Adobe Photoshop is preferred. The ideal candidate will also be detail oriented and have strong written communication skills.

To apply for this position, please submit a résumé to Vicki Kaffenberger and Tamaki A. Harvey Stratman at vak@mohistory.org and tamaki@mohistory.org. Candidates will then be directed to complete a full application. If selected for an interview, candidates will be asked to supply two references.

For questions, please contact: Vicki Kaffenberger at vak@mohistory.org or Tamaki A. Harvey Stratman at tamaki@mohistory.org.

The Missouri Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that serves as the confluence of historical perspectives and contemporary issues to inspire and engage audiences.

Unpaid Internship Opportunity: Environmental History Collection and Exhibit Development, Missouri Historical Society

Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, MO (Summer 2018)

The Missouri Historical Society (MHS) is accepting applications from students  interested in an unpaid assistantship or internship within the exhibitions and research division. The intern will assist in research for MHS’s artifact collection and in the content development of exhibits.

The intern’s responsibilities may include:

  • Identifying library, photography archive, and document archive holdings related to specific collection artifacts, including source and finding aid citations in a comprehensive summary report
  • Researching maker/manufacturer, industry, materials, ownership, and/or usage information of specified artifacts, including source and finding aid citations in a comprehensive summary report
  • Providing researched characterizations of discrete aspects of regional resource exploitation or conservation
  • Measuring, describing, and entering artifact identification information into Mimsy, the collections database management system
  • Assisting with artifact photography, document scanning, and/or interview transcription

A minimum of 10 hours per week for 12 to 15 weeks is desired, with a flexible schedule between 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. The final schedule will be determined with the supervisor.

Preferred assistantship candidates will be graduate students; undergraduate students in good academic standing with a passion for and competency in the subject will be considered for internship. Appropriate fields of academic study include: environmental studies, archaeology, material culture studies, history, museum studies, archive management, or similar fields. The applicant should have good communication, computer, and research skills, and sensitivity to and care for delicate artifacts.

To apply for this position, please submit a résumé to Vicki Kaffenberger and Tamaki A. Harvey Stratman at vak@mohistory.org and tamaki@mohistory.org. Candidates will then be directed to complete a full application. If selected for an interview, candidates will be asked to supply two references.

For questions, please contact: Vicki Kaffenberger at vak@mohistory.org or Tamaki A. Harvey Stratman at tamaki@mohistory.org.

The Missouri Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that serves as the confluence of historical perspectives and contemporary issues to inspire and engage audiences.

Job Opening: Curator of Collections, Riley Co KS Historical Museum

This is a specialized, professional position which provides collections curatorial leadership, vision and planning, and oversees the museum collections management system.

Essential Functions:

  • Supervises selection, registration, documentation, exhibition, and storage of incoming and outgoing artifacts.
  • Oversees the management of the collection by maintaining appropriate records, supervising proper environmental control, directing and following professional standards and practices.
  • Develops policy and procedures for collections management as needed.
  • Conducts research and prepares reports as needed.
  • Recruits, trains, and supervises collections interns, volunteers, and staff.
  • Assists with interpretive plans, education programs, exhibits, and other projects of the Museum.
  • Interacts with donors or potential donors and assists the public as needed.

Qualifications

Education: Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, American history, or in a relevant field. Master’s degree in museum studies or history preferred. Experience: Three or more years of experience in supervision of museum collections preferred. Knowledge of collections rules, practices, standards, and procedures necessary to professionally perform and manage a wide variety of interrelated and possibly non-standard procedural assignments and to resolve a wide range of problems using independent judgment.

Special Requirements

Knowledge of Riley County history, the history of the American West, and material culture preferred. Pre-employment drug screening and background check is required upon conditional offer of employment.

To Apply, visit http://www.rileycountyks.gov/321/Employment-Information. Application deadline is May 1st.

Summer Internship: Missouri Coordinated Campaign

The Missouri Coordinated Campaign is looking for summer interns and fellows to join the campaign. The campaign is looking for motivated, dedicated individuals who want to learn the inner workings of a major political campaign and the ins and outs of the grassroots program it takes to win an election.

With flexible hours, this program is available to all students regardless of schedule. This internship will teach you what goes in to creating a grassroots field program, how to conduct a cutting-edge persuasion direct voter contact program, and you will meet friends and make professional contacts that will last a lifetime.

The campaign is also offering a fellowship program for interns interested in taking their involvement to the next level. Fellows will take on even more responsibility and leadership roles, and will participate in specialized training programs on campaign data, reporting, and community engagement. The skills fellows will learn will equip them with all of the tools they need to find future employment in the fields of organizing, campaigns, and government. Greater time commitment is required.

The Missouri Coordinated Campaign internship and fellowship programs are designed to be a top-notch, informative, and educational experience – providing an entry-level launching point for future careers in politics and campaigns. Program participants will engage with voters in their communities, learn from and work directly with seasoned campaign staff, and hear from a number of guest speakers. In addition, participation in a program like this is an excellent addition to a college application, so rising Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to apply.

To apply for an internship or a fellowship with the Missouri Coordinated Campaign or to learn about general volunteer opportunities, apply online at https://missouridemocrats.org/intern/, call us at (314) 690-8108, or email us at intern@missouridems.org.

 

Education Intern & Summer Camp Manager Wornall/Majors House Museums

The Wornall/Majors House Museums is seeking one individual to assist with developing curriculum and educational programming for children for our summer camp series. This position is a hybrid position of an unpaid internship and paid camp management position. Building on the groundwork laid by previous camp sessions, the Curriculum Intern will work to create thematic lesson plans centering on various topic relevant to mid-nineteenth century history education, including, but not limited to: frontier life, the Civil War, Native American culture, horticulture, and arts and crafts. The intern will put their lesson plans into action as Summer Camp Manager for two weeks of camp programming.

Responsibilities:
• Develop Summer Camp curriculum, including but not limited to: scheduling presenters, developing new activities, refining or refreshing existing activities, and researching new curriculum strategies.
• Communicate with parents prior to camp start dates.
• Work with the Volunteer Manager to recruit and manage Junior Volunteers (ages 12+) prior to and during camp.
• Assist in creating and maintaining budget for program expenses.
• Serve as Summer Camp Manager through the summer of 2017, managing all day-to-day operations of the Museum’s camp program, which will consist of two weeks (10 days) of camp sessions.
• Inventory and organize camp supplies during and following camp sessions.
• Other administrative tasks as assigned.
Requirements
• Must be available June 11-15 and July 9-13 for all camp sessions.
• Good people skills, including comfort in speaking to a group and managing others.
• Good time management skills when creating and adhering to a schedule, with the ability to be flexible if needed.
• Must pass an NCSI background check.
• CPR/First Aid certified, or willing to obtain certification, paid for by Wornall/Majors.
• Experience with children preferred.
• Either majoring in or experience with education, history, or recreation management.

The position of Curriculum Intern begins in May and extends through July. This portion of the internship is unpaid. 5-15 hours per week.

During the time that the intern is serving as Summer Camp Manager (June 11-15, July 16-20, and any time directly related to set up/tear down logistics of camp), the intern will be paid $10/hr.
Intern will work primarily out of our Wornall House location during camp planning session (6115 Wornall Rd., KCMO), and at the Majors House location during the duration of summer camp (8201 State Line Rd., KCMO).

Apply: 
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Sarah Bader-King at programs@wornallmajors.org.

The Wornall/Majors House Museums is a non-profit that preserves and protects two of Kansas City’s most significant antebellum landmarks – the John Wornall House Museum and the Alexander Majors House Museum. The Museums engage the Kansas City community by bringing history to life through innovative, hands-on programs and experiences. The houses, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places, feature hands-on tours, field trips, summer camps, adult education programs, and more.

Our interns will experience many facets of museum management, educational programming, and nonprofit administration. We value our interns and go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals. Internships can be tailored to fit requirements for college credit.

Preparing Object Records for Accession

I’ve finished compiling all the gathered information about the objects in the Alexander Major’s House into an Excel spreadsheet, which I believe will then be imported into PastPerfect (the museum’s collections management software). There are several required fields that must be filled out when adding object records for accession.

One is the Collection field. I decided to have each room of the house be its own collection. For example, there’s a painting of Alexander Majors in the house’s entry hall, so it will be part of the Entry Hall Collection. Objects are given both a less descriptive Object Name, as well as a more descriptive Object Title. The Object Title would be “Oil Painting of Alexander Majors,” while the Object Name would simply be “Painting.” The Object Description includes even more details about an object, including information about the object’s specific location in the room, it’s composition, place of origin, etc. For instance, the Object Description for the Major’s painting contains details about the artist and painting, like how it was painted by local artist Mary Campbell and was based on a tintype of Majors at age thirty-six. Other information required in an object record include the date the object was made, the name of the donor, the catalog date, and the name of the staff member who cataloged the object. The most difficult part has been finding out who the donor of an object was, which I am currently working on by looking through old newsletters and organizational papers.

Unpaid Internship Opportunity: Congressional Leadership Fund

The Congressional Leadership Fund is currently seeking students interested in learning more about campaigning and effective public communications. Student interns will gain invaluable knowledge about the democratic process and work to become adept communicators through hands on experience with elected officials, candidates, and the general public. The internship opportunities for this Fall are open to any student; however, they must apply and be accepted. Hours are flexible, but students must be able to commit to 8-10 hours per week and are responsible for their own transportation.

The 2018 election cycle promises to be one of the most contested elections in history.  The

Congressional Leadership Fund will be an important part of this election and you will have a firsthand view of what it takes to win a campaign.

Eligible students will be provided with academic credit or service hours. While these positions are unpaid, they will provide political opportunities not available elsewhere and upon completion of the program, a letter of recommendation to a future employer or college will be provided.

Interns will be expected to assist the Congressional Leadership Fund

  • Grassroots Organizing
  • Event Planning
  • Research
  • Data Entry
  • Coalition Outreach Activities
  • Voter Contacts
  • Office Management

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Blake Hale at bhale@theclf.org.

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