Monthly Archives: August 2014

Paid Internship in Museum Education at Truman Museum

Third Grade Program Assistant 

Interns will help provide an interactive museum learning experience to third graders through an educational program at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Mo. This short term paid intern opportunity is available February – April, 2015.

The interns will help conduct a 3rd grade program approximately 3 hours in length. The interns will lead groups of 3rd grade students (8/9 yrs old) and move students to stations in the museum galleries and work with students to complete tasks in those areas. The interns will assist 3rd grade students in finding clues and answers within the exhibits and respond to their questions. Interns will need to keep the students on track and focused. Interns will also have to keep track of time as students will be accomplishing multiple tasks in various locations.

The interns will be paid $12.50 an hour for a minimum of 100 hours and a maximum of 125 hours during late February to mid-April 2015. The hours will be during the work week, Monday through Thursday and are approximately 9:30am – 1:30pm. The days and hours worked each week may vary.

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2014. Interviews will be conducted in October and interns notified shortly afterwards. The internship will start in mid-February, 2015.

COMMITMENT REQUIRED: A minimum commitment of two programs a week from March -April is required. Training will take place in February.


  • Current enrollment in a 2 or 4-year degree program
  • Good organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and effectively
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Enjoy interacting and comfortable with third graders
  • Extensive prior knowledge of the Truman Presidency is not required but a working knowledge of American history and government is helpful
  • Able to accept supervision
  • Ability to speak comfortably before groups of 3rd grade students
  • Physically able to lead students around the museum

LOCATION OF INTERNSHIP: The Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, Independence, Missouri

Students wishing to take this internship for credit should follow the How to Apply instructions.

For further information or to request an application, please contact:

David Clark, Internship Coordinator
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
500 West U.S. Highway 24 Independence, MO 64050
Phone: 816-268-8207 Fax: 816-268-8295 E-mail:

NARA Fall Internship Building New Public History Center

The National Archives and Records Administration’s headquarters in Kansas City is seeking a fall intern to help with the creation of a new Public History Learning City. Interns will help research and write educational materials for school groups and members of the general public working on projects related to the Wild West, crime in Kansas City, or the history of Ft. Leavenworth Prison. Students interested in museum education, public programming, and exhibit design would be appropriate.

If you are interested, follow the How to Apply instructors. Or contact education director Mickey Ebert at

Mahaffie Farmstead Seeks Historic Site Guides

The Mahaffie Farmstead seeks to hire historic site guides for the fall season. The guidewill engage general visitors and organized tour groups in hands-on, living history activities at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site for daily programming and special events. They will also assist with preparation, planning, set-up, and take-down, of program materials for daily activities and special events and handle admissions/reception and gift shop duties.  May assist in feeding and maintaining livestock.

Hours and schedule will vary. For more information and to apply, see the full job posting at the City of Olathe’s website.

Students are welcome to apply to this job for employment, or also take it as an internship while working.

Exciting News

By Caitlin Eckard

Well I just learned today that my internship will continue through the end of December. Exciting news for me! Hopefully, there will be a full time job for me in January if the funding is there. I have begun my final paper, which is a proposal on how to store the photo collection I am scanning. This project has a lot of interesting issues I must think about before my final paper. The photos are in stage one degradation, as I have mentioned before, so the most important issue is to keep these photos and negatives in their current state, so there is not more damage to the collection. I haven’t had much experience with these types of artifacts, so I have been trying to study up on the best practices for photo storage. I am struggling with how to store everything, because I know some archives/ museums store prints and negatives separately. I don’t think that will work here, simply because of the space available to ATHS. I know temperature control will be the most important aspect of the photo collection after it has been properly stored. I believe that if I do a great job on this proposal, it will be put to use at ATHS, which is some experience I think will benefit me greatly in my career.