Internship Opportunities Har-Ber Village Museum offers a variety of unpaid internships to provide opportunities for students and recent graduates to receive academic credit and/or valuable work experience in the nonprofit field. Students must be a junior or senior to apply. Internships are offered in spring (March-May); summer (June-August); and fall (September-November) depending on internship availability. There is a minimum 10-week commitment of at least 12-15 hours each week.
Our internship program aims to cultivate students from many fields and disciplines. We offer interns a substantive learning experience that affords interns the opportunity to contribute to the museum, and the knowledge, skills and tools to continue in the museum field.
All of our internships are unpaid. Applicants in need of financial aid to support their internships are encouraged to explore potential funding sources through the career services or alumni offices on their campus. Many colleges offer their students scholarships, stipends, or off-campus work-study to facilitate participation in public-interest internships. While internships are unpaid, many students earn academic credit for their experience at Har-Ber Village Museum. In addition, benefits of 10% off merchandise in the museum gift shop and discounted program admission are extended to all interns.
Internship Application Application is made by emailing a current resume outlining your educational, professional, and volunteer experiences with current contact information, a one-page personal statement describing your reasons for seeking an internship at HBVM and what you hope to gain from the experience, and contact information for two references to Amelia Chamberlain, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate whether you are applying for a Spring, Summer or Fall internship and any curriculum requirements. Admission to this internship program is on a competitive basis and includes an interview process.
Spring Interns are typically selected by February. Start date will be in March and end date will be in May—apply before the end of January.
Summer Interns are typically selected by May. Start date will be in June and End date will be in August—apply before the end of April.
Fall Interns are typically selected by August. Start date will be in September and End date will be in November—apply before the end of July.
Internships are offered in the following four categories:
Interns will assist in the implementation of the Village’s marketing plan: creating press releases for special events, brochure distribution, flyer design and distribution, membership recruitment, mailing list database management, posting on HBVM’s FaceBook page, etc.
Education Programs and Special Events
Interns will assist with planning and implementing monthly special events (including hands-on experiences for families with children, demonstrations, music, and theme-related vendors) as well as developing and presenting on-site programs and curriculum materials for school groups. Weekends are required for this position.
Research and Collections
Interns work with staff to inventory, research, describe and photograph Har-Ber Village’s extensive collections. The Village has a complete inventory; however, a great deal of work is yet to be done entering information into Past Perfect, a collections management database. Interns will then use their research to develop interpretive text for use in select exhibits.
Interns encounter and engage visitors from all over the state, the U.S., and the world. Tasks might include staffing an interactive exhibit, greeting groups, answering visitor questions, assisting at the reception area with admissions or store sales, or supporting work done behind the scenes.