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Paid Summer Internship at Schenectady County Historical Society

  • February 01, 2019 1:08 PM
    Message # 7141481

    Paid Summer Internship at the Schenectady County Historical Society/Mabee Farm Historic Site

    Posted February 2, 2019

    About the Schenectady County Historical Society:

    The Schenectady County Historical Society brings to life the region’s dynamic history at the Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction and the Grems-Doolittle Library and the Schenectady History Museum in the historic Stockade district of Schenectady. Featuring interactive exhibits, talks, workshops, concerts, education programs and community events for all audiences, SCHS shares stories, inspires dialogue, and encourages understanding of the history, people, and cultures of Schenectady County.

    About the SCHS Summer Internship:

    The Schenectady County Historical Society seeks a flexible and enthusiastic individual with an interest in public history and a commitment to excellent visitor services for its summer internship program. The successful candidate should have or be pursuing a degree in history, public history, museum studies, or a related field; must be willing to take initiative; be comfortable interacting with the public and with children; have excellent computer skills, and be able to handle multiple projects at one time. The candidate should be comfortable working independently and in small groups. Basic knowledge of PastPerfect software and artifact handling is helpful but not required.

    The intern will be involved in many aspects of the Society’s operations, and can expect to work hands-on in a variety of capacities at SCHS, gaining an understanding of how different departments overlap and work together in a small institution. This internship involves occasional lifting and moving of heavy objects.


    • Present daily school programs to elementary and middle school students (May-June)
    • Assist staff with the planning and implementation of educational activities during special events
    •  Inventory and photograph a wide variety of artifacts, including paintings, furniture, textiles, household goods, and farm tools
    • Assist with ongoing interpretation of sites
    • Research and write 1,500 work newsletter article(s).
    • Lead guided historic house tours for the general public
    • Assist with large special events and smaller programs and concerts
    • Represent SCHS at outreach events
    • Open, close, and perform basic housekeeping at historic sites as needed
    • Assist with preservation, maintenance, and agricultural projects, including harvesting crops, painting, and moving artifacts
    • Feed goat, sheep, chickens, and cat daily
    • Assist in the gift shop during school programs and regular operations
    • Assist with other daily operational tasks as needed

    The internship schedule will vary week-to-week, depending on programming. Interns will work 35 hours/week, including Saturdays, for a twelve-week period beginning in May, and ending in August. The intern MUST be available on the following dates: July 3 and July 13. Some evening work will be required. The pay rate is $11.50/hour. Housing is not provided, and the intern must have transportation.

    Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and list of three references by March 21, 2019 to Mary Zawacki at director@schenectadyhistorical.org. In-person interviews will be held the weeks of April 1 and April 8.

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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