The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center offers unpaid collection management internships to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in History, American Studies, Museum Studies, Political Science,or similar field. Ideally, students should have an interest in pursuing a career in Curatorial Administration, Public History, Museum Management, or Historic Preservation. Good writing, research, and organizational skills; familiarity with the Internet, digital imaging, and data entry; and knowledge of Windows, Word Perfect, and Past Perfect would be helpful.
The internship offers opportunities for students to acquire skills and experience outside the traditional academic setting. The intern will assist the Collections Manager in performing a broad range of cataloging duties involving the Hayes Presidential Center's artifact collections.
The intern may gain experience in the digital imaging and description of collections, basic preservation techniques, accession procedures, collections management using the software program Past Perfect, and collections access through the Hayes Center's web site. The intern also may be asked to assist with exhibit preparation, educational seminars, clerical duties, data entry, reference, and historical research.
Interns must have reliable transportation to and from the Hayes Presidential Center and be able to arrange a reasonably consistent work schedule between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Typical internships require 110 to 130 hours of work over the course of one but not more than two semesters. The Hayes Center does not award college credits. Students should arrange for credits through their college.
Interested applicants may arrange for an interview by contacting Mary Lou Rendon, Collections Manager, at the Hayes Presidential Center, 800-998-7737, ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org. An applicant's interests, work schedule, expectations, and project plans will be discussed during the interview.