Internships

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Logan Knight, 2014 summer intern.

Explore your future in history

Are you interested in learning about a career devoted to promoting history’s relevance? A career that shows history is a vital life skills tool and engages in historical preservation and scholarship?

Then you’ve come to the right place. The Kentucky Historical Society’s (KHS) mission is to educate and engage the public through Kentucky’s history in order to confront the challenges of the future. We’re also a state agency entrusted with preserving Kentucky’s historic treasures and a membership organization that is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Our interns can play an important role in helping us achieve our goals as they simultaneously gain valuable hands-on experience.

A KHS internship program helps you gain valuable experience and prepare for careers related to history and cultural preservation. Internships help familiarize students with the realities of career paths, make professional contacts and build resumes.

KHS offers undergraduate and graduate students opportunities in a wide variety of programs that can yield experience in many fields. While the listed positions are designed to meet specific institutional needs, individual projects often can be tailored to your skills, interests and academic requirements.

So roll up your sleeves and become a part of our team!


Current Opportunities

Education

School Programs: Spring 2015 Unpaid Internship

This intern will develop 10 to 20 instructional units for schools using the KHS collections. These units, aligned with Common Core for English Language Arts and 21st Century Learning and Innovation Skills, will include object-, image- and document- analysis activities to be used by teachers in the classroom and museum galleries. Training is provided at the beginning of the internship.

The internship is available for those interested in class credit and those just seeking more experience in the museum field. The internship is a minimum of 150 hours but the exact timeframe and schedule will be mutually determined by the supervisor and the successful candidate.

  • Internship completed by May 2015.
  • Weekly flexible schedule
  • Occasional travel to Frankfort required

This is a temporary, unpaid position based in Frankfort, Ky. Employee benefits are not available.  Housing is not provided.

Requirements
Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university as an undergraduate (junior or senior standing) or a graduate student.

To apply
Email your cover letter, application and resume to khs.hr@ky.gov. No phone calls please.

Deadline Extended
Dec. 30, 2014

 


Museum Collections and Exhibitions

Spring 2015 Undergraduate/Graduate Internship: Inventory Assistant

Are you interested in working with museum collections? Do you have a passion for history? If so, this is the internship for you. KHS is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated intern to work in the on an inventory project with the Museum Collections and Exhibitions team.

This internship is open to both graduate and undergraduate students interested in museum collections management. The intern will gain broad hands-on experience in object handling, inventory, and digitizing collections.

The internship is available for those interested in class credit and those just seeking more experience in the museum field. The internship is a minimum of 200-300 hours but the exact time frame and schedule will be mutually determined by the supervisor and the successful candidate.

This is a temporary, unpaid position based in Frankfort, Ky. Employee benefits are not available. Housing is not provided.

Responsibilities
The intern will participate in a comprehensive inventory project of the KHS collections. This internship will include object handling, creating digital records for an online database, photography and social media posts about the project.

Minimum requirements
Must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate level program working toward a degree in museum studies, public history, history or other related field. The candidate must have basic knowledge of computer databases, a passion for history and an interest in learning about collections management.

To apply 
Email your cover letter, application and resume to khs.hr@ky.gov. No phone calls please.

Deadline Extended
Dec. 30, 2014

 

Spring 2015 Undergraduate/Graduate Internship: Registration

Do you want to learn what happens behind the scenes with collections and records management? If so, this is the internship for you. KHS is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated intern to work in the registration office of the Museum Collections and Exhibitions team.

This internship is open to both graduate and undergraduate students interested in registration experience in a museum setting. The intern will gain broad hands-on experience in records management, inventory, accessioning museum collections, processing loans, collections management and care.

The internship is available for those interested in class credit and those just seeking more experience in the museum field. The internship is a minimum of 200-300 hours but the exact timeframe and schedule will be mutually determined by the supervisor and the successful candidate.

This is a temporary, unpaid position based in Frankfort, Ky. Employee benefits are not available. Housing is not provided.

Responsibilities
The intern will participate in a records management project to reorganize and digitize the KHS collection records, an inventory project for the collections, produce condition reports for items in incoming and outgoing loans, and participate in exhibition maintenance and environmental monitoring. The intern will also participate in meetings of the KHS Collections Committee, learn basic collections care and assist with cataloging collections as needed.

Minimum requirements
Must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate level program working towards a degree in museum studies, public history, history or other related field. The candidate must have strong research and organization skills. Basic knowledge of records management and the proper handling of museum objects and archival materials is preferred.

To apply
Email your cover letter, application and resume to khs.hr@ky.gov. No phone calls please.

Deadline Extended
Dec. 30, 2014

 

Collections Project Assistant, Churchill Weavers Collection

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is seeking a paid intern to assist with promoting and processing the archives acquired from Churchill Weavers, a Kentucky handweaving business. This is an excellent opportunity for a graduate student or a recent graduate to gain hands-on experience working with textiles and related weaving and business records. The intern will work closely with the project coordinator and other KHS staff to make the collection available for use by scholars, other museums, and the general public.

This will be an eight-week internship at 300 hours to begin in January 2015. The hourly rate is $10. Hours must be completed by March 15, 2015. Employee benefits are not available. Housing is not provided.

  • Responsibilities may include
  • Inventorying cataloged textiles as part of a larger wall-to-wall inventory project
  • Promoting the Churchill Weavers collection to target audiences and interest groups
  • Writing for social media (e.g., KHS blog, Facebook, and Pinterest)
  • Participating in the development of an online exhibition project
  • Assisting with managing deaccessions and processing discards

 

Minimum Requirements

  • A graduate student or a recent graduate of a master’s program in museum studies, curatorial studies, archival management, or a related field
  • Strong interests in textiles and textile or business history
  • Detail oriented with excellent organizational and communications skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and independently
  • Must be reliable and committed to completing the internship hours

 

To apply
Email a cover letter, application and resume to khs.hr@ky.gov. No phone calls please. Application form and more information can be found at history.ky.gov/intern.

Deadline
Dec. 15, 2014.


AIKCU

Frankfort Semester Internship

KHS will be accepting one intern from the Frankfort Semester Internships program. This collaborative program between the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities and Kentucky state government brings students from the state’s private colleges to the state capital for 12 weeks beginning each January.

Applications for this competitive program are accepted from juniors and seniors who must submit an essay stating why they want the internship and how they believe it will affect their future if received. Each applicant must also present letters of recommendation and undergo a personal interview by the program’s director.

The internship requires that students work 30 hours a week in one of state government’s executive branch agencies and complete two after-hours seminars while in Frankfort. Interns’ home campuses grant varying amounts of academic credit for satisfactory completion of the program. Students receive $2,500 stipends to help cover their living expenses.

Interested students may apply online or download the 2015 AIKCU Frankfort Semester Internship Application and mail it as directed.

For more information go to www.aikcu.org or click here to apply.


If you are interested in working at KHS, please visit the employment opportunities page.
If you are interested in volunteering for KHS, please visit the volunteer opportunities page.

KHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D.