Internships

The History Center offers project based internships for current college students throughout the year. Internships are unpaid, but can meet credit requirements. Internships vary from year to year.

Past internships have included collections projects, exhibit research and development, educational programming, marketing, and office administration.

Questions regarding internships or other opportunities? Email us at office@historycenter.org.

Education Intern:

Reports to: Program Manager/Curator

Summary: Interns will learn skills related to museum education and program management.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Actively participating as a member of the Education Department wherever need arises

  • Assisting visitors in Museum exhibitions

  • Producing presentations for outside organizations

  • Preparing and organizing materials for training of docents and teachers

  • Editing written materials

  • Sharing ideas for Department programming, curriculum

  • Effectively communicating Museum policy by phone and email

Experience/Requirements:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student studying history, or education

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills

  • Microsoft Office proficiency required (Word, Excel, Outlook)

  • Tech-savvy/quick learning

  • Professional and mature attitude; Patience in working with volunteers and museum visitors of all ages

  • Creative problem-solving

  • Ability to multi-task and flexibility in juggling assignments

Collections Intern:

Reports to: Curator

Summary: Interns will learn skills related to database management, artifact records and objects to help document and track the collection.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Inventory: Conduct an inventory of portions of the collections—particularly small object and archival materials.

  • Cataloging: Assist with cataloging and renumbering artifacts when required.

  • Rehousing: Assist in deterging appropriate storage and housing of artifacts

  • Research:  Assist in conducting research on artifacts when appropriate

Working Conditions:

Position requires lifting artifacts up to approximately forty pounds and climbing to reach artifacts in storage.  In addition, extensive computer work is required and interaction with department personnel. Position includes repetitive tasks and requires ability to work alone. Successful candidates are detail oriented. The collections department is a fluid environment. Atmosphere is at times quiet, but can be chaotic depending upon the current projects, such as exhibit openings.

Experience/Requirements:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student studying history, museum studies, library science or a related field.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work effectively independently, as a team member, and with the public.

  • Proficient computer skills, including word processing and database programs.

Hours

Tuesday - Saturday

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Admission

$7.00 for general public

$5.00 for students (with ID)

Free for children ages 4 and younger

Free for members of The History Center

All galleries and exhibits are self-guided.

The History Center

800 Second Avenue SE

Cedar Rapids, IA  52403

office@historycenter.org

Tel: 319-362-1501