Dangremond Museum Studies internship

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The Dangremond Museum Studies Internship

Overview

Have you ever wondered what it’s like working in a museum? Are you a college student looking for a summer internship? 

The Dangremond Museum Studies Internship at the Connecticut Historical Society is a 6-week summer internship designed to provide an immersive experience in a museum setting. 

Students will work closely with the museum’s Collections, Education, and Exhibitions Departments to complete multiple projects and gain valuable experience. 

  • In the Collections Department, interns assist with processing a collection and gain experience in researching, cataloging, digitizing, and making a collection accessible to the public. 
  • In the Education Department, interns assist with developing and presenting educational programs to museum visitors and help prepare school program materials and supplies for the upcoming school year. 
  • In the Exhibitions Department, interns support the creation and installation of museum exhibitions and take their own small exhibition from concept to reality. 

In addition, interns meet with staff from the Administration and Development Departments to learn about leadership, fundraising, and museum finance. Finally, field trips throughout the summer allow interns to visit other regional museums to meet staff and learn more about the field. 

This internship takes place at the Connecticut Historical Society for six weeks from mid-July through mid-August. Interns will complete 144 hours (4 days/week; 9:30 am-4:30 pm with an unpaid lunch hour) and will receive a $2,160 total stipend, paid in two installments.. 

The application period for summer 2023 is January 1-March 3, 2023. 

What the 2022 Dangremond interns shared about their favorite part of the internship experience: 

“Meeting people in all different positions was the best part about this program because I learned about all of the different roles that go into the production of the museum.”- Aliha Haider 

“My favorite part was becoming a regular part of staff and getting acquainted with the daily work environment in a museum.” – Ryan Feriancek 

Application Process

 

Who is eligible?

Students who are currently enrolled at a college or university and will have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year by the beginning of the internship.  First year students and those who have previously participated in this same internship at the CHS are not eligible. 

How to apply

Eligible students can apply by submitting the following items:

  • Resume
  • Academic essay: 500-1000 words describing how your academic goals, qualifications, and career aspirations relate to the internship at the Connecticut Historical Society 
  • Copies of academic transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • 2 letters of recommendation from professors, teachers, or former internship supervisors; emailed letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the reference to [email protected]

Please send all inquiries and completed applications to the contact listed below. All application materials may be sent via email.  Letters of recommendation can be sent by mail or email but must come directly from the person writing the letter to our HR office. Although not preferred, application materials may arrive separately. 

Contact:
Susan Presutti, Director of Human Resources
One Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
[email protected] | (860) 236-5621 x244 

Selection Process and Final Decision

All applications will be reviewed as received and selected applicants will be invited for an interview.  

FAQ

Do I need to be a history major to be eligible for the CHS’s paid internship program?

No. We welcome applications from students with varied interests and backgrounds. In your essay, please be sure to outline relevant coursework and experience.

I am not a US citizen. Am I eligible to apply for this internship?

Yes. This internship program is open to international students. You are responsible for determining if you are eligible to receive a stipend from a US employer, and CHS will require evidence of your eligibility. CHS will require proof of visa and eligibility to receive stipend payments.  

Does CHS sponsor visas?

No. Although CHS will act as your host institution, we cannot sponsor your visa. If you are an international student interested in applying for this internship, please confirm with your college or university immigration advisor that you are eligible for a work authorization.  

I missed the application deadline. May I submit a late application?

No. CHS does not consider late applications.

If I am accepted for an internship position, will CHS provide housing?

No. If you are accepted into the internship program, it is your responsibility to arrange your own housing, transportation, and accommodations. 

If I am not accepted for an internship position, may I reapply the following year?

Yes, as long as you are still eligible the following year. You will need to resubmit your application materials again. Please be sure to state on your application that you are reapplying. 

If I am accepted for an internship position, can I earn academic credit for the work done?

Many institutions will not allow students to receive academic credit for an internship that comes with a stipend. However, with prior consent from your institution, you may be eligible. You must make arrangements to receive this credit with your institution before beginning your internship at CHS. The CHS cannot retrofit an internship program for academic credit, nor can we proactively craft this internship to be eligible for academic credit from any specific institution. 

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Museum Hours:

Tuesday-Friday 12pm-5pm, Thursday nights until 8pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

Research Center Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-5pm, Thursday nights until 8pm
Always by appointment only.

Location

One Elizabeth Street
Hartford CT, 06105

860.236.5621