The Dangremond Museum Studies Internship

Overview

The application period is now closed for the Summer 2020 Dangremond Museum Studies Internship!

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 10-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 numerous 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 exhibits and learn how an exhibit goes 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, several 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 ten weeks each summer from mid-June through mid-August. Interns must complete 250 hours on task (generally 30 hours/week including unpaid lunch hour for 10 weeks) and are eligible for a $1,700 stipend. The application period is now closed for the 2020 summer internship. Applications for the 2021 internship will be accepted starting in January 2021.

What last summer’s Dangremond interns said about their experience:

“The Dangremond Museum Studies Internship allowed me to observe museum operations more holistically, granting me a glimpse into the many different roles museum work can offer. From these experiences, I witnessed a broad range of museum work, and am now better able to picture a possible museum career in the future. Above all, this internship showed me that museum work does not consist of separate, concise departments, but rather of a network of constant teamwork and cooperation.” –Lyric Lott

“The Dangremond internship was the best experience I’ve had in my entire four years as a history major. I learned so much about the work that goes into running a successful museum.” –Jordan Butler

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 for this internship.

How to apply

Eligible students can apply by submitting the following items:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Academic essay: no more than 2 pages 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 rebecca_gavin@chs.org

Please send all inquiries and completed applications to the contact listed below. All application materials may be sent via email. Please note that if you choose to send your letters of recommendation via email, they must come directly from the person writing the letter. Although not preferred, application materials may arrive separately.

Contact:
Rebecca Gavin Director of Education Connecticut Historical Society
One Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06015
(860) 236-5621 x233

Selection Process and Final Decision

All applications will be reviewed as received with selected applicants invited for an interview. All applicants will be notified of the CHS’s decision by April 17, 2020.

FAQs

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 cover letter, please be sure to outline coursework and experience that is relevant.

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

Yes. This internship program is open to international students.

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 accept late applications; there are no exceptions.

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 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.

To support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Connecticut Historical Society is closed to the public through July 31. All on-site programs and events are canceled during this time. Our Annual Meeting has been postponed until September 14. Click here for CHS's digital programs.