The Dangremond Museum Studies Internship at the Connecticut Historical Society is an opportunity for students to gain exposure to and experience in many aspects of the functions and daily operation of a history museum, library, and research center. The intent is to help students:
- Apply the theoretical learning from their liberal arts education to a related nonprofit
- Work closely with professionals to gain a deeper knowledge of the museum, library, and history fields
- Gain broader exposure to opportunities beyond college and the classroom
- Acquire first-hand access to a nationally-recognized institution and its renowned collection
- Obtain the hands-on experience and skills valued by employers and graduate schools
- Meet and network with CHS employees, interns, and volunteers
- Work as part of a team and gain a broad understanding of how different departments function within an institution
Interns must complete 250 hours on task (generally 30 hours/week [including unpaid lunch hour] x 10 weeks) and are eligible for a $500 stipend. Please note, 2018 selections have been made. Please check back in January 2019 for 2019 application details.
Exact internship dates will vary, based upon student availability and supervisor needs.
Required Application Materials
- Cover letter
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All application materials must be received by posted due date. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.
- Students of diverse backgrounds 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.
Please send all inquiries and completed applications to the contact listed below. All application materials can 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. Please do not staple any of materials sent via mail.
Rebecca Gavin, Head of Education Programs
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.
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 an internship?
Yes. The 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.