The Madison Historical Society is pleased to offer internships throughout the year. College and university juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates whose areas of major concentration have included museum studies, history, American studies, art history, or related programs are welcome to inquire.
Please note: For Summer 2020, due to COVID-19 challenges, we regret to report that our internship program is temporarily suspended.
Please check back in Spring 2021.
- are individually tailored to match your goals to our needs;
- may be offered or can be arranged during the academic year as well as in the summer months;
- can have a flexible term of commitment, from several weeks to several months. A minimum of four weeks is required; the average internship is eight to twelve weeks;
- require a personal interview with our executive director and/or collections chair;
- are modestly paid;
- do not include housing or transportation;
- will include a letter of reference upon completion.
Course credit may be obtained for extensive, full-time internships if the intern independently presents a proposal to his or her educational institution.
Primary focus will be on library management and cataloging of history books and genealogies, maps, historic building files, and local history manuscripts. The intern will work with the executive director or collections chair. Filing, boxing, storage, conservation, creating search systems, and assisting both visiting independent scholars and building plaque program researchers may be among the responsibilities.
Primary focus will be on exhibition development, interpretation, research, label, signage, and exhibit guide writing, design and installation, and related public education programming. An intern may develop a case or small gallery exhibition based on his or her personal interests and independent research related to the MHS collection and/or the history and culture of its properties or the historic coastal Connecticut environment.
Primary focus will be on collections management and museum operations. Working closely with the collections chair, the intern will assist with cataloguing, conservation, record-keeping, inventory, research and identification, storage, acquisitions, and other concerns involved with the care and management of the MHS collection.
For more information, please contact us. Call 203. 245.4567 or contact us by E-mail.
What Our Interns have said about their Experience
As an intern with the Madison Historical Society, I gained valuable experience in preparing research, copy writing for print and digital, and preparing collateral for events. My time with the historical society prepared me for a later internship with a university press, and eventually led me to a career in B2B publishing.Amanda Hurlburt, Marist College
Prior to my internship, the town of Madison was quite unknown to me. Now, I can honestly say that it was a privilege to work in this town and develop a relationship with its historical society. This organization is held together by considerate and passionate people who welcomed me into their world and always tried incorporate all of my interests into the tasks they had me complete. They went out of their way to ensure that I gained all the experiences I was looking for. I never felt like my opinion did not matter or that my work was not valued. This internship taught me that taking a risk can pay off in the best of ways and can lead to unexpected, but meaningful relationships.