Internship Opportunities - Summer 2018

Please include a resume and a cover letter with inquiries.
 


Unpaid Internships:

Students may take history related internships for credit. Please contact Dr. Ray Irwin for information.
 

Columbus Historical Society


Name, Address, and Mission of Organization: Columbus Historical Society
717 West Town Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
 
Operating Hours: Tuesday 9-2, Wednesday 10-3, Friday 9-2
 
Name of Prospective Supervisor and Contact Information: Aimee Briley
614-224-0822
 
CHS Mission
The mission of the Columbus Historical Society is to educate the citizenry, to preserve the historical artifacts of Central Ohio, and to instill pride, love and respect for ourselves, our cultures, and our ways of life.
1. To research, document, and collect the history of the Columbus metropolitan area by traditional historical methods, oral histories, and the most advanced technological means available.
2. To disseminate, educate and promote the diverse histories of the Columbus metropolitan area through programs that arouse public interest and invite wide community participation.
3. To publish books, monographs, documents, etc. with exacting scholarly standards.
4. To identify and mark historic sites of the Columbus metropolitan area.
5. To protect and preserve items, sites or properties of historic significance to the Columbus metropolitan area.
6. To identify and acquire materials, artifacts, and information.
7. To establish a base of operations, which includes a museum, library, office facilities, public meeting rooms, and serves as a repository of items of historic significance to the Columbus metropolitan area.
8. To protect, preserve, and make accessible all property in the custody of the Columbus Historical Society.
9. To cooperate with other historical societies, libraries, institutions, or organizations seeking our resources.
 
Description of the Project and/or Internship Responsibilities:
Collections intern will assist with cataloguing, inventory, and maintenance of collection and archives. This will entail researching artifacts, using PastPerfect Museum Management software to input data into database.  Previous experience with PastPerfect software is not required.  Student will also assist, as needed, with history research requests.  
 
Where Work Will Take Place:
 
__X__ Onsite
 
____ Online
 
_____ Both
 
Reporting Requirements:  Position will report during each shift to the Associate Director and/or Collections Committee Chair for training, to discuss progress, and provide guidance on work.
 
Desired Qualifications:
Intern must be able to complete hours during office hours (Tuesday 9-2, Wednesday 10-3, Friday 9-2).  Intern should be detail orientated, self-motivated, and be familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel.  Intern will have reached at sophomore standing or higher and will have taken an English course and at least three History courses.  Prefer some experience with writing history research papers
 
Educational Outcome(s) for the Student:
Student will learn some of the basics of registrar work and will get the opportunity to apply what has been learned.  Intern will also learn the basics of using PastPerfect Museum Software. 
 


Columbus Historical Society


Name, Address, and Mission of Organization: Columbus Historical Society
717 West Town Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Operating Hours: Tuesday 9-2, Wednesday 10-3, Friday 9-2
 
Name of Prospective Supervisor and Contact Information: Aimee Briley
614-224-0822
 
CHS Mission
The mission of the Columbus Historical Society is to educate the citizenry, to preserve the historical artifacts of Central Ohio, and to instill pride, love and respect for ourselves, our cultures, and our ways of life.
1. To research, document, and collect the history of the Columbus metropolitan area by traditional historical methods, oral histories, and the most advanced technological means available.
2. To disseminate, educate and promote the diverse histories of the Columbus metropolitan area through programs that arouse public interest and invite wide community participation.
3. To publish books, monographs, documents, etc. with exacting scholarly standards.
4. To identify and mark historic sites of the Columbus metropolitan area.
5. To protect and preserve items, sites or properties of historic significance to the Columbus metropolitan area.
6. To identify and acquire materials, artifacts, and information.
7. To establish a base of operations, which includes a museum, library, office facilities, public meeting rooms, and serves as a repository of items of historic significance to the Columbus metropolitan area.
8. To protect, preserve, and make accessible all property in the custody of the Columbus Historical Society.
9. To cooperate with other historical societies, libraries, institutions, or organizations seeking our resources.
 
Description of the Project and/or Internship Responsibilities:
Exhibit intern will assist with a variety of tasks needed to prepare for our autumn World War I exhibits and events.  Potential tasks will include: research, assisting with artifact loans, working with CHS committee, assisting with the creation of documents such as docent materials and exhibit labels, assisting with related event implementation.  
 
Ideal intern availability: Wednesdays between 9am-3pm and an occasional evening for committee meetings.  Please contact abriley@columbushistory.org with any questions regarding availability as some accommodations can be made.         
 
Where Work Will Take Place:
 
____ Onsite
 
____ Online
 
__X___ Both
 
Reporting Requirements:  Position will report during each shift to head of the WWI Exhibit committee, Associate Director, and/or Collections Committee Chair to discuss progress and provide guidance on work.
 
Desired Qualifications:
Intern should be detail orientated, self-motivated, and be familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel.  Intern will have reached at sophomore standing or higher and will have taken an English course and at least three History courses.  Prefer some experience with writing history research papers.  
 
Educational Outcome(s) for the Student:
Student will learn about exhibit planning and implementation, get to apply research skills in a professional setting, and gain experience working within a committee. 
 

Columbus Landmarks Foundation


Name, Address, and Mission of Organization: Columbus Landmarks Foundation, 57 Jefferson Ave. Columbus, OH 43215
Columbus Landmarks advocates for, promotes and preserves Columbus neighborhoods and buildings. 
 
Operating Hours: M-F 9-5
 
Name of Prospective Supervisor and Contact Information:
Becky West, Executive Director 
bwest@columbuslandmarks.org
614-221-0227
 
Description of the Project and/or Internship Responsibilities: 
1. Support of publication of 2018 Most Endangered Buildings List including identification, research, writing, web content, social media, publicity and advocacy efforts. (mostendangeredcbus.org)
2. Support of creation of program and tour focused on the architecture of Gilbert Coddington who designed the mid-century A-frame St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on the OSU Campus. 
 
Where Work Will Take Place:
 
____ Onsite
 
____ Online
 
____X_ Both
 
Requirements for Meetings with Supervisors and for Deliverables: Schedule/hours are flexible but work and timeline will be defined. 
 
Desired Qualifications: 
 
Educational Outcome(s) for the Student: Historic Preservation, Architecture, Design, Local History, Revitalization, Adaptive Reuse, Marketing, Project Management, Media Relations, Social Media and Non-Profit Management.  
 

Office of the Historian in Residence for the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA) at the Ohio State University


Name, Address, and Mission of Organization: This internship is sponsored by the Office of the Historian in Residence for the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA) at the Ohio State University. The historian in residence is a strategic partner of the DPAA that creates historical products to help locate the remains of missing servicemen from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and other Cold War conflicts. The Office of the Historian at Ohio State is 220 Dulles Hall.

Operating Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Name of Prospective Supervisor and Contact Information: Zachary M. Matusheski PhD. My office number is 614-688-3923. My OSU email is Matusheski.1@osu.edu.

Description of the Project and/or Internship Responsibilities: The DPAA is a Department of Defense agency that focuses on locating the remains of unaccounted for servicemen. Interns who work for the historian in residence at the Ohio State University will work on a variety of projects related to taskings issued by Washington D.C. Possible projects include building a database that identifies the location of manuscripts, maps, and other historical evidence in Ohio. Another project available to interns is a study determining if there is evidence of American prisoners of war in Soviet gulags. The program also has an active oral history program of Korean War and Vietnam War veterans.  At the end of their internship, interns will report to leadership at the DPAA on the outcome of their research.

Where Work Will Take Place:

            ____ Onsite

            ____ Online

            __X_ Both

Requirements for Meetings with Supervisors and for Deliverables:

The time commitment for this project is six hours a week. A minimum of 1 hour per week must be spent in the office. Each week, interns are required to submit a 1 page memorandum on what they accomplished over the week. At the end of the internship, you will hand in one 15-20 page paper on your specific research problem to the DPAA and you will give a 10-15 minute presentation via satellite to leadership of the DPAA. At the end of the internship, interns will write a 1 page cover letter and resume for a history related job.

Desired Qualifications: Students should come in with a passion for history. An active interest in military and/or diplomatic history is helpful.

Educational Outcome(s) for the Student:

By the end of the internship students will gain real world writing and presentation experience. Weekly one page reports will give the student the chance to focus their writing. Students will gain experience in designing a research plan, adjusting according to supervisor feedback, and executing the plan. Toward the end of the internship, interns will be able to present what they learned to the DPAA. Historical products they create will be placed in the DPAA library for researchers to draw on. Lastly, the historian in residence will offer feedback on one cover letter and resume.


Ohio History Connection


Name, Address, and Mission of Organization:

Ohio History Connection, 800 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211

Spark discovery of Ohio's stories. Embrace the present, share the past and transform the future.

Operating Hours: Business hours Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM

Name of Prospective Supervisor and Contact Information:
Lily Birkhimer, Digital Projects Coordinator
lbirkhimer@ohiohistory.org
(614) 297-2558

Description of the Project and/or Internship Responsibilities:

This internship would focus on the digitization and description of materials in our GOHI (Gay Ohio History Initiative) Collection to create online access through Ohio Memory (www.ohiomemory.org). These materials relate to the experience of LGBT Ohioans over the past several decades, including local clubs and organizations and national events like the 1979 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

The intern’s work will consist of two components:

Digitization: Scanning historical materials according to best practices and standards in the field of digital preservation.

Metadata: Metadata is the information related to our digital materials that makes them searchable, understandable and manageable over time. You can see the type of information included in metadata by looking at any record on Ohio Memory. The intern will research and describe the materials being digitized, and receive training on attaching this metadata to the digital objects using CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management software.

Where Work Will Take Place:

              X   Onsite

            ____ Online

            ____ Both           

Requirements for Meetings with Supervisors and for Deliverables:

Interns must be available to complete their hours on-site at the Ohio History Center Monday through Friday, between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Interns will regularly check in with the supervisor with questions or concerns, and quality review and feedback will be provided over the course of the internship.

Deliverables will include a collection of digital records available online through Ohio Memory, including high-resolution digital images and accompanying metadata records. If possible, the intern could also author a blogpost for our Ohio Memory blog highlighting these new digital materials and providing background and context for the collection.

Desired Qualifications:

We’re interested in candidates with a passion for Ohio history and an interest in the digital side of preserving and providing access to historical materials. Potential interns must be extremely detail-oriented with excellent writing and research skills, and have the ability to follow complex written or oral instructions.

Some familiarity with computers and content management is desired, but training will be provided for both digitization and metadata software programs. Experience with the Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Photoshop and databases systems is preferred.

Candidates must be able to work independently and receive instruction from the supervisor. He or she should demonstrate thoughtfulness, critical thinking skills and decision-making abilities while performing the duties associated with this position, as well as the ability to manage time effectively, pay attention to detail and work well with minimum supervision.

Educational Outcome(s) for the Student:

At the conclusion of this internship, the intern will have gained knowledge on digitization and metadata creation, two important components working with historical materials and building digital collections. He or she will also have learned about the LGBT experience in Ohio and in the larger national context over the last several decades.

Experience in Digital Services will also improve the intern’s understanding of how resources are made accessible online (including how to most effectively search for them in future research), and of the important work that goes into describing digital content in an effective way to share historical primary resources with a wider audience.



Ohio History Connection

 
Name, Address, and Mission of Organization: The Ohio History Connection, 800 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211.
 
Mission: To spark discovery of Ohio’s stories. Embrace the past, share the present and transform the future.
 
Operating Hours:  Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Name of Prospective Supervisor and Contact Information:
Bill Eichenberger
Editor-in-Chief
TIMELINE magazine
 
614-297-2318
 
 
Description of the Project and/or Internship Responsibilities:
This is a very exciting time for TIMELINE magazine and the Ohio History Connection. The January-March issue of the magazine will be the last in its current format. Beginning in May of 2018, the Connection will merge the magazine with our newsletter, Echoes, in a redesigned package that includes feature stories about Ohio’s history as well as a calendar of events and news about the goings on at the Ohio History Connection. Our intern may be asked to:
 
  • Interview curators, archivists, historians, archaeologists and the like and to write short (2 to 4 page) stories on a variety of historical subjects.
  • Research historical topics and fact-check stories to appear in the magazine.
  • Edit copy for grammar, accuracy, etc. 
  • Learn about and assist in the production process as we approach the May 2018 launch of the new publication. 
  • Help the magazine staff with getting the message out to our membership of 10,000 about the new publication. 
Where Work Will Take Place:
 
___X_ Onsite
 
____ Online
 
_____ Both
 
Requirements for Meetings with Supervisors and for Deliverables:
 
Desired Qualifications:
 
Educational Outcome(s) for the Student: The student should leave TIMELINE/Echoes with an understanding of the processes involved in putting out a bimonthly popular history magazine.


WOSU Public Media

 

Name, Address, and Mission of Organization:
WOSU Public Media
2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210-1027

The mission of WOSU Public Media is to enrich lives through content and experiences that engage, inform and inspire.

Operating Hours: 24-hour radio and television service, Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 5:00

Name of Prospective Supervisors and Contact Information:
Diana Bergemann
Television Producer
(614) 247-2671
Diana.Bergemann@wosu.org

Mary Rathke
Senior TV Producer
(614) 247-2434
Mary.Rathke@wosu.org

Marcelita Haskins
Chief Content Director, Learning and Public Engagement
(614) 514-9867
Marcelita.Haskins@wosu.org

Description of the Project and/or Internship Responsibilities: While the student will be designated as a research assistant, the intern will learn multiple facets of production for delivery on television and online.  History continues to be a major thematic strand for Columbus Neighborhoods. We expect the intern to play an important part in finding the stories and the artifacts that will make the narratives come alive on TV and the web.

Where Work Will Take Place:

____ Onsite

____ Online

__X_ Both


Requirements for Meetings with Supervisors and for Deliverables:
A minimum of six hours a week

While much of the research assignments could be done online, we expect the intern to report to our offices at the Fawcett Center, regularly, especially at the beginning of the internship.  It is important for establishing rapport and familiarizing the intern with how we work; the tools we use and the relationship within our work teams.

Desired Qualifications:   Creativity and excellent writing skills.  Competence in online technology beginning with basic applications such as Word and Excel; proficiency in online research tools.  We need a person who is a self-starter and can work independently.   

Educational Outcome(s) for the Student: Initiation into the foundation and components of effective multimedia storytelling and ample opportunities to practice and to hone skills



Paid Internships:


Dawes Arboretum


Name, Address, and Mission of Organization: Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Road SE, Newark, OH 43056. At The Dawes Arboretum we share the love and knowledge of trees, history and nature with our community in Licking County, just 30 miles east of Columbus, Ohio. As an accredited Arboretum, or tree museum, we are unique locally. As a nearly 2,000 acre public garden with no entrance fees, we ensure access to memorable experiences in nature that create lifelong engagement with our supporters.

Name of Prospective Supervisor and Contact Information: Shirley Drake, 7770 Jacksontown Road SE, Newark, OH 43056, Phone 740-323-2355, Fax 740-323-4058, email smdrake@dawesarb.org
To apply: If interested, please forward a cover letter and resume no later than Friday, February 2, 2018 to smdrake@dawesarb.org. In the subject line, please indicate "History Internship."
 

Description of the Project and/or Internship Responsibilities: The Dawes Arboretum is offering a paid summer internship in our History Department. The ideal intern will assist with a variety of tasks including staffing the History Center, conducting Daweswood House Museum tours, archival organization and scanning.

The Dawes Arboretum's History Archives houses numerous boxed and archived items including: photographs, tree dedicator items, books, paintings, letters, journals, manuscripts, booklets and catalogs, photograph albums, annual reports and ledgers.
 
Key Responsibilities:
  • Sort materials in archives.
  • Inventory, relocate and/or photograph/scan historical objects.
  • Ensure accurate updates into the collection management software.
  • Lead weekend tours of the Daweswood House Museum.
  • Staff the History Center on selected weekends.
Position Information: Internship begins mid-May through mid-August 2018 € Free housing may be available.
 
Salary: $10 per hour
 
Where Work Will Take Place: Onsite 
 
Requirements: Currently pursuing a Bachelor¹s degree in History or minoring in History.
  • Understanding of archives and public history.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Past Perfect.
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and interpersonal) for confident public speaking.
  • Ability to work forty (40) hours per week with some weekend work.
  • Must possess a current, valid driver's license.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment background check and drug screen.


The Ohio State University Alumni Association


Name and Address of Organization: The Ohio State University Alumni Association, 2200 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio

Mission: Through time and change, we enrich firm friendships among Buckeye alumni and The Ohio State University.

Operating Hours: 8-5, M-F

Name of Prospective Supervisor and Contact Information: Dan Caterinicchia, 614-292-7298, caterinicchia.1@osu.edu

Description of the Project and/or Internship Responsibilities: Researches and writes a variety of materials, including stewardship reports and social media content, especially for Throwback Thursday and other historical records.

The Advancement History Intern will work on a variety of assignments as part of the Advancement Communications team, including: executive level acknowledgements, corporate and individual stewardship reports, social media content and more.  He/she is expected to have a strong communication and research background, and exhibit the behaviors associated with the Office of Advancement's core competencies:  Leadership, Continuous Improvement, Teamwork and Collaboration, and Communication/Interpersonal Effectiveness.   

Where Work Will Take Place:

            ____ Onsite

            ____ Online

            ____X_ Both           

Requirements for Meetings with Supervisors and for Deliverables: 8-10 hours hours/week. Meet in-person at least once per week. Produce high-quality content and research.

Desired Qualifications: Strong communications and research skills. Knowledge of digital and social media. Experience with Microsoft Office Suite

Educational Outcome(s) for the Student: Experience in communicating with multiple audiences; choosing historical materials likely to speak effectively to particular audiences; working effectively on a team; understanding stewardship responsibilities of a major organization.

 

 

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