Monday, February 20, 2012

Museum Summer Internships in Rural Virginia

Stratford Hall Internship Opportunities for Summer 2012
Stratford Hall is pleased to offer paid residential internships for the summer of 2012:

Education Intern
The Education Intern will assist the Director of Interpretation & Education with multiple projects. These potential projects include: Boy and Girl Scout Patch Program, 4-H Outreach, Homeschool Education Programs, High School Educational Visit Curriculum, and Overnight Educational Programs.

Applicants should be enrolled in a BA or BS program majoring in History, American Studies, Museum Studies, Education or a related field. Experience working with the public, schools, or above organizations a plus.

Research & Exhibit Intern
The Research & Exhibit Intern will work with Stratford Hall staff to research, write text and select images for a War of 1812 exhibit on Stratford Hall's website. The exhibit will focus on the Lee family's participation in, and connections to, the war and the war's impact on the Northern Neck of Virginia where Stratford is located. Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills and the ability to work independently. Basic knowledge of webpage construction preferred, but not required.
Applicants should be enrolled in a BA or MA program majoring in History, Public History, American Studies, or a related field.

Collections Management Intern
The Collections Management Intern will assist the Collections Manager with multiple projects. These projects include inventory, researching and re-housing objects, taking digital images, and preparing and updating artifact records in the Rediscovery database. Coursework or experience in collections care and management, experience with digital imaging, and familiarity with database systems is a plus.
Applicants should be enrolled in a BA or BS program majoring in Art History, American Studies, or a related field with an expressed interest in pursuing either further study at the graduate level or a career in museums.

Building Preservation/Restoration Intern
The Preservation Department of Stratford Hall is seeking a qualified summer intern to participate in its fourth annual Preservation Field School. Field School participants will assist in the day to day operations of the Preservation Department and will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with a variety of preservation projects, centered on the execution of a Cyclical Maintenance plan. Tasks could include plaster repair, repointing, painting and window and door repair. The intern's work will focus on the cyclical maintenance of the Great House Windows.

Applicants should be working towards a degree in the Historic Preservation Field and have knowledge of 18th Century building materials and techniques. Hands-on historical restoration/preservation training and/or experience preferred. This training or experience should include the following areas: masonry, painting, carpentry and plaster.

About Stratford Hall Stratford is located in Westmoreland County on the beautiful Northern Neck of Virginia.

Westmoreland County is a 45-minute drive from Fredericksburg, two hours from Washington, D.C., and 90 minutes from Richmond. Stratford is set on 1,900 acres with 2.5 miles of Potomac River waterfront. For more information visit:

How to Apply: Interns will work full-time for 10 weeks with specific dates negotiable depending upon the applicant's schedule. All internships include a $1,000 stipend and free on-site housing with kitchen and laundry facilities. Due to Stratford's relatively remote location, personal vehicles are recommended but not required.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter stating their reasons for applying, including their goals for the internship and dates available for work. Also, please attach a resume and contact information for two references.

Applications should be received by March 30, 2012.
Inquiries and applications should be directed to:
Gretchen Goodell, Intern Coordinator
483 Great House Road
Stratford, VA 22558

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