Dorothea Wyatt Public History Internship Opportunities

Applications Due: March 14, 2014

About

Public History internships provide an excellent opportunity for students to engage in the historical discipline in novel ways. Any history major wishing to learn about the discipline of history outside the classroom can apply for an internship at any point during their major. Public history internships are available for undergraduate history majors during the spring/summer semesters and are equivalent to a three credit hour/300 level elective towards your degree. Interns are expected to record one hundred and fifty hours in order to receive course credit. Each intern is awarded a scholarship to pay for course credits and registration fees for the spring/summer semester.

Why a public history internship is essential for ANY university graduate.

  • If you think public history internships are only for students who want to work in museums or archives, read the benefits below. Our internships expose you to history as it is practiced in professions. But the tools our internships provide you are applicable in a variety of professional environments.
  • If you haven’t worked in a professional environment (i.e. something other than hourly/wage-labor), you are ill-prepared for the job market after graduation. Working in the professions (any profession) exposes you to a different way of thinking and working. This breadth of experience is likely to stand you in good stead when you approach problems, because you will be able to choose the most effective style rather than applying the same approach in every situation.
  • Internships require and provide different skills, from interpersonal interactions to specific development tools. An internship may be the only or best way to obtain these skills, which you will find valuable in any career you choose.
  • Working on real products and projects with real customers is particularly rewarding and you will see the concrete impact your ideas have on customers, on coworkers, and on the industry.
  • Knowledge of industry is essential if you hope that your classroom experience will have any impact on practice. You need to know the state of the art, how practitioners act, and what they really need. A superficial knowledge, or just listening to what they say they need, is not sufficient.
  • Internship experiences provide our graduates with confidence. As you apply the knowledge gained in the classroom with the skills you learn on an internship, you will be able to articulate your value to the professions, and by extension any future employer.

How to Apply:

History majors and History TCP majors are asked to submit the following to the Department of History, 260 French Hall:

  • Dorothea Wyatt Internship Scholarship Application
  • Unofficial UM-Flint and transfer transcript
  • Personal statement (500-700 words) (your statement should address your enthusiasm for historical discipline and what you hope to gain from this experience outside the classroom).  

 

Internship Opportunities:

Museum Collections Internship

 

Internship Description:
Interns work closely with the museum staff to catalog and process collections documenting Flint's automotive history at the Buick Gallery and Research Center in the museum's Perry Archives.

During the semester interns will focus on some of the following areas:

  • Collections Processing: Intern will learn how museums collect and process tow-dimensional and three-dimensional objects for use with exhibits and by researchers.
  • Digital: Interns learn how to process collections using the latest software available for organizing museum collections.
  • Collections Management: Interns will learn about overall care and management of museum collections and how they support exhibits by assist with the day-to-day operations of the collections department.

About Buick Gallery and Research Center, Flint Michigan:
Buick Automotive gallery & Research Center features over 25 classic and concept Buicks, Chevrolets and other locally build automobiles. The Buick Automotive Gallery is also home to the Sloan Museum's Perry Archives. Here we house a wide array of photographs, records and objects chronicling the people and history of Flint and Genesee County, Michigan. The collection features nearly 200,000 items, including the records of the Buick Motor Company and The Flint Journal Photo Archive.

 


Historic House Museum Internship

 

Internship Description:
The award for this internship is made possible by a grant from the MacFarlan Home Board of Directors. The Whaley Historic House Museum Internship is a unique opportunity for students to experience the way history is practiced at a Historic House Museum. Interns work closely with the museum staff to learn about the role of Historic Houses in the museum community, and contribute to projects underway at the museum.

During the semester interns will focus on some of the following areas:

  • Historic Preservation: The intern will have the opportunity to work closely with staff to organize, catalog, and maintain the museum's collection of original furnishings, accessories, textiles, and other objects.
  • Programming: The intern will have the opportunity to plan and organize special events lectures and tours.
  • Operations and Management: Interns will be responsible for assisting the executive director in the daily operational duties of the historic house museum.

About Whaley Historic House Museum:
Whaley Historic House Museum is a visible link to Flint's Victorian era past. In 1884 and 1885, Robert and Mary Whaley constructed their residence on East Kearsley Street. Robert and Mary were very prominent in their community. Robert Whaley was the president of Citizens Bank. During his tenure, he issued a $2,000 loan to William C. Durant and J. Dallas Dort that eventually led to the creation of General Motors. As a member of one of Flint's founding families, Mary was active in a number of civic organizations which included founding the McFarlan Home for Women.

 


Museum Programs and Education Internship

Internship Description:
The Sloan Museum Education Interns gain in-depth fieldwork experience by designing, facilitating, and teaching programs that address the needs of adult, school, and youth and family audiences. Under the supervision of Sloan Museum personnel, an intern can participate in hands-on workshops, conduct research for programs or assist in planning special events.

During the semester interns will focus on some of the following areas:

  • Education: Interns will learn how museums design educational material and activities that meet K-12 curriculum guidelines.
  • Program and Event Planning: Interns will have an opportunity to plan and execute a public program for a special audience.
  • Marketing: Interns can learn the multiple ways museums market events and stay connected to their audiences.

About Sloan Museum:
Sloan/Longway serves more thank sixty-five thousand school children annually, providing bench mark classes in science and history. The museum also serves another forty thousand walk-in public visitors who come to see history, exhibits, planetarium shows, as well as historic automobile collections. Sloan/Longway is a member organization of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation and is supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

 


Archival Administration Internship

Internship Description:
Interns in the Goodland Township Historical Collections participate in a wide variety of projects under the direction of an archivist. First and foremost, interns are given the opportunity to work with primary documents, which may include, processing, description, preservation and specialized tasks related to digitization.

During the semester interns will focus on some of the following areas:

  • Textual: Interns learn the basic principles of arrangement and description, as well as preservation and rehousing techniques.
  • Digital: Interns participate in the preparation and scanning of archival materials. Additionally, they will learn about practices for digitizing records or the latest software available for organizing primary source material.
  • Publishing: After familiarizing themselves with the collections, students will have the opportunity to contribute to the library's holdings by preparing their own publication with the collection's resources.

About Goodland Township Historical Collections:
In 2003, the original office building of Goodland Township, Michigan (build in 1882) was replaced by a new facility, and subsequently renovated through private funding to be used as a branch of Lapeer District Library and a community center. Three years later, at a fundraising event sponsored by Goodland Township, several residents announced the discovery of "old books," containing handwritten accounts of township business, which were being stored in wooden barrels in barns and basements. The township officials gathered these manuscripts and other artifacts and stored them in the vault within the new township office building. Today, these historical treasures have found a new home by returning to their old home. Approximately one-third of the original office building has been dedicated to the Goodland Township Historical Collection to serve as a reading room and museum for the historical archive of the township.


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Oral History Internship

Internship Description:
The aim of the Durand Oral History Internship is to provide UM-Flint History majors with experiential education in the intellectual, organizational, and practical work of oral history as they work alongside volunteers and employees to research collect, edit and maintain oral histories to support the National Railroad Memorial in Durand, Michigan.

During the semester interns will focus on some of the following areas:

  • Oral History Methods: Interns will participate in workshops and readings on the art and method of oral history.
  • Research and Interviewing: Each inter will contribute to an ongoing oral history research project as they with local records to research interviewees and then conduct filmed interviews with residents related to the region's rich railroad history.
  •  Project Planning and Archiving: Interns will be responsible for designing an oral history database to store interviews for public access.

Interns will participate in workshops and readings on the art and method of oral history, undertake an oral history research project, and support the National Railroad Memorial in Durand Michigan by conducting filmed interviews with residents related to the region's rich railroad history. Interns will also work with local records to research interviewees and then work on a project to make these interviews accessible to other audiences.

About the City of Durand:
The City of Durand Michigan is located approximately eighteen miles west of Flint, Michigan. Together with the National Railroad Memorial Inc. (NRMI), the city is in the process of developing national railroad memorial park in downtown Durand. The park plan calls for series of community parks through the heart of downtown Durand linked together telling the story of the railroad men and women and their contribution to history. Interns will play a crucial role in collecting the telling that story.

 


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Heritage Preservation and Living History Internship

Internship Description:
Interns at the River Raisin Territorial Park in Monroe, Michigan will have the opportunity to learn about the variety of roles historians play in heritage preservation and living history. Under the supervision of the director of the Monroe County Historical Museum, interns can gain experience in historic preservation, interpretive programming and living history demonstrations.

During the semester interns will focus on some of the following areas:

  • Heritage Preservation: Interns can plan and assist in hands-on projects to restore and preserve local historic structures.
  • Living History: The intern will have the opportunity to act as a historical interpreter to explain through demonstrations about life in early Michigan.
  • Programming: Interns can plan, research, and implement programs such as talks, craft demonstrations and special projects.

About River Raisin Territorial Park, Monroe Michigan:
The River Raisin Territorial Park interprets eighteenth century French homestead life along the River Raisin. The main building, built in 1789 by Utreau Navarre, is the oldest wooden residence still standing in the state. It is the most complete example of French-Canadian "piece-sur-piece" construction in the Old Northwest. Other buildings include an 1810 cookhouse and a replica 1790's French-Canadian style barn.

 


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Contact:

For more information on these and other internships, contact:
Dr. Thomas C. Henthorn
Department of History
(810) 762-3366
henthorn@umflint.edu