The Fairfield Museum and History Center offers internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in a museum career. Internships are ongoing and based upon the student’s study program, training and interests. Interns can select a department for their focus, including exhibitions, education or library. Internships for High School Students are also available. Call 203-259-1598 or contact us for more information.
Library Studies Internships
The Fairfield Museum and History Center’s research library offers an unpaid 12-week Internship for students interested in archives, museums, and special libraries. The intern will work with the library director on projects including processing new collections, updating finding aids, digitizing photographs and documents, and responding to reference queries on local history and genealogy. Other projects may be developed based on the intern’s interests and time commitment.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center is a regional museum dedicated to expanding the community’s understanding of its past through dynamic exhibitions and public programming. The library serves patrons from the local area and around the country with its collection of archives, historical photographs, books on local history and culture, and genealogical resources, and is the base for the museum’s exhibits and educational programs. Read more about the library here >>
Please submit a letter outlining your interest and background, along with a resume to Elizabeth Rose, Library Director, through the contact form or by mail to Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield CT 06824.
Museum Education Internships
The Fairfield Museum and History Center seeks education interns to assist with the development of programs for students, teachers and families in conjunction with its new and upcoming programs. The Fairfield Museum’s exhibits and programs strive to make history personal, engaging and meaningful by connecting people with the complex history of this region and its broader context in the nation and the world.
The intern will work with the Director of Education and other Museum staff to research, develop and present educational activities in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibitions and programs. These activities serve a wide audience including adults, families and children as well as teachers and students from Pre-K through high school in the region. Education programs serve to utilize broad history and humanities themes to create engaging and hands-on activities for diverse audiences. Responsibilities include:
Assist with developing content for exhibition-related school tours, interactive hands-on lessons, outreach programs and classroom kits.
Create lesson plans and teacher guides that complement educational programs.
Identify connections between the museum’s education programs and curriculum, including Common Core, state and national curriculum standards.
Develop materials for docents and teachers, such as exhibit guides, suggested readings and background information from a variety of sources including library and internet research.
Assist with developing gallery activities and guides that promote family learning.
Develop activities for families and children, including scavenger hunts, hands-on arts and crafts projects and games.
Potential candidates should have an interest in working in a museum environment that promotes education through artifacts, objects, primary sources and history to develop innovative, engaging and inquiry-based projects and activities. A Bachelor’s degree (or currently completing) in education, history, museum studies; career interest in museum education; and experience working with the public (including teachers, families and students) and the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds. Excellent written skills are recommended as well as an attention to detail, ability to work both independently and with multiple staff, dependable and organized with excellent research skills. Proficient computer skills in word processing, database management, and desktop publishing are preferred.
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Christine Jewell, Director of Education and Community Programs through the contact form or by mail to Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield CT 06824.
Social Media/Communications Internship
The Fairfield Museum & History Center is seeking a part-time, social media specialist to enhance our communications/marketing / public relations efforts to build brand awareness, build active social communities and to increase visitation and membership.
Primary responsibility will be to disseminate editorial content through FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and tumblr, etc. with eye on emerging/new media opportunities.
Track and analyze online campaigns and stay atop industry trends and emerging technologies, including developing regular dashboard analytic reports and identifying benchmarks for success.
Required Education, Skills and Abilities:
Graduate or Undergraduate communications or digital media student
Familiarity with all social media/networking platforms and automated posting tools and analytics dashboards
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Creative thinker with pro-active problem solving skills
Attention to detail, high energy and positive attitude
Self-starter who can act in a non-structured environment
Interest in art/history a plus
Please submit a letter outlining your interest and background, along with a resume to Meri Erickson, Director of Externail Affairs, through the contact form or by mail at 370 Beach Road, Fairfield CT 06824; phone (203) 259-1598.
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