The Fairfield Museum and History Center invites junior and senior college students and graduate students to apply for an internship to explore museum careers including curatorial, research, education and marketing. Call 203-259-1598 or contact us for more information.
Museum Education Internships
The Fairfield Museum and History Center seeks education interns to assist with new curriculum and program development for students and teachers from grades 2 – 11. Upcoming changes in Connecticut’s social studies frameworks and the adopted Common Core standards offer opportunities to reinforce and connect Museum programs with new curricula. Museum resources, including objects, artifacts, primary sources, photographs and manuscripts, can successfully reinforce and complement these goals, objectives and frameworks.
Education is central to the Fairfield Museum’s mission. Since opening its new facility in 2007, the Museum has become a regional leader in providing innovative and engaging education programs and resources. We serve nearly 6,000 students in K-12, university students, pre-service teachers, adult learners and educators from across Connecticut. The Fairfield Museum’s exhibits and programs strive to make history personal, engaging and meaningful by connecting people with the complex history of the region and its broader context in the nation and the world.
The intern will work with the Director of Education to research and develop educational resources such as lesson plans, classroom kits, pre/post activities, teacher guides and student activities. The projects will complement school tours, outreach programs and professional development for educators. The intern will also assist with creating educational activities for families and children in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibitions and programs. Education programs serve to utilize broad history and humanities themes to create engaging and hands-on activities for diverse audiences.
The Education Intern will:
- Assist with developing content for school tours, inquiry-based programs, outreach programs and classroom kits utilizing Museum resources.
- Identify objectives and goals that reinforce and complement Museum education programs from the new Connecticut social studies frameworks and the National Council for the Social Studies C3 Frameworks.
- Utilize Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy to develop objectives, lesson plans and student activities that complement Museum education programs.
- 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.
- Develop activities for families and children, including gallery activities and hands-on projects that promote family learning.
Applications are currently being accepted from students pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in education, history and/or museum studies. Bachelor’s candidates need to have completed their sophomore year. Interns should have experience working with the public and the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds. Candidates should have an interest in working in a museum environment with artifacts, objects and primary sources that support broad history themes and an interest in developing innovative, engaging and inquiry-based projects and activities.
Excellent written skills are required as well as an attention to detail, and an ability to work independently. Candidates should be dependable and organized with excellent research skills and must be proficient in computer skills, including word processing.
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.
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.
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.