The History Center, Fort Pitt Museum, and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village offer a variety of full-time and part-time employment opportunities, as well as seasonal internships. The History Center also has numerous volunteer opportunities.
Event Associate, casual
Event Security Officer, part-time
Custodian, Fort Pitt Museum
Interpreter Tour Guide, Meadowcroft
Customer Service Associate, Fort Pitt Museum
Interested applicants may apply in the following ways:
- E-mail your letter of interest with attached resume to Renee Falbo, director of human resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Send a cover letter of interest with a resume via traditional mail to:
Renee Falbo, Director of Human Resources
Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
- Fax your letter of interest and resume to 412-454-6358.
It is the policy of the History Center to practice equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, age, religious creed, national origin, sex, non-job related mental and/or physically challenged, or status as a Vietnam Era or Disabled Veteran, except in those instances where a bona fide occupational qualification exists. Further, the History Center will make reasonable accommodations with respect to non-job related disabilities or disabilities for otherwise qualified applicants. Minorities are encouraged to apply.
Special Internship Opportunity
The Heinz History Center is hosting a summer 2018 intern as part of the Robert Frederick Smith Internship and Fellowship Program, in conjunction with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
This program seeks to build a professional pipeline for historically underrepresented individuals to grow successful careers in the cultural sector.
All internship opportunities with this program will focus on work related to digital imaging, media preservation, digital preservation of personal and community objects, digital content management, collections information management, recording and preserving oral histories, or digital filmmaking.
Summer 2018 applications are due by 11:59 p.m. March 15, 2018. Learn more and apply.
The Senator John Heinz History Center, Fort Pitt Museum, and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village are great places to learn about numerous professions in a host of fields. Applications are accepted year-round. These are unpaid internships available for credit or not for credit. Minorities encouraged to apply. Click here to apply.
Internship Application Deadlines
- Spring Internship: November 1
- Summer Internship: March 1
- Fall Internship: July 1
Any application received after this deadline will be reviewed after first submissions.
Departments & Divisions
Marketing & Communications Internship
The Marketing & Communications Department plans and implements marketing initiatives for the History Center and its museum system. The Communications intern will have the opportunity to help promote exhibits and public programs, assist with media list development; marketing research; direct marketing; traditional media relations; professional writing; brochure design and development; event planning; media monitoring and clipping; website management; social media; and proactive idea development. Applicants must demonstrate their writing proficiency. Qualified intern applicants should be in their sophomore, junior, or senior years and pursuing a degree in communications, marketing, public relations, or a related field. Specific interest in history is a plus. Interns will be expected to work a minimum of 20-25 hours (typically three full work days) per week.
Public Programs Internship
The Public Programs department is responsible for all adult and family programming at the History Center, including events like Hidden Treasures, Play60, Hometown-Homegrown and many more. Interns in this department will be assigned to assist with one large-scale program, but will also help coordinate logistics for smaller programs. Duties include researching program content, communicating with key internal and external partners, assisting on-site with programs, and general office duties as assigned. Applicants should have strong communication and organizational skills; experience coordinating or volunteering at events preferred. Limited evening and weekend work may be asked.
Development Events Internship
Development events play a key role is raising funds to support the History Center. The museum hosts five annual events, the 1879 Founders’ Circle Dinner, History Uncorked, History Makers Award Dinner, Bocce Tournament & Festival, and Celebrity Golf Tournament. We also work on donor recognition events as well as exhibition preview events. Duties for the internship include assisting with event coordination, proofreading, mailings, research, and general office duties. We are seeking an intern that can represent our organization well in a variety of situations, is creative, and has excellent professional verbal and communication skills. Limited evening and weekend work may be asked.
The Development Department raises the funds to support exhibits and programs of the History Center through special fundraising events, membership recruitment, capital/endowment campaigns, and annual fund drives. Duties for the internship include assisting with event coordination, proofreading, mailings, prospect research, general office duties, and/or gift record management depending upon student skills, interest, and current departmental needs. We are seeking an intern that can represent our organization well in a variety of situations, is creative and resourceful, has excellent professional verbal and communication skills, and pays great attention to detail. Limited evening and weekend work may be asked. Applicants with an interest in non-profit management, fundraising, events management, and public relations, who possess strong organizational and communications skills (written/verbal), are encouraged to apply.
The Education Department develops and implements a range of tours and programs for students, teachers, homeschoolers, early learners, and Scout groups. The department also manages the annual National History Day regional competition, creates curriculum resources, trains docents, and works with the Museum Division to create interpretive activities and materials for the galleries. Interns will be assigned projects related to curriculum development, designing interpretive resources for tours and education programs, supporting the work of National History Day, developing activities for programs, or other projects depending upon student interest and current departmental needs. Intern roles are largely behind the scenes, with occasional opportunities for working directly with the public (which requires additional security clearances).
Library & Archives Internship
The Library & Archives at the History Center preserves primary and secondary research materials that document life in Western Pennsylvania. Interns may assist with processing collections, preservation management, and research. Information Science students, with a concentration in library or archival studies, are preferred. The Library and Archives staff will work with the intern to tailor an experience that will help meet their professional goals.
The Museum Division is responsible for researching, developing, installing, and maintaining all exhibits in the History Center. The division manages and documents regional history by collecting, cataloguing, researching, interpreting, displaying, and conserving and preserving, the History Center’s artifact collections. Interns may choose to work in curatorial, collections, or exhibits functions depending upon student skills, interest and current departmental needs.
Museum Internship (Curatorial)
Interns in the curatorial department do task related research on artifact collections or for exhibits. They must have some background in American history. Must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Experience doing research in primary source materials and strong writing skills a plus.
Museum Internship (Collections)
Interns in the Collections/Registration department will work with objects – inventorying the collection, cataloging, cleaning, working in storage, scanning or photographing, and researching artifacts. An understanding of material culture and artifact handling and familiarity with cataloging a plus.
Museum Internship (Exhibits)
Interns in the exhibit department will help design, build, and maintain exhibits. Some skill in graphic or interactive design, audio or video production, construction and painting, or artifact handling skills is necessary. An attention to detail and the ability to follow direction and work both independently and as part of a team are all a plus.
An intern in the Publications Division will be exposed to a wide variety of tasks, including evaluating proposed manuscripts, searching for images online and in the HC Library & Archives, editing articles, proofreading magazine drafts, and driving to the printer for press checks. Candidates should be pursuing a Master’s in History, have an appreciation for detail, be self-motivated, and possess the ability to multi-task yet not be distracted by conflicting priorities.
Fort Pitt Museum Internship
The Fort Pitt Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of Fort Pitt and Pittsburgh during the French and Indian War, Pontiac’s Rebellion, Lord Dunmore’s War, the American Revolutionary War, and the Ohio Country Indian wars of the 1790’s. The museum comprises two floors of exhibit space, an active education program, and a living history program depicting both military and civilian life on the frontier. The museum’s permanent exhibits are continually being improved, and temporary exhibits are periodically developed. Interns may choose to work in research or exhibit fabrication, depending upon student skills, interest and current departmental needs. The education department oversees both regular group visitation and scouting programs. Interns will be assigned projects related to historical research, curriculum development, docent training, or special events depending upon student interest and current departmental needs. Interns may choose visible roles (front of house tour guiding) or behind the scenes roles. Living history demonstrations take place in Point State Park and range from campfire cooking to firing of a replica cannon. Interns to this department will be assigned projects related to historical research, program development, performing costumed interpretation, or special events depending upon student interest and current departmental needs. Interns may choose visible roles or behind the scenes roles.
Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village Internship
Meadowcroft is a 275-acre outdoor museum in Avella, Pa. that tells the story of 16,000 years of a human presence in Western Pennsylvania. The Meadowcroft Rockshelter is a National Historic Landmark and world renowned archaeological site that has provided the earliest evidence of people in North America. In addition to ancient history, the museum includes a recreated 16th century Eastern Woodland Indian Village; an 18th century frontier trading post & Indian cabin; and a 19th century rural village. Interns may choose to work in research, collections management, or in educational programs depending upon student skills, interest and current departmental needs.
If you are interested in applying for a History Center internship, please click here to fill out an online application form.
If you have any questions about the History Center’s internships or the process, please contact Renee Falbo at RAFalbo@heinzhistorycenter.org.