The Senator John Heinz History Center and the 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. Hours are flexible based upon individual requirements. Parking is free. Minorities encouraged to apply. Click here to apply.
Internship Application Deadlines
- Spring Internship: November 1
- Summer Internship: March 14
- Fall Internship: July 1
Any application received after this deadline will be reviewed after first submissions.
Departments & Divisions
Development Events InternshipDevelopment 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.
Development InternshipThe 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. A junior or senior business/communications/marketing intern will gain knowledge in the world of special events, funder engagement, research, stewardship and acknowledgement procedures, database management, and museum membership. Projects may include special event planning, proposal writing, direct mailings, prospect identification research, and/or gift record management depending upon student skills, interest, and current departmental needs. Applicants with strong public relations, organizational, and communications skills (written/verbal) are encouraged to apply.
Education InternshipThe Education Division creates guided tours, family programs, and programs to interpret regional history for teachers, schools (primary, middle, secondary), and youth groups. The division also manages special lectures, the Stages in History museum theater program, Meadowcroft summer day camp, evaluation programs, and the annual National History Day regional competition. 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.
Library & Archives InternshipThe Library & Archives at the History Center preserves books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, atlases, newspapers, film, recordings, and memorabilia that document 250 years of life in the region. Interns may assist with cataloging, collection development, preservation management, statistics, and research. Information Science and/or archival students preferred. The Library and Archives staff will work with the intern to tailor an experience that will help in their goals.
Communications InternshipThe Communications Department is responsible for promoting the History Center to the public, through media relations, marketing, and advertising. The department designs and implements special publicity campaigns for exhibits and programs, and media partnerships to help promote the museum. The division also handles all of the marketing communications materials (including brochures and newsletters) and the museum’s Web site. Interns will gain experience with projects related to professional writing, media relations, event planning, and marketing. Applicants must demonstrate their design and/or writing proficiency. Students majoring in communications, writing, graphic design, or related fields are considered a plus.
Museum InternshipThe Museum Division is responsible for developing, installing, and maintaining all exhibits in the History Center. The division manages and documents regional history by collecting, cataloguing, researching, and conserving the Historical Society’s artifact collections. Interns may choose to work in research, curatorial or collections management functions depending upon student skills, interest and current departmental needs.
Volunteer Program InternshipHistory Center Education & Visitor Services interns with the Volunteer Program will be asked to assist with the management of nearly 400 volunteers, the largest number of museum volunteers at a single site in Western Pennsylvania. Experience with basic computer functions such as word processing, spreadsheet, and database management is expected. The demand for superior oral and written communications skills is absolutely essential. Interns will also be involved in the ongoing processes of acclimating, placing, and training new volunteers, so excellent organizational skills are necessary. Most importantly, the intern who works in the Volunteer Program must have a genuine appreciation for the spirit of volunteer generosity so essential in the non-profit museum setting and a rapport with people of all ages. Because we educate our volunteers to perform at the most professional level in all phases of historical preservation, collection care, research, and both oral and written presentation, interns working in the Volunteer Program will gain an insightful overview of how all of these skills come together to facilitate a vibrant educational and cultural institution.
Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village InternshipMeadowcroft Museum in Avella, Pa., is a 275-acre outdoor museum that preserves the history of life on the land in Western Pennsylvania. Through living history programs, hands- on activities and exhibits, visitors are introduced to Native Americans, frontier settlers, farm families, craftsmen, and others. The museum includes a 19th century schoolhouse, log homes, blacksmith shop, sheep, a reconstructed prehistoric campsite, and an archaeological site known as the Rockshelter which contains the earliest evidence of human life in Eastern North America.