Internship Opportunities

ARE YOU ENTHUSIASTIC and interested in history? Do you have good communication skills? We may be looking for you to intern with us during the summer of 2016! The Litchfield Historical Society operates The Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library and two museums: the Litchfield History Museum and the Tapping Reeve House and Law School.

Please choose to focus your internship on one (or two) of the following three areas:

Collections Interns

Collections interns work with the either the Curator of Collections on projects related to the Historical Society’s museum collection and exhibitions or the Curator of Library & Archives on projects related to the holdings of the Helga J. Ingraham Library.

Interns working with the Curator of Collections will become familiar with conducting inventories, basic object handling, and object numbering through hands-on projects. Interns will also gain experience in cataloging practices, conducting research, and entering data into the museum’s collection management system, CollectionSpace. Interns interested in exhibitions will have the opportunity to assist the Curator of Collections in creating research notebooks that identify potential objects, documents, and ephemera for upcoming exhibits as well as research notes compiled from secondary and primary sources.

Previous curatorial interns have:

Interns working with the Curator of Library & Archives will arrange and describe collections of papers. They will gain experience working with the archives management system ArchivesSpace. They will conduct research, write elements of finding aids, and digitize documents and photographs. They may also assist in creating public programs and exhibitions.

Previous archives interns have:

Education Interns

Education interns work with the Curator of Education and the Education Assistant on projects relating to the Historical Society's education programming. This internship will be tailored to your particular interest, with a focus on public programming, school curriculum development, or both. During your internship, you will work towards a final project: for example, developing, researching, and implementing a program for children or adults, or creating a lesson plan or pre-and post-visit materials for school groups. Whatever the focus of the project, interns are expected to participate in all of the education activities of the institution.

Additionally, interns in education have the option to give tours to groups, help at programs for children and adults, assist with publicity for events and programs, and gain hands-on experience with historical research while working with primary sources.

Previous education intern projects include:

Marketing Interns

Marketing interns work with the Education Assistant on projects related to the promotion and publication of the Historical Society’s events and programs. Tasks can be tailored to individual interests and include posting to online calendars, assist in website management, distribute marketing materials, research additional marketing opportunities, manage event publicity, and aid in creating a marketing plan for the organization. Other opportunities include drafting press releases and organizing press events.

Practical Information

Internship Requirements

Characteristics of a Successful Intern

Application Materials

Additionally, you will be required to conduct an in-person or phone interview. You may email or mail your application materials to the following addresses:

Litchfield Historical Society
P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 06759
Fax: 860-567-3565


For more information call 860-567-4501 or email: