The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum is committed to providing a learning experience for motivated individuals interested in pursuing a career in the museum or history field. We offer hands-on opportunities coupled with an overview of museum operations through our internship program. The needs of the Museum and those of the prospective intern are taken into consideration during the selection process. Applications are accepted on a limited basis. We regret that we do not have grant funding to pay interns nor are we able to accept all who apply. It takes considerable staff time to manage, instruct, and monitor interns. Special consideration is extended to residents of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.
To be accepted into the internship program, candidates must fit a number of criteria including, but not limited to:
♦ Prospective interns must be college undergraduates or graduates with a major or minor in history or other related field (e.g. art history, anthropology, historic preservation, education etc.).
♦ Be in good academic standing with their institution maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
♦ Be available for a specific number of hours each week.
♦ Be proficient in writing and computer skills.
Our volunteer internship program introduces students to museum operations and practice through hands-on participation in a variety of museum projects. All projects represent institutional priorities and may include exhibition development and installation. Collections care, processing, research, and education programs are also part of the program. Candidates for internships should not expect to be selected for specialized training and workshops; rather our internships are designed to provide a true representation of hands-on museum work. Prospective interns seeking to be formally trained or tutored should not apply for this opportunity.
Our ideal museum intern is an ambitious self-starter that thrives in a fast-paced environment, willing to take on new challenges. They must be mature, cooperative, dependable, able to work in a team environment, and willing to undertake routine job functions.
Interns who are working toward college credit must make all arrangements through their own colleges. The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum will gladly complete the required paperwork provided by the college. It is the responsibility of the intern to make sure they fulfill all requirements for credit.
If you are seriously interested in an internship and believe that you meet the above requirements, please submit the following materials:
♦ Your resume, which should include your computer skills.
♦ Your college transcripts.
♦ A writing sample consisting of a narrative of at least one page or 500 words explaining:
- Your goals and expectations for the internship
- The skills you bring to the internship
- Your schedule of availability
Please submit these materials to Museum Curator Jill Youngken by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail at Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut Street, Allentown, PA 18102.