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Internships

Danielle Lehr

Danielle Lehr, Pennsbury Manor

Danielle Lehr
In 2011, Danielle Lehr interned at Pennsbury Manor William Penn's country home, where she worked in the kitchen garden, led tours, and wrote blog posts. Several years later she returned to Pennsbury, now as the Education Coordinator.
Kaitlyn Sheeran

Kaitlyn Sheeran, Lehigh County Historical Society

Kaitlyn Sheeran
Kaitlyn Sheeran knew she did a great job as an intern at the Lehigh County Historical Society when the director offered her a job! As an intern, she wore many hats, conducting research, helping with marketing, processing collections, and leading public programs.
Henry Carlson

Henry Carlson, Ephrata Cloister

Henry Carlson
Internships allow students to develop new skills, as Henry Carlson discovered in his position leading tours in costume at Ephrata Cloister.
Amanda Tuttle & Kelly McGuire

Amanda Tuttle & Kelly McGuire, History of Oppression Project at Elwyn, Inc.

Amanda Tuttle & Kelly McGuire
Amanda Tuttle and Kelly McGuire interned at the History of Oppression Project at Elwyn, Inc., transforming its corporate archives into a professional research collection.
Taryn Carey

Taryn Carey, Anthracite Heritage Museum

Taryn Carey
In 2013, Taryn Carey spent her summer working at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, which celebrates and preserves Pennsylvania's coal mining heritage.
Kristen Waltz

Kristen Waltz, Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

Kristen Waltz
In Summer 2014, Kristen Waltz honed her skills as a History major with Secondary Education certificate by working on educational programs at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation.
Jeremy Tonnessen

Jeremy Tonnessen, Pottsgrove Manor

Jeremy Tonnessen
Interning in summer 2015 at Pottsgrove Manor, a Montgomery County Georgian mansion built in 1752, Jeremy Tonnesson shadowed curator Amy Reis in her day- to-day work to learn the ins and out of working at a historic site. He also helped work on Pottsgrove's collections inventory and interpreted the site through the development of a tea party exhibit. Read Jeremy's full internship reflection here.
Caitlin O'Donnell

Caitlin O'Donnell, National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum

Caitlin O'Donnell
During her internship at the National Steel and Iron Heritage Museum in Coatesville in summer 2015, Caitlin O'Donnell worked primarily in the archives section and briefly helped do research for an upcoming exhibition. She archived a variety of documents and objects, including memos, drinking glasses, clothing, and large machinery equipped for a steel mill. She reflected that working with a collection of different archival items taught her how to properly archive a wide assortment of objects and was valuable in teaching her the basics in archiving at a museum.
Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis, Moravian Archives

Michael Lewis
In Summer 2015, Mike Lewis returned to his hometown of Bethlehem, PA, to intern at the Moravian Archives, where in addition to helping with reference requests, he learned to transcribe handwritten Old German documents. He used a digital platform, Juxtaeditions, to create these annotated transcriptions about the communal life of the Moravians in the 1740s. He also cataloged an early 20th century archival collection, creating a finding aid. Read about his full experience.
Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross, The Mill at Anselma

Andrew Ross
In Fall 2015, Andrew Ross interned at the Mill at Anselma, in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, where in addition to helping open the mill in the morning, Ross led tours through the historic site. He also conducted research on the Anselma Post Office, from the time it opened in 1872 to the time it closed in 1958. Read his full internship report here.
Ben Spohn

Ben Spohn, Chester County Historical Society

Ben Spohn
In Summer 2015, History graduate student Ben Spohn interned at Chester County Historical Society in West Chester, where he developed skills in a number of areas. He created high-resolution scans of historic Bibles, cataloging records of each. He also worked in collections and assisted in developing an audio feature for CCHS's The Sixties! exhibit. His experience helped him land his first public history gig post-graduation, working on an audio project at Hagley Museum and Library.
Richard Fontanet

Richard Fontanet, Independence Seaport Museum

Richard Fontanet
Richard Fontanet brought his enthusiasm, technical skills, and attention to detail to the Independence Seaport Museum, where he interned in Spring 2016. He produced a website using the open source platform Omeka to combine his research with the museum's Labor on the Delaware collection, illustrating the life and changing times of the longshoremen culture.
Antonio Aloia

Antonio Aloia
Trappe Historical Society

Antonio Aloia
A majority of the work I have done at my summer 2016 internship at Trappe Historical Society was helping to compile photos for the Trappe 300th Anniversary book. This project had me scanning and digitizing photos, documents, and the like for the author to use. I have also taken part in the project of digitizing the original prints of the now defunct local newspaper, Providence Independent Newspaper, starting with 1891. Furthermore, I created digital imagery for the anniversary book and for a youth oriented marketing campaign that the Historical Society is trying to capitalize on the recent Pokemon Go trend.
Chris Mallee

Chris Mallee
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

Chris Mallee
In summer 2016, Chris Mallee interned at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation in the heart of Ridley Creek State Park. In his time there, he learned the history of the plantation while displaying his own knowledge and skills, in addition to helping run summer camps and school visits. Chris designed a pre-visit and a post-visit program for the plantation in hope to draw more students from high schools.
Pete Connolly

Pete Connolly
Speaking for Ourselves

Pete Connolly
History graduate student Pete Connolly served as project manager for the design and manufacture of a six-panel display commemorating the history of Speaking for Ourselves, a pioneering group in the self-advocacy movement for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Funding for the project came from a grant received by the Pennsylvania History Coalition Honoring People with Disability. Students from the West Chester University art and design department created the graphic details for the panels under the guidance of Professor David Jones. Displayed at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia on June 17, 2017 in conjunction with a symposium on the history of Speaking for Ourselves, the six-panels will continue on a five-city tour of Pennsylvania.
Melanie Grear

Melanie Grear
Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce

Melanie Grear

With a vague knowledge of my career path and heightened panic about how to get there, I burst into Dr. Hardy’s office begging for his help to find an internship. He sat me down and our conversation allowed me to focus and hone in on exactly what I was looking for. With that, I was off to my first internship, as an archivist with the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce. Fortunately for me, they needed someone immediately, so even with my lack of experience I was able to land it. Unfortunately for me, there was no one there who knew how to guide me and the collection I began to process was completely disorganized, and spanned 100 years. From this job, I learned a lot about over-processing, and the procedures that are necessary to process a collection and prepare a finding aid. I started the Chamber internship in November, and then continued it for another year and a half, working with them on promotional events and writing for their publications in addition to being their sole archivist.

Landing the Chamber internship gave me a huge boost of confidence. So, I kept moving forward. That January, I started another internship as well at West Chester’s Special Collections in the library. Having the director, Tara Wink, provided me with concrete information about archives and preservation techniques. While I was processing and organizing at the chamber, I would go to Tara with questions and her guidance was essential for my success in both internships. With the Special Collections internship, I processed a collection of letters from World War II veterans from WCU, and created some blog posts and an exhibit using these primary source materials.

With these under my belt, along with some published works and presentations thanks to certain professors and classes at WCU, I had the experience I needed to apply to internships on my own. The summer after my Junior year, I landed a paid internship at Hagley Museum and Library, processing a collection in the Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department. I learned more ways to process and how to use more tools within the field of library science. Throughout all of these internships I made contacts and progressed in my career before even having a Bachelor’s. My resume has been built up by my experience from undergrad, and I couldn’t have done any of it without the Internship program in WCU’s History Department.

Annmarie Geist

Annmarie Geist
West Chester University Special Collections

Annmarie Geist
Annmarie Geist expanded her skillset in libraries through an internship assisting West Chester University Special Collections librarian Tara Wink. Annmarie processed the papers of WCU's first African American professor, Ruby Jones, digitized and created metadata for collections, and curated an exhibit on the history of the Olympics. Following her graduate in December 2016, Annmarie landed a job at the University of Pennsylvania’s law library. She is also beginning a masters degree from Drexel University in Library and Information Science.
Dillon Baker

Dillon Baker
Moonstone Arts Center Hidden History Project

Dillon Baker
At Moonstone Arts Center of Philadelphia I was tasked with researching US labor history for a series of lectures that Moonstone founder Larry Robin will present to the 1199C Medical Workers Union of Philadelphia. In addition to locating and reading sources, I spent time in Temple University’s Urban Archives looking at newspaper clippings on labor history and other primary sources. I also reached out to professors of labor history and others involved with Philadelphia unions for interviews and assistance, including Henry Nicholas, president of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees. My final contribution to Moonstone’s labor talks were PowerPoints, outlines, and extensive source notes that Mr. Robin will use for lectures he will give once a month for about a year.
Alexis Lacy

Alexis Lacy
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Alexis Lacy
For my internship I had the unique experience of being able to use my position with Valley Forge National Historical Park as a tour guide both on their trolley and for private touring. The experience was amazing as I got to go through the process of researching and developing a tour program to practicing my interpreting skills everyday. The time I spent with Valley Forge made me a better historian and interpreter and aided in my obtaining a job with the National Park Service as a park ranger at the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in Berks County.
Adelaide Okonski

Adelaide Okonski
Clivedon of the National Trust

Adelaide Okonski
Adelaide Okonski worked to further expand the digital footprint made by Cliveden of the National Trust, during the summer of 2017. Her projects included polishing 18th century silver, creating an iMDB page for the dramatic event, “Liberty to Go to See,” and creating a map of Germantown showing the correlation between street names and the Revolutionary War.
Marissa Kalinowsky

Marissa Kalinowsky

Marissa Kalinowsky

My internship was at the Colonial Plantation in Ridley State Park this summer. While there I learned what it might be like working within the realms of public history. I learned how to give a proper house tour to children and adults of the home that is on site. Besides house tours, the planation does farm tours, firearm demonstration, candle making and much more.

My project for the Plantation was to focus on the slaves that lived there during the 1700s. While not much was found after they were freed I did manage to find an original manumission from Joseph Pratt II which granted the freedom of his slave Susanna Cuff. When I reached an end to what I could find of the slaves on the Pratt farm, I moved towards the general life of a slave on a planation within the South-Eastern region of Pennsylvania. While working within the house tours, when I felt it was appropriate, I would incorporate slavery and indentured servitude that was present in the colonial period on the farm.

This internship was a great opportunity to meet interesting people and form friends and references working within public history. It also gave me a glimpse of what a living museum must do to operate successfully and to remain a great tool for hands-on learning for children and adults.

Seth Wheeler

Seth Wheeler
Chester County Historical Society

Seth Wheeler

In the Summer of 2017, Seth Wheeler interned at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester, PA. From there, he worked in its special library and developed useful skills in a few areas. He learned how special libraries functioned, process old manuscripts and organize archival collections, create finding aids and upload them onto the CCHS website, and learned about archival theory and practice. Along with his experiences in the archives, he answered reference questions and helped researchers find information on their topic. Additionally, he created a blog to document his experiences and learned a great deal about formulating and maintaining websites.

Read an in-depth analysis of his internship in Seth's Blog.

You know you love history, but how can you apply that passion to a job? The best way to contemplate your future career is with hands-on experience through a service-learning internship for credit, which you can list on your resume and college transcript. Recent interns have considered the experience life changing, as they develop new goals and career ambitions while building their professional network.

The History Department offers opportunities for internships with a broad range of placements and projects, including museums, archives, historical societies, and public agencies. Our interns give tours, develop curricula, manage collections, build websites, transcribe archival materials, and much more! Interested students with a minimum 2.5 GPA who can offer 14 or more eight-hour days, typically during summer sessions, should contact the History Department Internship Coordinator, CHardy@wcupa.edu, regarding the application process and registration for AMS 415 or HIS 450.

Internship Policies and Procedures

  • An intern may earn 3 credits during a semester or summer session.
  • A 3-credit internship requires a student to perform assigned responsibilities at the cooperating internship site for no less than 120 hours. (This is the equivalent of an 8-hour day for each week of a 15-week academic semester).
  • Interns must be History majors with at least 80 earned credits and a minimum 2.5 grade point overall and in history. (The chair may make exceptions in special cases.)
  • Interested students should contact the department internship coordinator, CHardy@wcupa.edu, one semester prior to the semester in which they wish to intern.
  • Students must provide the internship coordinator a sample of their best historical writing and a resume for submission to prospective cooperating internship institutions.
  • The coordinator will review these materials and inform students if they qualify for an internship. Students denied an internship will receive reasons for the denial from the internship coordinator and suggestions for strengthening a future application.
  • The internship coordinator and student will work together to decide where to seek a placement, with either the student or coordinator making the initial contact.
  • Internship Policies - July 2017

Compensation: Paid Internships!

To enable those who cannot afford the cost, the Department of History offers paid internships of $1,200 each for a limited number of students, and $500 to students completing internships whose work the Department of History has deemed meritorious. Both are funded by the Dr. Robert E. Drayer Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Evaluation

Working with a faculty internship supervisor agreed upon by the student and department internship coordinator, the student, faculty supervisor, and site supervisor will articulate internship responsibilities and activities. Requirement include:

  • a daily log, detailing the nature of the activities during the internship The internship coordinator will use this log, submitted on a schedule, to determine the intern's performance and to suggest changes to the internship assignments and responsibilities.
  • Consistent contact with the faculty internship supervisor, including regarding any significant changes to their activities or emerging problems.
  • On-site visit by the faculty supervisor

The student's grade will be based on:

  • the on-site supervisor's evaluation,
  • the student's internship report, describing and evaluating the nature of the internship experience,
  • a final project, based on the intern's work at the cooperating institution, agreed upon by the faculty supervisor and the student once the internship is underway.
  • the internship coordinator's on-site visit, and
  • supporting documentation, which can include materials the intern has worked on for the host institution, promotional materials for exhibits or projects to which the intern contributed, and other evidence of accomplishments.

Recent Internship Placements

In spring and summer 2016 the WCU Department of History placed a record-setting 14 undergraduates and 3 graduate students in internships at 16 different institutions, creating new partnerships with the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Independence Seaport Museum, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, Pennhurst Memorial Coalition Archives, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Trappe Historical Society, and the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce. Our interns created finding aids for archives, led tours, conducted historical research for physical and virtual museum exhibits, and produced reports based on their own archival research. The excellent work of WCU’s history interns has not gone unnoticed. In summer 2017 we will have more opportunities than ever before. Students interested in an internship should contact Dr. Hardy.

  • Bernard Bronsberg, Community Action Agency of Delaware County, (Hardy) summer 2016.
  • Alexandra Lacey, Valley Forge National Historical Park, (Hardy) summer 2016.
  • Antonio Aloia, Trappe Historical Society, (Gimber) summer 2016.
  • Kara Fritz, Chester County Historical Society, (Smucker) summer 2016.
  • David Jones, Moravian Historical Society (Smucker) summer 2016.
  • Chris Mallee, Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, (Gimber) summer 2016.
  • Michael Misciagna, Penn Museum of Archeology (Fournier) summer 2016.
  • Kelsee Nodan (graduate), Philadelphia Museum of Art, (Smucker) summer 2016.
  • Chad Renner, Chads Ford Historical Society, (Gimber) summer 2016.
  • Richard Fontanet, Independence Seaport Museum, (Hardy) Spring 2016.
  • Melanie Pezdirtz, Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce, (Hardy) spring 2016.
  • Andrea Kuhn, (graduate) History of Oppression Project, Elwyn Inc., (Hardy) spring 2016.
  • John Smith III, Valley Forge National Historical Park, (Gimber) spring 2016.
  • Derek Duquette, History of Oppression Project/Pennhurst Memorial Coalition Archives, (Ruswick), spring 2016.
  • Melanie Pezdirtz, Special Collections, Harvey Green Library, (Kodosky) spring 2016.
  • Suzanne Irvin (graduate), American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, (Kodosky) spring 2016.
  • Antonio Aloia, Trappe Historical Society, 2017
  • Chris Mallee, Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, 2017
  • Pete Connolly, Speaking for Ourselves, 2017
  • Melanie Grear, Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce, 2017
  • Annmarie Geist, West Chester University Special Collections, 2017
  • Marissa Kalinowsky, Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, 2017
  • Seth Wheeler, Chester County Historical Society, 2017
  • Alexis Jennings, Lincoln University's Hinsonville Documentation Project, 2017
  • Dillon Baker, Moonstone Arts Center’s Hidden History Project, 2017
  • Adelaide Okonski, Cliveden of the National Trust, 2017

Other placements from recent years have included:

  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Anthracite Heritage Museum
  • Brandywine River Museum
  • Cliveden of the National Trust
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Delaware Children's Museum
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Eckley Miner's Village
  • Elwyn Inc.
  • Ephrata Cloister
  • ExplorePAHistory.com
  • Greater Philadelphia Film Office
  • Historic Fort Mifflin
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • Historic Yellow Springs
  • Iron and Steel Heritage Museum
  • Lancaster Historical Society
  • Lehigh County Historical Society
  • Lightfoot Mill at Anselma
  • Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
  • Moravian Archives
  • National Constitution Center
  • Newlin Mill
  • Pearl Buck Foundation
  • Pennsylvania State Archives
  • Philadelphia History Museum
  • Pottsgrove Manor
  • Salem County Historical Society
  • Save Ellis Island Foundation
  • Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History
  • Soldiers and Scholars Oral History Project
  • Valley Forge National Park