The Thomas Cole National Historic Site Internship Opportunity for Spring 2014

Cole Fellowships

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site will select one to two interns for the spring season. Internships run three plus months, from February-May.

Designed for exceptional graduating or recently graduated college seniors, Cole Fellows are afforded an opportunity to conduct significant research and to gain professional museum experience through a combination of research, interpretation, and hands-on projects.

Selected candidates will have the opportunity to:

– Conduct in-depth research that leads to a major project or paper based on her/his work over the season.
– Lead tours of the historic site and have fullengagement in interpretive programming.
– Take part in career development opportunities including resume review and next step planning for each intern based on their individual interests and career goals.

Interns at the Cole House will work closely with staff on various projects, which may include exhibitions and research, planning and design, special events, interpretive program research and development, volunteer coordination and visitor services. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in all areas of museum operations. Academic credit may be arranged for students who complete a minimum number of hours per week, as determined by their college or other academic institution.

Internships are unpaid, though many candidates arrange credit through their respective school. A minimum of 16 hours a week is asked to be committed, and the internship can be extended to six months instead of three.

Qualifications: Undergraduate and recent graduates are eligible for these positions. Students who have expressed a commitment to careers in a history or art museum, exhibition and collection management, and/or museum education. A background, passion for, or study of history, art history, material culture, decorative arts, museum studies, and/or museum education are ideal. Applicants should have strong organizational abilities, an affinity for public speaking, and computer skills, including Microsoft scanning and image software.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter describing your interests and goals along with a complete resume to:

Melissa, Thomas Cole National Historic Site
PO Box 426
Catskill, New York, 12414

For more information about our internship program: please email above or feel free to call at (518) 943-7465 ext. 5.

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