Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

2013 Summer Interns

The Shaker Historical Society relies on volunteers, interns, staff and our Board of Directors to staff our museum, participate in our educational tours, prepare exhibits, organize special events and handle a varied assortment of tasks essential to our mission.

We are always looking for volunteers no matter what age, background, or amount of time you have to offer. Whether it is a couple of hours a month or more frequently, we have many opportunities for you to show your community pride by helping us tell the Shaker Heights story! For volunteers who have worked at least 20 hours in a single year or SHS members, we can offer the use of our new lending library! Check out books and learn more about the Shakers of North Union and Shaker Heights. For volunteers who work over 60 hours within a year, you are entitled to a free OHS membership as well! If you’re interested in getting involved, please call us at 216-921-1201 or send us an email at wpetznick@shakerhistory.org.

Volunteer Positions

Become a part of history with The Shaker Historical Society’s volunteer program!  As a member of our team you would be an integral part of our long-term sustainability.  Essential tasks include:

  • Greeter
  • Tour Guide
  • Educational Tour Guide
  • Library Support
  • Membership Events and Outreach
  • Special Fundraising Events
  • Clerical Support
  • Data Entry

Your commitment can be as little as three hours a month or as much as you desire.  Training is provided.  Bring a friend, it’s more fun with two!

Undergraduate and Graduate Internships

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

ANNUAL DEADLINE: 1 March

The Shaker Historical Society welcomes applications for its summer internship program. +++ Please note that the deadline for summer internships is 1 March annually. +++ (For internships during other parts of the year, please see below.)

What we do for you!

Summer interns will be given a broad education about museums and their administration, with specific training in whatever area they choose. For interns who apply for our Museum Collections Internship, for example, the successful candidate will be given hands-on training in collections care and maintenance, collections handling procedures, accessioning, PastPerfect IV databases, digital photography, and object description writing, to name just a few areas of work. As we are a small non-profit organization, we will also give you significant training in working for a small 501(c)3 organization. Summer interns will also be charged with designing their own project to be completed by the end of the summer. This will allow the intern to develop experience and expertise in an area of their choosing but will also give them an achievable goal to reach and cite on their resumes. We also can offer interns a free pass to Cleveland YMCA on certain days.

All will be closely supervised by Dr. Petznick who taught and lectured for the University of St Andrews, was a Curator of an American Association of Museums-accredited historic house museum and has worked in many large and small museums in the United States and the United Kingdom.

What can you do for us?

By joining the Shaker Historical Society, you can be a member of a team to help us achieve our goals with education, outreach, fundraising, preservation and development. Prior museum experience is not required, but is desired. Interested candidates may apply for any of the following internships:

  • Museum Collections Internship
  • Library/Archive Internship
  • Museum Education Internship
  • Web Design Internship
  • Graphic Design Internship
  • Development Internship
  • Retail Internship
  • Marketing & Social Media Internship

Requirements

-          25 hours/week minimum for at least 10 weeks the summer.

-          Academic credit requirements vary, so time commitments are flexible. Start and end dates are also flexible.

-          Experience in the fields of education or history preferred.

-          Laptop not required but recommended.

-          All internships are unpaid at this time.

-          Cover letter and resume may be emailed to wpetznick@shakerhistory.org

In general these internships are designed to help you meet requirements for your course of study and as such are unpaid.  Must be able to work in conditions with no air conditioning, walk reasonable distances, to navigate stairs, and lift 30 lbs. Subject to background check. Work hours are typically M-F from 9 am to 5 pm with some evenings and weekends. The Gracious Gardens of Shaker Heights weekend, which always falls on the Father’s Day weekend in June, is a requirement. Please send a resume and cover letter stating the area in which you wish to intern to Dr. Ware Petznick, Executive Director at wpetznick@shakerhistory.org.

 

INTERNSHIPS DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR

We do accept applications to serve internships with us during the academic year. If you are interested in serving an internship during the academic year, please write expressing a timetable of your availability. Like our summer interns, we hire interns to work in the same areas of museum work – COLLECTIONS, LIBRARY & ARCHIVES, EDUCATION, WEB DESIGN, GRAPHIC DESIGN, & DEVELOPMENT. We will train you in various aspects of museum operations – especially in a small organization. You will learn about the Shakers of North Union and the development of Shaker Heights, and you will be given hands-on training. As most applicants are students, we will work around your class schedule in order to fulfill a minimum time requirement.

Please submit a resume and letter of interest to:

Ware Petznick, PhD Executive Director, The Shaker Historical Society 16740 South Park Boulevard Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120-1641 wpetznick@shakerhistory.org

Collections Internship

2014-2015

 

Shaker Nesting Boxes original milk paint

This is an exciting time to be at the Shaker Historical Society! Gain hands-on experience as we work to restore the third floor ballroom, and process 19th and 20th century collections stored there!

 

Duties

-          Assist in the digitization of museum collections.

-          Research and write about museum artifacts for the museum’s website and blog.

-          Assist in the physical organization of museum collections.

-          Learn how to use PastPerfect IV

 

Benefits

-          Gain hands-on experience with collections management software.

-          Get to know the workings of a small museum.

-          Attend museum programs and events.

-          Academic credit available.

 

Requirements

-          A professional work ethic and flexible nature

-          A consistent time table

-          Academic credit requirements vary, so time commitments are flexible.

-          Experience in the fields of education or history preferred.

-          Laptop not required but recommended.

-          All internships are unpaid at this time.

 Library Internship

2014-2015

 

Title of Earl Gurney Mead Blueline drawing of the North Union Community, ca. 1870

This is an exciting time to be working in the Elizabeth Nord Library & Archives as we are embarking on essential projects to reorganize and preserve the archives. The maps and stereoview collections have been completed. Now, there are other collections within the archives ready and willing to be indexed and photographed.

 

Duties

-           Assist in the digitization and organization of museum’s library.

-           Assist in cataloging new books donated to the museum’s library.

-           Learn to create finding aids.

-           Encapsulate photographs and documents in mylar.

 

 

Benefits

-           Gain hands-on experience in a museum library environment. Your contributions will directly impact the day-to-day use of our library by patrons and staff.

-           Get to know the workings of a small museum.

-           Working with rare books and ephemera.

-           Attend museum programs and events.

-           Academic credit available.

-           Successful intern will gain valuable experience and reference for resume!

 

 

Requirements

-          A regular time table

-          Academic credit requirements vary, so time commitments are flexible. Start and end dates are also flexible.

-          Experience in the fields of education or history preferred.

-          Laptop not required but recommended.

-          All internships are unpaid at this time.

 

Education Internship

2014-2015

 

Bee the Buzz Camp 2012

This is an exciting time to be at the Shaker Historical Society! Education is a primary concern, so you may have the opportunity to design your own program and put it into practice!

 

 

Duties

-          Assist in the development of standards-based field trip programs for local schools.

-          Help facilitate programs for students of all ages

-          Assist in the creation of a Young Historians program.

 

Benefits

-          Gain hands-on experience creating curriculum and museum materials. Your contributions will be used by visitors every day!

-          Get to know the workings of a small museum.

-          Attend museum programs and events.

-          Academic credit available.

-          Successful intern will gain valuable experience and reference for resume!

 

Requirements

-          A consistent time table

-          Academic credit requirements vary, so time commitments are flexible. Start and end dates are also flexible.

-          Experience in the fields of education or history preferred.

-          Laptop not required but recommended.

-          All internships are unpaid at this time.

 

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Partnerships and Support

Thank you to the generous support of our valued public and private partners. This critical support allows the SHS preserve and share our region's rich history by developing and expanding our exhibits, programs and educational outreach initiatives.