Internships

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Through the Framingham History Center, students eager to obtain hands-on experience in the museum field have the opportunity to handle historical documents, catalog archival collections, assist with curatorial duties, and much more. Students interested in interning for academic credit through Framingham State University may e-mail Curator Stacen Goldman at anytime, curator@framinghamhistory.org. For those interested in our paid summer college internship the “Tom Desilets Memorial Intern”, please visit RAMTRACK for application information in February.

 

College Internships

Tom Desilets Memorial Intern – Summer 2017

The Framingham History Center is seeking an intern to work with our collections to increase our web presence through multiple digital platforms. Our last three exhibitions (The Dennison Manufacturing Company: 1844-1990, Shoppers’ World…1951-1994, and Framingham Remembers… The Civil War) produced a plethora of images that need to be assembled into virtual exhibits, digital collections, and apps to preserve the quality of these exhibits and make them accessible to online visitors. The intern will work with the Curator and Museum Assistant/Education Coordinator to develop and institute these web-based projects. He/she will learn common museum databases and experience the day-to-day operations of a non-profit organization. Other duties on an as needed basis.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will need good organizational skills, careful attention to details and ability to work well with others. Knowledge of WordPress is helpful. Personal laptop is required.

This is a 10 week position – 40/hrs per week. June through August 2017.

Salary – $10/hr.

*Please note that all for-credit internships must be approved by your academic department prior to acceptance.

Contact:  E-mail Museum Assistant/Education Coordinator, Laura Stagliola, laura@framinghamhistory.org with “Desilets Intern 2017” in subject area.  Please attach a cover letter and a current resume. Please no calls. Deadline: April 7, 2017.

Tom Desilets Memorial Intern – Summer 2016

The Framingham History Center is seeking an intern to work with the textile costume collection in anticipation of a fall fashion exhibition.  This extensive collection with over 1,000 pieces ranges in date from the mid-1700s to the 20th century. Pieces include hand-spun dresses, men’s outerwear, Parisian Couture, christening gowns, crinoline, headwear, quilts, and much more. The last fashion exhibit curated by the FHC was more than ten years ago; this will be a special opportunity to bring Framingham’s costume history out from under the racks.

This internship will also provide an overview of the entire FHC collection, which includes military history, maps and blueprints, Dennison Manufacturing Company Archives, paintings and portraits, historic sites, and more.The intern will work with the Curator and museum staff members to preserve, catalogue, and research this important collection. He/she will observe conservation and proper exhibit mounting procedures, and be on the ground floor of creating an exciting new exhibit. This internship will also involve working with the Curator in preparing the collections for a move to a new location. Other duties on an as needed basis.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will need good organizational skills, careful attention to details, ability to work well with others, and care in handling fragile materials. The intern will also need the ability to lift boxes weighing up to 30 pounds.

This is a 10 week position – 40/hrs per week. Salary – $10/hr.

*Please note that all for-credit internships must be approved by your academic department prior to acceptance.

Contact:  Email Museum Assistant/Education Coordinator, Laura Stagliola, laura@framinghamhistory.org with “Desilets Intern 2016” in subject area.  Please attach a cover letter and a current resume. Please no calls. Deadline: May 1, 2016.


DENNISON VOLUNTEER POSITION – Spring 2015

The Framingham History Center is seeking a volunteer to work with the archives of the Dennison Manufacturing Company.  The collection covers 145 years of company history (1845 – 1990) and is filled with design samples by professionally trained artists.  This is an opportunity to become familiar with the records of Dennison, which became a Fortune 500 company, known around the world for the quality of its innovative products for offices, factories, schools and retail stores.  Dennison inventions survive in things we use and touch every day, such as tags on merchandise and their plastic attachment strings, disposable paper napkins, and bar codes on our mail, to name a few.

The volunteer will work with Dennison specialists and museum staff members to organize and preserve this important collection.  Fine sorting and creating finding aids will be important steps in the process of making the collection more accessible for research.  And housing materials in archival containers will better protect them from the toll taken by environmental conditions and by excessive handling.

A for-credit internship must be approved by the applicant’s department prior to beginning the internship.  Volunteer experience with the Dennison collection during the spring semester will also be a strong qualification for the Desilets Summer Internship, a paid internship to be offered at the Framingham History Center in the summer of 2015.


Dennison Curatorial Intern – Fall 2014

The Framingham History Center has a large collection of materials from the archives of the Dennison Manufacturing Company.  This collection, from a company that was a Framingham landmark for nearly 100 years, has ties to thousands of Framingham residents who worked at the factory as well as consumers throughout the country who bought products from this innovative corporation. From stores to schools to offices, “Dennison [has] organized America” through the long-lasting repercussions of their indispensable products.The History Center is planning an exhibition opening November 14th titled “Dennison Manufacturing Company 1844-1990” and this internship will involve assisting with the exhibit, organizing and fine sorting the Dennison archives, creating finding aids, scanning original documents, and working with part-time volunteers.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will need good organizational skills, careful attention to detail, ability to work well with others, and care in handling fragile materials. It is also necessary for the intern to have good handwriting skills, the ability to lift 30 pounds, and a vehicle to run local exhibit-related errands.

This is a 15 week position – 10/hrs per week. One academic credit. Hours are flexible on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Deadline: September 10,2014.

*Please note that all for-credit internships must be approved by your academic department prior to acceptance.


Tom Desilets Memorial Intern – Summer 2014

The Framingham History Center has recently been given a large collection of materials from the archives of the Dennison Manufacturing Company. This collection, from a company that was a Framingham landmark for nearly 100 years, has ties to thousands of Framingham people who worked at the factory and bought its products.In celebration of this acquisition the History Center is planning an exhibition illustrating the colorful history of Dennison as an innovator. The company prospered by staying on the cutting edge both in product development and in labor relations. As the organization prepares for the exhibition, the internship will center on research, seeking information and product samples that tell the story of creative problem solving, contemporary design, and progressive policies.

The Framingham History Center’s Curator will work with the intern to establish processes for review employee newsletters, promotional literature, corporate reports, and correspondence from around the world. The intern will also work with volunteers on creating finding aids for this collection.In addition, the intern will have responsibilities in administrative back-up around programming and events.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will need good organizational skills, careful attention to details, ability to work well with others, and care in handling fragile materials.This is a 10 week position – 40/hrs per week. Academic credit. Deadline: May 27, 2014.

**Please note that all for-credit internships must be approved by your academic department prior to acceptance.


High School Internships

Students from the town of Framingham interested in volunteer internships in the curatorial field may contact Curator Stacen Goldman for more information at curator@framinghamhistory.org.