Internship at the Waukesha County Museum


The Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum welcomes undergraduate and graduate students to learn and work alongside our staff and volunteers. Students with a particular interest in public history are encouraged to review the range of opportunities the museum has available. Interns at the museum gain valuable hands-on experience in a range of areas. Past interns have worked in education programming, exhibit and collections care, and in our archives and research enter.  Currently internship experiences are unpaid, though credit may be sought by individual colleges and universities. Students must consult with their individual department/programs for specific credit requirements.  Please include your program requirements in your cover letter or email inquiry.

We accept interns throughout the year, and will have limited opportunities in the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Semesters. Please contact us if you are interested in these future opportunities.

Past Internship Opporunities:

Education – Program Development

The museum is a leader of dynamic learning experiences, through onsite visitation and outreach. Interns will gain experience developing hand-on programs for youth and adult audiences. Particular focus in the summer of 2016 will be on the development and expansion of the Discovery Box programs – self contained lessons including curriculum, activities and ‘artifact collections’ that are available for classroom and group use.

Curatorial – Collections & Exhibits

With a collection of almost 16,000 objects the Waukesha County Museum has a myriad of opportunities for those interested in collections care. Interns will work with PastPerfect collections database, recording information and researching objects within the collection. Students will also have the opportunity to conduct and develop object narratives for a particular piece(s) in support of ongoing interpretation and exhibit design.  Particular focus for summer 2016 will be research and revisions to our core exhibit narratives.

Museum Administration – Marketing and Communications

Students will work closely with administrative staff with particular focus on donor and volunteer relations. Interns will have the opportunity to gain experience working with Raisers Edge database, creating electronic and print marketing materials, and supporting fundraising campaign efforts. This internship will also give student the chance to appreciate the particular professional skills and talents of operating a regional history site.

Archival and Library Science – Research and Cataloging

The Research Center of the museum boasts an impressive array of library and archival materials. Interns will work alongside current volunteer researchers in ongoing cataloging efforts. Additionally interns will help fulfill public research requests, as well as internal research request for program and exhibit development.