Graduate Internships (3) - The Henry Ford (3/1/24)

Posted 1/24/24

Graduate Internships at The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford’s Simmons Internship Program is designed for current graduate students pursuing careers in museums, historical agencies, conservation labs, or related fields. This internship provides participants with a great opportunity to gain in-depth work experience in a major American history museum. Simmons interns are awarded stipends for a minimum 12-week full-time internship. Starting and ending dates for individual internships are negotiable. The Simmons Internship Program is funded by the Vera W. and Walter E. Simmons Endowment Fund.

2024 Simmons Graduate Internship Opportunities

  • Contemporary Trade Catalog Intern
  • Cataloging and Digitization Intern
  • Edible Education Collections Development Intern

Stipend and Terms of Internship
Simmons interns are awarded stipends for a minimum 12-week full time internship. Starting and ending dates for individual internships are negotiable. The Simmons Internship Program is funded by the Vera W. and Walter E. Simmons Endowment Fund. The compensation is $15 per hour.

Application Process
Three internship opportunities are available for Summer 2024. Applications should include:

  • A letter of application, stating how your graduate studies, work, and/or volunteer experience and personal interests qualify you for the specific project
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Two references

Students may apply for more than one internship project but must submit a unique letter of application for each. Applications can be completed at:  https://www.thehenryford.org/about/employment/job-postings/

The deadline for application is Friday, March 1.

Cataloging and Digitization Intern

The selected candidate will participate in the digitization process of The Henry Ford's collection of canes, particularly those that advertised or belonged to political figures. This will entail thoroughly cataloging the canes and engaging in provenance research, taking reference photographs, writing narratives in conjunction with the Curatorial team, and preparing a digitization request.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Maximizes intellectual access to collections information through the timely creation and/or modification of electronic catalog information, ensuring quality control through associated lexicon, thesauri, and metadata standards following museum field practices and approved by the institution. Work includes final review/approval of catalog records for digital collections.
  • Practices a high standard of advance research using primary and secondary resources to accurately interpret and catalog collections.
  • Determine steps that need to be taken to properly organize and catalog objects and groups of objects in the collection; this entails physical and intellectual arrangement.
  • Work with members of the Curatorial and Digital and Emerging Media teams to complete a digitization request.

Required qualifications:

  • Enrollment in a graduate program for American History, Information Studies, Museum Studies, or related field.
  • Experience with computerized applications (particularly collections management, library or archival management, or database management systems) is required.
  • Familiarity with standard cataloging theories and practice required.

Desired qualifications (optional):

  • Excellent research skills and ability to synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail is essential.

Contemporary Trade Catalog Intern

This project aims to process and catalog the contemporary trade catalogs acquired by The Henry Ford in 2022. The Henry Ford already processes a large collection of trade catalogs, and this recent acquisition will be processed, cataloged, and interfiled with the same standards of the existing collection.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Create MARC records for approximately 1000 trade catalogs. This will include a combination of copy cataloging and original cataloging work.
  •  Process trade catalogs.
  • Interfile and shift trade catalogs as needed.
  • Create a capstone presentation of completed work.

Required qualifications:

  • Enrollment in a graduate program for American History, Information Studies, Museum Studies, or related field.
  • Familiarity with MARC records.

Desired qualifications (optional):

  • Familiarity with OCLC Connxion, Ex Libris Alma and Primo.

Edible Education Collections Development Intern

The selected candidate will assess existing collecting plans and historical resources to create a collections development plan that will guide acquisitions relevant to the Edible Education initiative at The Henry Ford. The purpose of Edible Education is to inspire people to care about the food that sustains us and to think and act deeply about equitable food access, regenerative agriculture, and environmental stewardship.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • The successful applicant will assess collections already supportive of the Edible Education initiative, review other relevant collections, compile a statement of significance about existing THF collections and complete a collection development plan to grow Edible Education historical resources.
  • To accomplish this, the intern will review existing collections, collecting plans and significance statements to identify topics not currently addressed in these plans. The work will continue with identification of current debates relevant to Edible Education at THF, and completion of an Edible Education collections development plan.

Required qualifications:

  • Enrollment in a graduate program for American History, Information Studies, Museum Studies, or related field.
  • Interest in edible education including historical context and current issues.
  • Demonstrated writing skills.
  • Flexibility.

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