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Madison Automotive Apprentices Program, Harrisonburg, VA

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Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project 

The Africa, African American, and Diaspora program is working with the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project to offer a limited number of community research internships for Spring 2020. Opportunities include three research projects: 1) histories and geographies of African American burial grounds in the Shenandoah Valley, 2) local African American chefs and culinary history, and 3) histories of Lewis Mountain Lodge in the Shenandoah National Park. While each project is different, research activities could include: Documentary and oral history research Photography Data collection and...

116th Infantry Regiment Museum Internships

THE MUSEUM & LIBRARY Located in nearby Verona, VA, the museum’s collection consists of books, uniforms, period weaponry, almanacs, photographs, prints, collections of personal papers and documents from the French & Indian War in the 18th century through the War in Afghanistan in the 21st century. THE INTERNSHIPS Internship topics and projects are numerous and varied, depending on interns' interests and museum needs. All interns will have training and gain experience in using Past Perfect Accession Management software, guide both individual and group tours, assist in day to day...

Madison Automotive Apprentices Program, Harrisonburg, VA

Paid Internship ($10/hour) with the Madison Automotive Apprentices Program (MAAP) https://madisonauto.org/, https://www.facebook.com MAAP and JMU Library Digital Services are continuing an extensive digitization project to preserve and make available for research rare automotive literature, brochures, technical manuals, and more. History majors interested in digital collections creation and management, or material culture and technology, or historic vehicle restoration and documentation will be particularly suited to this internship project. The internship will include JMU Library...

Museum Exhibition Research Internship, Harrisonburg and Dayton, VA

  The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society & Heritage Center Museum (HRHS) is accepting applications for a research internship for the fall of 2018. (The selected intern could begin as early as August 6th if s/he wishes.) HRHS is opening a special exhibition on the surprisingly prolific inventors of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Between 1838 and 2016, area residents earned over 350 patents on inventions ranging from an 1838 “rocking churn” to a 1921 “Mechanical Nurse” to a 1974 “Pet House.” The Research Intern will help recover and tell the life stories of individual...

Museum Collections Research Internship, Harrisonburg and Dayton, VA

Museum Collections Research Internship, Harrisonburg and Dayton, VA The Heritage Museum, home of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society (HRHS) is accepting applications for a research internship for the 2018 Fall Semester. (The selected intern could begin as early as August 6th if s/he wishes.) HRHS is a largely volunteer-run museum with a vast collection of artifacts and archives, but no curator. The Collections Research Intern will identify items of interest, research their stories, and develop mini-exhibit plans. At least one exhibit will be installed during the internship. All...

James Monroe’s Highland, Charlottesville, VA

Paid Interpreter Position William & Mary is seeking qualified applicants for the temporary interpreter – Tour Guide for James Monroe’s Highland, located in Charlottesville, VA. From Nancy Setz, Education Programs Manager: "While the review date says March 30 [2018], I am still accepting applications for the next few weeks.  I'm ideally looking for applicants who can work late May till early August."  $9.25/hour, see full position description here: https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/31079 The Interpreters at James Monroe’s Highland are the front-line teachers of the site’s message about...

The Truban Archives, Edinburg, VA

The Truban Archives at the Shenandoah County Library and the New Market Area Library are accepting applications for a single intern to assist with managing our digital and physical collections. We currently have open positions for the fall of 2017, spring of 2018 (minimum of 100 hours of service) and for the summer of 2018 (minimum of 200 hours of service). The selected individual will receive a stipend equal to $1000 for each 100 hours served, up to $2000. All work would be completed at the Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg Virginia. This Internship would focus on creating content...

The Virginia Quilt Museum

The Virginia Quilt Museum, Summer 2017 internship The Virginia Quilt Museum was able to purchase a large collection of sewing machines this fall.  Accession files need to be set up, images and research on each machine.  This will create a body of knowledge for exhibition as well as research. Housed in the historic Warren-Sipe House in downtown Harrisonburg, The Virginia Quilt Museum has over three hundred quilts in their permanent collection.  Founded in 1995, it is the Official Quilt museum of the Commonwealth of Virginia, charged with the mission of “celebrating and nurturing Virginia’s...

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton, VA

  The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library has several internships available for full-time, short-term positions this summer, and more expected for the fall semester. The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum seeks to increase the understanding of the life and legacy of the 28th President through the presentation of innovative and informative exhibitions, programs, archives, tours and other initiatives. http://www.woodrowwilson.org/ For more information, contact: Mark Edwin Peterson, PhD, MLS Librarian Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library P.O. Box 24 Staunton, VA  24402...

The Heritage Center, Dayton, VA

              The Heritage Museum is eager to fill a Public History internship for the Spring Semester (2017). The Intern will contribute to the development of two small exhibition spaces relating Harrisonburg and Rockingham County African-American history during periods of Slavery and Reconstruction. The completed spaces will update permanent galleries. Working in collaboration with staff and volunteers, the Intern will develop exhibit content and assist with in exhibit design. The Project may include working with PastPerfect Museum Software, analyzing...

Truban Archives at the Shenandoah County Library, Edinburg, VA

The Truban Archives at the Shenandoah County Library is looking for a dedicated intern to serve with us during the fall of 2016, spring of 2017, and/or the summer of 2017. This position is unpaid and will require a minimum of 10 hours per week of service over a three month period. Our organization is not your typical archives. We manage a collection of over 6,000 local history books and over 15,000 primary sources. In addition, we work with eight museums, Shenandoah County, six local towns, and the Shenandoah County Tourism Council to tell the story of Shenandoah County and the Valley...

The Heritage Museum, Dayton, VA

The Heritage Museum is eager to fill a Public History internship for the Fall Semester (2016). The Intern will contribute to the development of a small exhibition of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County homefront history during the World Wars. The completed exhibit will update permanent galleries in time for 2017 commemorations of the 100th Anniversary of World War I and the 75th Anniversary of World War II. Working in collaboration with staff and volunteers, the Intern will be part of the exhibit process from start to finish: identifying items in the Collections (artifacts, archives, and...

Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg, VA

The Explore More Discovery Museum is seeking a Development Intern for the Fall of 2015 who has a passion for non-profit organizations, education, children, community development, and business & administration. Students will gain hands-on experience with a small non-profit, build a strong resume, and engage with local businesses and community members. Be prepared to become an active, contributing member of our small staff and to make a meaningful impact on the children’s museum and the community! Our mission: The Discovery Museum engages young minds through interactive, multi-sensory...

Costumed Interpreter, Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, VA

Costumed Interpreter ($9/hour). Act as costumed Museum teacher to communicate historical information to the public and schools, demonstrate historic handcrafts and trades (which might include woodworking, blacksmithing, textiles, coopering etc...), perform daily farm and interpretive tasks such as animal care, garden and field work, general site maintenance, and cooking. Weekend work required, plus occasional evening shifts to provide seven-day coverage. Schedule determined by agency needs. Application deadline; March 6 2015. For more information and online application, go to:...

Blue Ridge Legal Services, Harrisonburg, VA

Support Blue Ridge Legal Services' in-house attorneys and pro bono referral program. Students will learn about civil law cases, both through working with staff legal aid attorneys as well as private attorneys who work pro bono on our behalf. In this area, you will learn how to manage case files and become acquainted with the courts and procedures related to civil law. You will have the opportunity to observe attorneys in case acceptance meetings, in court hearings and trials, and other day-to-day legal operations. What do you get in return? •Exposure to the workings of a busy non-profit...

Living in the Universe: The Poet Robert Hayden

Professor Elizabeth Hoover, JMU Dept. of English, seeks an intern to assist on the research and writing of a biography of Robert Hayden, the first African-American Poet Laureate of the United States. Hayden was born in Detroit in 1913 and penned some of the most powerful poetry about that city. Major themes of this biography include the history of Detroit, racial dynamics of American publishing, the Federal Writers Project, and the role of the church in black urban communities. The focus of the internship will be 1) transcribing oral histories about black life in Detroit, race in American...

Cedar Creek & Belle Grove Nat’l. Hist. Park

At Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park, Kyle Rothemich researched and will present a public program on the Battle of Second Kernstown, late in the Civil War as part of the Park's Civil War Sesquicentennial events in the summer of 2014. You can read Kyle's internship journal blog, where he also describes combining the historic and contemporary images of Belle Grove used in this post, at:...

Shenandoah Valley History Writing Projects, Shenandoah Valley, VA

Elyse Poinsett and Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom used their research, writing and photography skills to assist in compiling, editing, and illustrating a tour book of roadside historic markers in Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro, Virginia. Kimberly McCray utilized the techniques she learned in her public history courses, the records of the Staunton/Augusta County Courthouse, and the resources of the Augusta County Historical Society to interpret the objects and documents contained in a trunk owned by an early 20th-century African-American woman from Augusta County. Greg Kellerman...

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Charlottesville, VA

For an "Oral History of School Desegregation in Western Virginia" internship supported by Washington and Lee University and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, history graduate student Sarah Wilson scheduled and conducted oral history interviews with people who experienced school desegregation, either as students, teachers, parents, or administrators, in four western Virginia counties. She also researched and transcribed school board minutes and superintendent records.

Tax Credit and Facade Improvement Projects, Staunton, VA

Undergraduate history major Dalesha Criner and history graduate student Sarah Holland assisted in the Tax Credit Project and the Façade Improvement Project. Both students made use of research skills as well as architectural documentation and preservation skills to help Staunton residents meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. They also helped edit The Queen City Quarterly, a newsletter sent to foundation members.

Houck Tannery JMU Special Collections, Harrisonburg, VA

In Carrier Library's Special Collections department, Andrea Hillebrenner began processing the records of the Houck Tannery of Harrisonburg. The collection documents the daily purchases and sales of the tannery, which was one of the largest in the Shenandoah Valley. Founded in 1871 as the Harrisonburg Steam Tannery, its name was changed to the Houck Tannery when it was purchased in 1878 by J.P. Houck. The records include an account ledger, receipts, payment notes, bark tonnage calculations, check stubs, and railroad freight forms.Andrea Hillebrenner processed the daily records of the Houck...

Historic Campus National Register of Historic Places, JMU

At James Madison University, four undergraduate students began a large project to nominate the JMU Historic Campus to the National Register of Historic Places. Marci Tingle, Kim Miles, Abbie Salyers, and Pete Swerdzewski produced building descriptions, assembled photographs, conducted architectural research, and began the paperwork required for the nomination.

Union for the Southern Claims Commission, Shenandoah Valley Region, VA

Melissa Cole transcribed post-Civil War era requests of Shenandoah Valley residents for compensation due to war losses resulting from their loyalty to the Union for the Southern Claims Commission. She also conducted research at the National Archives on these claims, the families involved, and any compensation that was awarded.

Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Museum, Staunton, VA

At the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Museum in Staunton, Virginia, Kara Ryan helped develop a high school outreach program, researched specific areas for weekend focus tours, and worked with the curator in the collections department to prepare an exhibit on leisure activities in the Victorian era.

Handley Regional Library Archives Room, Winchester, VA

At Handley Regional Library, Archives Room, Courtney O'Donnell developed manuscript collection inventories, helped in the accession of new collections, and provided research assistance to patrons in person, electronically, and by mail.

Belle Grove Plantation, Middletown, VA

At Belle Grove Plantation, history graduate student Peggy Dillard produced a guide for the Furnishings and Collection Committee to help refurnish the interior of the mansion to match as closely as possible the Hite family's early 19th-century period of occupancy. As part of a summer internship at Belle Grove Plantation, Peggy researched eighteenth- and nineteenth-century probate inventories and other documents and compared them with existing furnishings to help the museum determine how the rooms were originally...

South Atlantic Humanities Center, Charlottesville, VA

Jennifer Miller, an undergraduate SMAD major with an interest in history, interned with the South Atlantic Humanities Center at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville, Virginia. Jennifer combined her history and computer skills to contribute design and content to the Center’s website

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, VA

At the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, Amy Cerminara worked on the museum's temporary World War II exhibit, helped accession artifacts, helped develop a presentation on "Gone Houses" in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, and visited and helped record an early Valley house for the Society's records.

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, Harrisonburg, VA

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance has been privileged to work with interns from a variety of disciplines, each bringing a unique set of skills and talents to the organization. During their time with us, interns gain valuable professional experience and marketable skills that will assist them post-graduation. This is not a "paper-pushing" position. Be prepared to become an active, contributor.  For more information go to:...

Page Valley White House, Page County, VA

Combination archival research and field survey internship.  Built by Martin Kauffman around 1760, the stone flurkuchenhaus on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River near Hamburg was both a dwelling and meeting house.  Believed to have been abandoned around 1830, the structure is an important landmark in the Page Valley, withstanding major floods and benign neglect.  A long-term research project that involves archaeology and historical research is underway.  Intern will step into this project and assist with research into the Kauffman family history and the evolution of the property. ...

German Outdoor Bake Ovens, Harrisonburg, VA

Combination archival research, architectural documentation, and field survey internship.  A project started by members of the Massanutten Chapter of the Archeological Society of Virginia, the scholarly documentation of outdoor bake ovens from German immigrant farmsteads (mainly late 18th century) has yet to be undertaken.  Possibly community-based features, the ovens are believed to be derived from a southern German form.  At least one intact oven exists in the North Fork Valley; another has been reconstructed; and two are known as archaeological features.  Interns will undertake primary...

JMU Farm (Hooke House), Harrisonburg, VA

Combination archival research and field survey internship.  Intern will research JMU institutional records to answer questions concerning the sale of the property from the Hooke Family to JMU in 1929; the uses of the property by JMU faculty and students; and the changes to the property since JMU ownership.  Considerable effort has already gone toward gathering contextual materials, but important questions remain.  As time allows, field survey will be undertaken with Dr. Carole Nash to determine the locations of non-extant structures, particularly a slave quarter. All students who...

French& Indian War Settler Forts, Rockingham County, VA

Combination archival research, oral history, and field survey.  Intern will take collected secondary resource information and analyze historic maps for fort locations.  The most promising locations will be selected for primary research.  As time allows and per permission of landowners, field survey will be undertaken with Dr. Carole Nash to determine the presence of fort-era features.  Knowledgeable local residents will be involved in the project and may contribute to oral history.  If this becomes a reality, the project will go to JMU IRB for proper permissions. All students who...

Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, VA

The Frontier Culture Museum is currently accepting applications for unpaid interns throughout the year.  Numerous JMU History majors have interned here in positions ranging from historic stone masonry to research on the panic of 1837's effects on the Shenandoah Valley. Frontier Culture Museum is able to offer a wide range of internship opportunities throughout the museum. They are interested in dedicated students with majors in history, education, historic preservation, business and accounting, marketing, and agricultural and animal sciences. All interns must have completed at least one...

Rockingham County Courthouse

Public History Graduate student Victoria M. Edwards worked at the Rockingham County Courthouse processing old deeds and road and bridge petitions. Many of the documents had been untouched for over a century and needed to be evaluated, organized and repaired. Tiffany and Victoria both obtained first-hand knowledge of the basics of archiving and document...