Each year, volunteer and paid interns help support the Society's efforts to preserve and interpret its museum collections. At the same time, the Society strives to provide its interns with the opportunity to gain professional and practical experience in a small, active museum.
The Society awards two paid museum internships annually to graduate students: the Clement Ellis Conger Internship focusing on collections management and the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Internship focusing on curatorial work and interpretation. The staff also welcomes inquiries from other students at various levels who are interested in an unpaid internship. Past intern projects include exhibition research, conducting an inventory, development of new public programs, and object research.
More information about the Society's two paid internships can be found below. Formal announcements will be posted here when they are available, with instructions on how to apply.
Clement Ellis Conger Internship
The Clement Ellis Conger Internship is geared toward an individual interested in the proper care, preservation, and documentation of museum collections. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to the operation of a historic house museum and may participate in a variety of collections management activities or work on a more focused project. Past internship projects have included helping to conduct a museum collections inventory, researching and cataloging art and artifacts, housing collections objects, and recording and analyzing environmental data throughout the house.
Interested applicants should be graduate students studying history, art history, material culture studies, museum studies, or related subjects who are interested in pursuing a museum career. Students with a dedicated interest in the eras of the American Revolution and/or the Gilded Age are strongly encouraged to apply. The internship carries a $1,500 stipend through the generosity of the John Jay Hopkins Foundation. The internship is named for Clement Ellis Conger, former curator of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the U.S. Department of State and member of the Society of the Cincinnati.
Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Internship
The Society offers the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Internship to an individual looking to gain experience in preparing museum exhibitions, curatorial research, or museum education. Past interns have identified themes and objects for temporary museum exhibitions, developed educational and public program materials, and researched objects in the museum collections. The internship carries a $2,000 stipend through the generosity of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.
Applicants should be graduate students studying history, art history, material culture studies, museum studies, or related subjects who are interested in a future museum career. Strong research and writing skills and the ability to work independently are important. Students with a dedicated interest in the history and material culture of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century America, and/or Gilded Age Washington, D.C., are encouraged to apply.