Internships and Community Partnerships

Internships and Community Partnerships

Preservation Forsyth Internship – A Preservation/Public History Immersive Experience
Looking for Spring 2021 intern, but willing to discuss Summer and Fall 2021 as well
Preservation Forsyth is looking for an intern interested in a preservation/public history immersive experience. This will be a “hands on” internship incorporating historic research, National Register Historic District exploration, possible experience with a public history display, and assistance in creating online historic tours.Our intern will also interact with professional Preservationists while exploring the nonprofit world. 

We are specifically looking for an intern for Spring 2021, but are happy to discuss Summer and Fall 2021 as well. 

Founded in 2007, Preservation Forsyth is a nonprofit membership organization created to promote, educate about, advocate for, and protect historic resources in our community. Preservation Forsyth is the only countywide organization devoted to the preservation of historic resources, coordinating with both the Historic Resources Commission and our local community preservation organizations. We work to increase public awareness of the economic, cultural, and social benefits of preservation which include: a revitalized downtown, stabilized neighborhoods and property values, a robust heritage tourism strategy, an increased local tax base, and advocacy for forgotten and difficult histories. We view preservation as a priceless community asset! — Martha Canipe

Reach out to Prof. Jake Ruddiman, ruddimja@wfu.edu, for more info about this internship and WFU course credit opportunities.


Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Summer Internships at Fallingwater (3 internships available)  – Mill Run, PA
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy offers short and long-term summer internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers related to the Conservancy’s many departments. Interns complete hands-on projects relevant to their area of specialization while working closely with supervisors, colleagues and volunteers in their host department. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy offers short and long-term summer internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers related to the Conservancy’s many departments. Interns complete hands-on projects relevant to their area of specialization while working closely with supervisors, colleagues and volunteers in their host department. Fallingwater, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is hailed internationally as a masterpiece of 20th century architecture. Fallingwater was also named the “best all-time work of American architecture” in a poll of members of the American Institute of Architects. Designed in 1935 by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater is one of Wright’s most widely acclaimed works and best exemplifies his philosophy of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature. Since 1963, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has owned and preserved Fallingwater so that the public can tour, experience and be inspired by this example of American architecture and history. Fallingwater is seeking applicants for summer internships in landscape architecture, collections and education.
Fallingwater’s Judy Cheteyan Collections Internship, Application Deadline: February 28, 2021
Fallingwater’s Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation Landscape Internship (2 openings), Application Deadline: March 15, 2021
Fallingwater’s Robert and Harriet Kirkpatrick Education Intern, Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

For details about these internships and how to apply, click here.

Wake Forest Historical Museum African American History and Genealogy Internship – Remote
Application Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021
The Wake Forest Historical Museum is hiring a Wake Forest University student intern to assist museum staff with research related to the Slavery, Race, and Memory Project during the spring 2021 semester. Under the mentorship of museum professionals, the intern will conduct research to identify and learn more about African Americans connected to Wake Forest University’s original campus between 1820 and 1930. This project will support the development of future courses and exhibits at the Wake Forest Historical Museum and provide a resource for community members interested in family history and genealogical research. For
details about the position and how to apply, click here.

Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI) Paid Internship
The Education Department will offer up to two paid internships to encourage greater participation of groups who are currently underrepresented in the museum field. Recipients will receive a $1,500 stipend and will be scheduled for 8-10 hours per week for 12-14 weeks during fall or spring semesters (for a total of 120 hours, unless more are required for academic credit).  Candidates applying for this paid opportunity should review the information about DAMLI and include in their written statement how they would contribute a diverse perspective to the museum and to the field.
The education department may also offer up to two additional unpaid internships. Internship description and requirements, instructions for how to apply, and the application can be found here.

Hidden Towns Project at Old Salem
Starting in the Fall of 2018, there will be internship opportunities for students to assist with the Hidden Towns Project at Old Salem. This is a multi-year historical and archaeological project at Old Salem with the goal of telling the history of enslaved people in the community. For more information, contact either Dr. Lisa Blee (bleelm@wfu.edu) or Dr. Jake Ruddiman (ruddimja@wfu.edu).

Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Student docents lead small groups through the still life exhibit in the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2013.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art internship openings (2) in Education and Archives & Library. See position descriptions and application deadlines on the Reynolda House website.


Historic Stagville Internships 
Historic Stagville is on the site of one of North Carolina’s largest plantations (near Durham). Student interns will interpret the history of slavery at the site and complete an independent project. Email Dr. Lisa Blee (bleelm@wfu.edu) for more information.


Job Opportunity: Körner’s Folly in Kernersville is hiring a part-time visitors services position. $8.25/hr, 34 hours/month. Contact Lisa Blee (bleelm@wfu.edu) for more information.


Other possible openings:

MUSE Winston-Salem 

Print, fill out, and return this form to the history department office for an Internship in History (HST 395)