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The purpose of the Internship Program at the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is to provide a rich, hands-on learning experience for a student who is interested in pursuing a career in the museum field.
Reading assignments have been carefully chosen to provide background information on several aspects of the museum field. As a whole, they will give the intern an overview of the kinds of activities museum professionals perform in their jobs.
Hands-on projects at the Museum will give the intern the practical work experience that can be extremely valuable when pursuing admittance to a graduate program, or in obtaining a first job. Projects may include giving tours, developing educational programs, creating a small exhibition, cataloging museum collections, or working on special events.
All interns are required to attend at least TWO special events during the internship. The intern may choose to work at the event, or simply attend as a guest. A list of options will be supplied to the successful candidate.
An intern may expect to...
1. Work at a position that is worthwhile and challenging, with freedom to use existing skills and/or develop new ones.
2. Receive sufficient, on-going training with clear and specific directions from the Supervisor, who is a qualified museum professional.
3. Feel that, along with the Museum staff, one is an important part of a team by having one's accomplishments recognized in both formal and informal ways.
4. Develop a comprehensive resource guide of pertinent articles and resource lists that will provide a comprehensive overview of the museum field.
The Internship Program at the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum has been modeled after the successful program at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Applying for an Internship:
Internships are available for fall and spring semesters. Application deadlines are as follows:
SPRING SEMESTER November 15
FALL SEMESTER April 15
Potential interns should submit a resume with cover letter, outlining why you are interested in an internship, your future career goals, and what you hope to gain from an internship at the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. Please submit material to: Christopher Kenney, Director of Education, Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, 800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708. NO EMAILS OR PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
Please review the following materials prior to applying for an internship.
Interviews will be conducted the week after the applications are due. The successful candidate will be notified after interviews have been completed.
At this time, only one intern per semester is accepted at the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum.