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Check back here this fall for internships available next spring.

In the meantime, you can learn about potential upcoming internships by exploring last year's opportunities:

SITE SUPERVISOR: Michael Higgs, Manager, Cave Hill Heritage Foundation, Inc.

Project Summary:
Cave Hill Cemetery is a nationally-renowned rural cemetery and arboretum, with a large number of significant residents. Cave Hill is looking for an intern to conduct research into the cemetery’s residents, and to assist with cultural programming related to residents and their achievements. This work would include researching notable residents, compiling information and entering into Cave Hill’s database, and working with the cemetery to produce articles, tours, and exhibitions related to the cemetery. Cave Hill has identified a need for further research into female and African American residents of the cemetery, but interns will have room to research in other areas of interest as well.

In addition to developing their archival research skills, interns will learn how to work with Cave Hill’s database system (including basic html coding), write for public humanities projects, and develop project management skills related to public humanities projects. Other duties will be negotiated with the cemetery prior to the internship start date.

KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING and SKILLS
This internship is ideal for students interested in history, art history, public art, critical and curatorial studies, archival work, but also for someone with good research skills and the ability to think creatively.

The project begins January 2018 and runs through April 2018.
Students must register for 3-credit hours of internship through their home departments. The internship requires working on site for 8-10 hours per week.

The internship comes with an award of $500 toward tuition.


SITE SUPERVISOR: Jim Holmberg, Curator of Collections, Filson Historical Society

Project Summary:
An intern in The Filson Historical Society’s Collections Department would have the opportunity to work with a variety of historical material. The Filson collects and preserves historical material such as manuscripts, photographs, artifacts, books, ephemera, etc. that chronicle the heritage of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley. This material is cataloged and made available to researchers such as students, professors, genealogists, and others. An intern might work on organizing a 19th century collection of family letters describing their lives and news of the day – from travels and war to health and farming. They might organize and describe a photograph collection of a soldier who served in World War I, from training at Camp Zachary Taylor here in Louisville to the trenches and devastation of France. Ephemera such as theater programs, broadsides, scrapbooks, and sheet music also provide insights into the past. The Filson’s museum collection helps document Kentucky’s history from pioneer times to the present day. Of particular note is The Filson’s art collection. It maintains the finest antebellum portrait collection in the state and one of the finest 19th century portrait collections. Landscapes from the early 19th century to the mid-20th provide the viewer with pastoral scenes from every season. Many of Kentucky’s most noted painters are represented, from Matthew H. Jouett to Mary Bruce Cobb.

KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING and SKILLS:
This internship is ideal for students interested in history, art history, public art, critical and curatorial studies, archival work, but also for someone with good research skills and the ability to think creatively. Students will work with a range of Filson staff to learn about our collection practices.

The project begins January 2018 and runs through April 2018.
Students must register for 3-credit hours of internship through their home departments. The internship requires working on site for 8-10 hours per week.

The internship comes with an award of $500 toward tuition.

SITE SUPERVISOR: Dr. LeeAnn Whites, Director of Research, Filson Historical Society

PROJECT SUMMARY:
The person who fills this position would be part of the statewide Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project and help to contribute to that larger project by assisting in research into the holdings of the Filson Historical Society that pertain to the woman suffrage movement and women’s participation in progressive era reform in Louisville more generally.

The Filson Historical Society is in the process of planning an academic conference on women’s rights in the region, as well as an accompanying exhibit, both to take place in October 2019.

In preparation for these events, Filson Historical Society is looking for a research assistant who would help in the work of identifying women in Louisville and in the Filson records who participated in the progressive movement, building up a profile of those women using paper collections and other genealogical resources, and helping to identify objects in the collections owned or worn by these reformers.

In addition the researcher might be interested in contributing to the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project on line portal, whether that be through writing up short biographical entries based on their research on suffragists and reformers or contributing to the mapping of the residences of these Louisville women. Depending on the extent of the interest, the researcher might also give a paper at the Filson about his/her research or participate in the 2019 Filson conference.

KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING and SKILLS:
This internship is ideal for students interested in history, public art, critical and curatorial studies, archival work, but also for someone with good research skills and the ability to think creatively.

The project begins January 2018 and runs through April 2018.

Students must register for 3-credit hours of internship through their home departments. The internship requires working on site for 8-10 hours per week.

The internship comes with an award of $500 toward tuition.

SITE SUPERVISOR: Museum Registrar, Filson Historical Society

Project Summary:

The Museum Collections Internship is designed to provide hands-on experience in the field of collections management. The intern will learn about various aspects related to the day-to-day and long-term care and management of cultural collections. The intern will work directly under the supervision of the Museum Registrar during the inventory of the historic clothing and textile collection and assist with the following: documenting descriptions, locations and conditions of clothing and textile collection, ensuring items have a tracking number, photographing the collection, researching object histories, basic cataloging, assisting in the reconciliation of the inventory data with collections records.

The intern will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the following areas: handling and housing of textiles, inventory procedures, documenting historic collections, collections research, data entry and image management, day-to-day collections management, policies and procedures.

The intern does not need to have prior experience working with clothing or textiles. The intern will work alongside and be supervised by the registrar, receiving training in the proper handling and care of historic textiles. Attention to detail is required.

KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING and SKILLS:
This internship is ideal for students interested in history, art history, public art, critical and curatorial studies, archival work, but also for someone with good research skills and the ability to think creatively. Students will work with a range of Filson staff to learn about our collection practices.

The project begins January 2018 and runs through April 2018.
Students must register for 3-credit hours of internship through their home departments. The internship requires working on site for 8-10 hours per week.

The internship comes with an award of $500 toward tuition.


SITE SUPERVISOR: LeeAnn Whites, Editor, Ohio Valley History

REPORTS: LeeAnn Whites, Editor and Jamie Evans, Managing Editor

Project Summary:
The primary task of this internship is to assist in the illustration of Ohio Valley History, a quarterly journal that publishes between forty and sixty images an issue. Working from a list of images, the intern will use Past Perfect, The Filson’s Collection search engine, to identify whether or not the Filson holds appropriate images. The intern will also work in The Filson’s map collections and learn to scan images and the proper resolution for publishable images. The intern will find other possible on line sources of images outside The Filson, such as the holdings of the Library of Congress, the Cincinnati Museum Center, or other regional historical repositories and archives, and acquire appropriate images and the permission to publish them in Ohio Valley History when necessary. The intern will write captions and work on the effective placement of images in the text.

Duties (include, but are not limited to):
Employing Past Perfect to identify appropriate Filson images, working the in the Filson Map collections,scanning images, finding appropriate images from other online resources,assisting in the placement of images and the writing of captions, acquiring permission to use images, organizing and maintaining editorial files, records and spreadsheets.

KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING and SKILLS:
This internship is for undergraduate and graduate students, ideal for someone interested in images and illustration, but also for someone with good research skills and the ability to think creatively about how to search the web and employ digital media. Students will work with a range of Filson staff to learn about our collection and editorial practices.

The project begins January 2018 and runs through April 2018.
Students must register for 3-credit hours of internship through their home departments. The internship requires working on site for 8-10 hours per week.

The internship comes with an award of $500 toward tuition.

SITE SUPERVISOR: Rachel Firkins, Louisville Public Media

Project Summary:
At Do502, we strive to be the comprehensive events calendar for Louisville. Our messaging is for and of the people of the city we love. In order to serve our community, we work with partners to provide valuable list based content, and to highlight all of the incredible things that Louisville has to offer.

Stellar writing skills, a keen eye for visual presentation, technical know-how and a passion to gain experience in the digital media industry are a must for this intern. Must submit a writing sample.

Job Requirements and Skills Needed:

  • Ability to work at least 10 hours per week.
  • Educational focus in business, marketing, social media, or advertising.
  • Strong writing skills — error-free and stylistically engaging — with examples.
  • Visual presentation skills with examples.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to analyze data and identify key details and trends.
  • Self-Motivated — ability to be focused and get the job done independently.
  • Creative mindset — always coming up with ideas to improve upon a project or new projects based on needs.
  • Holistic thinker — ability to identify how key components fit into the big picture.
  • Design and Photoshop skills a plus.
  • Use the CMS to update site content
  • Research Louisville events and trends
  • Contribute to premium site content
  • Devise and execute social media messaging

The project begins January 2018 and runs through April 2018.
Students must register for 3-credit hours of internship through their home departments. The internship requires working on site for 8-10 hours per week.

The internship comes with an award of $500 toward tuition.

For more information about any of these internships, please contact:

Janna Tajibaeva, Ph.D
The Liberal Studies & Commonwealth Center for Humanities and Society
309 Stevenson Hall
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Louisville
Phone: (502) 852-2247
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