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The Department of History provides opportunities for students to acquire work experience through internships. A number of local internship opportunities are available, at diverse places including, but not limited to, the Feinberg Library’s Special Collections, the Kent Delord House Museum, and the Clinton County Historical Association.
To be eligible for an internship a student must have a GPA of 3 or better, and be willing to work independently with the host institution. Applications should be submitted before the academic semester in which the internship is projected to begin. “Learning Contract & Internship Proposal” forms are available from the rack outside of the History Department Office (321 Champlain Valley Hall).
Through its museum, research library, and public programs, the museum explores the history of the Adirondacks and county. Types of opportunities include cataloging and scanning historical photos, inventorying, researching, and cataloging unprocessed boxes in the archives; research projects (e.g., on letters in Civil War collection, for exhibits, and on artifacts, and maps). Summer & fall.
Dedicated to preserving the history of the Adirondacks, the Adirondack Museum includes almost 30 buildings and a diverse collection of historical, archival, and artistic materials. Opportunities in the Curatorial Department include researching, cataloging and rehousing portions of the museum’s extensive photograph collection; Summer.
Founded in 2000 and first dedicated to the history of Lozier Motors, the museum now covers a variety of transportation in the region. Types of opportunities include researching various artifacts (cars, trains, and boats); learning the museum holdings and giving tours; collating information on Lozier and organizing it for presentation. Fall & summer.
Designed to collect, record, and preserve the history of Clinton County, the Historian’s Office maintains archival holdings for virtually every facet of the county’s history. Opportunities include research on the county’s families, towns, and events. Fall, spring & summer.
Occupying the Four Chimneys building on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base, the museum interprets the area’s history from the earliest recorded times (1600) to the present day through its collections of paintings, maps, furniture, and decorative arts. Opportunities include working with the society’s artifact, photographic, and archival collection for physical and virtual presentation. Fall, spring, & summer
Of all the buildings that afford glimpses of Plattsburgh's early years, the oldest in its original form and one that tells local history through its prominent families is this house museum. Types of experiences include learning the history of the house, occupants, and artifacts and working as a docent; helping prepare aspects of that history and preparing them for a web-based presentation. Fall & summer.
The Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum commemorates the 1932 Winter Olympics and 1980 Winter Olympics, which were based in the village. Types of experiences include researching an aspect of the Olympics’ history in Lake Placid and helping with text panels for exhibits; working in the archives/collections to cataloge items, and designing online exhibits.
Since its inception in 2000, the NCCCA has striven to collaborate with the community and strengthen the arts and economy of the North Country. Types of opportunities include helping with an exhibit on the Battle of Plattsburgh Bicentennial; researching the availability of grants and their preparation; and designing lesson plans to make the center’s collection more available to teachers.
The NCUGRHA researches, preserves and interprets the history of the Underground Railroad, slavery and abolition along the Upper Hudson River-Champlain Canal-Lake Champlain corridor of northeast New York.Types of opportunities include research for and preparation of posters depicting events in black history; working with curator Don Papson and preparing a manual of stories to compliment exhibit panels; preparing a booklet of Underground Railroad Sites in Keeseville and Peru to compliment the museum’s mini‑tours; creating a traveling table‑top to publicize the museum and association; and researching historic sites linked to the underground railroad. Fall, spring & summer.
Shelburne Museum is a museum of art and Americana located in Shelburne, Vermont. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds. Types of opportunities at the museum’s new center for Art and Education include work with public programming, camps, and museum education.
Rare and Archival Materials Focused on the North Country of New York State. Types of opportunities include preparing an exhibit (physical and virtual) of Civil War letters written by local people; and an exhibit on the history of the Plattsburgh Normal School. Types of opportunities at the museum’s new center for Art and Education include work with public programming, camps, and museum education.
Operating the Battle of Plattsburgh Interpretive Center, the Battle of Plattsburgh Association is expanding its focus to the history of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base.Types of opportunities include a range of work on the planned AFB museum during the Cold War (mid 1950s to mid 1990s). Fall, spring & summer
For more information about history program internships, please contact:
Dr. Sylvie Beaudreau