Internships

Internships are valuable for young professionals and the institutions they work for. This page has tips for starting and maintaining an internship program.

Internship Program Resources

Making It Count: Professional Standards and Best Practices in Building Museum Internship Programs by Pamela S. Schwartz is a comprehensive overview that can help you decide what best practices to adopt in planning an organized internship program. 

The National Council on Public History Curriculum and Training Committee published “Best Practices in Public History: Public History Internships”  which features a list of eight recommendations when designing a public history internship.

This short, general AASLH blog post by Deborah Baker titled “Interns 101” outlines tips and other considerations when setting up an internship program.

This Museum 2.0 blog post titled “A Shared Ethics for Museum Internships” by CUNY lecturer and former manager of the Guggenheim Internship program Michelle Millar Fisher explores the ethics of unpaid museum internships.

Looking to diversity your applicant pool? This post from the American Alliance of Museums discusses the value, methods, and challenges of diversifying your internship pool.

From The Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania, “Starting and Maintaining a Quality Internship Program” includes step-by-step instructions and a sample intern evaluation form.