Paid Internship Positions


Winterthur offers a limited number of paid internships for undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students in art history/American decorative arts and horticulture.

The objective of the internship program is to offer practical training experience to individuals interested in pursuing careers in the arts, horticulture, or museum fields.  Interns work as part of a team and gain a broad understanding of how a particular department functions within the context of a major museum, library, and garden as well as specific skills related to a particular department's activities.
 
Internships may be paid or unpaid, but all internships provide students with a unique opportunity to participate in the ongoing work of the department, complete specific projects or portions of larger initiatives, and contribute to our mission.
 
The duration of an internship may be flexible and varies based on the position and/or need.

Unpaid internships may be available in the following departments: Curatorial, Education, Registration, Garden, Library/Archives, Conservation, Development, Special Events, Visitor Services, Finance, Facilities, and Information Technology.   Please visit our volunteer pages for more details.
 



Current Open Internship Positions


JOB TITLE:  Curatorial Fellow, with benefits 7/1/15 - 6/3016

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  Winterthur seeks a curatorial fellow to work with collections staff on a variety of projects. The duties may include work in any or all of the collection media. Specific duties will be assigned on a project basis and may include, but are not limited to, collections management, exhibitions, research, publication, teaching, visitor services and development. A proportion of the work will include routine duties that contribute to the effectiveness of the department as a whole including: answering enquiries; escorting visitors and researchers into the collections; assisting with accessions; developing programs for public and membership groups; and offering clerical support when needed.
JOB REQUIREMENTS:  The successful candidate will have an M.A. in a subject related to American decorative and fine arts between 1640-1860 with at least one month of experience working in a museum decorative arts or related department. She/he will have a knowledge of, and familiarity with, the Winterthur collection or a similar collection in another museum. The successful candidate should have strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills including public speaking; proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word, Outlook, Excel and Access programs, would be an advantage; ability to lift 20 pounds; ability to lift and reach objects overhead; ability to maneuver in small and tight spaces; must have valid driverís license; and after training, must be able to pass care and handling of objects test. This is a full-time, twelve-month position, starting about July 1. Full benefits. Closing date is April 6, 2015.
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JOB TITLE:  Groundskeeping Intern, full-time Mar-Aug 2015

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  Will learn proper turfgrass management techniques through hands-on experience in the day to day management of the turf within the Winterthur Garden and Estate. This intern will gain experience in handling a range of mowers and turf situations. The intern will also assist with the maintenance of the historic naturalistic design of the garden by learning and practicing good safety and excellent horticultural and turfgrass management techniques, e.g., fertilizing, planting, pruning, snow removal, leaf removal, mowing, spraying pesticides, mulching, weedeating, lawn aeration and seeding. The intern will also learn the cultural requirements and botanical nomenclature of the plants along with the design principles and environmental stewardship used in the Winterthur Garden.
JOB REQUIREMENTS:  Minimum education: enrolled in an accredited turfgrass/horticulture program or related field and has successfully completed related coursework. Minimum knowledge/skills: Basic knowledge of gardening and turf maintenance techniques and terminology, Ability to operate horticultural hand-tools and power equipment safely. Valid driverís license, acceptable driving record and ability to lift 50 lbs. Ability to execute oral and written directions and to work independently, Ability to express ideas clearly, orally and in writing, Minimum experience: 6 months educational and/or field experience in the study of turf grass/horticulture or related field.
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JOB TITLE:  Garden & Estate Intern, full-time May-Aug 2015

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  Is responsible for working with a member of the Horticulture staff in specified areas in the Winterthur Garden and Estate. The intern will maintain the historic naturalistic design of the garden by practicing good safety and learning excellent horticultural techniques, e.g., fertilizing, planting, pruning, snow removal, leaf removal, mowing, spraying pesticides, mulching, weed-eating and the cultural requirements and botanical nomenclature of the plants of the design principle used in the Winterthur Garden. Housing available on site
JOB REQUIREMENTS:  Minimum education: enrolled in an accredited horticulture program or related field and has successfully completed horticultural coursework. Minimum knowledge/skills: Ability to express ideas clearly, orally and in writing, Ability to operate horticultural hand-tools and power equipment safely. Valid driver's license and acceptable driving record. Ability to execute oral and written directions. Basic knowledge of gardening techniques and terminology. Minimum experience: 6 months educational and/or field experience in the study of horticulture or related field.
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JOB TITLE:  Arborist Intern, full-time temp May-Aug 2015

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  Acquires, develops and applies fundamental arboricultural concepts and skills through his/her active participation with the Winterthur Arborist staff in various aspects of tree care and arboricultural practices throughout the Winterthur Estate, e.g., pruning, climbing and proper equipment usage.
JOB REQUIREMENTS:  Minimum education: Enrolled in an accredited arboriculture or has successfully completed related curriculum. Minimum knowledge/skills: Ability to express ideas clearly, orally and in writing. Ability to operate arboricultural hand and power equipment safely. Valid driverís license and acceptable driving record. Ability to execute oral and written directions. Basic knowledge of arboriculture terminology & practices. Minimum experience: 6 months educational and/or field experience in the study of arboriculture or related field.
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