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Tue May 01, 2018 - Wed Aug 01, 2018


5401 Woodward AvenueDetroit, MI 48202


The Detroit Historical Society is pleased offer a for-credit internship opportunity with its curatorial department. The internship will center on the Society’s upcoming oral history project. Over the next four years, the Society will be chronicling Detroit’s neighborhoods. This provides opportunities with several different aspects of museum work, including collections management, exhibition research and development, curatorial research, and interpretive planning. Additionally, interns will gain first-hand experience in interviewing, community outreach, and project management.

Regular semester internships are unpaid, but stipends for internship-related travel may be provided. The Society’s internship work hour and reporting requirements will conform to the student’s university course standards. However, interns can expect to spend approximately 120 hours working during the semester in which he or she is enrolled in the internship course (roughly 8 hours per week for 15 weeks).

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Schedule, conduct, and transcribe oral history interviews
  • Attend community events on behalf of the project
  • Conduct research on various neighborhoods
  • Assist in the management of the collection

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Strong communication skills
  • Team player

Education, Training and Experience:

  • Candidate must enroll in an internship course for college credit. Junior, Senior or graduate standing preferred.
  • College coursework in or related field is preferred.
  • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 is required

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, current resume and letter of support from faculty supervisor by March 8th to:

William Winkel

Oral History Project Manager


Detroit Historical Society

5401 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, MI 48202

No phone calls, please.


  • Networking
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Public Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Multi-Tasking

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Part time; up to 20 hours per week
  • Must be enrolled for university course credit

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