The Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center has many opportunities for college students and young professionals to gain more experience in their fields of interest. Equally, the museum benefits from time, care, and fresh perspective from each intern we work with. The internship program is a vital part of any Museum organization and we are happy to offer this to those seeking to advance their careers. Please see some of our internship opportunities below:
The Marketing Intern will work directly with the Museum Director to promote the Museum’s events and programming. This role includes interaction with the general public and development of social media platforms, website, and print media. Interns will also play a role in crafting their own agenda, with a focus on topics and activities that may interest the individual.
Educational Programming Internship
The Educational Programming Intern will work directly with the Museum Director to develop educational programs at the Museum that correspond to and compliment permanent and temporary exhibit themes. Program interns will develop formative and summative evaluations to assess Museum programs. This role includes interaction with the general public, creating surveys that evaluate patron interaction with programs, and the ability to communicate program metrics. Interns will also play a role in crafting their own agenda, with a focus on topics and activities that may interest the individual.
The Collections Intern will work directly with the Museum Director in the day-to-day operations of the museum collection. This role includes data entry, filing, digital scanning, cataloging, as well as working in storage area and rehousing collections objects. The intern will learn to use PastPerfect, the Museum’s collections management program. Interns will also play a role in crafting their own agenda, with a focus on topics and activities that may interest the individual.
In addition, this position will introduce students to the opportunities that exist for a career in public history and museum management.
The Curatorial Intern will work with the Museum Director on projects designed to enhance the exhibit potential of the Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center using the Museum artifact collection. Interns will have input on projects based on the exhibit topics and themes they are most interested in (relevant to the history of Lake Wales). This position will allow interns to explore career options in public history and the museum field while also learning museum best practices and gaining hands-on experience.
Candidates will be considered if they (1) have excellent customer service skills; (2) are in good academic standing;(3) have an interest in working in any of the aforementioned internship categories; (4) demonstrate a strong ability to follow direction and work independently; and (5) are available for on-site internship work between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
This internship position is not paid, but available for course credit pending the University’s policy for obtaining credit hours. If you are interested in obtaining credit at the Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center, please discuss credit options with your advisor.
For more information, please visit us at the museum or call 863.676.1759.