Volunteering & Internships

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Become a Volunteer

Our volunteers are a valuable asset to the History Center. We have volunteer opportunities for our Family Day activities, light maintenance of the historic structures, tending the Victory Garden, special projects, and more!

To become a Volunteer, please fill out this brief form: Volunteer Form

Internships

The History Center offers internships in many subject areas. Interns may earn college credit or intern for experience and new skills. The first step toward becoming an intern is to email your resume to Lesley Jones at ljones17@brenau.edu.

Due to covid-19, many of our internship opportunities can be made virtual. Please contact Lesley for more information.

Historic Photography Internship

Intern will photograph various locations of historic or cultural significance in the Northeast Georgia region to be archived at the History Center. The intern will be assigned locations and work independently to capture and edit photos.

Intern will conduct the necessary research to identify sites of historic/cultural significance in the Northeast Georgia region. They will curate a digital presentation of their work at the end of their internship to showcase during a special event at the History Center.

Please Note: This internships requires the ability to travel to various locations in Northeast Georgia. The History Center will provide gas mileage reimbursement.

Spanish Language Translation Internship

Intern will work with History Center staff as a Spanish translator for History Center print and digital materials including its website, social media, and visitor guides.

Intern will assist in oral translation and translating print/digital materials for the History Center’s reading program, Gainesville Reads. The intern will assist the Program Manager as a translator as needed.

Oral History Project Internship

Intern will work with History Center’s Director of Media & Communication to film/record oral history interviews to be archived for future research and appreciation. The intern will assist in the filming/recording of interviews, the editing process, and transcription of interviews.

Please Note: It is preferred that interns have some experience with video and/or audio production and editing in Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Audition.

Educational Programming Internship

Intern Duties: Intern will assist with all aspects of the Northeast Georgia History Centers Educational programming, including:

  • Family Day Event implementation, including greeting the general public and answering questions; helping with set-up and clean-up; and supporting vendors, partners, speakers and performers by addressing equipment, technical, and other needs.
  • Assist with staffing duties during some evening and weekend programs
  • Assist the Director of Education with additional duties as assigned.
  • Family Day Planning and Preparation: including creating stations, procuring supplies, and learning about historical interpretation.

Learning Objectives: By working closely with the Director of Education, the intern will gain experience in all aspects of program and event production, including: budgeting, performance reporting, customer service, trouble-shooting/problem-solving, adapting to different situations, multi-tasking, creative thinking, historical interpretation, researching, coordination at events, creating and maintaining inventories, communication, organization and time management, and event management.

Educational Research Internship

Intern Duties: Intern will assist with all aspects of the Northeast Georgia History Centers Educational programming, including:

  • Family Day Event research, researching the history and providing context for the different stations and topics of the family day events.
  • Family Day Planning and Preparation: including creating stations, procuring supplies, and learning about historical interpretation.
  • Assists the Director of Education with additional duties as assigned.

Learning Objectives: By working closely with the Director of Education, the intern will gain experience researching for program and event production.

Archives and Collections Internship

Intern Duties: Intern will assist with the archives and collections storage and management, including:

  • Restoration of artifacts including photographs, clothing, and furniture.
  • Scanning negatives, film, and photographs for digital restoration.
  • Cataloging various items donated to the History Center.
  • Organizing archive shelving and storage.

Research Internship

With direction from staff, intern will research and develop several aspects of a new interpretive plan for the museum’s c. 1800 cabin. Research will focus on history of the structure itself and inhabitants of said structure. Intern will also take the lead on producing a furnishing plan for the cabin to have the interior represent a typical early 1800s Georgia cabin.

Public Relations Internship

Public Relations interns learn foundational skills to write press releases, research relevant social media trends, create and update email lists, and assist in implementing the History Center's marketing strategy. PR Interns are expected to have excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail, a working knowledge of Google Sheets or Excel, an aptitude for public speaking, and a genuine interest in history education. PR Interns may work remotely with an agreed upon schedule with their supervisor, the Director of Media & Communications.

Exhibits Internship

With direction from staff, intern will serve as project coordinator for an exhibit at the History Center. This includes: initial research and outline, object selection, assistance with fundraising and marketing efforts, writing of interpretive text, preparation of gallery space, exhibit installation, and training of docents.

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The Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University - 322 Academy St NE Gainesville, GA 30501 - 770.297.5900 - historycenter@brenau.edu