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.

Gainesville Reads Internship

Gainesville Reads is a free one-on-one tutoring program for elementary grade students in Hall County who struggle with reading. The program takes place on Mondays with one hour sessions from 4-5 PM, 5-6 PM, and 6-7 PM.

Primary Project: Intern will assist in the History Center’s reading program, Gainesville Reads, by researching and/or developing educational materials such as worksheets, activities, and games; tutoring students as needed; and assisting in administrative duties of the Program Managers.

Historic Photography Internship

Primary Project: 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.

Secondary Project: 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

Primary Project: 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.

Secondary Project: 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. 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-focused internship

Primary Project: Under supervision from Director of Education, intern will help organize and implement programming for the History Center’s monthly Family Day event, including but not limited to research, materials procurement, staging, set up/breakdown of interpretive stations day of event, staffing interpretive station or production position (i.e. Front Desk).

In addition, intern will assist in day-to-day operations of the museum including (but not limited to) reception, program and exhibit preparation, processing of inquiries and artifact donations, leading tour groups of children and adults, and working with staff and volunteers on other duties as assigned.

Collections/Research-focused internship

Primary Project: 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.

In addition, intern will assist in day-to-day operations of the museum including (but not limited to) reception, program and exhibit preparation, processing of inquiries and artifact donations, leading tour groups of children and adults, and working with staff and volunteers on other duties as assigned.

Marketing-based internship

Primary Project: Intern will work with History Center staff and volunteers to develop and execute a marketing and promotional strategy to enhance community awareness of the History Center in general and some of its exhibits and programming specifically. The student will take a central role in the development and execution of marketing and promotional efforts at the History Center during their internship.

Secondary Project: Intern will explore and possibly develop ways of incorporating electronic methods of interpretation into the exhibit galleries, including (but not limited to) audio tours, “photo album” screens, and auxiliary audio/visual presentation methods.

Exhibit-focused internship

Primary Project: 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.

In addition, intern will assist in day-to-day operations of the museum including (but not limited to) reception, program and exhibit preparation, processing of inquiries and artifact donations, leading tour groups of children and adults, and working with staff and volunteers on other duties as assigned.

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