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Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. | Charlottesville, VA
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The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello, the mountaintop home of Thomas Jefferson located in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Foundation has a twofold mission of preservation and education, and we succeed with the support of over 500 full and part-time staff, volunteers and interns spread throughout the organization in a variety of disciplines.

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation is seeking interns in several departments for the summer of 2020. Available internships are listed below along with a brief description of their requirements and other relevant information. Most internships will start in mid-May; however, there is some flexibility. If you have an idea for an internship that you do not see listed please feel free to contact etenhundfeld@monticello.org to see if we may be able to accommodate your interest.

In addition to their project work, summer interns from all departments are invited to attend several informal talks focusing on various aspects of the museum field with professionals from around the Foundation. Topics in the past have included; editing and publishing historical documents, museums and technology, nonprofit development, and the latest archaeological findings at Monticello. Participation in these talks is optional; however, it does provide an opportunity to broaden your internship experience.

The following departments are offering summer internships:

Curatorial (paid; Part-Time or Full-Time)

Education & Visitor Programs (paid; Full-Time)

Gardens (paid; Full-Time)

International Center for Jefferson Studies (paid; Part-Time or Full-Time)

Marketing & Communications (paid; Part-Time or Full-Time)

Restoration (paid; Full-Time)

Special Events (paid; Part-Time or Full-Time)

Collections Intern: The Curatorial department is searching for college Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, or Graduate students who are interested in gaining hands-on collections management experience across a range of projects. The collections team is responsible for caring for all objects related to Thomas Jefferson, many of which are currently on display in Monticello and its galleries, so attention to detail is essential to an intern's success. History, Art History, and Museum Studies majors preferred. Project length is 10-12 weeks, up to 40 hrs/wk with a flexible schedule. Experience with object handling is a plus, but not required.

Curatorial Intern: The Curatorial department is seeking bright, independent students to assist with research projects related to the curatorial collection and ongoing department projects, possibly including exhibitions or publications. Exposure to collections management may also be available to students who are interested. Project length is 10-12 weeks, up to 40 hrs/wk, with a flexible schedule. Must have completed two years of undergrad; Art History majors preferred. Must be able to work independently and possess impeccable writing and research skills. Experience with Decorative Arts is a plus, but not required.

Education & Visitor Programs Intern: Students with a desire to share history with the public will spend three days per week giving guided tours of Monticello and two days working on an individual project. Projects may include; research, program design, early childhood education programs, and other projects related to the function of the department. We will make every effort to match students' interests with their assigned projects. Interns will work from 5/11/20 8/2/20, 5 days a week (40 hours), to include three weekends a month. Must have completed two years of undergrad; strong communication skills and a love of history are required. Must be able to interact comfortably with people of all ages and backgrounds and be flexible to the evolving needs of visitors.

Garden Intern: The Gardens & Grounds department is seeking students who are currently enrolled or have recently graduated from academic programs related to horticulture, landscape architecture, or viticulture. Interns will be working alongside garden staff cultivating Thomas Jefferson's historic flower, vegetable and fruit gardens, as well as a recently established vineyard. In addition to horticultural labor, interns will spend at least 8 hours per week working on individual research projects such as GIS mapping, historical plant research, plant IDs, blog posts and curatorial input. Candidates must be able to do physical labor outdoors and possess a valid driver's license. Internship length is 12 weeks, 40 hrs/wk. Daily schedule is 7 am - 3:30 pm M-F, with occasional weekend hours when necessary.

ICJS Intern: The Foundation is home to the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, which is devoted to Jefferson scholarship and the dissemination of research through lectures, seminars, and conferences. The Center also hosts scholars and teachers through its fellowship opportunities. ICJS is seeking interns for 10-12 weeks to assist in several areas. Interns will provide administrative support to our visiting fellows and complete clerical and research projects under the direction of our staff historians. Interns may also assist with the planning and execution of lectures and other special events hosted by ICJS. This position is ideal for students with an interest in early American history and/or public history. Ideal candidates will possess strong research and communication skills and a professional demeanor. Internship length is 10-12 weeks, up to hrs/wk, with a flexible schedule during standard business hours.

Marketing & Communications Intern: This internship provides an opportunity to meet key community contacts and learn about marketing and advertising for a nonprofit. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, business development and marketing activities such as creating ad copy and marketing analysis, public relations activities such as writing press releases, interviewing Monticello and Jefferson experts for newsletter articles, writing newsletter articles, taking photos, assisting in video and online components, social media integration, pitching new concepts for media coverage angles, media interaction, securing press attendance or assist answering questions on in-house projects, research, updating and maintaining media lists, assembling press kits, and providing support at special events. Project length is 10-12 weeks, up to 40 hrs/wk. Hours are flexible, but will likely involve occasional evening and weekend work. Must have completed two years of undergrad, demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, adhere to deadlines, and possess great attention to detail. Applicants should be resourceful, willing to take on new challenges, and comfortable interacting with a variety of people in different situations.

Restoration Intern: Our Restoration department is offering an internship to a student looking to gain hands-on experience with preservation work. Opportunities for research work may be available based on the experience and background of the student. In particular, we are seeking students with an interest in archival work to assist with organization and documentation of ongoing restoration projects. Project length is flexible and details will be address with individual candidates.

Special Events Intern: Our Special Events department is seeking students who are interested in gaining experience in the field of event planning to assist with the organization and execution of events at Monticello. Interns will gain experience with events of all sizes and the unique issues involved in event planning at historic site. Responsibilities may include; managing guest lists, event staging, placing orders with local vendors, and assisting in the actual event execution. In addition to daily assignments, interns will have a project which will focus on the planning and development of one specific event, including budget, marketing, and execution. Project length is 10-12 weeks, up to 40 hrs/wk. Hours are flexible, but will likely involve some evening and weekend work. Must have completed one year of undergrad studies and possess strong communication skills, be detail oriented, and have ability to work independently and take initiative when necessary. Interns must also have a reliable form of transportation as assignments may include interaction with local vendors.

FAQs about Internships

Please review the information below to see many common questions and answers about our internship program. If you still cannot find the answer you are looking for please email etenhundfeld@monticello.org or call 434-984-9869 with any questions.

Am I eligible to apply for an internship?

Applicants must complete a minimum of one year of undergraduate studies before starting an internship, though some positions require two years. (You may apply while you are completing your first or second year.) Preference for internships will be given to undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled in a college or university or have recently earned a degree.

How do I apply?

Please provide the following items:

* A completed internship application including two short answer responses
* Two references or letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional)
* An unofficial copy of your transcript
* A one-page resume

Application materials may arrive separately, but all materials must be received by February 15, 2020.

Do I get paid?

Internships are paid either by stipend or with an hourly wage, depending on the department and the scope of the internship. If you would like academic credit for your internship please inquire with your university to see if this can be arranged. We will make accommodations for this whenever possible.

When do they start/end?

Generally internships will run from late May to the beginning of August. All part-time internships will involve roughly 15-20 hrs per week, and there is some flexibility in the schedules. Detailed schedules will be determined on an individual basis once the final candidates have been identified. (Education and Visitor Programs interns do have a firm start date of 5/11/2020.)

Can I apply for more than one internship?

Yes; please list all the departments in which you are interested.

Do you need an official transcript?

No; for the initial application you can send an unofficial copy of your transcript. You will be notified if we require anything else.

Can I send my recommendations via email?

Yes; but be sure to include contact information for all references you provide. Letters of recommendation may also be sent directly from the author to etenhundfeld@monticello.org.

I would like to be involved at Monticello, but I don't have the time to commit to an internship. What can I do?

There are volunteer opportunities for those who are able to commit to working at the Foundation a minimum of 8 hrs per month. Please email etenhundfeld@monticello.org if you would like to pursue this option.