Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Internships 2018-2019 

The Department of History is offering internships for undergraduate students interested in gaining practical applied experience in the archives or in historical and cultural development and management. The internships fall into two categories: archival internships (HIST 501/502) and museum or community based internships (HIST 212).

IMPORTANT: Applications for Winter 2019 placement are due November 26th @ noon.  Positions are competitive. Please enroll in a full course load until internships are decided. If you receive an internship you will then be able to drop a course and replace it with HIST 501/502 or HIST 212. 

Archival Internships (HIST 501/502)

The Queen’s Archives in conjunction with the Department of History will be offering two internship possibilities for History students in 2017-18. A half year option, HIST 502*, can be taken in fall or winter, and is conceived for students in years two through four interested in acquiring experience working with archival collections. The full year option, HIST 501, is available only for third and fourth year students, and involves both work in the collections as well as a research paper based on the archive’s materials. 

Student interns will be supervised by Heather Home, the Public Services/Private Records Archivist. Interested students should read the more detailed description here History Archive Internship Information and contact Heather Home by email at home@queensu.ca. Once she has approved your internship, please fill out the Archival Internship Application Form, and submit it for approval to the department along with the documents listed on the form. 

Museum or Community Based Internship (HIST 212)

The Museum or Community-Based Internship Program involves partnerships between the Department and various municipal and civic agencies.  Students successfully completing a semester-long internship with one of these agencies receive 3.0 pass/fail credit units in HIST 212, “Experiential Learning in Historical Practice.”

Fall 2018 (Applications due August 24th)

MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS MUSEUM
1) Bruce Carruthers: the Father of Canadian Military Communications Primary source documents and photographs from the Military Communications and Electronics Museum will be digitized to update an education program module about Bruce Carruthers, the founder of the Canadian Signalling Corps. The plan is to retool the module into an online educational resource, so some experience in web or graphic design, digitization and/or education programming is a plus. Staff of the Military Communications and Electronics Museum will provide training for phase one, the scanning of archival documents held on-site. Phase two will be to research Queens University Archives for material related to Bruce Carruthers and Canadian military communications. Because phase one of this internship will be done at the Military C&E museum, the successful applicant need to complete a “museum and non-public funds volunteer form,” which the museum will provide.
 
2) First World War Signals Personnel Database The Military Communications and Electronics Museum is interested in developing a database of Canadian Signals personnel from the First World War. Interns would build a database in MS Access utilizing fields and transferrable data from our MS Excel worksheets. Approximately 3000 personnel have been compiled by the Museum to date. The finished database will consist of graphics and text, collecting digitized personnel files from Library and Archives Canada. The ideal candidate should be able to work well independently, be a diligent researcher, and either have knowledge of MS Access or be good at learning new software. The work will mostly be done offsite, with periodic meetings for training.
 
3) TBA
BEYOND CLASSROOMS KINGSTON
Beyond Classrooms Kingston seeks a student intern to assist with operational functions related to managing and delivering cultural education programming at the elementary school level. These functions could include: marketing and communications; program development and delivery; fundraising and fund development. An intern should also be interested in assisting with research and operational functions related to developing and delivering cultural education. Priority will be given to candidates whose career objectives include cultural resource management and/or museum education/interpretation. Every effort will be made to ensure that the intern is assigned worthwhile tasks that provide transferrable skills and mentorship that can ultimately be used in a career in public history. To learn more about Kingston’s unique approach to student learning in a cultural setting, please visit our website at www.beyondclassrooms.ca
FRONTENAC COUNTY SCHOOLS MUSEUM
1)The Frontenac County Schools Museum is in Barriefield village and is responsible for the collection, preservation, and dissemination of artefacts and information about schools in the Frontenac County area from the earliest European settlements until 1970. The museum is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Public Programming Assistant. The person in this position would be responsible for creating posters/ads for our programs that we send out to schools. They would create new materials that we can give away to the public as advertisements (brochures, postcards, etc.) Use social media to interact with the public by posting about artefacts, historical stories, and events associated with the museum.
 
2)The Frontenac County Schools Museum is in Barriefield village and is responsible for the collection, preservation, and dissemination of artefacts and information about schools in the Frontenac County area from the earliest European settlements until 1970. The museum is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Collections Assistant. The successful candidate would be trained on standard museum practices such as artefact handling, conservation techniques, and proper storage. They would be completing a project consisting of cataloging the museum’s collection of early children's toys and researching the toys to learn more information about their material and social history. This position involves handling, labelling, and storing artifacts. The student must be able to lift a minimum of 20lbs.
KINGSTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Kingston Historical Society has been active since 1893, but it has never had a permanent home. Its records have been kept in various places over the years, but now are based in the Heritage Room in the Queen’s Archives. They are not well organized and there is much duplication. There are probably some surprises in the boxes and file folders waiting to be discovered. The intern will receive an introduction to what is there and will then be asked to make sense of the papers, decide what is duplicate or not needed, and to produce a finding resource for the most important items in the collection. The Past President of the Society will be the immediate contact and there will be support available as necessary from Archives staff. (http://www.kingstonhistoricalsociety.ca/)
THE MARINE MUSEUM OF THE GREAT LAKES AT KINGSTON
The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston has recently set up a storefront gallery at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and is looking for an intern/s to help re-connect with the community in the fall or winter terms of 2018-19.. The museum would like an intern to help with our website and our social media as well as assisting in the development of community-based interactions. Additionally, there is an opportunity to work in the archives as well as research new opportunities. As the museum was recently displaced, we welcome new team members to take the opportunity to explore your interest and develop original content.
MUSEUM OF HEALTH CARE AT KINGSTON
1)Internship Project: Collections A hands-on, collections-based project, in which the intern will work with Kathy Karkut, Collections Manager at the Museum of Health Care at Kingston. The Museum is in possession of three boxes of research, books, articles and early examples of mouth guards for sports such as hockey and football, including early-year helmets with attached models. Reviewing the research, providing a summary and timeline, identifying the guards and images as well as (if time allows), cataloguing and photographing a selection of guards and helmets will all be part of this internship, telling the evolution of these protective devices. At least a one 3.0 hr shift per week would be best for this internship, given the type of work.
 
2)Internship Project: WWI Exhibit Partnering with Peace Quest for their November 11th Imagining Peace event, the Museum staff (Curator, Program Director and Collections Manager) and the selected Intern would work together to create and present a WWI exhibit to visitors on 11 Nov 2018. Surgical implementations, uniforms, photographs and other objects from the Museum’s collection will be used to portray the history of health care in WWI, with specific focus on Kingston & Area. Through development of this display, the Intern will learn what goes into creating a Museum public display, with hands-on experience in research, design, and presentation. This Internship opportunity requires that student be available on Sunday, November 11th for presentation.
 
3)Internship Project: Heritage Operations Through this internship, you will work with all four staff members at the Museum to experience core aspects of heritage operations here at the Museum of Health Care. Working through all of the day-to-day aspects of the Museum, the selected intern can expect to gain experience in: - Curatorial research and exhibit design - Collections management with object cataloguing and/or photographing - Communication to donors, museum members, promotional design and social media - Educational program preparation and delivery
STORIES FROM THE SPIRE (SYDENHAM STREET UNITED CHURCH)
Research about The Spire, Sydenham Street United Church, needs a new focus. The Spire is a heritage building in Sydenham Heritage District with many stories to tell. We are looking for a resourceful researcher and writer to locate archival information and create a series of stories/snapshots/vignettes focused on the people and building at 82 Sydenham Street as well as Sydenham Heritage District. The researcher will develop a collection of information around significant events in the life of the building, the district and the city, including controversies, issues and milestones, beginning in 1851 with the construction of the original limestone building. The successful candidates will assemble stories, artifacts, photos about everyday people as well as leaders who had an impact on the community, so that we can use the collection to present vignettes of the building and local heritage district using a timeline approach. The project will situate the building as a community hub for generations amidst various events occurring in the city and wider world. Material collected will become part of our public profile, including performance art, posters, our newsletter and website. Archival information is located in various sites including the vault at 82 Sydenham Street, the Kingston Whig-Standard, Queen’s Archives, the City of Kingston and Library and Archives Canada.
WOLFE ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Wolfe Island Historical Society in partnership with Queen’s University Archives is in the process of documenting all of the records currently held in the attic of the historic Marysville town hall, located in the village of Marysville on Wolfe Island. Documents range in age from the 1820’s to present, and the hope is to create a database of what is in the attic and identify the most at-risk documents for restoration. “Nothing has ever been thrown out”, according to Wolfe Island Chief Administrative Officer, Darlene Plumley, and much of the paperwork sits in randomly organized, open boxes. Therefore this position is best served by students who possess excellent organizational skills, with a keen eye to detail, can work with limited supervision and who are entirely self-motivated. Most of all, if you are a student who loves uncovering lost local historic stories then this job is for you. Students can walk on and off the no-cost ferry at the foot of Queen Street at Ontario Street (across from the K Rock/Leon’s Centre) to the Marysville town hall. Once the ferry moves to its winter location out on Dawson Point Road on Wolfe Island, if the student does not have access to a car, arrangements can be made for a member of the Wolfe Island Historical Society to pick up/drop off students between the winter ferry and town hall. The attic also has no natural light and limited air circulation, so students without dust allergies are best for one of these positions.

Winter 2019 (Applications due November 26th @ noon)

MURNEY TOWER MUSEUM
Murney Tower Museum is a Martello tower located in Macdonald Park. It is a 3-storey structure that was built in 1846. The building itself is owned and maintained by Parks Canada, with the Kingston Historical Society maintaining the museum inside. Murney Tower is both a National Historic Site as well as part of the Rideau Canada and Kingston Fortifications UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ongoing maintenance of the building itself is done by Parks Canada. The Kingston Historical Society has received grant money to update and improve the exhibitions in the Tower. This updating has begun with new exhibitions on the gun platform and main level done over the 2017 and 2018 season. The intern would aid the Curator in researching and developing exhibitions for the dry ditch level of the Tower.
FAIRFIELD HOUSE
The Fairfield Homestead Heritage Association (FHHA) is a non-profit, volunteer group that provides heritage programming at Fairfield House in Amherstview. The work for this internship is to be done at the Queen's Archives. This is a three part project: 1) To bring to final form a finding aid for the correspondence portion of the Fairfield Papers held at the Queen's University Archives. This will involve reviewing previous short-term projects and the manuscript Fairfield material to achieve consistency of format, accuracy, and completeness. The desired end result will be an electronic file that will be searchable. It will be shared with the Queen's Archives and the Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives. 2) To photograph selected manuscripts from the collection. This will expand interpretive and staff orientation resources. 3) To expand the context for the Fairfields who occupied Fairfield House for its first 100 years (1793 -1893) by investigating sources held at the Archives or within the University's Library system. Requirements: Curiosity, attention to detail, patience reading manuscripts, clear record-keeping.
 
STORIES FROM THE SPIRE (SYDENHAM STREET UNITED CHURCH)
Research about The Spire, Sydenham Street United Church, needs a new focus. The Spire is a heritage building in Sydenham Heritage District with many stories to tell. We are looking for a resourceful researcher and writer to locate archival information and create a series of stories/snapshots/vignettes focused on the people and building at 82 Sydenham Street as well as Sydenham Heritage District. The researcher will develop a collection of information around significant events in the life of the building, the district and the city, including controversies, issues and milestones, beginning in 1851 with the construction of the original limestone building. The successful candidates will assemble stories, artifacts, photos about everyday people as well as leaders who had an impact on the community, so that we can use the collection to present vignettes of the building and local heritage district using a timeline approach. The project will situate the building as a community hub for generations amidst various events occurring in the city and wider world. Material collected will become part of our public profile, including performance art, posters, our newsletter and website. Archival information is located in various sites including the vault at 82 Sydenham Street, the Kingston Whig-Standard, Queen’s Archives, the City of Kingston and Library and Archives Canada.
 
WOLFE ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Wolfe Island Historical Society in partnership with Queen’s University Archives is in the process of documenting all of the records currently held in the attic of the historic Marysville town hall, located in the village of Marysville on Wolfe Island. Documents range in age from the 1820’s to present, and the hope is to create a database of what is in the attic and identify the most at-risk documents for restoration. “Nothing has ever been thrown out”, according to Wolfe Island Chief Administrative Officer, Darlene Plumley, and much of the paperwork sits in randomly organized, open boxes. Therefore this position is best served by students who possess excellent organizational skills, with a keen eye to detail, can work with limited supervision and who are entirely self-motivated. Most of all, if you are a student who loves uncovering lost local historic stories then this job is for you. Students can walk on and off the no-cost ferry at the foot of Queen Street at Ontario Street (across from the K Rock/Leon’s Centre) to the Marysville town hall. Once the ferry moves to its winter location out on Dawson Point Road on Wolfe Island, if the student does not have access to a car, arrangements can be made for a member of the Wolfe Island Historical Society to pick up/drop off students between the winter ferry and town hall. The attic also has no natural light and limited air circulation, so students without dust allergies are best for one of these positions. Please note that due to the winter ferry schedule, students will need to arrange transportation to the ferry.  

 

 

HOW TO APPLY

Submit the following to hist.undergrad@queensu.ca by November 26th @ noon to be considered for a winter term internship.  Put “HIST 212 Internship Application” in the subject line.

1. a maximum one-page personal statement, listing in order of preference the internships you would be willing to accept, and highlighting any special skills or experience that you believe would make you a good candidate.

2. an unofficial transcript

3. a resume or CV (click here for helpful tips from Queen's Career Service) (1-2 pages)

4. a sample paper, from a previous course taken, that showcases your abilities as a researcher.

Successful applicants will be notified, specifying the internship they have been assigned to by January 11th.  After confirming acceptance of the internship offered, they will be enrolled in HIST 212 (a 3.0 unit pass/fail course), and will have to submit a one-page report mid-way through term as well as a ten-page report on their activities at the end of their internship, in order to receive academic credit. 

Given that internship decisions for winter term are not made until early January, we strongly urge students to enroll in a back-up course during registration. This course can be dropped if the internship application is successful.

NOTE:  We also accept HIST 212 applications where the student has arranged his/her own placement with a sponsoring organization not on the list above.  In this case, applications should also include one additional item:  a letter of support from the sponsoring supervisor, setting out the purpose, duration, and duties of the internship, who will oversee the intern, how often you will meet, and any other relevant information.  The letter should give the supervisor’s contact phone number and email address.

Please do not contact our partners directly during the application process.  Direct all queries to: hist.undergrad@queensu.ca