Internships


The Strong® offers unpaid, competitive internship opportunities for students interested in history and museums. Interns may work with The Strong’s collections, research, education, or marketing and communications teams. For example, students may conduct research for exhibits, learn how to handle and care for artifacts, or assist with the development of educational programs for children. Students seeking certification as social studies teachers are encouraged to apply for internships for the summer, when the museum can provide opportunities to work with children in community education programs.

Requirements

  • Like all Strong staff, internship applicants must consent to a criminal background check and a drug screen.
  • Undergraduate internships require a minimum of 125 work hours; graduate internships require a minimum of 140 work hours.
  • Students must attend all training sessions and meetings required by their supervisor.
  • Students must keep a journal to document their experiences.
  • Graduate students also may be assigned readings and/or a research project (to be determined by their faculty sponsor in conjunction with their internship supervisor).

Application process

Submit an internship packet to the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources (see address below). Please include all of the following:

  • completed Strong internship application
  • letter stating personal interests, reasons for wanting to work at The Strong, desired learning outcomes for the internship, and potential benefits to The Strong
  • resume
  • a faculty sponsor letter

The Strong will consider each student’s interests and determine whether an appropriate project is available. If one is, the applicant will receive an interview with the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources and, if appropriate, members of The Strong’s history, collections, or education teams.    

Current available opportunities

International Center for the History of Electronic Games Internships 

The International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) at The Strong collects, preserves, studies, and interprets video games, other electronic games, and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other, including across boundaries of culture and geography. At more than 50,000 items, ICHEG houses the largest and most comprehensive public collections of electronic games and their related materials in the world. As a leader in the fields of electronic game history and preservation, ICHEG has a variety of internship opportunities for students interested in gaining valuable museum, preservation, conservation, and digital history experience. The Strong currently offers two ICHEG-related internships:

Digital Game and Media Preservation

Description: 

ICHEG seeks a tech-savvy intern to aid with digital game and media preservation efforts. The intern will be a member of the collections team responsible for preserving ICHEG’s unparalleled collection of more than 50,000 electronic games and related materials. Responsibilities may range from testing, playing, and capturing video of computer and console video games; filming game play of vintage arcade video games and dedicated handheld electronic games; disk imaging and migrating digital artifacts in accordance with archival standards; and digitization of primary source assets. 

Job Requirements: 

Candidates must be able to work independently, systematically, and confidentially, but also understand the importance of working as part of a team. Candidates seeking to fulfill requirements towards a degree in Computer Science, Game Design, Information Technology, or a related field are preferred. Basic trouble-shooting and diagnostic skills with digital systems and demonstrated knowledge and experience with various information technologies, including hardware, software, operating systems, and peripherals are required. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing is necessary. Knowledge of and interest in learning about the history electronic games are expected. The Strong is always looking for candidates who are professional, playful, and creative.

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.

Web Essay Writing and Digital History

Description: 

ICHEG seeks an intern to aid with collecting, preservation, and interpretation efforts. The internship is research and writing intensive and the ideal candidate will have exemplary written communication skills. Interns will spend the majority of their time researching and writing brief (250- to 500-word) essays on the history and impact of various electronic games and related materials from ICHEG’s collection, which will be displayed on The Strong’s website. These essays are meant to provide guests with further information regarding The Strong’s artifacts. Examples of such essays can be viewed on the museum’s online collections website at www.thestrong.org/online-collections/icheg/.

Other on-going projects may also be assigned, such as researching key international gaming markets. This may include putting together a list of key artifacts necessary to document each country’s importance in the electronic gaming world, identifying the major developers and publishers of each country, explaining how each country’s culture produces unique video game development, and how styles of gaming differ from region to region. Interns may also assist by contributing to a video game history calendar, identifying important PC and console game titles currently missing from ICHEG’s collection, cataloging newly acquired artifacts, and scanning electronic game packages for inclusion on The Strong’s online collections website.

Interested applicants must provide a recent writing sample of at least 2,000 words, preferably written within the last year. This sample may be a complete essay or excerpts from a longer body of work, and may be on a subject of the applicant’s choosing.  Please note that this internship has been filled for the summer of 2014, however opportunities will be available in the fall of 2014 and applications are currently being accepted for this time period.

Job Requirements: 

Candidates must be able to work independently, systematically, and confidentially, but also understand the importance of working as part of a team. Good computer and writing skills are necessary, and candidates must have experience with historical research. Familiarity with electronic games and the electronic games industry is helpful, but is not required. The Strong is always looking for candidates who are professional, playful, and creative.

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.


Education Internship

Location: Woodbury Preschool 

Description: Working in the preschool with three and four year-old children, the intern will assist teachers in the use of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. This includes, but is not limited to, helping with small group activities, documenting and organizing student work, cleaning up after activities, taking part in day-to-day life in the classroom, helping escort children to museum exhibits, and taking part in preschool celebrations and events.

Timeframe: Two or three full days a week for either a semester or an academic year.

Job Requirements: Candidate must work well in a team setting, be reliable, flexible, organized, and interested in learning about and implementing Reggio ideas. Additionally, the candidate must be enrolled in an early childhood degree program at an approved college or university or have experience in early childhood education or the arts.

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.


Photography Internship

Description: Working with the Media Services and Marketing Teams, intern will assist with PR photo shoots, collections-related object photography, and other museum related photography for The Strong’s website, social media, and printed marketing collateral. Intern will handle image editing and asset management of images and files.

 

Job Requirements: Must work well in a team setting, be reliable, flexible, organized, and self-motivated. Candidate must have strong communication skills to work with volunteer models, staff, and public. Candidate must have experience with Adobe Creative Suite, studio lighting, digital cameras, and related equipment.

 

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.


Public Programs Internship

Description: The Strong has internship opportunities available on its Public Programs team. Interns will assist in planning and executing public programs such as the Royal Ball, Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, and Berenstain Bears weekends. Interns will assist the education team in a variety of capacities such as:

  • brainstorming, researching, and designing family-friendly crafts and activities related to program themes
  • setting-up and taking down events
  • running craft or activity stations during events 
  • Optional: observe school lessons and scout workshops to gain additional educational knowledge 

This internship entails predominately behind-the-scenes work on week days, accompanied by periodic weekend work assisting museum educators in running special events.   Please note that the Public Programs Internship is not available during the summer.

Job Requirements: Candidate must work well in a team setting, be reliable, flexible, organized, and self-motivated.  Must be available periodically to assist with weekend programming and special events.  Please note that the Public Programs Internship is not available during the summer months.

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.


Marketing Internship

Description: The Strong has an internship available on its Marketing Team. Specific duties include scheduling online calendar entries, press release editing and distribution, writing for the member e-newsletter and related publications, and supporting public relations efforts. The intern will also assist in growing the educator e-news list; perform website editing, review, and entry as needed; create signage and schedules related to public programming; support social media efforts; and assist with other activities as necessary. The intern will gain additional knowledge by accompanying Marketing Team members to meetings and press events as needed.  Please note that the Marketing Internship has been filled for the summer, however opportunities will be available in the fall of 2014 and applications are currently being accepted for that time period.

Job Requirements: Candidate must work well in a team setting, be reliable, flexible, organized, and self-motivated. Candidate should be currently enrolled in a marketing undergraduate or graduate degree program.

 To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.


Graphic Design Internship

Description: Working with the Media Services and Marketing Teams, intern will assist in design and creation of promotional signs and graphic identity packages for museum programs and events. Intern will also work on exhibit-related graphics, labels, title walls, and banners.

 

Job Requirements: Candidate must work well in a team setting, be reliable, flexible, organized, and self-motivated.  Candidate should be currently enrolled in a graphic or computer design program and have knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite.

 

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.


Horticulture Internship

Description: Working with The Strong's Horticulturist, the Intern will map the Discovery Garden, update the plant species list, and create a plan for seasonal adjustments to the Discovery Garden.  The Intern will also perform a wide range of landscape/maintenance tasks important to the preservation, protection and transplanting of existing plants; including but not limited to soil preparation, planting, mulching, weeding, watering, fertilization, irrigation.

Job Requirements: Candidate must work well in a team setting, be reliable, flexible, organized, and self-motivated.  Candidate should be currently enrolled, or have recently completed, a Horticulture degree program. 

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.

 

Contact Information:

 

Laurie Phelps, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
The Strong
One Manhattan Square
Rochester, NY 14607
585-410-6343
lphelps@museumofplay.org