Thomas Cole Interns and Fellows
The Thomas Cole Historic Site welcomes student interns year round to work on a variety of projects and gain valuable in-depth museum experience. Interns play a vital role, participating in day-to-day operations, as well as in moving the institution forward to the next level of museum performance. Internships are available year-round (spring, summer, and fall semesters). Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Thomas Cole Fellows
Join the Thomas Cole Fellows, a new program that is designed for exceptional graduating or recently graduated college seniors to gain hands-on experience in the museum field. Cole Fellows assist the Thomas Cole Historic Site with a project that is central to the site's mission, and have access to learning opportunities for developing their own careers. The program runs from May 30 through November 3. Candidates must be available for the entire five months or more, and housing is provided. Please call Kate Menconeri at (518) 943-7465 ext. 2 for more information.
Words from a few of our recent Fellows:
Overall it was amazing – definitely the right choice. I can’t believe how lucky I got. It taught me so much - what I am capable of, and what I will do with my life. I didn’t expect to get such good career advice – that was invaluable and one of the best surprises. This program is unique and special, and I am so happy it is what I chose to do. Here, you get to do so much, have responsibility, and interact with all levels of staff. Having complimentary housing is a really big deal too!
Meredith Mueller, 2011 Cole Fellow
It was an incredible experience, more than I thought it would be. I saw every level of museum management --- other places only showed me one department. It allowed me to experience a museum as a whole. The professional development was great, with access to high-level people, and it was great to have so many people look at my resume – it lead directly to a job. I now feel invested and want to see the place develop, and know I’ll be keeping up with it. It affects you.
John Kingsley, 2011 Cole Fellow
Position Description: Interns at Cedar Grove will work closely with the Executive Director and the Education and Programs Coordinator on projects in the areas of exhibition research, planning and design; special event planning and facilitation; interpretive program research and development; volunteer coordination and visitor services. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in all areas of museum operations. Academic credit can be arranged for students who complete a minimum number of hours per week, as determined by their college or other academic institution.
Responsibilities: Interns will be responsible for the completion of personal research projects dependent on areas of interest and institutional needs. A percentage of time each week will be dedicated to filling visitor services needs i.e. working in the Visitor Center or providing tours. Training for these responsibilities will be provided.
Qualifications: Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for these positions. Students who have completed at least two semesters of study in the following fields: American History, American Studies, Art History, Education, Humanities, Museum Studies or Public History, are encouraged to apply. The successful candidates will be self-motivated, and able to work well with others.
To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter and one page statement of purpose explaining why you want to work at Cedar Grove and what you hope to gain and contribute. Please send application materials by mail to:
Attn: Education and Programs Coordinator
Thomas Cole National Historic Site
PO Box 426
Catskill, New York, 12414
For more information about our internship program: Please feel free to contact Melissa Gavilanes at (518) 943-7465 ext. 5, or by email at email@example.com.
integral to the intern experience
Overview: Interns at the Thomas Cole Historic Site are expected to engage in a semester-long research project exploring some aspect of Cedar Grove, Thomas Cole, or the Hudson River School of Art. TCNHS internships are an opportunity for undergraduate and/or graduate students to engage in applied research that directly benefits both the student and the institution. Past interns have helped TCNHS unravel the life story of Thomas Cole through hands-on research with primary documents and object collections; interns have also strengthened our interpretative program through research on historic landscapes, furnishings, and material culture.
Intern Research: Please feel free to browse the following research papers by former Thomas Cole Historic Site interns:
Xiao Situ, Vassar College ‘04
The Landscape Within: Solitude and Selfhood in the Work of Asher B. Durand
Simon Kawitzky, Vassar College ‘06
Ralph Blakelock and The Ghost Dance: The end of "primitive life in America"