General 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 to support the museum and its International Center for the History of Electronic GamesBrian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of PlayWoodbury School, and American Journal of Play. 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 experiences for certification as teachers are encouraged to apply for spring internships.  Specific internship opportunities are listed below, however The Strong is open to creating individual internship experiences based on the interests of the intern and available projects at the museum.

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 Lauren Keppler, Human Resources Coordinator, The Strong, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607 or at lkeppler@museumofplay.org.

Please include all of the following:

  • completed 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
  • résumé
  • 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 Human Resources Assistant and, if appropriate, members of The Strong’s history, collections, research, education, or marketing and communications teams.    

Currently Available Internship Opportunities

Conservation Internship

Description:
Working with the Conservation and Collections Teams assist with repairs to the painted wooden horses on the Elaine Wilson Carousel.  Using hand skills, color matching, and artistic abilities, assist in repairing paint loss and cracks on the painted carousel horses.  The intern will also prepare written documentation and digital photography before and after conservation treatments.

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

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.


Paper Conservation Internship

Description:
Working with the Conservation and Collections Teams, stabilize paper packaging and boxes from the Wetzel Collection of Construction Toys and Building set, assist with treatment projects to include Lincoln Log sets and other artifacts, and document all treatments to contribute to the intern's portfolio.  The Intern will also participate in exhibit planning and installation activities, preventative conservation, and other projects.

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

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.