Old Salem Museums & Gardens NSCDA-NC Internship

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Due date March 17, 2017

This internship offered by Old Salem Museums & Gardens is underwritten by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in North Carolina. The internship is directed at graduate students in museum studies, American history, historic preservation, historic architecture and archaeology. Activities will focus on aspects in the Old Salem National Historic Landmark District in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where the Colonial Dames owns the oldest surviving building, the 1768 Fourth House.


Position Available

The internship is a full-time, temporary staff position for 10 weeks at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, taking place during the summer of 2016. The Intern will work approximately 37.5 hours per week, 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, except for institutional holidays. The internship will last 10 weeks with flexibility of beginning in May or June. The intern will be selected by Old Salem staff on a competitive basis.



Research will be focused on the historic Town of Salem, under the supervision of the Director of Architecture. Specific research projects will be based on the best fit of potential topics to the interest and skills of the intern. Other activities may include assisting in ongoing functions to manage the research materials of the museum, such as helping with digitization of images and architectural drawings.



– Currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a graduate program in history, public history, historic preservation, architectural history, historic archaeology, or similar field. Priority will be given to graduate students who are enrolled in North Carolina colleges and universities.

– Responsible, reliable and dedicated to quality of job performance

– Good research skills in primary materials

– Good computer skills with basic office applications, knowledge of CAD or GIS software are a plus

– Able to pass a drug test and background check



A $3,000 stipend is offered. Payments will be paid on a biweekly payroll basis.

Free on-site housing is available, if needed.


Application submittal

Applicants should submit a letter of interest with proposed schedule, resume, Old Salem employment application, and two letters of recommendation in hard copy by USPS, or electronically with documents in PDF to:


David Bergstone,  Director of Architecture

Old Salem Museums & Gardens
600 S. Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
(336) 721-7341

dbergstone AT oldsalem DOT org



March 17, 2017




Please note that when a letter of interest is received with a completed job application, that will be acknowledged and a copy of a required background screening form will be sent to be returned as part of the application. Offers are made contingent on the background screening results. Another acknowledgement will be sent when all the materials have been received.

If you do not receive an acknowlegement, or want to check the status of submitted materials please email dbergstone AT oldsalem DOT org. We will try to notify applicants about two weeks before the deadline if everything has not been received.

We will review the applications and try to make a selection by early April. Everyone that submitted a completed application will be notified when a selection is made and accepted.

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