National Watch and Clock Museum
"It was a great experience because of the the people I met and the variety of work I got to do. The NWCM internship program was very organized and offered me professional opportunities I couldn't find anywhere else." - Jessica (History Major), 2010
"I began my internship with little knowledge of watches. I knew they had gears and told the time, that’s it. But by the end, I had a great appreciation and awareness of timekeeping. My experiences during this learning adventure were wonderful. Everyone was a delight to work with and would gladly do it again.” - Josh (English Major), 2010
The National Watch & Clock Museum is conveniently located in Lancaster County, PA, less than two hours from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre.
This internship provides a unique experience by exposing the student to a range of positions within the organization. The student chooses from several departments with available internship positions and then rotates between those departments during the internship, gaining an understanding of how several different departments within the museum operate, their roles and responsibilities, and how they connect to the overall mission of the organization. A student can choose to stay in a particular department if a position is available.
The following departments available are:
Library and Archives
Library and Archives Internship
The Library and Archives internship is geared towards those students interested in a career in archives, historic research, library sciences, and museum studies. Duties will vary according to availability of projects and student interest.
Learning Goals/Objectives: Projects include assisting in processing and organizing materials for various collections housed in the Archives and/or process new materials for the Reference, Lending Library, and Special collections.
Collections Management Internship
The Collections Management internship will expose the intern to how collections in a museum are stored, documented, and cared for. Duties will vary according to availability of projects and student interest.
Learning Goals/Objectives: Project may include any combination of cataloguing; assisting with the storage and organization of collections; and researching artifacts.
The education intern will assist to create educational activities related to the field of horology and share your developments with the museum public and community. Develop and test educational program components (make and take activities, demonstrations, workshops, etc.) Collaborate with museum staff to plan and implement these programs.
Learning Objectives/Goals: Learn to create informal education activities related to the field of horology. Learn to interpret scientific concepts in an engaging way for a broad visiting audience. Hone skills to work independently as well as a member of a team.
The exhibits internship will expose the intern to how exhibits in a museum are developed, researched, and installed. Duties will vary according to availability of projects and student interest.
Learning Goals/Objectives: Work behind the scenes on the research, installation, de-installation, and up-keep of exhibits; help with openings and public functions, and more.