Textile Research and Construction Internship

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Reports To:  Daily Programs Coordinator

Status: This internship is unpaid

Position Summary: 

The intern will gain experience researching, designing and constructing 19th century textiles, including household furnishings and clothing. Additionally, the intern may dress in period clothing and demonstrate use of an 1860s treadle sewing machine, spinning wheel and/or floor loom.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Research 19th century textiles including but not limited to furniture slip covers, bed sheets, dresses and bonnets. The intern will have access to two collections of period textile objects, online resources and a library.
  2. Create reproduction items for use in the historic home.
  3. Interpret textile related activities to the public while dressed in period clothing.
  4. Assist in the maintenance and inventory of reproduction period clothing and 19th century textiles.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Education: Intern must possess a high school diploma or GED. Qualified applicants will know how to sew by hand and use a modern sewing machine. Pattern drafting experience helpful but not mandatory. Previous museum or historical research experience a plus.

Individual must possess the ability to work in a team atmosphere, have strong written and verbal communication skills.

Working conditions: Intern will be provided with a textile construction workspace and access to the collections, library and a computer.

Essential Functions:
  • Ability to read, comprehend and write clearly.
  • Ability to represent the organization in a professional and positive manner
  • Ability to work at least 16 hours per week for at least eight weeks.
To Apply:

Send letter of interest and resume to Katie Lange, Daily Programs Coordinator at mahaffie@olatheks.org.