Museum Summer Intern
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The Lake Wales Museum is a historical museum located in Lake Wales, Florida. The organization began as a project of the 1974 Lake Wales Bicentennial Commission, and the museum was established in 1976. A public/private was formed between the City of Lake Wales and the Historic Lake Wales Society. In 1987, the Historical Lake Wales Society (HLWS), a non-profit organization became the governing authority of the Museum. Although, the City continued to work closely with the HLWS to ensure the longevity of the Museum. The mission was to collect and preserve local history, and the first task was to establish a home for the organization. Long vacant and in need of historic preservation, the organization converted the 1928 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad station into the area’s historical museum. The Mediterranean-style train station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is still home to the museum today.
In 2015, the museum was reorganized under the City of Lake Wales, who own, operate and manage all aspects of the museum buildings and collections. The Lake Wales Museum mission is to preserve and share the heritage and culture of Lake Wales and the greater Polk County community. Since the Museum opened in 1976, 42 years ago, it has evolved into a resource center for the public.
Today, the museum hosts approximately 5,000 visitors per year, offering opportunities to learn about the heritage of Lake Wales through self-guided historical and changing exhibits, train cars, model railway dioramas, speaker series, special tours and events.
The Lake Wales Museum seeks a 12-week summer intern for a new audio guide research and implementation project for museum tours to work up to 270 hours between June and September 2018. This opportunity will provide experience in research, project management and visitor services working with oral histories, content, historical narratives and themes using a digital platform. When complete, the project will culminate with the installation of 100 Lizen Up audio guide tags accessible via smart phone with historical content recorded on each one in conjunction with the museum’s permanent exhibit and pioneer boarding pass program. The successful intern will complete their project working directly in the supervision of the Museum Director and the Museum Curator.
High school diploma or GED; In the process of attaining or have completed a Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree in history, art history, anthropology, museum studies or comparable humanities program preferred; Experience doing historical research; Excellent writing skill; Passion for history; Experience working with software and online platforms for history content; Positive, friendly personality; Ability to work with museum staff, volunteers, patrons and the general
Valid driver’s license or other official government identification.