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internship - Apothecary

  • 07 May 2019 2:12 PM
    Message # 7327850

    ntern - Historic Trades (Apothecary)

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    Job Description:

    Historic Trades Apothecary Intern will learn to interpret and demonstrate 18th-c. medical practices to the visiting public. The intern will assist with ongoing trade work within the shop, and may be assigned specific projects related to the 18th-c. practice of medicine.          

    Historic Trades internships are ten-to-twelve week in-depth work experiences within workshops of the Historic Trades Department at Colonial Williamsburg.  Interns apply to work in a particular trade shop where they assist the full-time staff in shop operation, including interpretation and demonstration to our guests, and work production within the shop.  Interns have the opportunity to learn about the history of trades and technology, gain experience with public contact and historical interpretation, to learn about careers in living history museum programming and working with traditional hand skills.  Internships usually require commitment to a 40-hour work week for the duration of the experience.

    Costumes are provided where applicable. 

    Housing is NOT provided, it is the responsibility of the intern. 

    While internships are not offered for educational credit, we will work with individuals if their school has credited programs for which an Historic Trades internship might qualify.

    Internship Details:

    • Assists Historic Tradesmen and Tradeswomen by engaging our guests within the workshops accurately interpreting and demonstrating the trade.
    • Provides outstanding customer service.
    • Follows safety and security procedures established for the site, tools, materials, and equipment.
    • Ensures that the safety and security procedures are followed in the absence of the supervisor and senior staff.
    • Performs other related duties as required.

    Job Requirements:

    • Demonstrated interest in traditional trades and a desire to explore the possibilities of a career as a museum professional.
    • Good communication and guest service skills. 
    • Ability to work well as part of a shop team. 
    • Adaptability to changing shop schedules, assignments, and special projects and programs.
    • Aptitude to learn trade and research skills.
    • Ability to read and assimilate a large amount of written material.

    Physical requirements:

    • Ability to stand and talk for extended periods of time
    • Ability to work with a variety of organic and inorganic material used in displays and for compounding medicines.
    • Ability to perform physical activities including standing, sitting, going up and down stairs, and lifting up to 15 pounds.

    Colonial Williamsburg is a seven day a week operation and interns are required to be available for work on weekends and holidays as needed for the duration of the internship.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Enrollment or completion in an undergraduate program in American History, or the health sciences such as biology and chemistry, or on subject matter related to the intern experience.
    • Experience working with the trade. 
    • Previous living history museum experience. 
    • Familiarity with the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Trades and Skills program. 


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