General Internships

The Strong offers unpaid, competitive internship opportunities for students interested in history and museums. Interns may work with The Strong’s collections, research, education, or marketing and communications teams to support the museum and its International Center for the History of Electronic GamesBrian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of PlayWoodbury School, and American Journal of Play. For example, students may conduct research for exhibits, learn how to handle and care for artifacts, or assist with the development of educational programs for children. Students seeking experiences for certification as teachers are encouraged to apply for spring internships.  Specific internship opportunities are listed below, however The Strong is open to creating individual internship experiences based on the interests of the intern and available projects at the museum.

Requirements

  • Like all Strong staff, internship applicants must consent to a criminal background check and a drug screen.
  • Undergraduate internships require a minimum of 125 work hours; graduate internships require a minimum of 140 work hours.
  • Students must attend all training sessions and meetings required by their supervisor.
  • Students must keep a journal to document their experiences.
  • Graduate students also may be assigned readings and/or a research project (to be determined by their faculty sponsor in conjunction with their internship supervisor).

Application Process

Submit an internship packet to Lauren Keppler, Human Resources Coordinator, The Strong, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607 or at lkeppler@museumofplay.org.

Please include all of the following:

  • completed internship application
  • letter stating personal interests, reasons for wanting to work at The Strong, desired learning outcomes for the internship, and potential benefits to The Strong
  • résumé
  • a faculty sponsor letter

The Strong will consider each student’s interests and determine whether an appropriate project is available. If one is, the applicant will receive an interview with the Human Resources Coordinator and, if appropriate, members of The Strong’s history, collections, research, education, or marketing and communications teams.    

Currently Available Internship Opportunities

Human Resources Internship

Description:
The Strong seeks a Human Resources intern to assist the Human Resources team with various projects.  The intern will have the opportunity to assist with all phases of recruitment and onboarding, ongoing training and development projects, and lanning employee and volunteer events. The intern will also gain additional experience in many different areas of Human Resources, such as benefits, job descriptions, and compensation.   

Job Requirements:
Candidate must work well in a team setting, be reliable, flexible, detail-oriented, and self-motivated. Candidate must also have strong written and verbal communication skills to work with staff, volunteers, and prospective applicants.

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.


International Hospitality Internship

Description:
The Strong has an internship available on its Marketing Team. Specific duties include researching local for-profit and non-profit institutions that attract local tourists, benchmarking local and regional attractions that are international tourism destinations, and assisting in the design of experience aides for international segments.  The intern will also greet guests that visit the museums and build relationships with group contacts, investigate social media outlets that are points of reference for international tourists, and assist in the development of direct-to-consumer sales and marketing collateral.  The intern will gain additional knowledge by accompanying Marketing Team members to meetings and press events as needed. 

Job Requirements:
Candidate work well in a team setting, be reliable, flexible, organized, and self-motivated. Candidate should be currently enrolled in a marketing or hospitality undergraduate or graduate degree program.

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.


Marketing Internship

Description:
The Strong has an internship available on its Marketing Team. Specific duties include scheduling online calendar entries, press release editing and distribution, writing for the member e-newsletter and related publications, and supporting public relations efforts. The intern will also assist in growing the educator e-news list; perform website editing, review, and entry as needed; create signage and schedules related to public programming; support social media efforts; and assist with other activities as necessary. The intern will gain additional knowledge by accompanying Marketing Team members to meetings and press events as needed. 

Job Requirements:
Candidate work well in a team setting, be reliable, flexible, organized, and self-motivated. Candidate should be currently enrolled in a marketing undergraduate or graduate degree program.

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.


Public Programs Internship

Description:
The Strong seeks an intern to assist the Public Programs team with the planning and execution of programs such as In Another Galaxy, Royal Ball, and Superheroes.  Specific duties include brainstorming, researching, and designing family-friendly activities related to program themes; assist in set-up and break-down of events; manage program elements during event; create signage related to programming; and assist with other activities as necessary.  The intern will also undertake long-term projects, such as program benchmarking. The Public Programs Intern will gain additional knowledge by accompanying Public Programs team members to meetings as needed.

Job Requirements:
Candidate must work well in a team setting, be reliable, flexible, organized, and self-motivated. Candidate must also have strong written and verbal communication skills to work with volunteers, staff, and the public.

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.


Social Media Marketing Internship

Description:
The Strong has a social media internship available on its Marketing Team. Specific duties include writing social media content for multiple platforms; photography; researching, and reporting on best practices; benchmarking other institutions; and assisting with other activities as necessary. The intern will gain additional knowledge by accompanying Marketing Team members to meetings and events as needed. 

Job Requirements:
Candidate must be able to work independently, as well as part of the Marketing Team. Must have strong written and verbal communication skills and be able to work with staff and museum guests. Intern must have experience with Adobe Creative Suite and a variety of social media platforms. Experience in digital photography desired.

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.


Special Events and Advancement Internship

Description:
The Strong seeks a Special Events intern to assist the Institutional Advancement team with the preparation and execution of special events.  The intern will help manage and create content for social media and the web, support promotional efforts, oversee invitation and registration processes, and assist in set-up and direction of special events.  The intern will also undertake long-term projects, such as social media benchmarking, data analysis, or updating attendee data.  The Special Events Intern will gain additional knowledge by accompanying Institutional Advancement team members to meetings as needed.

Job Requirements:
Candidate must work well in a team setting, be reliable, flexible, organized, and self-motivated. Candidate must also have strong written and verbal communication skills to work with volunteers, staff, and the public.

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.


Conservation Internship

Description:
Working with the Conservation and Collections Teams assist with repairs to the painted wooden horses on the Elaine Wilson Carousel.  Using hand skills, color matching, and artistic abilities, assist in repairing paint loss and cracks on the painted carousel horses.  The intern will also prepare written documentation and digital photography before and after conservation treatments.

Job Requirements:
Must work well in a team setting, be reliable, flexible, organized, and self-motivated. Candidate should be currently enrolled, or have recently completed, a conservation program. 

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.


Paper Conservation Internship

Description:
Working with the Conservation and Collections Teams, stabilize paper packaging and boxes from the Wetzel Collection of Construction Toys and Building set, assist with treatment projects to include Lincoln Log sets and other artifacts, and document all treatments to contribute to the intern's portfolio.  The Intern will also participate in exhibit planning and installation activities, preventative conservation, and other projects.

Job Requirements:
Must work well in a team setting, be reliable, flexible, organized, and self-motivated. Candidate should be currently enrolled, or have recently completed, a conservation program. 

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.


Horticulture Internship

Description: 
Working with The Strong's Horticulturist, the Intern will map the Discovery Garden, update the plant species list, and create a plan for seasonal adjustments to the Discovery Garden.  The Intern will also perform a wide range of landscape/maintenance tasks important to the preservation, protection and transplanting of existing plants; including but not limited to soil preparation, planting, mulching, weeding, watering, fertilization, irrigation.

Job Requirements:
Candidate must work well in a team setting, be reliable, flexible, organized, and self-motivated.  Candidate should be currently enrolled, or have recently completed, a Horticulture degree program. 

To Apply: Submit application materials as outlined above.