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Simmons Graduate Internship Program, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan
The Henry Ford’s Simmons Internship Program is designed for current graduate students pursuing careers in museums, historical agencies, conservation labs, or related fields. This internship provides participants with a great opportunity to gain in-depth work experience in a major American history museum.

Stipend and Terms of Internship
Simmons interns are awarded stipends for a minimum 12-week full time internship. Starting and ending dates for individual internships are negotiable. The Simmons Internship Program is funded by the Vera W. and Walter E. Simmons Endowment Fund.

Applications should include:

  • A letter of application, stating how your graduate studies, work and/or volunteer experience and personal interests qualify you for the specific project
  • A résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation regarding your qualifications for the internship, submitted directly by the authors

The deadline for application is Friday, February 26 (postmarked or emailed by 11:59 PM EST).

Please submit inquiries, letter of application, résumé and letters of recommendation to HistoryInternship@TheHenryFord.org or Saige Jedele, Simmons Internship Coordinator, The Henry Ford (20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029).

2016 Glass Gallery Exhibition Simmons Graduate Internship
The Henry Ford’s Glass Collection is the third largest collection of American Glass, comprising approximately 10,000 objects. The collection spans the 18th through the 20th centuries with significant depth in 19th century pressed and art glass. The recent acquisition of the Bruce and Ann Bachmann collection of Studio Glass updates our holdings into the 21st century. We are currently in the developmental stages of a dedicated glass gallery in Greenfield Village and a gallery of modern glass in the Museum.

Under the direction of the Curator of Decorative Arts and the Senior Concept Designer, the intern will:

  • Develop a working knowledge of the history of glass through major publications, online resources and study of the Bachmann collection.

  • Serve as a liaison between the designer and the curator, ensuring project stability. The intern will provide input on object selection and refining exhibit themes. This includes proof reading drafts of text and proposed designs.

  • Work with the designer to ensure that the themes and selected objects are appropriate with the scope of the design.

  • Attend weekly meetings with the designer and the curator to refine exhibit themes, object selections and proposed designs/ installation for the Greenfield Village gallery. This will require the intern to interact with the Museum’s registration and collections management departments, and utilize the Museum’s collection database.

Clark Travel-to-Collections Research Fellowship
The Clark Travel-to-Collections Fellowship provides support for research using the automotive history collections of The Henry Ford. The generous donation of the Henry Austin Clark, Jr. Library in 1991 substantially increased these collections. Applications are welcomed from researchers who want to use the automotive history collections and plan to publish or publicly present the results of their research. Researchers from all disciplines are welcome and may include doctoral candidates, automotive researchers, journalists, teachers, librarians, museum curators, archivists, and students. The grant covers a minimum two-week period up to a maximum of two months. The research may cover any area of automotive history, and may include design, manufacturing, marketing, industrial policy, corporate history, or labor relations. Research should be directed toward production of a specific publication or scholarly work, such as an article, chapter of a book, lecture, film, etc.

Grant Amount and Terms of Grant
The Clark Travel-to-Collections Research Grant Program provides up to $2,400 to defray travel expenses for researchers traveling to use The Henry Ford’s transportation history collections. Recipients should be in residence for at least two weeks and be prepared to devote a full time effort to the research funded by the fellowship. At least one fellowship will be awarded annually. View topics of past grant recipients.

Application Process
Applications will be accepted from March 1 to December 31, 2015 for research to be completed during 2016. Applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by February 15, 2016. Applications require a statement describing the project, submission of a budget, a timeline for completion of the research, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of support.

Clark Travel-to-Collections Program
Dina Mein, PhD
Manager, Research Library
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029

The Clark Travel-to-Collections Grant Program is supported by the Henry Austin Clark, Jr. Endowment Fund.

Contact Us

The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029

The Henry Ford Call Center:
7 days a week: 9:00am-5:00pm

For general (recorded) information,
24 hours a day, call 313.271.1620
in southeastern Michigan, or
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