Ways to Get Involved

Simmons Graduate Internship Program

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 an 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.

Three internship opportunities are available for 2019. Projects are listed below. 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 or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Two letters of recommendation regarding your qualifications for the internship, submitted directly by the authors

Students may apply for more than one internship project but must submit a unique letter of application for each. Duplicate letters of recommendation and resumes will be considered.

The deadline for application is Friday, March 8, 2019 (postmarked or emailed by 11:59 PM EST). 

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

2019 Simmons Graduate Internship Opportunities
  1. Archival Description Access System Internship
  2. American Textile History Museum Trade Catalog Organization, Description, and Access Internship
  3. 1897 Daimler Victoria Conservation Internship

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, book chapter, lecture, or film. The Clark Travel-to-Collections Grant Program is supported by the Henry Austin Clark, Jr. Endowment Fund.

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 full-time effort to the research funded by the fellowship. At least one fellowship will be awarded annually.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted from March 1 to November 1, 2019 for research to be completed during 2020. Applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision in February 2020. 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.

Please submit inquiries and applications to HistoryInternship@TheHenryFord.org or Clark Travel-to-Collections Program, Benson Ford Research Center, The Henry Ford (20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029).


The Henry Ford offers many different ways to help, both in public-facing roles and behind the scenes in the Benson Ford Research Center. Find out more about volunteering.