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 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.


Application Process

Three internship opportunities are available for 2020. Project descriptions 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 6 (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 Sophia Kloc, Office Administrator and Simmons Internship Coordinator, The Henry Ford 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029.

2020 Simmons Graduate Internship Opportunities

1. Detroit Directory & Patent Cataloging and Access Internship
2. Rare Book Survey Internship
3. Roadside Collections Processing Project 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.

Stipend and Terms of Fellowship

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

The application period for 2019 Clark Travel-to-Collections Research Fellowship has closed. Thank you to all our applicants! Please check back early next year for 2020 Clark Travel-to-Collections Research Fellowship opportunities. For more information about the Clark Travel-to-Collections Research Fellowship, contact HistoryInternship@TheHenryFord.org or Sophia Kloc, Office Administrator and Simmons Internship Coordinator, The Henry Ford 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029.

Henry Austin Clark, Jr. Graduate Internship

The Henry Ford’s Henry Austin Clark, Jr. Graduate Internship is intended for current graduate students pursuing careers in archives, libraries or related fields. This internship provides participants with an opportunity to gain in-depth archival and library work experience in a major American history museum.

Stipend and Terms of Internship

Henry Austin Clark, Jr. graduate interns are awarded stipends for a minimum 12-week full time internship. Starting and ending dates for individual internships are negotiable. The Henry Austin Clark, Jr. Graduate Internship is funded by a generous gift from James and Katherine Clark.

The 2020 internship project is detailed 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.

The deadline for application is Friday, March 6, 2020 (postmarked or emailed by 11:59 PM ET).

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

2020 Henry Austin Clark, Jr. Graduate Internship Opportunities

1. Henry Austin Clark, Jr., Graduate Internship Collection Processing Project