Science Based Collections Development Plans for the Agriculture and Environment Collections

Simmons Graduate Internship

This project will result in collections development plans to guide the next five years of collecting agriculture and the environment at The Henry Ford.


Duties and responsibilities:

  • This project will support and reassessment of Agriculture collections, and the first assessment of the significance of the Environment collection at The Henry Ford. To accomplish this, the intern will work with curatorial staff throughout the 12 weeks to review of the existing collecting plans and significance statements and to identify topics not currently addressed in these plans.
  • The work will continue with identification of current debates about food security, environmental sustainability, “Impossible Foods” and other pressing topics related to agriculture and the environment.
  • It will take into account the need for collections to support THF’s Edible Education initiatives and Green/Sustainability efforts.
  • The internship will result in the draft of an updated collections development plant including at least these five themes: urban agriculture, brewing and distilling, plant-focused biotechnology, bioproducts, and regenerative agriculture (subject to refinement based on the rest of the work completed).
  • The intern will hold regular hours, meet regularly with colleagues, and engage with all aspects of curatorial work undertaken during the 12 weeks, including regularly held meetings.
  • In addition, at the completion of the internship, with assistance and input from appropriate staff, the student will present a synopsis of the project to an audience of The Henry Ford staff.

Required Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate-level program with a museum studies or public history.
  • Flexibility.
  • Demonstrated writing skills.

The deadline for application is Friday, March 4, 2022 (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.


Program information and complete application requirements available at thf.org/about/grants.aspx.