Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers play an essential role at the CCHC. Listed below are some of the volunteer opportunities currently available. If you have a special interest or skill that does not fall into one of the categories listed, please let us know and we will to do our best to fit your skills with the CCHC’s needs. 

Volunteers are needed in the following areas:

Development
Education
Grounds Keeping

Museum Shop
Visitors Services

Student volunteers are those who do not necessarily have an academic advisor but complete a Volunteer Application and carry out at least 40 hours of work in 10 weeks.

For more information about volunteering with the CCHC, please contact our Volunteer Office at 610-692-4800, X232. If you’re ready to volunteer with the CCHC, please complete and return the Application Form to volunteerpres@mycchc.org

Employment Opportunities

Do you love to bring history to life and want to work to share the remarkable story of Chester County and its people? We may have the perfect job for you. The Chester County History Center seeks energetic and positive visionaries who will help bring the CCHC to new heights. The CCHC is an equal opportunity employer.

CCHC is pleased to offer a temporary, part-time paid position that will provide digital access to the permanent collections. It is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services American Rescue Program. The work encompasses all three areas of the collections (library, museum, and photo archives) and reports to the Director of Collections.

Tasks to be completed: Create high resolution and derivative images of manuscripts and historical photographs, and create or work with documentary photographs of museum artifacts; organize and back-up digital files; edit and add new museum, library, and photo archives images to digital platforms. The bulk of the work focuses on scanning library manuscripts with some photo scanning or artifact documentation photography.

Skills required: The successful applicant will have experience in digital archives or photography, be detail oriented and be able to handle historical materials with care, be an effective communicator, read cursive, be able to work within existing processes, and interact with a variety of people. A Masters degree, or nearing completion, in archival management preferred. Consideration will also be given to applicants with digital experience as part of advanced degrees in museum studies, public history, or a related field.

Skills developed: The technician will gain experience in digital project workflows; learn how to handle loose or bound materials and artifacts; work with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Photoshop; learn about Chester County history and the significance of CCHCs permanent collections; become familiar with Pennsylvania’s Power Library and PastPerfect; and learn about Library of Congress, Art & Architecture Thesaurus, and Nomenclature subject headings.

Schedule: This project is 24 hours per week for 46 weeks (maximum 1,106 hours) from mid-December 2021 through October 31, 2022. The stipend is $18/hour without benefits. The weekly schedule may be arranged by mutually beneficial agreement.

Application: The application includes a resume and a letter explaining the level of knowledge and experience regarding digital processes, and any archival, photographic, museum, or public history experience. The letter should also explain what the applicant hopes to gain from the experience. Applications for this position must be received by email no later than midnight November 19, 2021 to Ellen Endslow, Director of Collections, eendslow@mycchc.org.

Internship Opportunities

Internships at the CCHC, usually unpaid, are available in a variety of departments. They are temporary positions and are supervised by full-time professional staff.  Interns may interact with staff in other departments, volunteers, consultants, and the public. The CCHC is willing to work with students to arrange course credit for their work, should it be available.  Preferred applicants are graduate or upper-level undergraduates in history, library science, archives management, museum studies, education, anthropology, or a related field with an interest in working with museum collections, special libraries, or archives. 

To be defined as an internship at the CCHC: 

  • The student must receive course credit and/or be working on a project that is grant funded with specific tasks, requirements, and deadlines.
  • The student must have an academic advisor who is identified before the internship begins.
  • The work must be carried out in a minimum of 75 hours in 10 weeks.
  • Applications should include a letter of interest that explains what the student can bring to the internship and what he/she hopes to achieve from it. The letter should also briefly specify the department/discipline in which the student will seek internship credit and the requirements to earn credit. Applications for grant-funded internships, whether through the CCHC or the college/university, should specify the relevant grant. Applications should also include a resume with contact information for three references. 
  • The application deadline for the summer is March 15th. The application deadline for the fall is June 15th. The application for spring is October 15th.  An on-site interview is part of the application process.  Phone or Skype interviews may be substituted for long-distance applicants.    
  • Note: CCHC internship opportunities may be limited due to COVID restrictions. 

Current Internship Opportunities by Department:

Please fill out the following form for more information:

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Partner Internship Programs

The CCHC partners with the West Chester University History Department to offer an Education Internship (Fall Semester) and a National History Day  Internship (Spring Semester). Please contact the WCU History Department for further information on the internships and how to apply.