The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc. has many High Impact Practices (HIP) unpaid independent study/internship opportunities for students interested in local history, historical research, marketing, development, communications, and others such as:
- Architectural history survey and documentation of 19th-20th century African American vernacular architecture.
- Original research using ca. 1863, 1884, and 1900 store and furnace ledgers including research about child labor, cost of food items, types of food items, types of luxury items
- Genealogical research to accompany the joint Smithsonian Institution/CFHS, Inc./Harvard University aDNA research and craniometric analysis;
- Analysis of microbotanical remains recovered form water-screening;
- XRF research of iron products made at Catoctin Furnace (a comparative analysis with other iron furnaces);
- DNA/XRF of historic clothing;
- Research about enslaved freedom seekers including tracing runaway slave ads, and connecting to furnaces in Pennsylvania.
- Infectious disease in Catoctin Furnace;
- Free blacks in Frederick connected to Catoctin Furnace;
- Slave trading company name/Frederick slave market;
- Furnishings plan for the ca. 1810 log house and Forgeman’s House;
- Research about diet for the slave cemetery analysis;
- Research about concealed clothing found in the Forgeman’s House;
- Interpretative tour development;
- Costume research for guides;
- Guides for village tours and museum;
- Video editing for YouTube channel;
- Assistance with podcast production based on oral histories;
- Script writing for “Spirits of the Furnace.”
- If you are local, in person videography of “Spirits of the Furnace;”
- Post-production, marketing, and distribution (coordinating with festivals and venues) in preparation for the release of CFHS production, Catoctin SlaveSpeak
- Help developing podcasts based on oral histories;
- Marketing research for new online store merchandise;
- Development of social media platforms;
- Development of virtual tours and events.
We understand that we are in a strange moment in history. We would love to provide you the opportunity to work with us to develop meaningful virtual internship opportunities that enable you to develop skills for a rapidly changing environment. We’re not sure of the future of museums (especially small ones), but we would like to have you join us to re-imagine what the museum looks like in 2021 and beyond.
What skills can you bring to the table? What would you be interested in researching? Check out our website, social media, etc. Please send us a cover letter regarding the types of skills and research interests you have, and we’ll set up an interview.