The Historical Society of Saginaw County is committed to serving the community by telling the continuing story of the people of the Saginaw region through exploration, preservation, and presentation of their historical and cultural heritage. They have numerous permanent and temporary exhibits, education programs that engage the community, and an active archaeology department. Interns have worked in a variety of departments from archaeology, education, archives, and exhibits.
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Castle Museum of Saginaw County Historical Society
500 Federal Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48607
Testimonial: (Abbie Diaz)
What about this institution appealed to you when choosing an internship site?
They had an archaeology department which fit in with the multidisciplinary nature of my degree.
Tell us about a project you worked on during your internship.
I worked on Project 1893, an archaeological site of a home that burned down in the great Saginaw fire of the year.
What was your typical day like during your internship?
We would work in the field all day, excavating. On Wednesdays or rain days, we would work in the lab. Sometimes I had side projects with the deputy director, working in collections management. I also worked weekends in the education department on the History of the Move bus.
What was your favorite part of your internship?
My favorite part of the internship was the experience I got in the field and lab. I also learned a lot about how all aspects of a museum, all the departments, tie together.
Were there any unique aspects of this internship site?
Archaeology! There isn't another internship like this offered in the state as far as I know.
Do you have any advice for students searching for internships or preparing to start their internship?
Start communications early. Act as if every day is a job interview. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Apply for the internship grant through the MST program.
Did any exciting opportunities arise as a result of completing your internship here?
The Castle Museum is very well-known in the area and I was able to use my internship there to catapult me into other opportunities and meet new people using the Castle as a connecting link between us.
Would you recommend this internship site to others? Why or why not?
Absolutely. One of the best academic semesters of my college career.