Internships at the Ephrata Cloister

Here is an internship opportunity at one of Pennsylvania’s most active historical sites.  If you are interested contact me  for an application.  They are interested in Messiah College history majors.  –JF

 Internships at Ephrata Cloister

 Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania offers internship opportunities for undergraduate students each summer.  Ephrata has the distinction of being a National Historic Landmark and a three time accredited museum through the American Alliance of Museums (formerly American Association of Museums).  Restored and preserved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission tours and special programs are conducted in partnership with The Ephrata Cloister Associates.

Ephrata Cloister was founded in 1732 by a German immigrant, who came to Pennsylvania to escape religious persecution. This community included celibate and married members totaling approximately 300 people at its zenith in the 1750s.  The Celibate members emphasized spiritual, rather than material goals and lived a life of self-denial.  Their accomplishments amaze us to this day and include:

  • Composing over 1000 hymns and unique music
  • Beautiful written manuscripts and wall charts done in a Germanic calligraphy called Frakturschriften.
  • Printing the largest book in the colonies prior to the American Revolution, a 1500 page book call the Martyrs’ Mirror.
  • And their magnificent buildings which still stand today.


Internship Description

 This is an exploratory internship which will include a variety of museum and public history experiences including:

  1. Interpretation techniques and styles
  2. Assisting with Special Educational Programming Events
  3. Assisting with Collection care
  4. Guiding/managing groups of visitors on a tour.
  5. Focused research project.


Program Expectations

 Intern will expand their knowledge of colonial Pennsylvania, the 18th century Pennsylvania German community, German immigration, and specifically learn the history of Historic Ephrata Cloister.  Using this knowledge the intern will:

  1. Become familiar with techniques and styles of interpretation.
  2. Become more comfortable when speaking in public.
  3. Become familiar with the logistics of leading a tour, including group management and direction, security and safety.
  4. Become familiar with the operation of the front desk including the Point of Sale ticketing system, operation of audio-visual equipment, and describing the tour experience available to visitors.
  5. Under the direction of the curator the intern will become familiar with object handling and collection care.
  6. Conduct a small focused research project (TBD) with a written report of findings.

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