Live Webinar: AASLH-NCPH Conversation: Digital Internships

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AASLH Conversations

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented crisis in our local communities, country, and world. Many are seeking answers and guidance during this time, and AASLH has been listening to the concerns from the history community. In response, we are offering more online content including the new AASLH Conversations webinar series. While no one has all the answers, we hope these topic-focused conversations will provide a space to share ideas to help us all keep moving forward.

We know many organizations are facing financial strain due to the pandemic, so we developed AASLH Conversations with that in mind. We have drastically reduced the registration fee and are also providing a special promo code to waive the registration fee completely. 

This conversation has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Webinar Description

This webinar is presented in partnership with the National Council on Public History.

As colleges and universities have closed in response to the pandemic, students needing hands-on internship experiences to complete their degrees are stuck. Looking to the summer and fall, some faculty have begun to develop protocols for digital internships. At the same time, many museums and historical societies have increased their efforts to digitize materials and curate them in new ways, making them more easily accessible to stay-at-home audiences, and have started COVID-19 related collecting projects. Our panelists will discuss setting up online internships from the perspectives both of academic and public history institutions. Gretchen Sorin, Cooperstown Graduate Program, Sara Phalen, West Chicago City Museum, and Laura Schiavo, The George Washington University, will offer insights on how to construct digital internships that best serve the institutions and students involved. 


DATE: May 12, 2020

TIME: 3:00 - 4:00 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone)

COST: $5 AASLH Members/NCPH Members (NCPH members should contact NCPH for a discount code) / $10 Nonmembers/ Free for anyone by using promo code below

PROMO CODE: If you or your organization is facing financial strain due to COVID-19, please use promo code FREEWBR20 to waive the registration fee for this webinar. 

ACCESS: You will be provided with instructions on how to access the live event upon registration.

Learning Objectives

In this webinar, attendees will:

  • Consider how to design remote internships that benefit both the institution and the intern
  • Learn the pitfalls and problems of remote internships
  • Consider how small museums can utilize free or low cost online resources to continue digitization projects and ensure virtual accessibility, while also providing learning opportunities for students and emerging museum professionals

Recording and Closed Captioning

We will record this event. Access the Recorded Webinar in the AASLH Resource Center after the event has passed. Registrants of this event receive complimentary access to the recording in their Dashboard.

Closed captioning is provided for the live event. A transcription of the closed captions is provided with the recording.

Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, Ph.D.

Director, Distinguished Service Professor

Cooperstown Graduate Program

Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, Ph.D. holds a BA degree from Rutgers University in American Studies, an MA in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, and a PhD from Albany University in history. Dr. Sorin has more than thirty years of experience as a museum consultant working for more than 250 museums. She has served as an exhibition guest curator for many exhibitions including the nationally acclaimed traveling exhibition, Bridges and Boundaries: African Americans and American Jews for the Jewish Museum in New York and Wilderness Cure: Tuberculosis and the Adirondacks for the Adirondack Museum. Dr. Sorin writes and lectures frequently on African American history and museum practice. Her books include Touring Historic Harlem, Four Walks in Northern Manhattan with architectural historian Andrew Dolkart, In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Through the Eyes of Others: African Americans and Identity in American Art and Case Studies in Cultural Entrepreneurship: How to Create Relevant and Sustainable Institutions.

​Sara Phalen

Director/Curator, West Chicago City Museum and the Warrenville Historical Society

Sara Phalen, J.D., is the Director/Curator of the West Chicago City Museum and the Warrenville Historical Society, leading local history initiatives and advocating for small museums for the past 14 years.  She is currently the President of the Kane DuPage Regional Museum Association. 

Laura Schiavo

Program Head in Museum Studies, The George Washington University

Laura Schiavo is the Program Head in Museum Studies at The George Washington University. She has published in the areas of museums and diversity, museums and identity, and visual culture and is currently working to address the vital issue of the role of Museum Studies programs in the lack of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity in the museum profession. She holds a PhD in American Studies.


Live Webinar: AASLH-NCPH Conversation: Digital Internships
05/12/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 05/12/2020
05/12/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 05/12/2020
AASLH-NCPH Conversation-Digital Internships - Handout - RFP Example-Cooperstown Graduate Program Remote Internships
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AASLH-NCPH Conversation-Digital Internships - Handout - Closed Captioning
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