Internship and Volunteer Opportunities


Summer 2020 Fashion Archives Internship

Volunteer Docent Program 

Lord Baltimore Research Fellowship


Fashion Archives Internship

The Maryland Historical Society is pleased to offer several summer positions to successful pre-program applicants for its Fashion Archives Internship Program. This program focuses on the documentation, conservation, re-housing, and promotion of the extensive fashion collection at the Maryland Historical Society. Interns will have the opportunity to enhance their condition reporting, costume mounting, and conservation skills while gaining hands-on experience with the collection.

The fashion collection at the Maryland Historical Society includes an impressive range of clothing and fashion accessories spanning four centuries and numbering over 10,000 pieces. Rare examples survive in the collection including the uniform of Revolutionary War hero, Tench Tilghman, gowns worn by Elizabeth Bonaparte and the Duchess of Windsor, as well as early pieces from Parisian and American couture houses, such as the House of Worth and Lottie Barton.

Interns will assist collection staff in identifying, documenting, treating, and rehousing the costume collection as it moves into its new storage space. Treatments will include vacuuming, tear-repairs, stabilization, and humidification, with an emphasis on proper re-housing and preventive conservation techniques. In addition, each intern will learn costume-mounting techniques and will be responsible for fitting and dressing one form for display. Interns will use blogging and social media platforms to document and promote the program throughout the process.  Finally, interns will give a short presentation on their summer project for the public at the end of the internship

Successful candidates will have an interest in costume and costume history, good hand and eye skills, a working knowledge of housing textiles, and be trained in the proper handling and care of collections. An ideal applicant is highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to work independently as well as with a small group. Competency in basic sewing techniques is preferred, but not required. A Bachelor’s Degree in conservation, costume history, collection management or the equivalent is required.

The Maryland Historical Society will accept several interns for a period of 10 weeks with flexible start dates. Each intern will receive a stipend of $1,500 and is expected to work 28-35 hours a week.

The Maryland Historical Society was founded in 1844 by an extraordinary constellation of civic leaders. Among them are familiar names: Hopkins, Key, Garrett, and Pratt. Nearly 170 years later, MdHS is the oldest continuously operated cultural institution in Maryland. In many ways, our current activities reflect those of our founders. MdHS remains the preeminent steward of Maryland artifacts and continues to function as a publisher, a research library, a museum of history and the arts, a lecture and conference venue, and a memorial to the definitive conflicts that helped forge Maryland’s unique identity.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for two references to:

Allison Tolman

Vice President of Collections

[email protected]

The deadline for application is March 31, 2020.


Volunteer Docents

The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS), a museum and library in Baltimore, is recruiting volunteer docents to deliver interactive tours and programs for student and adult groups. We are seeking candidates who have an interest in history, enjoy working with students and the public, and feel comfortable speaking to groups.  Training on MdHS collections, exhibitions, tour methodology and themes, and museum policies will be provided. Volunteers are scheduled as needed upon mutual agreement with MdHS staff for the following:


School Tours

·         Offered on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm from September through June

·         2 hour museum tours that emphasize hands-on activities rather than lecturing

·         Primarily for elementary and middle school students, occasional high school groups


Adult Tours

·         Offered occasionally Wednesdays through Sundays between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm year-round

·         1 hour museum tours that combine docent-led discussions with lecture

·         Primarily for senior adults


We prefer candidates willing to deliver both school and adult tours.  Additional volunteer opportunities are available for non-school groups, summer programs, and public programs.


  • 18 years or older
  • Enthusiastic and friendly personality
  • Interest in and some knowledge of American history and culture
  • Physical ability to lead indoor walking tours (including stairs) of up to 2 hours


  • Complimentary MdHS membership, including free library and museum admission
  • Complimentary admission to MdHS lectures and programs
  • Professional orientation and ongoing monthly training
  • Annual enrichment field trip
  • Ability to see the behind-the-scenes of MdHS.
  • An opportunity to make new friends with similar interests!

To Apply

Please email your completed Education Volunteer Application to: [email protected] or mail yourmaterials to David Armenti, Director of Education at Maryland Historical Society 201 W. Monument St. Baltimore, MD 21201

 Docent Application


Lord Baltimore Research Fellowship 

 The Maryland Historical Sourlong Baldwin Library collections. Applications are welcome from independent scholars, graduate and doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, or university faculty in disciplines appropriate to MdHS’s collections.

For 2020/2021: Two fellowships will be awarded for the academic year. Applications are due March 25, 2020, and awards will be offered by the end of April 2020. The maximum term of the fellowship ranges from June 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021. Research may be broken up in shorter visits over that year. Applicants with a minimum of 10 days planned research will be considered.


Fellows will receive:

·     A stipend of $500 to help defray travel expenses.

·     A one-year membership to MdHS, providing access to both the museum and H. Furlong Baldwin Library, as well as to select MdHS lectures and events.

·     Special library privileges, including increased access, and waived photography and photocopying fees.

·     A free permit for parking on MdHS premises.


As part of the fellowship, recipients must:

·     Submit a one- to two-page report with an annotated bibliography at the conclusion of the residency.

·     Contribute a post about their research to MdHS's underbelly blog.

·     Provide a public talk in which the fellow will discuss his/her findings and research process at MdHS.

·     We also encourage fellows to consider submitting an article for possible publication to our peer-reviewed Maryland Historical Magazine.

Review Process:

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of internal and external reviewers, including librarians and scholars familiar with MdHS collections. Reviewers will assess the soundness of research proposals and the ways in which MdHS collections support those proposals. Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate a strong tie between the intended research and materials in the H. Furlong Baldwin Library.

After the initial review stage, selected candidates will be asked to participate in an online interview. References will be checked and final decisions made at the end of April 2020.

To apply:

Applications are accepted through our online application system (account creation required). Applications may be saved and returned to before submitting.

·         A short (300 words or less) abstract about the intended research project.

·         A list of collections of interest in MdHS’s H. Furlong Baldwin Library that you believe will be useful to your research. Take time to search the Library catalog and finding aids, and be specific with collection names and numbers, when possible.

·         A CV or resume.

·         A more in-depth (between 1,500 and 2,500 words) summary of your overall research project and your planned research at MdHS. This summary should include the current status of your research project and how MdHS collections will be useful to the project.

·         A writing sample between 2,000 and 4,000 words that demonstrates your writing, research, and analytical skills.

·         Contact information for two individuals familiar with your scholarly work.

Preview or begin the application here: Lord Baltimore Research Fellowship Application


Please note: Prior to the beginning of the fellowship, accepted fellows are subject to a background check. If you have additional questions about the fellowship program, please contact Catherine Mayfield, France-Merrick Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library, at [email protected]. If you have technical questions related to the Submittable online application system, please email [email protected]