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Intern - Historic Trades (Millinery)


Job Description:

This is a temproary position.

The intern will assist the full-time staff in the operation of the shop, which includes interpretation and demonstration to guests, as well as the production and research carried on by the trades working in this shop.   Principally the intern will focus on the trades of Millinery (fashion accessories for the family) and Mantua-making (dress-making), but there will be some interpretation and demonstration of the Tailor’s trade.  

Job Requirements:

Demonstrated interest in clothing reproduction, historic construction methods, and the history of costume.

Past experience in public speaking.  The applicant's portfolio of past work in clothing making, costumes, and/or historic reproduction will be reviewed at the interview, either in person or online through email or personal web site.

Ability to wear and care for handmade historic clothing reproductions.

Ability to sit on backless stools and stand for long periods of time.

Ability to be speak loudly, adapt interpretation to a wide range of guest interests and group size. Maintain interpretative control of shop for up to 2 hours at a time, in a free-flow interpretative situation with up to 30 people in the room.  Maintain security of building and objects at the same time. Willingness to provide hospitality and courtesy to all.

Must be able to work a flexible work schedule of days off and interpretation.

Be able to a lift up/ move to 50 pounds of furniture and shop materials.

Highly desired:
Previous interpretative experience in a museum / living history site is preferred.

Academic course work in costume history, costume construction, and/or art history, or previous experience working in the historic trades of Millinery and Mantua-making.

Demonstrated writing and research skills.