Job, Volunteer, and Internship Opportunities

If you’re passionate about American history, the Civil War and/or railroading, the Southern Museum has exciting opportunities for employment, as well as volunteer and internship positions.

Job Opportunities

Southern Museum Curator

The Opportunity:

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Georgia is currently seeking an energetic individual for the position of Curator.  The Southern Museum, located 22 miles north of downtown Atlanta, is part of the prestigious Smithsonian Affiliations Program and home to the steam locomotive “General.”  Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Curator is responsible for overseeing the artifact collection and museum galleries.  The Southern Museum includes Civil War and railroad exhibitions, a re-creation of an early 20th century locomotive factory, the Jolley Education Center, and a recently opened Research Center Library and Archives. The Curator has the unique opportunity to apply skills to broader museum and operations experiences assisting with other duties such as tours, programming, and visitor services on a regular basis.  It is important for the incumbent to establish themselves as a team player, incorporating quickly into a small and enthusiastic team consisting of eleven full-time professionals.

Position Requirements:

  • Completed Bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies, or art. Preference will be given to candidates who have a Master’s Degree.
  • Minimum of three years of professional archival, curatorial, and/or collections management experience.
  • Familiarity with varying aspects of exhibition design and ability to develop new gallery components and interpretation. Experience in assembling and packing travelling exhibitions is a plus.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills including the ability to conduct historical research, develop interpretive text, write financial grants, develop long-range plans, and make verbal presentations.
  • Proficiency in PastPerfect.
  • Knowledge of Civil War and Reconstruction, Industrialization, Southern social history, and/ or Southeastern Railroad history.


This is a salaried city government position with a starting annual pay of $42,797 and includes excellent benefits.  Candidates may be eligible for partial relocation expenses.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send a resume and letter of introduction addressing how they meet the requirements of the position electronically (title e-mail “Curator Application”) to  Referred candidates will be contacted to provide a writing sample and three professional references.  Applications should be received by 5:00 p.m. May 10, 2017, after which all applications will be opened and reviewed.

The City of Kennesaw is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.


College Internship Opportunities

Southern Museum Development Intern

Organizational Background:

An integral part of the Kennesaw community, the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History is supported through the efforts of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation (KMF). Established in 1998 by the state of Georgia, the Foundation has grown to a donor base of nearly 1,000 individuals, private foundations and companies.


  • Research potential funding sources (foundations, corporations, individuals, public sources).
  • Contribute to the development of marketing materials (i.e., graphic design, sponsor materials) in conjunction with Marketing Specialist, Assistant Director, and Events Coordinator.
  • Participate and engage in meetings and events (annual Gala, Golf Tournament, 5K Race).
  • Discover grant opportunities and assist with writing and editing grant proposals.
  • Daily Museum membership data entry, mailing, and promotion.
  • Curate social media content with Marketing Specialist.
  • Assist Events Coordinator with rentals, efforts to increase rentals through marketing, and event brainstorming.
  • Other responsibilities as they arise, based on intern interest and areas of organizational needs.


  • Upperclassmen pursuing a bachelor's degree or students pursuing a master's degree in marketing, public relations, communications, nonprofit management, public affairs, or a related field.
  • Strong writing, verbal, and research skills.
  • Graphic design and layout skills a plus.
  • Attention to detail.

Application Requirements:

  • Internship will last duration of the spring school semester (January-May 2016) and will work 2-3 days per week.
  • This is a non-paid internship and student must apply hours to earn class credit.
  • This internship requires a commitment of 120 hours per semester.

To apply please submit the following to Kelly Briscoe at

  • Intern Application
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample, two-to-five pages in length
  • Reference from professor at enrolled school

The application deadline is Friday, November 18, 2016. When applying, please title your e-mail “KMF Development Internship: Your Name”. Thank you for your interest.

Other Internship Opportunities

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History offers a variety of museum related opportunities for students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Our internships provide valuable firsthand experience in various aspects of the museum field such as museum education, curatorial department, and archives.  Please see the links below for further information or contact the Volunteer Coordinator, at 770.427.2117, extension 3169, or email

Internship Opportunities and Requirements

Download Internship Application

Volunteer Opportunities

Support and donations from the community have helped the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History become a Smithsonian-affiliated, world-class facility. The Museum now seeks volunteers to help maintain the Museum's commitment to providing an exciting and impressive experience to visitors. Volunteers are integral to the continued success of the Museum and provide a valuable service, not only to the Museum, but to the entire community.

Opportunities for volunteers, ages 18 and up, include:


Volunteers provide assistance in the maintenance of the Museum’s three permanent collections: The Great Locomotive Chase; Railroads: Lifelines of the Civil War; and Glover Machine Works: Casting a New South.

Library and Archives

Volunteers help preserve and conserve the Museum’s archival collection by processing and cataloging archival materials (documents, maps, photographs, books, magazines) according to collections standards. Volunteers will be trained in the appropriate handling of archival materials.


Volunteers lead individual and group tours of the Museum, providing interpretation of the three permanent collections, and, when appropriate, of visiting exhibitions. Volunteers may also assist visitors and provide private tours during special events.


The Museum is looking for a person to help the small carpentry projects including train tables, props for events, and  more. This is the perfect volunteer opportunity for those who are handy and are available on an as-needed bases.

Gift Shop

Volunteers assist the Gift Shop Manager in re-stocking, organizing, pricing, and anything retail. People are able to volunteer in this position Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Special Events

Volunteers assist in a variety of areas during Museum-sponsored events throughout the year, such as exhibit openings, lectures, fundraising events, etc.

Volunteer Benefits

In addition to the satisfaction of working at a world-class Museum and meeting people who share a love of history and the community, volunteers will receive a FREE annual  membership to the Museum that includes:

  • Unlimited free admission for one year for Volunteer
  • 20% discount on Museum shop purchases.
  • Invitation to exclusive Members Only events, including exhibition previews.
  • Priority notice and seating for all lectures and community programs.
  • Subscription to Museum newsletter.
  • Opportunities to participate in continuing education trips and lectures.

Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, at 770.427.2117, extension 3169 or for more information about volunteer opportunities at the Southern Museum.

Download the volunteer application

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