I’m a history major looking to gain hands-on learning experience in the field. Are there any museums or historical landmarks near my apartment where I could job shadow or volunteer?

Living in the state's capital can have many benefits, especially if you're a history major at Florida State University. Even if you're not required to pursue an internship for credit, it's always good to get some hands-on experience. The skills you learn can help give you an edge once it's time to graduate and look for a job. Through the learning process you can also network and create invaluable relationships that may come in handy in the future. Lucky for you, there are a number of museums and historical sites right near your FSU apartment!

Tallahassee Museum

Located in Southwest Tallahassee, just minutes from your Tallahassee apartment and within walking distance of FSU, is the Tallahassee Museum. This museum has an elevated boardwalk that takes you to see some of Florida's native wildlife with walks through restored historic buildings. Visit the Big Bend Farm and experience what Florida farm life was like in the 1880s. If all of this seems right up your alley, check out the museum's volunteer program. Volunteers are an incredibly important part of the museum's operation. Make sure to note that volunteer orientation only happens three times a year: January, May and August. The museum also offers top-notch intern programs. If you're looking to intern, you must email the proper party at least one month before the semester starts.

Florida Historic Capitol Museum

Right in the middle of downtown Tallahassee, you'll find the Florida Historic Capitol Museum. This museum has been restored to its 1902 appearance and features more than 250 artifacts throughout 21 different rooms. The current building was completed in 1845, just before Florida became the 27th state in the Union. Since then many additions have been added to the original building. The new (and current) State Capitol Building was built right next door in the late 1970s, which was when restorations began on the Historic Capitol Museum. The museum also offers volunteer opportunities. In addition to gaining valuable experience, you can also participate in Florida's Legislative Session. Some of the positions that are available when you become a volunteer are a researcher, a docent, a collections assistant and a few others. Internships are also offered at the museum. Just submit a volunteer application along with a resume, statement of purpose, three references and a professional writing sample.

Goodwood Museum & Gardens

Midtown Tallahassee is home to the Governor's Mansion, Lake Ella, and Goodwood Museum and Gardens. Just a short trip from your Florida State University apartment, this unique museum is nestled on 21 acres and is home to 16 historic buildings. Once a part of a 2,400-acre plantation, the main house has been restored to all its original furnishings. Tour the many buildings that call this museum home, such as the aviary, the main house, the greenhouse, the water tower and the old clay tennis court, just to name a few. Goodwood's volunteers play an integral role when it comes to programs, activities and providing other services to guests that would otherwise not be available. This would be a perfect opportunity to add new skills and knowledge to your resume!

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