Gilmore Garage Works Summer Internship Program
Gilmore Garage Works Internship Program
The Gilmore Garage Works (GGW) auto program is in its tenth year of operation. The program serves to train and inspire the next generation of automobile technology skilled trades professionals. In conjunction with the mission of the Gilmore Car Museum (GCM), the program also supports the preservation of automobile history in the most tangible sense, through hands-on restoration work and historical education. Designed to serve high school youth typically grades 9-12, the program enrolls up to 24 students each school year. Enrollment is open to all students, many of whom are underserved by their local schools’ lack of a technical/ automotive program. The population of the home-schooled students at GGW grows yearly as this group seeks technical/automotive training opportunities. The 24 students come from 12 different school systems and most provide their own transportation.
This year the students completed the restoration of a 1968 Ford Bronco. The Bronco will be used to raise funds to support the program through a raffle. Promotion of the raffle will occur during the Summer.
The focus of the GGW program is to expose and train students in the techniques used in the world of auto restoration. Currently ten volunteer Assistant Mentors and six Lead Mentors provide the training. Class is held two nights a week for three hours each night. In addition to technical training the students learn about career and educational opportunities in auto restoration. They also develop a personal portfolio that highlights the skills they have learned at GGW. Most of the students at GGW already have the spark of interest in old cars, hot rods and restoration, even though many of them have never worked on cars or know how they function. The challenge for GGW is to turn this spark into a roaring fire and guide them to the next step in their career path.
To facilitate this next step for the top students, GGW is initiating an internship program starting in June 2019. Two students have been selected through an application and interview process to become interns at the GCM from June 17 to August 30. During that time the interns will be working and learning directly from the GCM Director of Operations and the GGW Program Manager. Their duties will include the activities the Operations staff perform on a daily basis including but not limited to:
- Setting up and tearing down displays at the museum
- Moving cars between storage and exhibits
- Maintaining museum display cars and service vehicles
- Maintaining the grounds and buildings
They will also be working with the GGW Program Manager by:
- Promoting the program and speak with the public and potential students by attending GCM weekend car shows, Wednesday GCM public Cruise-in events, and other car events as scheduled
- Prepping and maintaining the GGW promotional vehicles
- Preparing the workspace in the shop/educational area for the 2019/20 school year; cleaning, inventorying, and organizing equipment and materials
This program has been generously supported by the RPM Foundation (RPM). RPM is an educational grant-making program of America’s Automotive Trust (AAT). RPM is funded by collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts to serve youth and young adults on their pathways to careers in automotive/marine restoration & preservation along with the long-term interests of the collector vehicle and classic boat communities. Visit: www.rpm.foundation for more information.