Internship & Volunteer Portal

Internships and volunteering are so important in the museum world. Done well, they are win/win propositions: the museum gains valuable assistance in pursuing its mission, while the intern or volunteer gains experience and satisfaction for helping with a greater good. NEMA’s Internship & Volunteer Portal connects museums and individuals for mutual benefit.

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Intern/Fellowship, Paid

Education Intern

Boston Athenæum Boston, MA
The Boston Athenæum seeks a motivated Education Intern who will support the work and the growth of the Education Department. The intern will develop important informational materials for the operation and will report to the Director of Education. The ideal candidate will be hard-working, organized, ambitious, and must be currently enrolled in a graduate-level program in education, museum studies, library science, public history, or other related field.Hours: Flexible schedule; About 10 hours per week. Compensation: $13 per hour; free membership concurrent with employment and one year following date of departure; no other benefits. Please send a cover letter and a resume, and the names and contact information of two references to
Posted on: 11/15/2017

Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow

Bowdoin College Museum of Art Brunswick, ME
The Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship offers curatorial training and the opportunity to strengthen the academic role of the Museum’s collections, facilitating the use of original works of art by faculty and students. Responsibilities include: • Supports collective and one-on-one curricular engagement with museum objects • Promotes faculty engagement with the collection through introductory and ongoing workshops designed to develop curricular opportunities • Facilitates object-based class sessions in the Museum’s dedicated art-study classroom • Organizes teaching exhibitions with students and faculty across the disciplines, acknowledging and encouraging new directions in research, scholarship, and dissemination • Contributes to the curatorial agenda and programming of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art • Curates and organizes scholarly exhibitions and writes associated publications • Conceives and implements programming (lectures, symposia) related to exhibitions and the Museum’s permanent collection • Supports the Museum’s digitization efforts. This is a three-year appointment with an expected start date of summer 2018. This position offers a competitive salary and benefits, as well as an annual travel and research fund. A recent Ph.D. in art history is required. Applicants who will receive their Ph.D. by June 30, 2018 will also be considered. Broad knowledge of art history and interest in a career in the museum field desired. Proven ability to work on multiple projects within a collaborative and deadline-driven environment. Strong research, writing and public speaking skills essential. A minimum of one year working in a museum environment and demonstrated experience with object-based learning are required. Experience with digital humanities preferred. For information, visit
Posted on: 11/13/2017

Digital Projects Intern

Nantucket Historical Association Nantucket, MA
Under the supervision of the Chief Archivist, the Digital Projects Intern will use digital technologies to create and enhance access to our collections. They will conduct specific digitization, metadata creation, and assessment projects; document and refine existing procedures; and contribute to the development of new digital policies and workflows in the archives. Projects may include preparing materials for digitization, including inventorying, rehousing, and arranging; working with legacy oral history collections; conducting content assessments of Research Library web pages; researching digital scholarship software; researching copyright issues pertaining to archival materials; and creating content for social media posts highlighting collection materials. Smaller amounts of time may also be dedicated to reference and assisting with exhibition research. A knowledge of American history, literature, maritime history, or geography is advantageous, yet not required. Required: Enrollment in or graduation from an ALA-accredited master’s program. Completed coursework in archival theory and practice or relevant experience with archival materials is required. Solid time management skills. Familiarity with descriptive standards and metadata schemas. Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work independently, to seek clarification, and to offer suggestions when needed. Physical requirements include the ability to lift up to 40 lbs. Housing is provided, plus a stipend of $2500 for a ten-to-thirteen week internship beginning in January 2018. Dates are flexible depending on the availability of the intern. Please send resume, letter of interest, and contact information for three references to Deadline for applications is November 30, 2017, or until filled.
SALARY RANGE: $2500 stipend
Posted on: 11/13/2017


Canterbury Shaker Village Canterbury, NH
Canterbury Shaker Village is offering several full-time internship opportunities with $1000 stipend and onsite housing for winter/spring 2018 (beginning in January, with flexible start and end dates). Interns will work primarily with the Village’s archives and collections under the direction of the Collections Manager. Interns may also have the opportunity to develop their own research-based project that may be incorporated into future Village programming or exhibits. Interns will work occasionally, on an as-needed basis, with the Educational Department to assist with events or other special Village programs. Ideal candidates will be energetic, self-disciplined, comfortable interacting with staff, and have good research skills and familiarity with curatorial practices. Recent graduates of a relevant BA or MA program are welcome to apply. To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and 2 letters of recommendation to Becky Soules, Daily Visitor & Youth Programs Manager at Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Posted on: 11/01/2017

Archives & Special Collections Intern

The Hotchkiss School Lakeville, CT
Hotchkiss Archives and Special Collections, a program of the Edsel Ford Memorial Library, offers an internship for a graduate student during the second semester of the 2017-2018 school year. The internship provides ten-weeks of part-time work experience for a graduate student interested in pursuing an archival or curatorial career. This internship is located in NW CT. Applicants should live within a reasonable commuting distance. For more information, and to apply online:
Posted on: 10/23/2017

Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships

Fort Ticonderoga Museum Ticonderoga, NY
Fort Ticonderoga offers four graduate fellowships for students seeking a practical, hands-on experience at a historic site and museum with cutting-edge programs. Positions available June 11-August 17, 2018, include fellowships in Exhibitions, Collections Management, and Education. Fort Ticonderoga seeks graduate students in museum studies, art history, decorative arts, museum education, public history, history, American studies, or military history. Fellows need to be self-motivated and able to work independently as well as contribute to a dedicated team to create and develop ground-breaking exhibitions and programs for a diverse audience. Qualified undergraduates are welcome to apply. While working individually with their project supervisors, fellows will also meet and work together throughout the two-month experience. Fellows will have an opportunity to work with the Fort’s professional staff as part of our team-approach to all major projects. Each Graduate Fellow will receive a $2,500 stipend plus housing on-site. Graduate and qualified undergraduate students interested in applying for an Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowship should visit or contact Rich Strum, Director of Academic Programs, at for more information. Individual descriptions for each fellowship are available on the website. All applications for Graduate Fellowships are due by January 15, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by February 20, 2018. Posted on: 10/10/2017

Intern, Unpaid

Development Intern - Winter 2018

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston, MA
ISGM is seeking a Development Intern for Winter 2018. The intern will gain insight into the inner workings of a fast paced fundraising team. This is an ideal opportunity to learn about giving to the arts/cultural sphere as well as how to utilize Raiser's Edge, the top development database used among non-profit organizations. Responsibilities include assisting with special event invitations, solicitations, and fulfillment mailings, maintaining donor records in Raiser’s Edge through proactive research and data entry, indexing and uploading key development correspondence, and assisting at museum special events, when needed. The intern must have interest and enthusiasm to learn about fundraising, meticulous attention to detail, ability to handle confidential material with discretion, excellent writing and interpersonal skills. S/he will be able to take initiative on projects and participate as part of a creative and energetic development team, adept at learning and using technology, able to commit to a regular work schedule, skilled in multitasking and able to work independently on projects, have a sense of humor and be flexible. Apply here with a resume and cover letter.
Posted on: 11/17/2017

Marketing Intern - Winter/Spring 2018

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston, MA
The Marketing intern will work with ISGM’s Marketing staff to support the department's projects and needs. Areas of focus include public relations and audience research. Archival work is a large responsibility, and requires attention to detail, organization, and efficiency. Data entry and maintenance is required, so a willingness and ability to work with databases is preferred. This internship may involve competitive analysis, so an ability to work independently and with solid organizational skills is key. There are also opportunities for contributing ideas about grassroots and online marketing, with a particular focus on expanding listings of museum programs in online and community media, including neighboring universities. The intern will maintain and organize media clippings to keep on permanent file, organize and update information in media database, proof reading of press, print, and web materials, provide competitive analysis of institutional collateral and external communications, and assist with audience surveying and analysis. To be successful in this role, you will need an understanding and interest in arts marketing/public relations, ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines, ability to take ownership over projects and work proactively, proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Drive, excellent interpersonal skills, photography skills, a good sense of humor and inquisitive nature. Apply here:
Posted on: 11/16/2017

Dr. Seuss Museum Volunteer/Intern

Springfield Museums Springfield, MA
Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, the Springfield Museums is a multidisciplinary institution, inspiring the exploration of our connections to art, history and science through outstanding collections, exhibitions and programing. The Springfield Museums consists of five museum buildings; The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield Science Museum, D’Amour Museum of Fine Art, Wood Museum of Springfield History, The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. We are seeking volunteers and interns to help run the day-to-day operations of the Cat’s Corner, a drop in activity space with in the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. Volunteer and intern responsibilities will include: Learning about the collections of the Springfield Museums as a whole; with the focus of the life and works of Theodore Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. Welcoming and creating a sense of belonging for a wide diversity of visitors. Helping to develop, prepare, facilitate, and track hands on literacy based activities. Facilitate, maintain and engage with visitors in galleries of the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. Requirements include a desire to work with children and families and a strong sense of commitment and reliability. Ideally applicants can commit to at least 1 shifts a week. All applicants need to pass a CORI (background)check. Interested applicants should contact Sarah Gogal, Program Coordinator, at for more information.
Posted on: 11/08/2017

Graduate Research Intern

Nichols House Musuem Boston, MA
The Nichols House Museum is currently seeking a graduate level intern to assist with exhibition research and to build the museum’s archival knowledge. Responsibilities include gathering relevant research materials both on and off-site, researching provenance history related to the museum’s collection, and ensuring that this information is properly documented in the electronic database, PastPerfect. The Graduate Research Intern will exercise attention to detail and adhere to a project timeline. This is an unpaid position, working under the supervision of the Programs and Collections Coordinator. It offers an opportunity to gain hands-on experience while significantly contributing to the museum’s forthcoming exhibition. Qualifications: Applicants must be enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, a recognized M.A. or Ph.D. program and possess prior research experience. This position requires an understanding of art history and special consideration will be given to those with decorative arts familiarity. This position requires a commitment of 8-12 hours a week through April. How to apply: Please submit a writing sample, cover letter and resume to with Graduate Research Intern in the subject line. Writing samples should not exceed 500 words.
Posted on: 10/23/2017

Exhibit Design Graduate Internship

American Independence Museum Exeter, NH
The American Independence Museum in Exeter, NH seeks a Graduate-level intern to aid in the creation of a yearlong exhibit that will open on May 1, 2018. This year the museum is looking to create an exhibit focusing on European perspectives on the American Revolution utilizing objects and materials in the museum’s collection. Intern will work with Collections Manager on exhibit planning, research, curating objects, writing labels, and installation of the exhibit. Interns will also have a chance to take part in other aspects of Curatorial and Collections Management, including working in Past Perfect database, cataloguing, exhibit monitoring, inventorying, exhibits visioning and more. A minimum of 200 hours should be completed between mid-January and May, 2018. Schedule must be predetermined and correspond with the museum’s off-season hours of Tuesday – Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Some work may be completed off-site. Qualifications: Intern should be in the process of completing or recently completed their Master’s degree in history, museum studies or related subject. Strong interpersonal skills, detail-oriented, superior research skills and excellent time management are required. Intern should be a self-starter and able to work in a team environment. Prior exhibit installation experience is not required. Although the position is unpaid, this is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a growing Museum and can be completed for course credit. Deadline: Please submit resume, letter of interest, and two references to by November 20th, 2018. For information, visit: Posted on: 10/20/2017

Development Intern

Discovery Museums Acton, MA
The Discovery Museums seek a Development Intern to start in early 2018 through mid-May for approximately 15-20 hours per week (schedule flexible). The intern's primary focus will be on coordinating the Museum's online auction, which in spring 2017 raised more than $25,000 to support the Museums. The intern will research prospective donors, contact and follow up with donors via mail, e-mail, and phone, and assist with promotion, management, and fulfillment of the auction. In addition to supporting the auction, he/she will assist with the overall annual giving program, cultivation and stewardship events, communications, and research. This is a great opportunity to learn more about fundraising and development operations, areas that are essential to the success of all nonprofit organizations. Qualifications: Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills required. Computer literate with working knowledge of MS Office, especially Excel. Interest and enthusiasm to learn about development. Attention to detail and discretion required. How To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Karen Kerns, Development Associate, at Posted on: 10/10/2017


Volunteer tour guide and docent

Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, MA
We are recruiting new volunteers to help us meet the growing demand for our history tours, technology demonstrations, and school programs. Volunteers welcome visitors in the museum, lead tours of the historical highlights of Mass General’s campus and of the historic Ether Dome, and demonstrate our virtual dissection table. Docents typically have one standing two- or three-hour shift per week; must have some flexibility to cover other shifts. Most of the shifts are during M-F 9-5 business hours, with some Saturday shifts. Must be available a minimum of six months. The museum and Ether Dome are wheelchair accessible. You can expect to work with all ages, with tourists and hospital staff and patients, with locals and visitors with limited English. Some days are fast-paced and busy, while other days are quiet. People who are bilingual are especially encouraged to volunteer. No special background in history, medicine, or science is required – we will train you! To apply, send a note explaining your interest and availability to Posted on: 10/27/2017

Board Member

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