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

Curatorial / Collections Intern

Rufus Porter Museum Bridgton , ME
The curatorial/collections intern will assist staff with curatorial and collections work, including cataloguing and inventorying the museum's collection. All collected information will be entered into the museum’s Past Perfect database. The intern will play an active role in coordinating with the 2018 Guest Curator, Eric Johnson, on the museum’s special exhibit, "250 Years: Bridgton in Art and Artifacts." The intern will give tours of the museum, including the special exhibit, assist with public events and programs, learn the management practices of the museum store, and participate in the general operations of the museum now in its new location. This position offers a hands-on opportunity for an intern to experience working on all aspects of a small museum. Qualifications: Graduate student or college junior or senior majoring in museum studies, collections care, history, art history or related field of study. Dates: May 21 - August 11 (flexible dates) 12 weeks, 30 hours per week, $300 per week. Housing stipend available. To apply: email cover letter, resume and three references (one academic) to director@rufusportermuseum.org Applications will be reviewed as received, deadline on April 1. Applicants notified on April 10, 2018. For more information www.rufusportermuseum.org/employment Posted on: 02/16/2018

Education Intern

Rufus Porter Museum Bridgton, ME
The museum education intern will work with the Rufus Porter Museum's (RPM) staff and education committee to plan and run programs that will make connections with the local community. The focus of these programs will reflect the current emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). RPM is in a position to share Rufus Porter’s life as an example of an individual who excelled in all of these areas and sought to excite others about new ideas. There would be at least four children’s programs over the summer, patterned after those held in 2017. Ideally, the Education Intern would also develop at least one program of his/her own design. The Education Intern will also have an opportunity to work with Stevens Brook Elementary School (within walking distance of the museum) on the innovative and new to Bridgton Camp Invention, a one-week program sponsored by the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame. Qualifications: Graduate student or college junior or senior majoring in education, museum education, or related. Dates: May 21 - August 21 (flexible dates) 12 weeks at 30 hours a week, $300 per week. Housing stipend available. To apply: email cover letter, resume and three references (one academic) to director@rufusportermuseum.org Closing date April 1. For more information: www.rufusportermuseum.org/employment Posted on: 02/16/2018

Summer Intern

Castine Historical Society Castine, ME
The Castine Historical Society annually offers an paid internship opportunity for a graduate student enrolled in a museum studies, public history, archival science or related Master's degree or Ph.D. program. The Castine area, a beautiful and historically significant town on the coast of Maine, saw millennia of use by Native Americans before European contact and changed hands repeatedly from the outset of the colonial period through the War of 1812. The peninsula’s development in the nineteenth and twentieth century represents a microcosm of American commercial and cultural history. The Society occupies two historic buildings on Castine’s town common and is a 501(c)(3) membership organization with a paid staff of three and an active volunteer Board of Directors. The internship is full time (35 hours per week) for 10 weeks in the summer of 2018 with a stipend of $2,800. This internship is designed to provide a graduate level student with service to the history field while he/she gains experience with professional staff in a local history setting. Program goals, central to the Society’s mission, include guiding history walking tours and assisting with collections management. Another component is research and planning for a major exhibition titled Risky Business: Castine Shipping 1820-1870, an interactive exhibit about Castine-built ships transporting cargo around the world.  In addition, the intern will be included in the regular, day-to- day activities of the Castine Historical Society. Applications are due by Monday, March 20. To view the full internship description and application instructions, visit 

Intern, Unpaid

Museum Intern

American Independence Museum Exeter, NH
The internships will provide a solid introduction to museum work with emphasis on developing and executing educational programs, day-to-day museum operations including events and museum shop, maintaining and cataloguing a museum collection and supporting fundraising and marketing efforts. Over the course of the summer, interns will have a research project on which to work, which will be presented at the conclusion of the internship. Additionally, all interns will learn to give tours of the museum. Site visits and enrichment opportunities will also add to the internship experience. The intern will set his/her own schedule, which will consist of a minimum of two days a week (14 hours a week total). The schedule must include Wednesdays and one other day of the intern’s choosing during the week (Thursday – Saturday, 9:00am - 4:00pm). With his/her schedule, the intern should be flexible and available one Saturday a month. Intern must be available during the American Independence Festival on July 14, 2018. The duration of the internship is 12-13 weeks, with an anticipated start date of May 21, 2018. Interns should be in the process of completing their Bachelor's degree in history, education, museum studies or a related subject. Although the position is unpaid, this is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a museum in transition. Self-motivation, flexibility, and the ability to work well with others—especially children—are required. To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and two letters of recommendation to apietrantonio@independencemuseum.org by March 16, 2018. Posted on: 02/02/2018

Visitor Engagement Intern Available Year-Round

Heritage Museums and Gardens Sandwich, MA
This internship is designed to provide experience in the Visitor Engagement department at Heritage Museums & Gardens. The Visitor Engagement department encompasses interpreters, public programs, and educational programs.Duties and Responsibilities include: Assist the Manager of Public Programs in developing and implementing programming for multi-generational audiences. Interns will learn how to plan, organize, and implement various sized programs from small workshops to all day, all hands events. Interns will develop skills in holistic project planning, event operation and execution, and program evaluation. Assist the Manager of Interpretation in creating memorable guest experiences for museum visitors. Interns will learn how the front-end operations work at a mid-sized museum, such as how to uphold policies and procedures while facilitating a safe, positive, and engaging experience for museum visitors during regular visitation, special events programming, and private events. Interns will become familiar with providing customer services, educational opportunities, and hands-on engagement in the museums and on the grounds that help visitors explore and learn together. See full details here: https://heritagemuseumsandgardens.org/2013site/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018-Visitor-Engagement-Internship.pdf
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Part time
Posted on: 01/29/2018

Collections Management Internship - Summer or Fall Semester

Heritage Museums and Gardens Sandwich, MA
The collections of Heritage Museums & Gardens consist of a wide range of American objects, most of which date between 1820 and 1940. The collection includes paintings and prints, scrimshaw, weathervanes, Nantucket baskets, trade signs, toys, bird carvings, glass, silver, ceramics, tools, firearms, military miniatures, Native American artifacts, and automobiles. The duties of the Collections Management Intern will be to assist the curator in work relating to the museum’s collection. This usually involves working in the collection storage area of the museum and may include: collection inventories, object numbering, adding items to the collection (accessioning), digital photography of collection items and manipulation of digital images. This internship will also involve entering information gathered during collections processing activities into the museum’s collections management database. Apply with resume and cover letter with two references to Jennifer Madden, Director of Collections & Exhibitions, 508.8883.3300 x101 or jmadden@heritagemuseums.org. See more details here: https://heritagemuseumsandgardens.org/2013site/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Internship-Collections-Management-Assistant-2018.pdf
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Temporary
Posted on: 01/29/2018

Native American Studies Internship

Plimoth Plantation Plymouth, MA
Since 1973, Plimoth Plantation has led the public history field with its groundbreaking Native American Studies program which combines thorough historical and cultural research with innovative programs onsite, online and in classrooms. Native American Studies Interns build an in-depth understanding of the Native experience c.1600-1692 by assisting with a wide-range of research projects and engaging with guests on the Living History sites. This includes working alongside staff on the Wampanoag Homesite to interpret Native cultures using the Museum’s extensive collection of original, reproduction and archaeological artifacts as well as reconstructed landscapes. They hone their research and writing skills, practice delivering interpretive programs to the visiting public, and experience the process of researching and developing guest-focused living history exhibits. For more information or to submit an application, visit www.plimoth.org/internships.
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full time
SALARY RANGE: 5087461622
Posted on: 01/22/2018

Historic Clothing & Textiles Internship

Plimoth Plantation Plymouth, MA
Reproducing historically accurate clothing in a museum setting encompasses a multitude of skills and processes, including research and development, use of period and modern construction techniques, as well as sharing this knowledge and skill with our guests who visit Plimoth Plantation. The Historical Clothing and Textiles: Wardrobe Production intern will learn, practice and apply the steps involved in reproducing period clothing for a living history museum. This will include historical research with access to departmental and museum libraries, pattern drafting, period construction techniques, and 17th-century accessories or trims (thread-wrapped buttons, card woven trim, hat making, etc.). They will also experience the unique workings of a wardrobe shop in a museum environment. This internship reports to the Manager of Historic Clothing & Textiles. For more information or to submit an application, visit www.plimoth.org/internships.
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full time
SALARY RANGE: 5087461622
Posted on: 01/22/2018

Historical Horticulture Internship

Plimoth Plantation Plymouth, MA
Historical Horticulture interns work alongside the Curator of Museum Gardens and Horticulture staff to gain an inside knowledge of how gardens and landscapes are planned, interpreted, and maintained in Plimoth Plantation’s unique Living History Exhibits. Interns will work alongside staff in the exhibits and behind the scenes to learn about 17th-century Native and Colonial plant species, gardening techniques and theories, as well as hone their 21st-century horticultural skills. Interns may also have the opportunity to participate in horticulture-related educational programs and special projects under the supervision of the Curator of Museum Gardens. For more information or to submit an application, visit www.plimoth.org/internships.
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full time
SALARY RANGE: 5087461622
Posted on: 01/22/2018

Public Programs Internship

Plimoth Plantation Plymouth, MA
Plimoth Plantation is looking for dynamic, team-oriented interns to assist with the planning and execution of public programs at one of the Nation’s premier living museums. This internship is ideal for students looking to engage regularly with Museum guests and experience first-hand how public programs are developed, planned, and executed in our unique museum setting. The Public Programs Intern will assist the Public Programs Manager and Director of Museum Programs & School Services with all aspects of program planning and facilitation including but not limited to attending planning meetings, preparing materials, assisting with day-of program needs, and participating in the program evaluation. Guided by the Internship Program Coordinator and the Public Programs Manager, the intern will also develop an original museum program for the 2018 season. For more information or to submit an application, visit www.plimoth.org/internships.
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full time
SALARY RANGE: 5087461622
Posted on: 01/22/2018

Museum Education Internship

Plimoth Plantation Plymouth, MA
Plimoth Plantation is looking for dynamic, team-oriented interns to assist with planning, developing and implementing educational programs for children and teenagers. All interns will engage directly with the children enrolled in our week-long summer camps. These programs involve indoor and outdoor programming at the museum’s main campus, at the Plimoth Grist Mill, and in downtown Plymouth. Interns will apply academic knowledge of education, museums, history or culture to plan, develop and implement Plimoth Plantation’s diverse camp programs. Interns will also develop an individual project in consultation with museum staff. Education Department staff will provide interns with mentorship, guidance, oversight and support. For more information or to submit an application, visit www.plimoth.org/internships.
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full time
Posted on: 01/22/2018

Archaeology Collections Internship

Plimoth Plantation Plymouth, MA
For 70 years, Plimoth Plantation has played key roles in the field of archaeological research and hosts one of the largest repositories of early colonial archaeological material in New England. Our collections are the basis for several foundational texts in historical archaeology and are regularly used for study, reproduction, and exhibition. The Archaeology Collections intern will play a key role in making theses collections accessible online for researchers, teachers and the Museum’s guests. The intern will help to catalog our extensive collection of Native and colonial archaeological artifacts while also assisting with facilitating and developing archaeology-related programs and exhibits. For more information about the internship or to submit your application, visit www.plimoth.org/internships.
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full time
SALARY RANGE: 5087461622
Posted on: 01/22/2018

Family Engagement Internship

Springfield Museums Springfield, MA
Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Springfield Museums is a multi-disciplinary campus with buildings focused on art, history, and science. It is also home to the Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden, with the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum which opened in June of 2017. We are seeking interns to help run the day-to-day operations of the Art Discovery Center, volunteer at upcoming family programs, and to help in other aspects of the Education department as needed. Responsibilities will include: -Learning about the collections of Springfield Museums as a whole, with a focus on the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, and specifically, the Art Discovery Center. -Welcoming and creating a sense of belonging for a wide diversity of visitors.. -Helping to develop, prepare, facilitate, and track hands-on educational activities for families across disciplines. -Working collaboratively with interns and staff To apply visit http://www.internships.com/education/Family-Engagement-Internship-I9635977 or email jpowers@springfieldmuseums.org
SALARY RANGE: 4133146489
Posted on: 01/22/2018

American Art Intern

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Hartford, CT
The American Art intern will assist with collections research and interpretation to help develop ideas for future exhibitions on a wide-range of art historical topics and time periods, including history painting, portraiture, folk art, modernism, and surrealism; from the Revolutionary War to World War II. The intern’s duties will include researching paintings, sculpture, and works on paper in the permanent collection as well as identifying and researching artworks in other collections related to a specific theme, topic, or artist. The intern will create & maintain research files and maintain checklists for internal discussions with the curatorial, education, marketing, and fundraising departments. Applicant: The successful candidate will be a senior or a graduate student. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in one or more of the following: art, art history, American studies, English, American History. Experience with collections databases a plus. Excellent writing, research, and creative thinking skills will be required. This Internship is not limited to art history majors. Time Commitment: 2-3 days/ week Application Deadline: Open until filled Candidates must submit the following materials: A complete Internship Application Cover Sheet, which can be found here. A current resume or CV confirming the eligibility requirements and listing relevant professional experience and academic work. A statement of interest, describing in 500 words or less the applicant’s reasons and qualifications for the position, and how this internship is relevant to the achievement of future career goals. A writing sample, three to five pages in length. Official academic transcript(s).
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Temporary
Posted on: 01/19/2018

Library Intern

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Hartford, CT
The Special Collections Cataloging Intern will work with the Head of Library and Archives to inventory, assess, catalog, and process art library resources. The intern will work with materials of interest to the museum’s curatorial and education departments; these resources may include art books, exhibition catalogues, auction catalogues, and artist books. Applicant: The successful candidate will have completed coursework in cataloging and possess experience in both original and copy cataloging. Knowledge of MARC21 cataloging formats required. Reading knowledge of German, French and/or Italian is preferred, but not required. Open to upper level undergraduate seniors and graduate students. Time Commitment: About 10 hours/week Application Deadline: Open until filled Candidates must submit the following materials: A complete Internship Application Cover Sheet, which can be found here. A current resume or CV confirming the eligibility requirements and listing relevant professional experience and academic work. A statement of interest, describing in 500 words or less the applicant’s reasons and qualifications for the position, and how this internship is relevant to the achievement of future career goals. A writing sample, three to five pages in length. Please send all materials except for official academic transcripts to Intern@wadsworthatheneum.org with the subject line Official academic transcripts should be sent to: Internship Coordinator Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art 600 Main Street Hartford, CT
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Temporary
Posted on: 01/19/2018

Development Intern

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Hartford, CT
The Development Intern will assist the Membership Coordinator and Development Events Associate in data entry, sending out monthly renewal notices, receiving new renewal memberships, processing acknowledgement letters, and coordinating events. Applicant: The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest or experience in one or more of the following: data entry, excellent writing and editing, research and creative thinking. Candidate must have excellent customer service skills and must be very personable. Open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students with an interest in development, art, history, or art history. Time Commitment: 1-3 days per week/3-5 hours a day Open until Filled Candidates must submit the following materials: A complete Internship Application Cover Sheet, which can be found here. A current resume or CV confirming the eligibility requirements and listing relevant professional experience and academic work. A statement of interest, describing in 500 words or less the applicant’s reasons and qualifications for the position, and how this internship is relevant to the achievement of future career goals. A writing sample, three to five pages in length.* Official academic transcript(s). Transcripts must be sent directly from the applicant’s college or university. Two letters of recommendation. Letters must be sent directly from the individual making the recommendation. Please send all materials except for official academic transcripts to Intern@wadsworthatheneum.org with the subject line FALL 2017 Internship Application. Official academic transcripts should be sent to: Internship Coordinator Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art 600 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Temporary
Posted on: 01/19/2018

Tours and Visitor Learning Intern - Winter/Spring 2018

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston, MA
You will provide administrative assistance for the tour program, and assist education staff in planning for and implementing learning opportunities within the Gardner Museum. You will have the option to focus on a larger project, serving both your interests and the Gardner’s. You will gain administrative and marketing skills, have an opportunity to learn about visitor centered approaches to teaching and learning in art museums, and gain valuable experience working in a creative, team based environment. The successful candidate is a rising college junior or senior or graduate student who has a strong interest in a visitor-centered approach in museum education, visitor research, and/or evaluation. S/he has academic concentration in Education, Art History, Art Education, Museum Education, or Museum Studies. S/he must possess a strong interest in working with a variety of people and must also be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Docs. To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter here: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/22417 This is our preferred application method.
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Part time
Posted on: 01/11/2018

Collections and Interpretation Intern

The Dudley Farm Museum Guilford, CT
The Dudley Farm Museum (www.DudleyFarm.com), a small living history museum in North Guilford, Connecticut, reflects late 19th century agricultural life common to the area. Currently conducting an inventory of its collections, and cpmpleting a collections assessment, we seek an individual to assist with collections management including the many large and small pieces of farm equipment. This includes includes: physical inventory of objects; reconciling objects with available records; photographing objects; basic rehousing and appropriate storage; and cataloging all information into PastPerfect Museum software. Opportunities for exhibit planning and grant-writing will occur. Restoration of our large 1840 barn is nearing completion, and an interpretive plan is being developed. This is an opportunity to work hands-on with materials reflecting rural life of the period, meet other volunteers with similar interests, and to learn. Training provided. Attention to detail, patience, teamwork skills, and interest in farm life and 19th century history are desirable qualities. The chosen individual must possess the ability to work independently on one's own initiative and as a teammate. Work will be both in the museum office and outside in barns and sheds on the museum grounds. Literacy in Microsoft Office is required. This Internship is an unpaid, volunteer position. Because public transportation does not service the area a car is a must. Interested persons please email director@dudleyfarm.com. Posted on: 12/27/2017

Volunteer

Volunteer Tour Guide

Nichols House Museum Boston, MA
The Nichols House Museum welcomes volunteers to join the museum as tour guides beginning in March 2018. Guides provide vital support to the museum by leading high-quality tours to diverse audiences and communities. Hours are flexible, and orientation and training throughout the month of March are required. Guides receive complimentary admission to the museum and all museum programming events. There are also regular opportunities for complimentary, behind-the-scenes visits to other local museums and cultural organizations. Applicants should be interested in history, architecture, and decorative arts, and enjoy interacting with visitors of all ages. Tour Guides typically commit to half or full-day shifts. To apply, please complete the application form available on the museum’s homepage, www.nicholshousemuseum.org. Posted on: 01/31/2018

Board Member

Board Member

Killingly Historical and Genealogical Society DANIELSON, CT
Killingly Historical and Genealogical Society (KHGS) is building its board and searching for individuals who are passionate about history and genealogy. The ideal board member will be a team player, understanding, social media friendly, have a good sense of humor, and willing to uphold the KHGS mission as well as assist with programming. All board members are asked to serve on a project that aligns with their interests and specialties. Each board member will be able to attend a monthly evening meetings of the Board on the first Wednesday of each month and sign up to be a member to the KHGS. Please contact Elaine Tenis Executive Director at Elaine@killinglyhistorical.org or Kira Holmes at holmesk2012@yahoo.com Posted on: 01/24/2018