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

Summer Interns

Strawbery Banke Museum Portsmouth, NH
Strawbery Banke is welcoming applications from qualified graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in academic institutions within the United States and its territories for the museum’s Summer Internship Program. Internship placements are available in the following departments: Education, Collections, Special Events, Horticulture, and Archaeology. Internship placements begin in June and end in mid-August. Exact start and end dates will be mutually decided upon between the intern and his or her supervisor at the museum. Successful applicants will work closely with museum staff on meaningful projects and gain experience in the operation of a mid-sized museum. All interns will have access to the museum’s historical resources that provide the interpretation for the four centuries of men, women, and children who have lived in the Strawbery Banke neighborhood. Interns will also gain insight into the strategies for educational development, community programming, and historic preservation through diverse education initiatives and cutting-edge fundraising strategies. You must be enrolled as a student in order to be eligible for an internship. Internship placements begin in June and end in mid-August. Exact start and end dates will be mutually decided upon between the intern and his or her supervisor at the museum. Work weeks will generally consist of 37.5 hours. Space is available in Hough House for interns who need housing. Hough House is open to all interns regardless of sex or age. For more information or to apply, please visit
SALARY RANGE: $1,000.00 upon completion of Internship
Posted on: 11/21/2017

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

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 Prospect Research Intern

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
Development Prospect Research, which gathers, interprets, and analyzes information critical to securing funding for the Museum, is seeking a part-time intern. The goal of this internship is to expose the intern to the daily operations and philosophies of the External Relations Division, while assisting with data maintenance and special projects. The selected intern will work closely with the Prospect Research team members to review and organize departmental files, access digitized documents, and assist with data entry and management. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a dynamic team during an exciting time in the Museum’s history. Full description and application instructions at:
Posted on: 11/21/2017

Education/Interpretative/Services Intern

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Warner, NH
If you are currently enrolled in an academic program of study you are eligible to apply. If you are not a current student then you may still apply but you will need to submit a written essay to state how an internship would benefit your academic and professional goals. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent is generally expected. The intern will submit an internship proposal prior to the start of the internship. Complete a minimum of 200 hours at the host site or the required hours requested by the school – whichever is greater. Submit a final evaluation of the internship. Education/Public Programming/Interpretive Services: Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum (MKIM) provides visitors of all ages a multitude of unique learning experiences. Native peoples have long used the natural environments around them to meet their needs, and many of their innovations and inventions are part of daily life for millions today. Visitors to the center explore some of these ingenious adaptations through a variety of hands-on activities. Interns in education implement program ideas for families and/or school groups on topics related to Native Indian cultures of the Western Hemisphere, and acquire skills in researching, developing, prototyping, facilitating, and documenting open-ended programs in a museum setting. Lesson plans, curriculum development and program facilitation are key elements for the internship. Works together with the Interpretative Services Intern or intern position may be combined to include both areas. Please contact Patricia Violette at Posted on: 11/21/2017

Exhibition Intern

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Warner, NH
If you are currently enrolled in an academic program of study you are eligible to apply. If you are not a current student then you may still apply but you will need to submit a written essay to state how an internship would benefit your academic and professional goals. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent is generally expected. The intern will submit an internship proposal prior to the start of the internship. Complete a minimum of 200 hours at the host site or the required hours requested by the school – whichever is greater. Submit a final evaluation of the internship. Exhibition Design: Exhibition design interns participate in the behind-the-scenes work of developing and planning exhibitions. Most of this work takes place long before any artifacts or exhibit materials are installed. Exhibition internships may include research, fact checking, planning and coordination, assembling visual resources, and other steps that contribute to an exhibit design. While interns may be assigned to a specific exhibit, multiple exhibits are at different stages of development simultaneously, and interns may be able to participate in other stages in the process. Students of Museum Studies and design-related fields such as Exhibition Design, Interior Design, Industrial Design, or Graphic Design may benefit from this opportunity. Computer proficiency is required. You may be asked to provide examples of your design or creative work. Contact Patricia Violette at Posted on: 11/21/2017

Library and Archives Processing Intern

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Warner, NH
If you are currently enrolled in an academic program of study you are eligible to apply. If you are not a current student then you may still apply but you will need to submit a written essay to state how an internship would benefit your academic and professional goals. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent is generally expected. The intern will submit an internship proposal prior to the start of the internship. Complete a minimum of 200 hours at the host site or the required hours requested by the school – whichever is greater. Submit a final evaluation of the internship. Library and Archives Processing: Interns in the MKIM Library's Archives Processing participate in a wide variety of projects under the direction of a professional anthropologist and curator. Students gain career-relevant archival experience in a museum library while contributing to the work of the institution. Internships may be available in the following areas: Textual: Interns learn the basic principles of arrangement and description, as well as preservation and rehousing techniques. Audiovisual: Audiovisual processing interns may assist with collection control, inventories, verification, preservation, entering and updating information in databases, and other tasks with the moving image, sound recording, and photograph collections. Collections processing is a possibility with this internship. Contact Patricia Violette at Posted on: 11/21/2017

Development/Marketing Intern

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Warner, NH
Designed for Business students who are majoring in For Profit or Nonprofit management. If you are currently enrolled in an academic program of study you are eligible to apply. If you are not a current student then you may still apply but you will need to submit a written essay to state how an internship would benefit your academic and professional goals. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent is generally expected. The intern will submit an internship proposal prior to the start of the internship. Complete a minimum of 200 hours at the host site or the required hours requested by the school – whichever is greater. Submit a final evaluation of the internship. Interns in Development assist staff in the daily operations of local, regional and national fundraising. Interns learn how to conduct research for prospective donors and grants, and assist in developing solicitation techniques and plans for exhibitions, conservation, preservation, festivals, educational programs and endowments. This also includes membership and corporate support cultivation. Interns will learn about marketing and public relations as it pertains to advertising and community outreach and will work closely with the Executive Director, Deputy Director and the Store Manager. Contact Patricia Violette at Posted on: 11/21/2017

Spring 2018 Collections and Archive Internship Opportunities

South County History Center Kingston, RI
The South County History Center is presently accepting applications for its hands-on museum and archive internship program for Spring 2018. There are multiple positions available for: Collections Interns, who will work with SCHC staff to support the completion of a comprehensive inventory of the Center’s artifact collection; and Archives Interns, who will work with the SCHC Collections Manager to create finding aids for the SCHC archival collections. All interns will gain insight into how a historical organization manages and maintains collections and develop skills with PastPerfect software and research. For more information about internship opportunities, including qualifications and application requirements, please visit Posted on: 11/21/2017

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

Board Trustee

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Warner, NH
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum (MKIM) is expanding its Board of Trustees (Board), and looking for individuals with extensive professional experience and significant accomplishments in business, education, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. We are looking for a commitment to and understanding of MKIM’s mission, based on experience; diplomatic skills; Integrity, credibility, and passion for what we do. Day-to-day operations are led by MKIM’s Executive Director and staff, and the Board plays a critical role in shaping our strategic direction and capacities. All Board members are encouraged to serve on a committee or work on a special project that takes full advantage of their expertise and/or interests such as serving as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director and implement MKIM’s strategic plan; review outcomes for evaluating impact; approve MKIM’s annual budget, audit reports, and business decisions; contribute to an annual performance evaluation of the Executive Director; serving on committees or taking on special assignments. Board members consider MKIM their philanthropic priority and make annual “give or get” gifts that reflect that priority. MKIM expects to have 100 percent of Board members make (or raise) an annual contribution. Your contributions are the most important donation to our organization. There are six board meetings per year plus various committee meetings. Please contact Executive Director Patricia Violette at for Board opportunities and/or volunteer service, or other inquiries. Posted on: 11/21/2017