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

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 http://www.fortticonderoga.org/education/university-partnerships/graduate-fellowships or contact Rich Strum, Director of Academic Programs, at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org 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

Digital Humanities Fellow

Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate Boston, MA
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, in conjunction with the Fund II Foundation, has an opening for a 6 month digital humanities fellow. The Fellowships will be awarded to a post bachelor's degree candidate who is interested in public history, library science, or museum studies. The work product of this fellowship will contribute to the foundations of future visitor experiences and educational content at the Institute and on line. The Digital Humanities Fellow will assist in the rapid development of several online exhibits and testing with different audiences, likely using different content management systems. This position is a full time temporary six month position.
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full time
SALARY RANGE: 6177407000
Posted on: 10/04/2017

Visitor Experience and Prototyping Fellow

Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate Boston, MA
The Edward m. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, in conjunction with the Fund II, has an opening for a 9 month visitor experience and prototyping fellow. The Fellowships will be awarded to a post bachelor's degree candidate who is interested in public history, library science, or museum studies. The work product of this fellowship will contribute to the foundations of future visitor experiences and educational content at the Institute and on line. The Visitor Experience and Prototyping Fellow (VX Fellow) will coordinate and evaluate prototyping interactives, text, etc., and testing its efficacy with visitors. This fellow will learn to refine concepts to produce more effective exhibit experiences. Some exhibit development may be a part of the position based on concepts and timing of the project. This is a full time position for the duration of 9 months. For the full description please go to https://www.emkinstitute.org/about/careers
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full time
SALARY RANGE: 6177407000
Posted on: 10/04/2017

Historical Research Fellow

Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate Boston, MA
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, in conjunction with the Fund II Foundation, has an opening for a 9 month historical research fellow. The Fellowships will be awarded to a post bachelor's degree candidate who is interested in public history, library science, or museum studies. The work product of this fellowship will contribute to the foundations of future visitor experiences and educational content at the Institute and on line. The Historical Research Fellow will assist in the research of various topics related to the Kennedy family’s home in Hyannisport, MA, and will aid in using the acquired subject matter knowledge to help create content for digital as well as on and off site exhibits and tours. This position is a part time (20 hours a week) position for the duration of 9 months. Candidates must submit a short writing sample that demonstrates your ability to communicate a historic theme in a compelling way to a general audience using a variety of different sources and supports. Please find the full description on https://www.emkinstitute.org/about/careers
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Part time
SALARY RANGE: 6177407000
Posted on: 10/04/2017

Mirken Family Postbaccalaureate Fellowship in Museum Practice

Colby College Museum of Art Waterville, ME
The Mirken Family Postbaccalaureate Fellowship in Museum Practice at the Colby College Museum of Art will support a one-year appointment to the Museum, with the possibility of a renewable second year. The Fellow reports to the Deputy Director and interfaces with all departments including education, collections, exhibitions, and administration areas. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide logistical support for Art Department annual field trip for professional opportunities in the museum field (conservation, public relations, curatorial, education, administration, collections) Provide general support to collection management department, assisting with registration of museum objects, condition reporting, incoming and outgoing receipts Field museum collection inquiries as needed Assist with managing the museum’s rights and reproduction program Organize and implement centralized photography archive for museum images In collaboration with the Deputy Director, manage social media program and dynamic web content Work with designer to create and distribute printed publication materials Help Deputy Director with marketing and publicity Work with College Advancement on special events and fundraisers Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice http://www.colby.edu/administration_cs/humanresources/employment/mirkenfellow_10_2017.cfm
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full time
Posted on: 10/03/2017

Intern, Unpaid

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 kkerns@discoverymuseums.org. Posted on: 10/10/2017

Educational Programs Intern

The Mary Baker Eddy Library Boston, MA
Responsibilities: The Intern will assist the Library’s Educational Programs Coordinator. Main work includes: Facilitating on-site learning activities for youth groups, developing content and resources for youth programming and field trips, including vacation week programs, facilitating program research, supporting youth tour development for the Mapparium exhibit, supporting the Programs Team in developing and implementing fall programs, including Opening Our Doors and bi-monthly Storytimes, aiding in the development of interactives for the Book Nook, our youth and family space. The Intern will also receive training in presenting guided children’s tours of the Mapparium. The internship is also a mentorship, designed to be mutually beneficial for both the Intern and the Library staff. Incumbents will be encouraged to develop professional skills in fields that include education, library science, museum studies, and public history. Qualifications: Applicants should have a background or interest in working with youth audiences. Experience in one or more of the following fields is required: museum education; general education; library science; American history; public history; event planning; customer service. Prior teaching experience in museums, schools, and/or camps is preferred. Interns must be patient with children, flexible, team player, and able to take initiative. The Library encourages applicants from all backgrounds to apply for this opportunity. Please note: Library internships are compensated in course credit only, and are unpaid. Prospective interns have the responsibility to coordinate internship credit requirements with with their advisors. Hours are flexible, Monday through Friday. Please submit a PDF of resume and cover letter, including two professional/academic references, by September 29, 2017 to palladinom@mbelibrary.org.
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Part time
Posted on: 09/18/2017

Volunteer

Horror Crew for Historic Home & Garden Haunted House

Horror Crew @ Historic Naumkeag Stockbridge, MA
Naumkeag’s 2nd Annual Haunted House will take place on 10/20, 10/21, 10/27, and 10/28 and we are seeking groups to serve as characters in the house during one of those nights! Costumes are provided and the training is simple-no acting experience is required. This is a fun way to have a presence in the community, support the care of special places in the Southern Berkshires, and have a great time! Volunteers are needed from 5pm-9:30pm and the public is welcome in the Haunted House from 7pm-9pm. The shift includes training, a costume for the evening, and a light dinner. Since this is one of our larger events we are looking for up to 25 volunteers per night and welcome family (ages 12+) and friends of your staff to volunteer as part of the group as well. tbeasley@thetrustees.org or 413.213.4248 for more info.
SALARY RANGE: 413.213.4248
Posted on: 09/25/2017

Haunted House Horror Crew Volunteer

The Trustees- Bryant Homestead Cummington, MA
Are you in for a good scare? Come for a spine-chilling weekend at the Homestead and see what ghoulish spirits lurk about this 200 year old house! Edgar Allen Poe meets Washington Irving in this creepy haunted house that takes you through the eerie servant's quarters, third floor and back staircases. All of American literature's scary stories come to life in this bone-chilling experience! You never know who...or what...you'll encounter! Due to the terrifyingly fun nature of this program, we recommend ages 13 and up. Wear walking shoes as the haunted house starts outside and moves through the house. We are looking for individuals ages 13+ (or groups of up to about 15 to sign up for one or more nights. The Trustees can provide costumes, but if you wish to create your own or embellish, that’s encouraged! No acting experience required, but a wiliness to be very active in your role is important. Snacks also provided. Parking assistants and greeters also needed. Opportunities to help with the creation of the haunted house and it's characters may exist. Responsiblities: -Entertain visitors by taking on a scary role (assigned with staff) and performing in assigned location (indoor and outdoor stations) -Staying in character throughout the event -Observing visitors for any safety issue (i.e. fainting or going in an unauthorized area) Time Commitment: Event: 6pm-10pm, so volunteer shift is likely to be 5pm-10pm. tbeasley@thetrustees.org or 413.213.4248
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Temporary
Posted on: 09/25/2017

Docent/Tour Guide

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 mghhistory@partners.org. Posted on: 08/30/2017

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