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

Vaughn-Thaxter Intern

Star Island Corporation Portsmouth, NH
Responsibilities: To build the museum’s digital photography portfolio of all artifacts within the collection. To work with the Vaughn Curator to maintain security and proper care of all museum space and equipment. The Vaughn-Thaxter Intern must become familiar with Isles of Shoals history, participate in trainings held by Island Heritage and Artifacts Committee members and advisors, and support the Assistant Conference Center Director in coordinating and completing the visual documentation project. The Vaughn-Thaxter Intern will also support the Vaughn Curator by hosting museum hours and elementary education programming as needed. More info here: http://starisland.org/blog/ How to apply: Submit a resume and cover letter to aminer@starisland.org by Wednesday, March 14. Please also complete the general Star Island employment application: http://starisland.org/working/#seasonal including the two requested references if application has never worked or interned on Star Island before. Posted on: 12/15/2017

2018 Buchanan Burnham Summer Scholars in Public History

Newport Historical Society Newport, RI
Lead public tours; assist with programs, exhibits and ongoing initiatives; attend training sessions and workshops; and participate in the daily operations of the Newport Historical Society. A significant portion of the fellowship also involves a public history project that supports NHS initiatives. The fellowship lasts 11wks, 5/29/18 – 8/10/18 (negotiable). Fellows receive a stipend totaling $5000, paid in equal installments every other week. Three positions available. Ideal candidates should have public history experience and familiarity with the early history and material culture of New England. Current graduate students with a background in museum collections, archives, or American History; and students preparing to apply to a graduate program may apply. Applications due 3/1/18. Send a resume, copies of transcript(s), two letters of recommendation, and a letter stating your reasons for applying, your career goals, your area of interest or a proposed topic for an individual project to: Buchanan Burnham Fellowship Newport Historical Society 82 Touro Street Newport, RI 02840; ipeters@NewportHistory.org Posted on: 12/04/2017

Research Fellow

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library Winterthur, DE
Winterthur invites scholars, graduate students, artists, and craftspeople to apply to submit applications for the 2018-2019 Research Fellowships! Fellowships include a 4-month postdoctoral fellowship, 1–2 semester dissertation fellowships, and 1–3 month short-term fellowships. Winterthur is once again offering short-term “Maker-Creator” Fellowships. These short-term fellowships are designed for artists, writers, filmmakers, horticulturalists, craftspeople, and others who wish to examine, study, and immerse themselves in Winterthur’s vast collections in order to inspire creative and artistic works for general audiences. Fellows have full access to the library collections, including more than 87,000 volumes and one-half million manuscripts and images, searchable online. Resources for the 17th to the early 20th centuries include printed and rare books, manuscripts, period trade catalogues, auction and exhibition catalogues, printed ephemera, and an extensive reference photograph collection of decorative arts. Fellows may conduct object-based research in the museum's collections, which include 90,000 artifacts and works of art made or used in America to 1860, with a strong emphasis on domestic life. Winterthur also supports a program of scholarly publications including Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture. Fellows may reside in a furnished stone farmhouse on the Winterthur grounds and participate in the lively scholarly community at Winterthur. Fellowship applications are due January 15, 2018. For more details and to apply, visit the Research Fellowship web page or e-mail researchapplication@winterthur.org. Posted on: 12/04/2017

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 http://www.strawberybanke.org/people/interns.cfm
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full time
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 hrvisitorservices@bostonathenaeum.org.
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Temporary
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 https://careers.bowdoin.edu/postings/4576
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full time
Posted on: 11/13/2017

Intern

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 rsoules@shakers.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Posted on: 11/01/2017

Intern, Unpaid

Curatorial Intern, Spring 2018

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Lincoln, MA
Curatorial Interns at deCordova engage in a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities as they participate in the day-to-day operations of a contemporary art museum and sculpture park. Specific responsibilities for Spring 2018 (January - May, actual dates TBD) will tentatively include, but are not limited to, work on research, logistical planning, and implementation assistance for current and upcoming exhibitions; conducting a variety of research pertaining to works in the permanent collection; work on upcoming Sculpture Park installations and related projects, and any administrative assistance required in the department. The curatorial staff at deCordova seeks a self-motivated art history graduate student or upper level undergraduate with specific interest in contemporary art and future career goals to work as a curator in a contemporary art museum. Applicants should have strong organizational abilities and computer skills, including literacy in Microsoft Office and Adobe. Because public transportation does not service deCordova and interns help with errand running, a car is a must. The Curatorial Intern must commit to a minimum of two, eight-hour days per week for the agreed upon duration of the internship, which typically lasts four months. The Intern may occasionally be asked to assist with programs occurring on Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (between 5-15 pages) by email to Scout Hutchinson (shutchinson@decordova.org) by 12/10. For general information about deCordova, upcoming programming and exhibitions, and future events please visit www.decordova.org.
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Part time
SALARY RANGE: 7812593636
Posted on: 12/04/2017

Curatorial Intern

Fitchburg Art Museum Fitchburg, MA
Curatorial Internships at the Fitchburg Art Museum (FAM) are designed to give curious future curators a substantive, immersive educational experience in a fast-paced regional art museum. The Spring 2018 FAM Curatorial Internship is a one-semester, one or two day a week (TBD) commitment for students currently pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in museum studies or art history. FAM Curatorial Interns participate in and assist with a range of curatorial practice, including exhibition planning, design, and management. Interns will be exposed to both historical and contemporary works of art, and may engage in a variety of tasks including research, curatorial planning, writing, studio/museum/gallery visits, and other administrative work, including assisting with preparation and implementation of a Portfolio Review in May and FAM’s Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft in June 2018. Ideally, the candidate would begin in mid-February. However, the exact start date and May or June 2018 end date will be determined in consultation with the selected candidate. Please note that while public transportation to the Museum is available, it is limited. Therefore, we request that interns have a car. Curatorial Interns will report to Curator Lisa Crossman, Ph.D. and Koch Curatorial Fellow Lauren Szumita. Interns will enjoy an immensely collegial, supportive, collaborative, and creative work culture with other members of the FAM team. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV or resume, and the names and contact information for 2 references by email to Curator Lisa Crossman (lcrossman@fitchburgartmuseum.org, ATTN: Curatorial Internship). The deadline for application is January 15, 2017. For general information about FAM, please visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org. Posted on: 11/29/2017

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: http://www.mfa.org/employment/development-prospect-research-internship
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Temporary
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 director@indianmuseum.org. 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 director@indianmuseum.org. 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 director@indianmuseum.org. 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 director@indianmuseum.org. 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 http://southcountyhistorycenter.org/volunteer-and-internship-opportunities/. Posted on: 11/21/2017

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 sgogal@springfieldmuseums.org for more information.
SALARY RANGE: Unpaid
Posted on: 11/08/2017

Volunteer

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 mghhistory@partners.org. 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 director@indianmuseum.org for Board opportunities and/or volunteer service, or other inquiries. Posted on: 11/21/2017