Museum Internships

1.) Paid Internships at Knox Museum in Maine

Montpelier, the General Henry Knox Museum, an historic house museum in midcoast Maine, is pleased to post two paid internships for 2009. The museum, a reconstruction of the 1794 mansion built by the country’s first Secretary of War, houses an important collection of Federal Period furniture and decorative arts, as well as primary and secondary resources related to the economic development and settling of midcoast Maine. The museum has a permanent staff of four FT employees and over sixty active volunteers, and offers a very active range of programs, classes and events during the summer. For more information, see

Museum Intern: This internship is designed to offer a broad range of experience in museum operations, including collections management, interpretation, research, and program and exhibition development. Specific projects will be developed in consultation with the museum’s director of education, and special interests of the intern will be taken into account. This internship is 5 days a week (30 hours) for 11 weeks, and pays a stipend of $2,600.

Educational Intern: This internship is part of the museum’s Center for the Study of Early American History, and will provide a focused experience in museum educational programming. The educational intern’s primary responsibility will be to provide support for the Center’s summer teacher institute, which includes answering phones, preparing mailings, handling teachers’ logistical concerns, assisting teachers with research projects, and assisting with program delivery, working with noted experts in the field of history. In addition, the educational intern will be responsible for developing educational materials and/or activities to expand the museum’s education and interpretive programs. A very high level of organization, motivation and energy is required. This internship is 5 days a week (37.5 hours) for 12 weeks, and pays a stipend of $4,400.

For all internships, undergraduate or graduate students with a background or strong interest in history, historic preservation, education, library and archival science or museum studies are encouraged to apply. A high level of self-motivation and initiative is required. Saturdays and some special evening and weekend events are required. Starting and ending dates are flexible. We regret that the museum can not provide housing.

To apply: Please send a letter describing your interest and experience with museums and/or nonprofits, a resume and three references to Ellen Dyer, General Henry Knox Museum, PO Box 326, Thomaston, ME 04861 or by email to Please indicate in which internship you are interested. Application deadline is Monday, March 9, 2009.

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2.) National WWII Museum-Summer Internship for Collections and Exhibits

The National WWII Museum is currently accepting applications for its Collections and Exhibits non-paid summer Internship program. Interns will assist in a wide variety of collections activities including working with 3D artifacts (cataloging, photography, condition reporting, housing, proper storage), archival materials, as well as the curation and installation of exhibits.
Museum internships are awarded to college juniors and seniors and students entered in graduate programs.

To apply: Please send an essay of no more than 500 words explaining your desire to intern at the National WWII Museum, along with a current resume to:
Internship Program Manager, Collections and Exhibits
The National World War II Museum
945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

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3.) Smithsonian Internship
Time Commitment: 30 – 40 hrs./week
Schedule: Flexible
Salary: Unpaid

Project Description: Intern will assist with all aspects of The Smithsonian Associates (TSA) Performing Arts programming. By working closely with the Program Manager, the Intern will gain experience in all aspects of program production including programming research, booking, budgets, contract negotiation, season planning, logistical set-up, and marketing. Intern will also provide direct, hands-on support through the design and production of printed event programs, flyers, patron correspondence, and onsite support of performing arts, film and family programs. Intern will also assist with box office and house management duties during some evening and weekend productions.

Our internship periods are: winter-spring (early January – March/April), fall (August/September – November/December), and summer (May/June – August/September). While we don’t have application deadlines, early submission is encouraged

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