Be a Summer Intern at Plimoth Patuxet

Join us in our summer internship program! Plan a garden with heirloom and native plants, design an educational program about archaeology, learn the art of marketing a living history museum, play 17th-century games with summer campers, help us make collections accessible online...the possibilities are endless!

“It was such a life changing experience for me. I had the opportunity to curate my first exhibit with a fellow intern… made lasting friendships, and learned so much about museums" - Amanda Morgida (Smith College)
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By participating in the Internship Program at Plimoth Patuxet, interns will:

  • Gain invaluable professional experience while applying their chosen field of study in a unique museum setting
  • Explore our unique approach to public history and the humanities in weekly fieldwork sessions with the Museum’s Directors and Curators;
  • Make life-long friends and expand their professional networks;
  • Participate in a vibrant living-learning community at the Center for 17th-Century Studies at Plimoth Patuxet
My internship at Plimoth Patuxet not only gave me international experience (I came over from the UK) but practice carrying out consultancy style ethnographic projects. I was able to directly apply the skills I had learnt through my Social Anthropology degree at the London School of Economics. It inspired me to begin searching for jobs in visitor analysis ... which I believe is a direct result of the responsibilities I was given, and lessons I learned at Plimoth Patuxet." - Amelia Mulcahey (London School of Economics)

Internship FAQs

Plimoth Patuxet Museums accepts applications from college-level freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as graduate students. We also accept applications from recent graduates and people making a career change. Our internships are unique opportunities to work alongside skilled, professional museum staff.

Yes, housing for interns may be available in the Museum's Center for 17th-Century Studies residence.

We offer paid and unpaid positions, depending on the internship, as specified in each internship description. Course credit is also available if needed. Please see below for more information about stipends and course credit as it relates to internships. We advise that students also work with their advisor and university to apply for intern stipends offered through their college.

A personal vehicle is strongly recommended, although the town of Plymouth does offer affordable public transportation provided by the Plymouth and Brockton Street Railway Company (known as G.A.T.R.A). This is a bus service with diverse schedules and stops. Please note that this service can be limited. A bus stop is located at Plimoth Patuxet Museums. The Museum offers interns complimentary parking.

Interns at Plimoth Patuxet receive free admission to all of our museum sites, as well as discounts in the Museum store and café. We also have a great reciprocity agreement with several New England museums and institutions so you can visit them for free (or for a reduced rate) while you are an intern.

Most internships run approximately 9-10 weeks and are full-time. We also offer some part-time internship opportunities. Certain internship opportunities also may require evening and weekend attendance.

Application deadlines are listed along with the internship descriptions. If there is a position on the site that interests you, please submit your materials in a timely manner, as many positions fill quickly.

All applicants who send their materials by email will receive an email confirmation. Applicants who send materials by mail may follow up by email or phone. Please understand that due to a large number of applications received, we are not able to provide ongoing personal status updates to each candidate. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted, and positions will be removed from the website once they have been filled.

Yes, as long as your educational institution allows it. Students are responsible for all paperwork, arrangements and credit fees.

Yes, as long as your educational institution allows it. We can work with students who wish to use their work-study or internship stipends from their school. Students are responsible for all paperwork.

Yes. International students are responsible for making all appropriate arrangements with their universities or home countries and internship program sponsors regarding travel permits and/or visas. Please visit the US State Department's J-1 Visa website for additional information.

*2021 Summer Internships Applications are Now Closed

Summer 2022 internships positions will be posted in January 2022. Please note that Plimoth Patuxet Museums is only able to offer internships during the summer season. Questions? Email interns@plimoth.org