Be a Summer Intern at Plimoth Patuxet

Join our Summer Internship Program! You might 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)

By participating in the Summer 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)
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2022 Summer Internships

Program Dates: June 13 - August 14, 2022

Application Deadline: April 1, 2022


To apply for an internship at Plimoth Patuxet Museums, interested candidates must submit an online application including an updated resume or CV, writing sample, and letter of recommendation by April 1, 2022.

Due to a high volume of applications, only those internship candidates selected to interview for the program will be contacted. Acceptance into the program is made on a rolling basis, and all candidates can expect notification regarding their status in the week following the application deadline. Unless otherwise noted, all internships are unpaid. Housing and academic credit may be available for all internships.

Institutional Archives Internship

Plimoth Patuxet Museums is looking for an Institutional Archives Intern who is interested in preserving various types of archival materials, the development of museums, and digital exhibit design.

Plimoth Patuxet Museums’ ground-breaking living history is rooted in decades of thorough research into the complex histories and lifeways of the colonial and Indigenous peoples of the Northeast. The Museum's commitment to fostering innovative new scholarship enables us to better educate, entertain and engage 21st-century audiences in stories from our shared histories through award-winning programs and exhibits.

Founded in 1947, Plimoth Patuxet Museums has been long recognized as a leader in public history, becoming a world-renowned museum and international destination for people interested in American history. During that time, Plimoth Patuxet amassed a large collection of paper records, publications, and audio/visual materials produced by the Museum. Now during its 75th anniversary year, Plimoth Patuxet Museums is looking for an Institutional Archives Intern who is interested in preserving various types of archival materials, the development of museums, and digital exhibit design.

The Institutional Archives Intern will work with the Director of Collections and Special Projects to ensure that the Museum’s institutional archives are accessible for researchers and Museum historians. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: creating finding aids; digitizing historical documents; planning, designing, and creating a digital exhibit on a topic related to the history of Plimoth Patuxet Museums to celebrate the anniversary year.

The ideal intern candidate will have strong organizational and communication skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills. They will be kind, creative, resourceful, and responsive.

Other qualifications include:

  • Enrolled in history, archives, library science, or related course of study in a 2-year, 4-year or graduate degree program or have relevant work experience.

  • Detail-oriented

  • Well organized

  • Able to work independently

  • Able to multitask

  • Dependable and punctual

  • Comfortable with basic computer skills

  • Ability to communicate skillfully with a wide range of people from different cultural and social backgrounds as well as people of varying ages, language skills, and physical abilities.

  • Interest in early American history, 17th-century history, Native history and culture, anthropology a plus!

Full-time (35 hours/week), Monday through Friday.

This is an unpaid internship. Housing and university credit are available.

Membership Internship

The Membership intern will assist the Donor Relations Coordinator with running daily operations in support of the Plimoth Patuxet Museums' Membership Program including data entry, member correspondence, benefits fulfilment, and friendly membership service and sales at the Museum’s Visitors Center.

Plimoth Patuxet Museums is looking for a charismatic, team-oriented Membership Intern who is eager to learn about museum philanthropy and fundraising to help advance the Museum’s educational mission with friendly member services, information management, and stewardship. This is an excellent opportunity for those looking to gain a foundational fundraising experience. The Membership intern will assist the Donor Relations Coordinator with running daily operations in support of the Plimoth Patuxet Museums' Membership Program including data entry, member correspondence, benefits fulfilment, and friendly membership service and sales at the Museum’s Visitors Center.

The Membership Intern will also work with the Associate Director of Development and Donor Relations Coordinator in the successful planning, execution, and hosting of a Plimoth Patuxet Members-Only online program. Each month, members (program attendance spans 25 to 125 members) are welcomed to join the Museum online with Plimoth Patuxet team members to learn more about the history of the 17th-century and how the Museum’s educational mission is fulfilled through its programs and offerings. The Membership Intern will manage the planning, promoting, and hosting of one of these Members-Only online programs, and will undergo a full post program review with the Donor Relations Coordinator and Associate Director of Development.


Include but not limited to:

  • Assisting the Donor Relations Coordinator with Membership data entry and Membership renewal correspondence;

  • Coordinating the behind-the-scenes production of monthly, online Members-Only programs;

  • Managing the production and posting of Membership Cards and overseeing the fulfillment of member benefits;

  • Support Membership sales and services as needed at the Membership Desk in the Visitor’s Center lobby, and serving as point of contact for the Membership hotline as needed;

  • Plan, execute, and host a Plimoth Patuxet Members-Only online program

  • Provide back-up for Development events and programs as needed.

The ideal intern candidate will have strong organizational and communication skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills. They will be kind, creative, resourceful and responsive with an open mind to the creative process and a keen interest in learning the operational side of running a successful membership and/or fundraising program. Candidates should be eager to work with the public, and provide exceptional customer service to Plimoth Patuxet Museums’ members, who provide vital unrestricted operating funds each year in support of the Museum’s educational mission.


Full-time (35 hours/week). Occasional evening and weekend events required.

This is an unpaid internship. Housing and university credit are available.

Public Programs Internship

Public Programs interns work with diverse public audiences and assist with the planning and execution of public programs for learners of all ages.

Plimoth Patuxet Museums is looking for dynamic, team-oriented interns passionate about sharing stories from our shared past with diverse public audiences to assist with the planning and execution of public programs for learners of all ages at one of the Nation’s premier living museums. This internship is ideal for students looking to engage regularly with Museum guests and experience first-hand how public programs are developed, planned, and executed in our unique museum setting.

Plimoth Patuxet offers a variety of public programs throughout the year, including special events, workshops, large festivals, holiday programs, our popular lunchtime lecture series, and an after hours evening series. The Public Programs Intern will assist the Director of Public Programs and Hospitality with all aspects of program planning and facilitation including but not limited to attending planning meetings, preparing materials, assisting with day-of program needs, and participating in the program evaluation. Guided by the Director of Public Programs and Hospitality, the intern will also develop an original museum program for the 2022 season.

  • Assist with development of content and resources for workshops, lectures, family fun nights, etc.

  • Participate in all aspects of facilitating public programs including materials preparation, working with a variety of museum audiences, and program evaluation.

  • Support Group Sales operations including group arrivals and orientation at Plimoth Patuxet, Plimoth Grist Mill, and Mayflower II.

  • Work with fellow interns to develop and facilitate pop-up museum programming across the museum campuses.

  • Research, develop, prototype and evaluate an original Museum program.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate an interest in engaging museum guests in new and innovative ways, as well as early American history, Native culture and history, anthropology, material culture, social studies, and/or museum education. The candidate will have excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills, the ability to take direction and work independently, a willingness to work as part of a team, and the physical ability to perform light-to-moderate lifting and work in small spaces, both indoors and outdoors. Some evening or weekend work may be required.

Full-time (35 hrs/week) and Part-Time (21 hrs/week) internships are available. Some evening or weekend work may be required.

This is an unpaid internship. Housing and university credit are available.

Museum Education Internship

Plimoth Patuxet Museums is looking for dynamic, team-oriented interns passionate about formal and informal education, public history, museum education, museum studies, social studies, Native American studies, or anthropology to assist with planning, developing and implementing educational programs and materials for diverse audiences including families, scouts, home educators, teachers, and lifelong learners.

Plimoth Patuxet Museums is looking for dynamic, team-oriented interns passionate about formal and informal education, public history, museum education, museum studies, social studies, Native American studies, or anthropology to assist with planning, developing and implementing educational programs and materials for diverse audiences including families, scouts, home educators, teachers, and lifelong learners. These programs involve indoor and outdoor programming at the Museum’s main campus, including the 17th-century English Village and the Wampanoag Homesite, and at the downtown campus including Mayflower II and Plimoth Grist Mill.

Interns will apply academic knowledge of education, museums, history or culture to plan, develop and implement Plimoth Patuxet’s unique educational programs. Interns will also develop an individual project in consultation with museum staff. Education Department staff will provide interns with mentorship, guidance, oversight and support.

  • Participate in education program planning, particularly summer camp: identify goals for the program and develop the activities and schedule accordingly.

  • Learn required skills and information for summer camp and related education programs, identify and gather required supplies, set up spaces.

  • Assist in all program activities; lead some activities; interact with the children; ensure the children are safe, comfortable and enjoying the program; clean up and reset spaces.

  • Identify individual projects and personal focus for the internship.

  • Become familiar with and use the museum’s diverse resources.

  • Interest in teaching and education in formal and informal settings.

  • Knowledge of education, early American history, 17th-century history, Native culture, anthropology, archaeology, museum education or museum operations.

  • Ability and willingness to lead group programs and manage groups of children.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Willingness to learn collaboratively as part of a team.

  • Physical ability to perform some light lifting, to lead active programs (such as 17th-Century Games or Colonial Dance) and to work outdoors.

Full-time (35 hours/week) and Part-Time (21 hours/week) internships are available. Some flexible hours between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. During camp sessions, interns will work either 8am - 4pm OR 10am - 6pm depending on the schedule. Occasional evening and weekend events required.

This is an unpaid internship. Housing and university credit are available

Indigenous Horticulture Internship

Indigenous Horticulture interns work alongside the Curator of Museum Gardens and Horticulture staff to gain an inside knowledge of how gardens and landscapes are planned, maintained and interpreted in Plimoth Patuxet’s unique Living History Exhibits with a focus on the Wampanoag Homesite at Historic Patuxet.

Indigenous Horticulture interns work alongside the Curator of Museum Gardens and Horticulture staff to gain an inside knowledge of how gardens and landscapes are planned, maintained and interpreted in Plimoth Patuxet’s unique Living History Exhibits with a focus on the Wampanoag Homesite at Historic Patuxet. Interns will work alongside staff in the exhibits and behind the scenes to learn about 17th - century Indigenous plant species and gardening techniques and theories, as well as hone their 21st-century horticultural skills. Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in horticulture-related educational programs and special projects under the supervision of the Curator of Museum Gardens.

  • Assist with daily maintenance of gardens in the Wampanoag Homesite at Historic Patuxet including but not limited to planting, pruning, weeding, watering, organic fertilizing, propagating, plant identification, and historic and modern plant usage;

  • Engage and educate Museum guests about the plants and horticultural practices used historically by Indigenous and Wampanoag communities;

  • Assist the Curator of Museum Gardens with horticulture-related educational programs and special projects.

The Indigenous Horticulture position is ideal for students who are studying horticulture, agriculture, botany, and/or public history. The successful candidate will have some experience in horticulture or a related field. A basic understanding of gardening techniques and terminology is preferred, but not required. Candidates should have a willingness to learn through participation and by asking questions to deepen understanding as well as an outgoing personality with good communication skills. Please note that this position requires working outdoors in a wide variety of weather conditions; the ability to climb, lift, carry, stoop, and stand for extended periods of time; and requires a degree of physical strength (lifting up to 50 lbs.). An interest in early colonial New England and/or historical horticulture a plus!

Full-time (35 hours/week), flexible hours between 8am and 4pm. Some weekend or evening work may be required.

$15/hr. This paid internship is made possible thanks to the generous support of the New England Farm & Garden Association. Housing and university credit are available.

Plant Curation Internship

The Plant Curation intern will work alongside the Curator of Museum Gardens and horticulture staff to administer record keeping and documentation projects for all landscape-based and living collections including assisting with inventorying and labeling the associated collections, conducting plant health assessments, and mapping collections locations

Plimoth Patuxet Museums’ horticulture interns work alongside the Curator of Museum Gardens and Horticulture staff to gain an inside knowledge of how gardens and landscapes are planned, maintained and interpreted in Plimoth Patuxet’s unique living history exhibits. The Plant Curation intern will work alongside the Curator of Museum Gardens and horticulture staff to administer record keeping and documentation projects for all landscape-based and living collections including assisting with inventorying and labeling the associated collections, conducting plant health assessments, and mapping collections locations across the Museum campuses. The Plant Curation intern will also be instrumental in supporting the launch of a formal collection management system and will assist the horticulture staff in gathering preliminary data and building digital content. This includes assisting with developing content for a public facing module for daylighting resources that supports guest engagement with our recreated 17th-century and 20th-century landscapes and horticulture exhibits.

The Plant Curation intern may also have the opportunity to work with fellow interns and staff from the Education and Public Programs teams to develop and facilitate horticulture-related educational programs and related special projects under the supervision of the Director of Education, Director of Public Programs, and Curator of Museum Gardens.

  • Assist with collections inventory workflows in the Living History Exhibits and historic landscapes including mapping, populating records and metadata, organizing resources, and plant labeling/ identification.

  • Engage and educate Museum guests utilizing living collections tools and content.

  • Assist the Curator of Museum Gardens with horticulture-related educational programs and special projects.

The Plant Curation intern position is ideal for students who are interested in the intersection of natural history and digital humanities. The successful candidate will be eager to build strength and knowledge in a wide range of museum practices and workflows in horticulture, research, education, and library science. They will have some hands-on experience (informal or formal) with horticulture, botany, environmental studies, and/or environmental history and an interest in building and managing digital collections, including the use of databases. An aptitude for basic plant identification is required, and along with a strong comfort in using web 2.0 technologies. Candidates should have a willingness to learn through participation and by asking questions to deepen understanding as well as an outgoing personality with good communication skills. Please note that this position requires working outdoors in a wide variety of weather conditions; the ability to climb, lift, carry, stoop, and stand for extended periods of time; and requires a degree of physical strength (lifting up to 50 lbs.). An interest in early colonial New England and/or historical horticulture a plus!

Part-time (25 hours/week), flexible hours between 8am and 4pm. Some weekend or evening work may be required.

This is a paid internship. Housing and university credit are available.

Historical Clothing & Textiles Internship

The Historical Clothing and Textiles: Wardrobe Production intern will learn, practice and apply the steps involved in reproducing period clothing for a living history museum.

Reproducing historically accurate clothing in a museum setting encompasses a multitude of skills and processes, including research and development, use of period and modern construction techniques, as well as sharing this knowledge and skill with our guests who visit Plimoth Patuxet Museums. The Historical Clothing and Textiles: Wardrobe Production intern will learn, practice and apply the steps involved in reproducing period clothing for a living history museum. This will include historical research with access to departmental and museum libraries, pattern drafting, period and modern construction techniques, and 17th-century accessories (thread-wrapped buttons, hat making, etc.). They will also experience the unique workings of a wardrobe shop in a museum environment.

  • Learn to construct and garments from individual measurements to final fitting and finishing with guidance from Historic Clothing & Textiles Manager;

  • Assist with public programming and projects, as needed (summer camp program, special events, retail projects, knitting group);

  • Assist in maintenance of wardrobe issue for the 17th-century English Village and Mayflower II;

  • Conduct historical research with guidance from Historic Clothing & Textiles Manager to develop and complete an independent project.

Experience with operating sewing machinery, ideally industrial, hand stitching skills, familiarity with textile vocabulary, knowledge of and/or interest in 17th-century history.

Full-time (35 hours/week), Monday through Friday. Semi-flexible hours between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., occasional weekend events required.

This is an unpaid internship. Housing and university credit are available.

Native American & Indigenous Studies Summer Fellowship

NAIS fellows will work alongside the Collections Manager to ensure the Museum’s indigenous collections and archives are accessible for scholars, educators, and staff.

Since 1973, Plimoth Patuxet Museums has led the public history field with its ground-breaking Native American Studies program which combines thorough historical and cultural research with innovative programs onsite, online and in classrooms. The Museum's commitment to fostering innovative new scholarship enables us to better educate, entertain and engage 21st-century audiences in stories from our shared histories through award-winning programs and exhibits.

NAIS fellows will work alongside the Collections Manager to ensure the Museum’s indigenous collections and archives are accessible for scholars, educators, and staff. Responsibilities include verifying collections content, making necessary changes to descriptive materials, creating finding aids for indigenous collections and archives, digitizing related records, and creating databases. Fellows may also participate in everyday library and archives activities including providing research and reference support, and assisting scholars and museum staff.

  • Ability to speak with expertise on matters relating to Indigenous culture and communities.

  • Relevant experience and interest in Native & Indigenous history and culture, Early American history, material culture, cultural and heritage management or anthropology required.

  • Previous experience working with archives and collections preferred.

  • Ability to communicate skillfully with a wide range of people from different cultural and social backgrounds as well as people of varying ages, language skills, and physical abilities.

  • Detail oriented

  • Well organized

  • Able to work independently

  • Able to multi-task

  • Dependable and punctual

  • Comfortable with basic computer skills

  • Enrolled in a related course of study in a 2-year, 4-year or graduate degree program or have relevant work experience preferred.

$17 per hour. This fellowship can be full or part time with a maximum of 35 hours per week, not to exceed 315 hours. This fellowship is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Internship FAQs

Have a question about the Summer Internship Program? You're in the right place. Below are answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you do not find the answer to your question here, please contact us at interns@plimoth.org.

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.

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