Welcome to the Internship Program at Plimoth Plantation!
How will History change YOU?
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.
We are looking for enthusiastic, team-oriented young people with an interest in America’s early histories who want to share in the day-to-day work of one of our nation's most important living museums. Plimoth Plantation's interns enjoy an intensive experience as diverse as the Museum itself centered on immersive, hands-on fieldwork. Interns also participate in a collaborative group project, enjoy field trips, and engage in unique professional development opportunities.
Summer 2019 INTERNSHIP Session (June 17, 2019 - August 16, 2019)
To apply for the internship program at Plimoth Plantation, please submit an online application. Unless otherwise noted, the deadline for applications is May 1, 2019. Acceptances are made on a rolling basis. Full-time and part-time internships are available. Unless otherwise noted, internships are unpaid. Academic credit is available for all internships. For more information about the Internship Program at Plimoth Plantation, visit our FAQs page or email email@example.com.
Museum Carpentry Internship **Deadline to apply is April 15, 2019**
Please note: this internship is only open to students currently enrolled in the timber framing or architectural carpentry course of study at the American College for the Building Arts (ACBA).
Museum Carpentry interns will hone their timber framing and architectural carpentry skills alongside the Historic Built Landscapes (HBL) team. Working with the Manager of Historical Built Landscapes, interns will learn how the Museum maintains, repairs and, in some cases, builds new constructions of reproduction structures, exhibits and built landscape throughout the Museum. In addition, interns will learn to use 17th-century hand tools and building methods including hewing, pit sawing, and riving, as well as explore vernacular architecture as a primary source for researching, understanding, and reproducing historical lifeways.
To apply for the Museum Carpentry Internship, please submit an online application. In lieu of writing samples, please provide a portfolio. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2019.
- Assist with maintaining, repairing, and occasionally building new reproduction structures, exhibits and landscapes in the Museum’s living history exhibits including but not limited to the 17th-century English Village and the Wampanoag Homesite.
- Support Museum staff with carpentry/architecture-related educational programs and special projects across the Museum
- Engage and educate Museum guests about the architecture and building techniques used historically by English colonists and Native Wampanoag communities
- Museum Carpentry Interns must be enrolled in the timber framing or architectural carpentry course of study at the American College for the Building Arts (ACBA).
- Interest in historical building techniques and methods, and sharing that knowledge with diverse audiences;
- Responds to directions, problem solve and work independently on focused projects;
- Willingness to work as part of a team and the physical ability to work indoors and outdoors in an open-air museum setting
Historical Horticulture Internship
Historical 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 Plantation’s unique Living History Exhibits. Interns will work alongside staff in the exhibits and behind the scenes to learn about 17th - century Native and Colonial 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 Living History Exhibits 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 English colonists and Native Wampanoag communities;
- Assist the Curator of Museum Gardens with horticulture-related educational programs and special projects.
The Historical 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!
Part-time (25 hours/week), flexible hours between 8am and 4pm. Some weekend or evening work may be required.
This is a paid internship thanks to the generous support of the New England Farm & Garden Association. University credit is available.
NATIVE AMERICAN INTERPRETATION & EDUCATION INTERNSHIP
Since 1973, Plimoth Plantation 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. Native American Studies Interns gain broad hands-on experience with research, education, and interpretive best practices by participating in diverse projects across the Museum.
- Conduct original research to support new Native exhibits, programs, and training material for staff, interns, and volunteers.
- Support Museum staff facilitating Native programs and events across the Museum.
- Has a demonstrated interest in Native American histories and cultures and sharing that information with diverse audiences
- Has superior written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
- Must be comfortable talking to and working with diverse audiences, including K-12 groups.
- Able to problem-solve and work independently on focused projects
- Capacity to analyze, synthesize and accurately discuss varied primary and secondary historical sources, both documentary and material
- Familiarity with current research methods and tools encouraged
- Has obtained or is actively enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, or has comparable work experience.
This is a full-time (35 hours/week). Flexible days and hours may be available.
This is a paid internship. University credit is available.
PUBLIC PROGRAMS INTERNSHIP
Plimoth Plantation is looking for dynamic, team-oriented interns to assist with the planning and execution of public programs at one of the Nation’s premier living museums. The Public Programs Intern will assist the Public Programs Manager 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 Internship Program Coordinator and the Public Programs Manager, the intern will also develop an original museum program for the 2019 season. 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.
- Assist with development of content and resources for public programs including School Vacation Week, the “Plimoth After Dark” evening series, and hands-on workshops.
- Participate in all aspects of facilitating public programs including materials preparation, working with a variety of museum audiences, and program evaluation
- Research, develop, prototype and evaluation 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. University credit is available.
Museum Education Internship
Plimoth Plantation is looking for dynamic, team-oriented interns passionate about public history, museum education, museum studies, primary or secondary education, social studies, Native American studies, or anthropology to assist with planning, developing and implementing educational programs for children and teenagers. All interns will engage directly with the children enrolled in our weeklong summer camps. These programs involve indoor and outdoor programming at the museum’s main campus, at the Plimoth Grist Mill, and in downtown Plymouth.
Interns will apply academic knowledge of education, museums, history or culture to plan, develop and implement Plimoth Plantation’s diverse camp 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.
- Identify individual projects and personal focus for the internship.
- Become familiar with and use the museum’s diverse resources.
Weeklong Summer Camps
- Participate in planning: identify goals for the program and develop the activities and schedule accordingly.
- Preparation: learn required skills and information for the programs, identify and gather required supplies, set up spaces.
- Presentation: 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.
- 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. Occasional evening and weekend events required.
This is an unpaid internship. University credit is available
HISTORICAL CLOTHING & TEXTILES (WARDROBE PRODUCTION) INTERNSHIP **DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MARCH 1, 2019 **
** Please note: Applications for Historical Clothing & Textiles Internship is March 1, 2019 **
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 Plantation. 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 construction techniques, and 17th-century accessories or trims (thread-wrapped buttons, card woven trim, hat making, etc.). They will also experience the unique workings of a wardrobe shop in a museum environment. This internship reports to the Manager of Historic Clothing & Textiles.
- Learn to construct and garments from individual measurements to final fitting and finishing with guidance from Historic Clothing & Textiles Manager;
- Shadow Textile Artisans exhibiting in the Craft Center;
- Conduct historical research with guidance from Historic Clothing & Textiles Manager to develop and complete an independent project;
- Assist with public programming and projects, as needed (summer camp program, special events, retail projects, knitting group);
- Assist in maintenance of wardrobe issue for Living History Educators working in the 17th-century English Village and Mayflower II;
- Collaborate with other interns on an assigned, museum-wide project based on a selected interpretive theme.
- Basic patterning skills
- Experience with operating industrial sewing machinery
- Hand stitching skills
- Familiarity with textile vocabulary
- Knowledge of and/or interest in 17th-century history.
Full-time (35 hours/week) and Part-Time (21 hours/week) internships are available. Some flexible hours between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend events required.
This is an unpaid internship. University credit is available.
“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)
"I think my internship at the mill was really what pushed that initial passion into full blown ecstasy. I couldn't wait to show up with my field guides and natural history notes and get back to exploring the area and identifying plants. This internship helped me prove to myself that this really was what I was put on earth to do…" - Ian Spellman (Bridgewater State University)
My internship in Historic Clothing and Textiles allowed me to bring my education into a real world setting. The projects I worked on while in wardrobe enhanced the skills I gained at Dalhousie University. Additionally the experience I gained working in a wardrobe shop (repairs, laundry, pressing etc) contributed to my employment in the wardrobe department of Cirque du Soleil following the end of the internship. Plimoth Plantation was an excellent spring board for my future career and I am very thankful for having spent such a wonderful summer south of the border." -Melinda Moynihan (Dalhousie University)
My internship at Plimoth Plantation 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 Plantation." - Amelia Mulcahey (London School of Economics)
Internship Program Contact Information
Questions about the Plimoth Plantation Internship Program can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 746-1622 ext 8287.
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