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The Internship Program at Plimoth

 

The Internship Program at Plimoth supports students or career-change professionals with an interest in America’s early histories, Indigenous studies, museum education, theater, horticulture, and a passion for sharing it with the public. Plimoth's interns enjoy an intensive experience as diverse as the Museum itself as they take part in the day-to-day work of one of our nation's most important living history museums. This immersive summer program combines hands-on fieldwork with enrichment opportunities, professional development, and career readiness.

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.

By participating in the Internship Program at Plimoth, 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

 

Summer 2020 internships 

INTERNSHIP DATES: May 18 - July 24, 2020

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications for Summer 2020 have closed. 

To apply for the Internship Program at Plimoth, interested candidates must submit an online application including an updated resume or CV, writing sample, and references. 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. Academic credit is available for all internships. Questions about the Internship Program at Plimoth can be directed to interns@plimoth.org or (508) 746-1622 ext 8287.  Please also see our list of FAQs.

 

Historical Horticulture 

Historical Horticulture interns work alongside the Curator of Museum Gardens and Horticulture staff to gain 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. Part-time, 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. 

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Qualifications

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!

Library & Archives

Archives interns work alongside the Curator of Collections to ensure the Museum’s library and collections are accessible for researchers, educators, and staff. Responsibilities include verifying collections content, making necessary changes to descriptive materials, creating finding aids, digitizing records, and creating databases. Interns may also participate in everyday library and archives activities including providing research and reference support, and assisting scholars and museum staff. Full and Part-time hours are available. Some weekend or evening work may be required. This is an unpaid internship. University credit is available. 

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 multi-task
  • 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!

Collections

Collections interns work alongside the Curator of Collections and Associate Director of Education & Outreach to develop educational outreach materials and programmatic offerings which spark the public’s interest in and curiosity about the Museum’s unique holdings. Responsibilities include researching the Museum’s holdings to identify key objects or documents to highlight; developing original programs for diverse audiences including multi-generational family groups, K-12 and other youth groups, and adult learners; and prototyping, evaluating, and documenting programs.  Interns may also participate in everyday educational activities including writing an “Object of the Month” social media feature, assisting Museum Educators and programs staff facilitate public programs and events, supporting summer camp activities, and other related projects as assigned. Full and Part-time hours are available. Some weekend or evening work may be required. This is an unpaid internship. University credit is available. 

Other qualifications include:

  • Enrolled in history, anthropology, museum studies, material culture, public history, collections management, education, 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 multi-task
  • 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!

Museum Education 

Plimoth Plantation 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 and Plimoth Grist Mill.

Interns will apply academic knowledge of education, museums, history or culture to plan, develop and implement Plimoth’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. 

Responsibilities

  • Supports the delivery of a variety of programs at Plimoth Plantation including programs for museum guests, hands-on workshops, scout programs, and overnights
  • Assist with all education program activities; lead some activities; interact with the children; ensure the children are safe, comfortable and enjoying the program; clean up and reset spaces.
  • Works as part of a dynamic team to revise and update existing programs, identify opportunities in the field of education and develop new educational programming
  • Contributes to education materials on Plimoth Plantation’s website

Other qualifications include:

  • Outgoing, friendly and able to actively engage people of all ages. Must exhibit exemplary customer service and be able to communicate in a welcoming, polite and professional manner. 
  • Creative, with a spirit of innovation and fun. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. 
  • Experience working in a formal or informal educational environment such as a community center, sports/recreational program, or afterschool program. Experience in museum education is preferred is preferred
  • Comfortable presenting information in a dynamic and engaging manner and responding to questions from a variety of age groups.
  • Must be able to read and interpret a variety of historical and educational sources and periodicals.
  • Must have the ability to interpret written and oral instructions and follow directions.

 

                                  

“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)