How can history change YOU?
Welcome to the Internship Program at Plimoth Plantation!
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.
WINTER 2019 INTERNSHIPS (JANUARY 14, 2019 - MARCH 15, 2019)
To apply for the internship program at Plimoth Plantation, please submit an online application. Deadline for applications is December 14, 2018. 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.
NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES – 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. Native American Studies Interns report to the Director of Wampanoag and Algonkin Performance, Research and Interpretive Training.
- 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.
- Assist with care of Native reproduction artifact and wardrobe collections
- 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
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 several public programs including February School Vacation Week, the “Plimoth After Dark” evening series, and several winter 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.
Historical Clothing & Textiles
HISTORICAL CLOTHING & TEXTILES (WARDROBE PRODUCTION) INTERNSHIP
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 Hilary Goodnow via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (508) 746-1622 ext 8287
See our list of FAQs about the internship program.