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About the Internship Program

Strawbery Banke is welcoming applications from qualified students for the museum’s ten week long Summer Internship Program. Internship placements begin in June and end in mid-August. Exact start and end dates will be mutually decided upon between the intern and his or her supervisor at the museum.

Successful applicants will work closely with museum staff on meaningful projects and gain experience in the operation of a mid-sized museum. All interns will have access to the museum’s historical resources that provide the interpretation for the four centuries of men, women, and children who have lived in the Strawbery Banke neighborhood. Interns will also gain insight into the strategies for educational development, community programming, and historic preservation through diverse education initiatives and cutting-edge fundraising strategies.  

In addition to gaining specialized experience within museum departments and an understanding of each department’s role within the museum, interns will get the opportunity to participate in intern excursions. Interns will visit local and regional museums to meet other museum professionals, critically observe how museums interpret history, and gain a deeper understanding of how New England’s past is relevant today.

Interns will also have access to Strawbery Banke’s Interpreter Enrichment seminars. This year’s seminar topics include: Frank Jones, a local brewer and business man; 19th century textiles, with a focus on Strawbery Banke’s Wendell Furniture collection; a reinterpretation of life in the 1800s based on tax records, slave housing, and daily life; the Portsmouth fire society; and local archeological studies.

Workweeks will generally consist of 37.5 hours, with occasional additional commitments for meetings and intern enrichment excursions. Interns who meet the summer internship program requirements will receive a $1,000 stipend at the end of their internship.

For more information on what it is like to be an intern at Strawbery Banke Museum, click here to read Insights From an Intern, written by 2010 intern Sarah Helmers.

About Strawbery Banke

Strawbery Banke is an outdoor history museum located in the heart of Portsmouth, NH, a vibrant coastal city. The museum’s 10-acre site tells compelling stories of life during 350 years of change in a New England waterfront neighborhood. Furnished restored houses and interiors depict change over time from 1695-1955. The site is also home to exhibits on craftsmanship, archaeology, architecture, historic landscapes, and preservation.

Museum programs feature engaging learning experiences for all audiences. Each year, Strawbery Banke welcomes more than 60,000 visitors; delivers learning experiences to more than 12,000 school-age students; conducts original archaeological and collections research; and offers a wide-ranging array of public programs. The daily program has featured interactive opportunities, family discovery learning, roleplaying, interpretation, hearth cooking, themed tours, and much more.

To learn more about Portsmouth click here.

Internships are available to both graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in academic institutions within the United States and its territories.

Stipends and housing on the museum grounds may be available for qualified applicants. Strawbery Banke Musuem staff members will provide any needed assistance for applicants seeking academic credit.

Internships offered for Summer 2014

Education Internship:

The education department is seeking advanced undergraduate or graduate applicants in the education field to assist in development and implementation of the museum’s summer camp curriculum. You will do research on three centuries of New England History and incorporate that knowledge into lesson plans, games, and activities for campers that range in age from 6-16. As an education assistant you will get to know the engaging stories and history behind the museum’s 42 historic houses and the historic seaport town of Portsmouth, NH. Interns are an integral part of a successful camp; therefore, applicants must be extremely reliable and accountable. Acting, theater, or roleplaying experience is a plus. Candidates must be enthusiastic and enjoy interacting, teaching, and playing with large groups of children. This position requires high energy and the ability to adapt to a changing environment.

Archeology Internship:

The archaeology department seeks advanced undergraduate or graduate level applicants in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, or history, to assist with the museum’s 18th annual archaeological field school.  This summer’s five week session will focus on locating evidence of an early 20th century mikveh (Jewish ritual bath) at a historic house site on the museum campus.  Before the field school, the archaeology intern will help prepare field equipment and course materials, carry out historical research, and ready the site.  During the field school, the archaeology intern will assist students with excavation methodology, field records, public interpretation, artifact identification, and lab processing.  Miscellaneous maintenance of our existing archaeological collection of over 1 million artifacts, along with photos, maps, and paperwork, and continued development of the department’s digital database will also be part of the summer’s activities.  The successful applicant must be computer savvy, very organized and detail oriented, and a great leader.  Prior archaeological field work (e.g. a field school) is required and lab work is a plus.”

Preservation/Collections Internship:

The Collections Department seeks advanced undergraduate or graduate level applicants in the fields of collections management and historic preservation. The Strawbery Banke collection includes ceramics, furniture and other decorative arts as well as over thirty historic structures. This internship will focus on research in these areas to assist in future building reports, museum exhibitions and other project based initiatives. Interns may also work on creating inventories, documenting furnishing plans, working on a department blog and assisting with regular collections care. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in decorative arts and possess photography and writing skills.

Horticulture Internship:

Interns in the historic landscape department will participate in daily work ranging from planting, harvesting, and garden maintenance to providing interpretation in our original historic gardens, assisting with our heirloom/organic gardening program, and working with our staff and volunteers in the historic gardens. Additional focused project work will include, assisting the curator of historic landscapes with the creation of an heirloom seed lending library for a new center for heirloom garden crafts. More information about our historic gardens at SBM can be found at: http://www.strawberybanke.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=28&Itemid=84

Internships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications for summer positions are due by March 3, 2014. Successful candidates will be contacted to arrange a phone or personal interview.


How to Apply

Please click here to download the internship application. Please complete the application and submit by postal mail or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Along with your application form, please submit:

  • A personal statement of up to one page in length (this can be included in your cover letter), detailing your interest in the internship program. Clearly state your professional goals and areas of interest and what skills and abilities you can contribute to the museum’s work. Finally, describe the outcomes you hope the experience will produce.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors in a related field.
  • Current resume or Curriculum vitae

Applications for summer positions are due by March 3, 2014. Applicants will be notified by the end of March.

Please direct questions and send applications to:
Brittany Liscord
Strawbery Banke Museum
PO Box 300
Portsmouth, NH 03802 


Open Enrolment Internships

Properties Management Intern

Strawbery Banke Museum seeks an intern for the winter term to help with a Rental Management Plan. 

The museum maintains 9 residential units and 24 commercial offices.  Starting in April 2014 the museum will oversee this operation in its entirety.  The intern will help develop a business infrastructure to help with this transition.  This will include:

  • A tenant database to facilitate communication between the museum and the tenants
  • A utility and property tax spreadsheet that will track these costs on a monthly basis.
  • Research and make recommendations for available software to track rental payments and security deposit accounts.
  • Research and develop an annual maintenance plan

Hours can be flexible, but on site work must be done during regular business hours.  Work space and parking are provided.  The successful candidate will work with the Director of Finance and the Director of Facilities on this project. 

Sustainability Intern

Strawbery Banke Museum seeks a Sustainability Intern to help with phase 2 of a sustainability program.  The successful candidate will use a report created by a 2009 of the Clean Air Cool Planet Climate Fellow to create a funding plan and implementation schedule to reduce the museum’s carbon footprint.  Additional work will focus on reducing the museum’s overall utility costs that include water/sewer, telephone, electricity and natural gas.   Potential projects include:

  • Thermostat inventory and replacement
  • Zone Damper technology research and planning
  • Hot Water conversion
  • Light bulb inventory and replacement program
  • De-humidification options
  • Light Switch options
  • Water usage reduction techniques
  • Telecommunications inventory and cost saving options

This intern will work directly with the Director of Facilities, but will interact with all staff as they develop a plan of work. 

About the Open Enrollment Internship

These Internships are currently open for applications and will remain available until the position is filled by a qualified applicant. We would like to fill these positions as soon as possible. Strawbery Banke offers this specialized internship to advanced students with experience in the desired field and a desire to build upon this experience. Internships will provide an in-depth opportunity for students to exercise skills learned in the classroom through research and project implementation. Students must be highly conscientious and be able to excel at self-directed projects. These intern opportunities are designed to be between four and six weeks. Staff members will work with graduate or undergraduate students for course credit if applicable. Hours are negotiable depending on school schedules.


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