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About the Strawbery Banke Museum Internship Program

Strawbery Banke is welcoming applications from qualified graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in academic institutions within the United States and its territories 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.

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. Housing can also be provided.

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.


Internships Offered for Summer 2015

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.

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 decorative art objects, archives, photographs 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. The internship will included a significant project focusing on the digitization of the collection.  Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in decorative arts and architecture and possess photography and writing skills.

Archaeology 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 19th annual archaeological field school. This summer’s session will focus on a Phase III recovery of resources surrounding the foundation of the Yeaton-Walsh House on the museum campus. The Yeaton-Walsh House is soon to be rehabilitated under the Heritage House Program. Before the field school, the archaeology intern will help prepare 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. Maintenance of our existing archaeological collection of over 1 million artifacts, along with photos, maps, and paperwork; contributions to the archaeology blog; and development of the department’s digital database will also be part of the intern’s responsibilities. The successful applicant must be computer savvy, very organized, an excellent writer, and a great leader. Prior archaeological field work (e.g. a field school) is required and lab work is a plus.

Horticulture Internship:

Interns in the historic landscape department will participate in daily work ranging from planting, harvesting, and garden maintenance to providing research and historical interpretation in our original heirloom gardens.  Horticulture interns will also assist with our heirloom and organic gardening programs while working with our staff and volunteers. Additional focused project work will include, assisting the curator of historic landscapes with the design and creation of horticultural programs and exhibits in order to enhance hands on education.  Educational programming in the horticulture department will involve an heirloom seed and biodiversity library, apothecary arts, and foodways history in order to establish a new center for heirloom garden crafts.

Special Project Internship:

Strawbery Banke Museum is offering a special project internship that will focus on the maritime infrastructure at Strawbery Banke and the New Hampshire seacoast. The internship will consist of studying archaeological research of six excavated wharves and existing structures on the seacoast to interpret the maritime history at Strawbery Banke. The intern will produce a proposal for the recreate 2-3 wharves for educational purposes. Ideal candidates are students who are currently enrolled in graduate or undergraduate students in Historic Preservation, History, Public History, or a like major.

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. 


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.
  • Resume

Applications for 2015 summer positions will be due by March 1, 2015. Applicants will be notified by the end of March.


Please direct questions and send applications to:

Brittany Liscord: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Strawbery Banke Museum

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Portsmouth, NH 03802

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