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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. Space is available in Hough House for interns who need housing. Hough House is open to all interns regardless of sex or age. While the common areas in Hough are co-ed, the bedrooms are not.

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 2016

Please check back in November for additional internship postings.

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 graduate level applicants in the fields of collections management, interpretation and historic preservation. The Strawbery Banke collection includes decorative art objects, archives and photographs, as well as over thirty historic structures. This internship will focus on research in these areas, and particularly maritime history to assist in a new exhibition, building reports and other project based initiatives. Interns may also work on inventorying the collection, documenting furnishing plans, working on a department blog and assisting with regular collections care. The internship will include a project focusing on the digitization of the collection.  Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in research and architecture and possess photography and writing skills. Interest in maritime history, shipbuilding, commercial fishing and waterfront communities preferred. 


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 20th annual archaeological field school.  This summer’s sessions will focus on exploring the foundation and surroundings of the historic Penhallow House, which is slated for rehabilitation through the museum’s Heritage House Program. 


Before the field school, the archaeology intern will help prepare equipment and materials, carry out historical research, and ready the site.  During the field school, the archaeology intern will act as the TA, assisting students with excavation methodology, field records, public interpretation, artifact identification, and lab processing.  The intern will also be responsible for miscellaneous 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, self-motivated, very organized and detail oriented, and a great leader.  Prior archaeological field work (e.g. a field school) is required, and lab experience 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 interpretation in our 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 development of the new Horticulture Center, a hands-on learning center which includes an heirloom seed lending library. 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



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 2016 summer positions will be due by March 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified by the end of March.


Please direct questions and send applications to:

Bethany Allen, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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