Open Enrollment Internships
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:
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.
How to Apply
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:
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.
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.
To learn more about Portsmouth click here.