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2015 Internships

Information about summer 2015 internships will be available by February 2015. Internships will include opportunities in education, collections, archaeology, horticulture and other museum departments. Please contact Brittany Liscord at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have questions.

Open Enrollment Internships

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.

Application

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 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
Strawbery Banke Museum
PO Box 300
Portsmouth, NH 03802

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.


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

Benefits
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.

 

 
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