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.
Internships offered for Summer 2014
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.
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.”
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.
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
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:
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:
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.
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.