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.
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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 in the development of the archaeology department’s digital database. The archaeology collection contains over 1 million artifacts, along with photos, maps, and paperwork from the largest and most successful urban archeological projects ever conducted in New Hampshire. You will assist with data entry, scanning documents and slides, and digital photography of artifacts. As an archaeology intern, you will learn about survey methodology and mapping technology, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to relate artifact data to archaeological sites on the Strawbery Banke grounds. You must be computer literate, very organized, and detail-oriented. Previous archaeological experience or lab work is a plus.
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, offering garden tours, and working with our staff and volunteers in the historic gardens. Additional focused project work will likely include, assisting the curator of historic landscapes with the rehabilitation & reinterpretation of the Teaching Herb Garden (creating and designing corresponding exhibit panels and corresponding educational materials), or helping curators to explore all garden related objects within the museum collection to assess future exhibit potential. 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
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.
Administrative/ Marketing Internship:
The Office of the President and Marketing Department seek advanced undergraduate or graduate applicants in Museum Studies or Communications to assist senior executives with the summer operation and marketing of the Museum. This internship will provide experience in daily museum operations, special events, internal and external communications, media relations and collaboration with the museum’s community partners including the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce Tourism Marketing Committee and the Portsmouth Historic Houses Association. This intern will participate in all staff meetings, event planning sessions and the execution of the Museum marketing plan. Candidate must have sterling writing skills, familiarity with social media and a mature, professional office manner.
Internships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications for summer positions are due by March 15, 2013. Successful candidates will be contacted to arrange a phone or personal interview.
How to Apply
Applications for summer positions are due by March 15, 2013. Applicants will be notified by the end of March.
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