For more information on what it is like to be an intern at Strawbery Banke Museum, click here to read the blog, “The Summer I Lived at a Museum”, written by 2016 Archaeology Intern, Ana Opishinski.


Spend your summer learning and exploring at Strawbery Banke Museum, an outdoor history museum located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Strawbery Banke is a vibrant 10-acre waterfront campus dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history to life.

Strawbery Banke is a place to learn, to gather, and to preserve through:

  • 32 historic buildings, most on their original foundations
  • 8 heirloom gardens
  • A collection of more than 300,000 artifacts and over 1 million archaeological artifacts
  • Unique preservation and craftsmanship programs
  • Engaging interactions with costumed roleplayers
  • Hands-on interactive camps for children ages 6 – 16

As interns, students work closely with senior staff on meaningful projects and gain experience and insight into museum operations, strategies for educational development, community programming, and historic preservation.

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.

Qualified graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in academic institutions are encouraged to apply for the museum’s 10-week Summer Internship Program.  See specific internship descriptions for additional qualifications.

2020 Start & End dates:
*June 8, 2020 – August 14, 2020
*Exact start and end dates will be mutually decided upon between the intern and his/her supervisor at the museum. 

Accommodations & Compensation: 
Housing for interns is provided on an as-needed basis by Strawbery Banke in the historic Hough House. Open to all interns regardless of sex or age. While the common areas in Hough are co-ed, the bedrooms are single-sex based on the gender with which each intern identifies, and interns should expect to have a roommate for the duration of their stay in Hough House.

Interns receive $1,500 stipend, dispersed in two installments:

  • 50% at week 5
  • 50% upon successful completion of the 10-week internship

2020 Internship Opportunities:

*Please note the following 2020 internship opportunities are filled: Archaeology, Horticulture Assistant, & Horticulture Research*

 Completed application materials are due by March 1, 2020. 

Application Requirements:

  • Online application (or click here to print a copy of the application to submit via email or mail), including:
    • Resume
    • Cover letter and personal statement (can be combined in one letter)
  • 2 letters of recommendation (emailed or mailed to contact info below)

Jessica Crowley, Director of Human Resources

jcrowley 'AT'
Strawbery Banke Museum
PO Box 300
Portsmouth NH 03802-0300