Strawbery Banke Museum Internship Program
Due to the continued unknowns around COVID-19, Strawbery Banke Museum is planning for two scenarios: offering 2022 summer internships either remotely, or in-person. The location of the internship, whether on-site or remote, will be determined closer to the start date and is contingent upon COVID-19 restrictions at the time of the internship.  

The museum successfully conducted internships remotely in the summer of 2020 and in 2021 and is prepared to do so again this summer, if necessary.

On-site:  All work that takes place on-site during the pandemic is conducted safely following the strict guidelines of the CDC, the State of New Hampshire Epidemiologist, and the Portsmouth City Health Officer including wearing masks and physical distancing.

Remote: Strawbery Banke offered remote internships in summer 2020 and 2021, and is prepared to offer similar opportunities in 2022 if needed to ensure health and safety protocol in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

About Strawbery Banke Museum:
Strawbery Banke is a vibrant 10-acre living history museum, dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history to life. It is set on a waterfront campus and located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. SBM 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

2022 Internship Opportunities:
Thank you for your interest. The application period for 2022 internships is now closed. 



37.5 hours/week, 10 weeks  

24 hours/week minimum (total of at least 240 hours over the course of the 10-week summer internship program)

Start and
End Dates:

10 weeks:
June 7, 2021 – August 13, 2021 

*Exact start and end dates will be mutually decided upon between the intern and their supervisor at the museum.


$1,500 stipend, dispersed in 2 installments (after successful completion of weeks 5 and 10). 

Housing provided (optional, and contingent upon COVID-19 restrictions)


Optional free on-site housing is provided in Hough House for interns who need housing, contingent upon COVID-19 restrictions at the time of the internship. 

In the event that shared on-site housing is not deemed safe for summer 2021, but a modified in-person summer camp program will be offered, the intern may be expected to commute or provide their own housing. 

Hough House is 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.


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 (above) for additional qualifications.

Application Deadline:

All application materials are due March 1, 2021
See below for application instructions.

To apply:
Deadline: Completed application materials are due by March 1, 2022. 

  1. Complete the online application no later than 3/1/2022, including:
    • Cover Letter/Personal statement up to one page in length (PDFs only), detailing your interest in the internship program answering the following 3 questions:
      • What are your professional goals and areas of interest?
      • What skills and abilities can you contribute to the museum’s work?
      • Describe the outcomes you hope the internship experience will produce.
    •  Resume
    • All required questions in the online application form.
  2. Submit two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors in a related field.  Letters can be submitted via email or mail to:

    Laura Towne
    Director of Human Resources
    Strawbery Banke Museum
    PO Box 300
    Portsmouth, NH 03802

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.