Pictured: Strawbery Banke interns on an outing aboard the Gundalow in 2022. 

Strawbery Banke Museum Internship Program
Strawbery Banke Museum 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 is located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 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

Current 2023 Internship Opportunities:
The Museum is currently seeking applicants for positions in:

Deadline: May 10, 2023. Students will be contacted for interviews by the intern supervisor after that point.  

37.5 hours/week,10 weeks 

Start/End Dates: 
10 weeks*: June 5, 2023 – August 14, 2023
*Exact start and end dates are mutually decided upon between the intern and their supervisor at Strawbery Banke.

$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. Hough House is open to all interns regardless of sex or age. While 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 May 10, 2023. See below for application instructions.
To apply:
  • To apply:
  • Complete the online application no later than May 10, 2023, 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:
      1. What are your professional goals and areas of interest?
      2. What skills and abilities can you contribute to the museum’s work?
      3. Describe the outcomes you hope the internship experience will produce.
    • Resume
    • All required questions in the online application form.
  • Please also email cover letters and resumes directly to the staff person supervising the intern position you're applying for:
    • Development and Events: acave[AT]
  • 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.