Internship FAQs

"Thank you, Plimoth Plantation, for the professional perspectives, but thank you also for the life experiences. Thank you for accepting me so fully into your institution. You have guided my career goals, affected my view of the role of museums and changed my understanding of the past." - Kate LaPrad (Education and Development Intern)

"I had heard those usual intern stories of coffee-and-copying all day. But at Plimoth Plantation, I actually had some degree of responsibility and I felt I was contributing to the museum." Caroline Daigle (Public Relations & Marketing Intern)

Who can apply for an internship?

Plimoth Plantation accepts applications from college-level freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as graduate students. We also accept applications from recent graduates and people making a career change. Our internships are unique opportunities to work alongside skilled, professional museum staff.

Are internships paid or unpaid?

We offer paid and unpaid positions, depending on the internship, as specified in each internship description. Course credit is also available if needed. Please see below for more information about stipends and course credit as it relates to internships. We advise that students also work with their advisor and university to apply for intern stipends offered through their college.

Do you provide housing for interns?

We have limited housing available for interns upon acceptance into the internship program. Housing is determined by a lottery. If we have been able to place you in housing, you will be notified when we contact you about acceptance into the internship program. A $200 security deposit and signed housing agreement is required prior to moving into Museum housing. Please note that Plimoth Plantation does not cover the cost of relocation.

I don't have a car. Is there public transportation to the museum?

Yes. The town of Plymouth offers affordable public transportation (known as G.A.T.R.A) provided by the Plymouth and Brockton Street Railway Company. This is a bus service with diverse schedules and stops. A bus stop is located at Plimoth Plantation. If you have a car, Plimoth Plantation offers interns complimentary parking. Please note that this service can be limited, so a personal vehicle is strongly recommended.

What benefits do your interns receive?

Interns at Plimoth Plantation receive free admission to all of our museum sites, as well as discounts in the museum store and café. We also have a great reciprocity agreement with several New England museums and institutions so you can visit them for free (or for a reduced rate) while you are an intern.

How do I apply? What should I include?

Please click here to apply. Complete the application -- answering all questions -- and send it with the following information. Only complete application packets will be accepted. A complete application packet includes:

  • A current resume and cover letter.
  • Professional letter of recommendation from an academic advisor. (PLEASE NOTE: This may be emailed directly from your advisor to interns@plimoth.org, or a paper copy may be sent to the address at the bottom of this FAQ.)
  • Writing sample(s), if required by specific internship position.

For Fall 2014 internships:

Please submit all materials by August 25, 2014. Our fall internship program runs from September 8 to November 21, 2014.  Applications submitted after the application deadline will only be considered if internship positions remain open. All selected interns will be notified by the end of August 2014. NOTE: If you wish to have your advisor mail his/her letter of recomendation, you may do so at the mailing address below.

For Summer 2015 internships:

Please submit all materials by April 14, 2015. Our summer internship program runs from June 15 to August 14, 2015.  Applications submitted after the application deadline will only be considered if internship positions remain open. All selected interns will be notified by the end of April 2015. NOTE: If you wish to have your advisor mail his/her letter of recomendation, you may do so at the mailing address below.

Be sure to include the exact internship position title in the subject line of your email, and send all application materials to interns@plimoth.org. To view open internship positions, click here.

Although we do prefer email (as it allows us to quickly respond and review your application), you may also send your application and supporting materials to:

Plimoth Plantation Summer Internship Program
c/o Courtney Roy-Branigan
Plimoth Plantation
PO Box 1620
Plymouth, MA 02362

When should I start checking your website for summer, fall, or spring internships?

Summer internships (June - August) are posted starting in early February. Fall internships (September - November) are posted starting in mid-July. Spring internships (March - May) are posted starting in mid-November.

How long are your internships? Are they full time or part time?

Most internship run approximately 9-10 weeks and are full-time. We also offer some part-time internship opportunities. Due to the limited housing we have to offer, we regret that we are unable to offer housing to any part time internship candidates. Certain internship opportunities also may require evening and weekend attendance.

When are the application deadlines?

To apply for the Summer 2014 internship program, all materials must be submitted by March 7th, 2013. If there is a position on the site that interests you, please submit your materials in a timely manner, as many positions fill quickly.

How will I know if my application was received?

All applicants who send their materials by email will receive an email confirmation. Applicants who send materials by mail may follow up by email or phone. Please understand that due to the large quantity of applications received, we are not able to provide ongoing personal status updates to each candidate. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted, and positions will be removed from the website once they have been filled.

Can I do an internship for course credit?

Yes, as long as your educational institution allows it. Students are responsible for all paperwork, arrangements and credit fees.

Can I use my work-study stipend or my school's internship stipend?

Yes, as long as your educational institution allows it. We can work with students who wish to use their work-study or internship stipends from their school. Students are responsible for all paperwork.

Do you accept international students for your internship program?

Yes. Please note that all international students are responsible for making all appropriate arrangements with their countries regarding permits and/or visas.

I have a question that is not listed on this page. Whom should I contact?

Telephone: (508) 746-1622, extension 8203
Fax: (508) 830-6022
Email: interns@plimoth.org

 

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