Plimoth Plantation's Collegiate Internship Program

 

          

 

Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced ... and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many...

- William Bradford,  Of Plymouth Plantation

Our Internship Program is a collaborative, project-based learning experience that brings together students and scholars from diverse backgrounds and academic specialities. Working together, Plimoth interns create fully integrated public programs, exhibits and museum projects which are implemented and assessed as part of a continued relationship with Plimoth Plantation even after their sessions have ended. Internships cover numerous areas of interest such as Museum Education, Marketing & Public Relations, and Historic Clothing and Textiles. 

The Museum offers a unique opportunity to work alongside skilled, professional museum staff in a diverse, culture-rich environment. Attend special events, lectures with our artisans and scholars, or participate in once in a lifetime experiences such as an overnight stay in the 17th-Century English Village, Wampanoag Homesite, or Mayflower II

 

2016 Summer semester internships: July 5 - August 19, 2016 (optional extension to august 26)

To apply for our Collegiate Internship Program, please submit your cover letter, resume, internship application, and letter of recommendation by email to interns@plimoth.org. Application deadline is March 31, 2016

Marketing & Communications Internship 

Description:

Plimoth Plantation’s Marketing & Communications department is responsible for developing and implementing Operational and Strategic plans to advance the Museum’s brand and support the overall goals and objectives of the organization. The Marketing & Communications Internship provides a unique educational experience to focus on targeted marketing and media research for key affinity groups as well as social media engagement for the nation’s premier living history museum and tourist destination.

Position Summary:

The Marketing & Communications Intern will hone their marketing and public relations skills researching and cultivating affinity media groups and outlets while assisting with building a new media contact database. The position will also enable interns to hone their communication skills generating and monitoring social media content using best practices to engage the museum’s online communities under the supervision of the Manager of Media Relations & Promotions. The Marketing & Communications Intern will also participate in marketing and communications for the Museum’s special events as well as assist with developing marketing and advertising campaigns.

Responsibilities:

  • Research media outlets and affinity groups aligned with the Museum’s brand and in support of overall goals
  • Assist with developing media contact database
  • Draft and edit media alerts and press releases
  • Coordinate in-house and outsourced print projects
  • Coordinate promotional activities
  • Assist with special events and projects as needed including photography
  • Generate content for the Museum’s social media platforms
  • Collaborate with other interns in the 2016 summer class on an assigned, museum-wide project based on a selected interpretive theme.
     

Qualifications:

  • Interest in marketing and public relations
  • Strong writing skills
  • Effective project management skills essential
  • Ability to multi-task essential
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Initiative, drive, common sense, discretion, creative, and flexibility
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products; knowledge of Adobe suite is a plus

Work Schedule: Part-time, 15-20 hours per week.

Salary Range: This is an unpaid internship.  

Housing: Housing is available by lottery.

Special Notes: To apply for this internship opportunity in our unique and exciting environment, please submit your cover letter, resume, internship application, and letter of recommendation by email to interns@plimoth.org. Please include the position title in the email subject line.

Check out our website at www.plimoth.org/internships for up-to-date internship position availability. Thank you for your interest in Plimoth Plantation.

Historical Horticulture Internship

Description:

Plimoth Plantation’s internship in Historical Horticulture offers the opportunity to explore both 17th- and 21st-century plants and horticultural practices through practical, hands-on learning experiences. Interns learn how experienced horticultural staff combine historical research with practical skills and knowledge to create, maintain and preserve historical landscapes in a variety of settings around our Museum campus.

Position Summary:

This internship provides a unique educational experience in 17th-century horticulture, focusing on both native and imported plants and their myriad uses in English/European and Native societies. Additionally, the horticulture intern will have opportunities to participate in the ongoing renovations to the kitchen gardens exhibited in our 17th-Century English Village and the formal Hornblower Olmstead Garden (1920), as well as assist in the design and maintenance of the Museum’s overall campus landscape. Working alongside Horticulture staff, the Historical Horticulture Intern will learn 17th-century horticultural techniques and practice their 21st-century skills including planting, pruning, weeding, watering, fertilizing, propagating, greenhouse and nursery management, plant identification, and basic garden design. This internship also provides the opportunity to collaborate with staff, volunteers, and fellow interns in complementary departments across the Museum. This internship reports to the Director of Living Collections, Crafts, Trades and Domestic Skills.
 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with daily maintenance of gardens and historical landscapes across the Museum campus;
  • Participate in the design and construction of new garden areas;
  • Help to improve the appearance of and production in the kitchen gardens exhibited in the 17th-Century English Village;
  • Engage and educate Museum guests about the plants, both cultivated and wild, growing at Plimoth Plantation, and the horticultural practices used historically by the English colonists and Native Wampanoag.
  • Collaborate with other interns in the 2016 summer class on an assigned, museum-wide project based on a selected interpretive theme.

Qualifications:

The Historical Horticulture position is ideal for students who are studying horticulture, agriculture, botany, and/or public history; Please note that this position requires working outdoors in a wide variety of weather conditions and requires a degree of physical strength (lifting up to 50 lbs.) and stamina.

A successful candidate will have:

  • An interest in gardening, horticulture, agriculture, and/or public history;
  • Some experience in horticulture or a related field;
  • A basic understanding of gardening techniques and terminology;
  • A willingness to learn through participation and by asking questions to deepen understanding;
  • An outgoing personality with good communication skills;
  • The ability to climb, lift, carry, stoop, and stand for extended periods of time;
  • An interest in early colonial New England and/or historical horticulture a plus!

 

Work Schedule: Full-time (35 hours/week), flexible days and hours.

Salary Range: A stipend is available for this internship.

Housing: Available by lottery

Special Notes: To apply for this internship opportunity in our unique and exciting environment, please submit your cover letter, resume, internship application, and letter of recommendation by email to interns@plimoth.org. Please include the position title in the email subject line.

Check out our website at www.plimoth.org/internships for up-to-date internship position availability. Thank you for your interest in Plimoth Plantation.

 

Museum Education & Public Programs Internship 

Description:

The Museum Education & Public Programs Internship provides participants hands-on experience planning, developing and implementing educational programs for children, teenagers, adults and families. These programs involve indoor and outdoor programming at the museum’s main campus, on Mayflower II, at the Plimoth Grist Mill and in downtown Plymouth. All interns will engage directly with the children enrolled in five sessions of our Weeklong Summer Adventure Program.

Position Summary:

Interns will gain invaluable museum education and program development experience alongside Public Programs & School Services staff planning and implementing on-site public programs for diverse audiences as well as our popular summer day camps. In addition, the Museum Education & Public Programs Interns will use their academic knowledge of education, museums, history or culture to research, develop, teach and evaluate an original public program under the supervision of the Director of Public Programs & School Services. Interns will also collaborate with other interns in the 2016 summer class on an assigned, museum-wide project based on a selected interpretive theme. This internship reports to the Director of Public Programs & School Services.
 

Responsibilities:

Weeklong Summer Adventures

  • Participate in Planning: assist in all camp activities under the mentorship of the Director of Public Programs & School Services including learning all required  skills and information, identifying and gathering supplies, and set-up/break-down spaces;
  • Participate in Planning: Help write and implement a weekly camp schedule;
  • Preparation: Lead a variety of small and large group camp activities each week;
  • Presentation: Identify and respond to camper behavior issues; know, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines.

 

Public Programs

  • Preparation: Research, develop and facilitate an original public program aligned with Plimoth Plantation’s educational mission with guidance from the Director of Public Programs & School Services.
  • Presentation: Assist in facilitating drop-in family activities throughout the Museum campus to enhance the guest experience
  • Participate in Planning: Learn required skills and information; participate in planning, preparation and presentation of the Museum’s public programs. These activities will take place on the grounds of the Museum, including the main campus, the Plimoth Grist Mill and the maritime exhibit at Mayflower II.
  • Evaluation: Plimoth Plantation is committed to excellence. Interns will assist in the development and execution of protocols which will evaluate the quality of guest experience.
  • Collaborate with other interns in the 2016 summer class on an assigned, museum-wide project based on a selected interpretive theme.

 

Qualifications: Interest in teaching and education in formal and informal settings; knowledge of education, early American history, 17th-century history, Native culture, anthropology, archaeology, museum education or museum operations; ability and willingness to lead group programs and manage groups of children; excellent interpersonal skills; willingness to learn collaboratively as part of a team; physical ability to perform some light lifting, to lead active programs (such as 17th-Century Games or Colonial Dance) and to work outdoors.

Work Schedule: Full time (35 hours/week) Somewhat flexible hours between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., occasional weekend events required.

Salary Range: Unpaid – Course credit is available.

Housing: Available by lottery

Special Notes: To apply for this internship opportunity in our unique and exciting environment, please submit your cover letter, resume and intern application and letter of recommendation by email to interns@plimoth.org. Please include the position title in the email subject line.

 

​Historical Clothing & Textiles: Collections Management Internship

Description:

Plimoth Plantation’s Historical Clothing & Textiles program is seeking an intern with an interest in historical clothing, research, and/or archives. The ideal candidate would like to gain experience working with museum collections and organizing research materials; some research skills are necessary, as the tasks will include refining memos and papers. Additionally, the internship includes some hands-on work with our reproduction clothing and textiles, so basic sewing skills will be helpful.

Position Summary:

The Historical Clothing & Textiles Collections intern will be working with our reproduction clothing and textiles collection, with an emphasis on documenting and cataloguing each piece in the department’s inventory. The catalogue is being digitized and the intern will be instrumental in moving that project forward. This internship is an excellent opportunity to become familiar with managing active collections and the research materials necessary to further the Historical Clothing & Textiles program. This internship reports to the Manager of Historic Clothing & Textiles.

Responsibilities:

  • Documenting the department’s inventory of reproduction clothing and textiles;
  • Digitally cataloguing the inventory, including stock and issued garments, in a searchable database format;
  • Creating a digital, searchable database of research materials (documents/publications, images, etc.);
  • Shadow our textile artisans demonstrating in the Craft Center exhibit, with an emphasis on research and experimental archaeology;
  • Research and development, as needed, to complete digital catalogue project;
  • Assist with interdepartmental textile-related programming and projects, as needed (summer camp program, special events, retail projects, knitting group);
  • Work cooperatively and assist with department’s volunteers.
  • Collaborate with other interns in the 2016 summer class on an assigned, museum-wide project based on a selected interpretive theme.

Qualifications: A background or interest in collections management is essential to the successful completion of this internship; the candidate must be familiar with research techniques and organizational strategies. Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Apps, scanners, and other cataloguing tools and resources. Adaptable to different objects and collections. Ability to work with others in tight spaces.

Work Schedule: Full-time (35 hours/week), Monday through Friday. Somewhat flexible hours between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., occasional weekend events required.

Salary Range:  Unpaid

Housing: Available by lottery.

Special Notes:

To apply for this internship opportunity in our unique and exciting environment, please submit your cover letter, resume, internship application, and letter of recommendation by email to interns@plimoth.org. Please include the position title in the email subject line.

Historical Clothing & Textiles: Wardrobe Production Internship

Description:

Reproducing historically accurate clothing in a museum setting encompasses a multitude of skills and processes, including research and development, use of period and modern construction techniques, as well as sharing this knowledge and skill with our guests who visit Plimoth Plantation.

Position Summary:

The Historical Clothing and Textiles: Wardrobe Production intern will learn, practice and apply the steps involved in reproducing period clothing for a living history museum. This will include historical research with access to departmental and museum libraries, pattern drafting, period construction techniques, and 17th-century accessories or trims (thread-wrapped buttons, card woven trim, hat making, etc.). They will also experience the unique workings of a wardrobe shop in a museum environment. This internship reports to the Manager of Historic Clothing & Textiles.

Responsibilities:

  • Learn to construct and garments from individual measurements to final fitting and finishing with guidance from Historic Clothing & Textiles Manager;
  • Shadow Textile Artisans exhibiting in the Craft Center;
  • Conduct historical research with guidance from Historic Clothing & Textiles Manager to develop and complete an independent project;
  • Assist with public programming and projects, as needed (summer camp program, special events, retail projects, knitting group);
  • Assist in maintenance of wardrobe issue for Living History Educators working in the 17th-century English Village and Mayflower II;
  • Collaborate with other interns in the 2016 summer class on an assigned, museum-wide project based on a selected interpretive theme.

Qualifications: Basic patterning skills, experience with operating industrial sewing machinery, hand stitching skills, familiarity with textile vocabulary, knowledge of and/or interest in 17th-century history.  

Work Schedule: Full-time (35 hours/week), Monday through Friday. Semi-flexible hours between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., occasional weekend events required.

Salary Range: A stipend is available for this internship.

Housing: Available by lottery.

Special Notes: To apply for this internship opportunity in our unique and exciting environment, please submit your cover letter, resume, internship application, and letter of recommendation by email to interns@plimoth.org. Please include the position title in the email subject line.

 

2016 Fall Semester Internships: September 6 - November 11, 2016

To apply for our Collegiate Internship Program's fall session, please submit your cover letter, resume, internship application, and letter of recommendation by email to interns@plimoth.org. Deadline for applications is August 1, 2016. 

Historical Clothing & Textiles Internship: Wardrobe Production

Description:

Reproducing historically accurate clothing in a museum setting encompasses a multitude of skills and processes, including research and development, use of period and modern construction techniques, as well as sharing this knowledge and skill with our guests who visit Plimoth Plantation.

Position Summary:

The Historical Clothing and Textiles: Wardrobe Production intern will learn, practice and apply the steps involved in reproducing period clothing for a living history museum. This will include historical research with access to departmental and museum libraries, pattern drafting, period construction techniques, and 17th-century accessories or trims (thread-wrapped buttons, card woven trim, hat making, etc.). They will also experience the unique workings of a wardrobe shop in a museum environment. This internship reports to the Manager of Historic Clothing & Textiles.

Responsibilities:

  • Learn to construct and garments from individual measurements to final fitting and finishing with guidance from Historic Clothing & Textiles Manager;
  • Shadow Textile Artisans exhibiting in the Craft Center;
  • Conduct historical research with guidance from Historic Clothing & Textiles Manager to develop and complete an independent project;
  • Assist with public programming and projects, as needed (summer camp program, special events, retail projects, knitting group);
  • Assist in maintenance of wardrobe issue for Living History Educators working in the 17th-century English Village and Mayflower II;
  • Collaborate with other interns on an assigned, museum-wide project based on a selected interpretive theme.

Qualifications: Basic patterning skills, experience with operating industrial sewing machinery, hand stitching skills, familiarity with textile vocabulary, knowledge of and/or interest in 17th-century history.  

Work Schedule: Full-time (35 hours/week), Monday through Friday. Semi-flexible hours between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., occasional weekend events required.

Housing:  Housing is available by lottery.

Special Notes: To apply for this internship opportunity in our unique and exciting environment, please submit your cover letter, resume, internship application, and letter of recommendation by email to interns@plimoth.org. Please include the position title in the email subject line.

Digital Archives Internship - Mayflower II 

Description:

The Digital Archives Intern will collaborate with senior museum staff from the Media, Design & Collections Department to scan and create a new digital repository for Plimoth Plantation’s extensive Mayflower II – 1957 archival collections including historic photographs, newspaper articles, correspondence and journals. The intern will then participate in the production of a collection spotlight publication for use by the Development Department.

Position Summary:

This internship provides a unique educational opportunity to students who have an interest in archives, library science, material culture, collections, maritime history, public history and/or museum studies to engage in a large-scale digitization project for one of America’s most iconic museum objects: Plimoth Plantation’s Mayflower II. The Digital Archives intern will participate in the assessment and scanning of the collection familiarizing themselves with the holdings, the history of Mayflower II (1955 to the present), and the role Mayflower II plays in the Museum’s interpretive narrative. Guided by their experience with the collection, the intern will work alongside the graphic designer and other Museum staff to create a publication focused on the ship’s history and restoration partnership with Mystic Seaport Museum.

Responsibilities:

  • Assess the collection’s holdings and update the Finding Aid if necessary
  • Scan and digitally catalogue the collection with guidance from the Director of Media, Design & Collections
  • Assist with the creation of a digital, searchable database
  • Research as needed to become familiar with the history of Mayflower II
  • Assist with production of development publication highlighting the holdings
  • Collaborate with other interns on an assigned, museum-wide project based on a selected interpretive theme.

Qualifications: A background or interest in archives, library science, digital archives, or collections management is essential to the successful completion of this internship; the candidate must be familiar with research techniques and organizational strategies. The successful candidate will demonstrate historical writing and communication skills as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Apps, scanners, and other cataloguing tools and resources. Adaptable to different objects and collections. Ability to work with others in tight spaces.

Work Schedule: This internship may be part-time (21 hours per week) or full-time (35 hours per week), Monday – Friday.

Housing: Housing is available by lottery.

Special Notes: To apply for this internship opportunity in our unique and exciting environment, please submit your cover letter, resume and intern application and letter of recommendation by email to interns@plimoth.org . Please include the position title in the email subject line. Check out our website at www.plimoth.org for up-to-date internship position availability. Thank you for your interest in Plimoth Plantation.

 

Collegiate Internship Program Contact Information

Questions about the Plimoth Plantation Internship Program can be directed to Hilary Goodnow via email at interns@plimoth.org or by calling (508) 746-1622 ext 8287​ 

See our list of FAQs about the internship program.