The Internship Program at Plimoth Plantation

 

          

 

How can history change YOU?

Plan a garden with heirloom and native plants, design an educational program about archaeology, learn the art of marketing a living history museum, play 17th-century games with summer campers, help us make collections accessible online ... the possibilities are endless.  

We are looking for enthusiastic, team-oriented young people with an interest in America’s early histories who want to share in the day-to-day work of one of our nation's most important living museums. Plimoth Plantation's interns enjoy an intensive experience as diverse as the Museum itself centered on immersive, hands-on fieldwork. Interns also participate in a collaborative group project, enjoy field trips, and engage in unique professional development opportunities. Previous internships have been offered in Museum Education, Collections Management, Public History, Historical Clothing & Textiles, Public Relations, Marketing, and Development.

Summer 2017 Internship Session: June 12 - August 10 2017

To apply for an internship, please submit your internship application and resume by email to interns@plimoth.org. Please include your name and "Internship Program 2017" in the email subject line. Deadline for summer internship applications is March 31st, 2017. 

Historical Horticulture

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 the Museum’s 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.

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. The Historical Horticulture Intern will learn 17th-century organic gardening techniques and practice their 21st-century skills (including planting, pruning, weeding, watering, organic fertilizing, propagating, plant identification, and historic and modern plant usage) by working alongside the Horticulture Specialists in the Museum’s Living History exhibits. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in related educational programs, including workshops and weekly garden club meetings, as well as assist with the creation of a new digital plant database for use in training Museum staff.  

Responsibilities

  • Assist with daily maintenance of gardens in the 17th-century English Village;

  • Engage and educate Museum guests alongside Museum staff about the plants and horticultural practices used historically by English colonists and Native Wampanoag communities 

  • Create plant database by digitizing assorted notes and research materials and photographing plants at various stages of development/cultivation;

  • Collaborate with other interns in the 2017 summer class on an assigned, museum-wide project

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.

The 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!

Length of Internship

June 12 – August 10, 2017

Work Schedule

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

Part-time (minimum of 21 hours/week), flexible hours and days.

Salary Range

This is an unpaid internship. We encourage students to work with their university's career or student services office to learn about available internship stipends and other funding opportunities . Course credit is also available if needed. 

Special Notes

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

Special Events 

Plimoth Plantation’s Special Events internship offers students with an interest in the hospitality industry, cultural event planning, business management, non-profits and/or museum programming the opportunity to learn how special events & catering services collaborate with the Museum’s Public Programs & School Services, Group Sales and Development departments to support and further our educational mission.

This internship provides a behind-the-scenes learning opportunity to see how catering, special events planning and educational experiences work together at Plimoth Plantation. Interns will assist staff with weddings and historic dining event logistics and hone their business administrative skills by assisting managers with communication with clients and financial/data analysis. The Special Events intern will also participate in several projects to help coordinate the launch of a new catering department brand. Interns will help with general office work and various other tasks as assigned. The Special Events Internship coincides with the height of our wedding rental program. Some weekend or evening work will be required.

 

Responsibilities

  • Assist the Operations Manager and Sales Manager with event/rental program including weddings, group tours meals, etc.
  • Help identify areas to improve the guest experience while maintaining the Museum’s excellent standards of customer service
  • Collaborate with the Catering Administrator and General Manager to maintain work and communication flow with museum staff and outside clients
  • Assist with updating the catering operation’s web presence by identifying sites that list our business and updating the information to coordinate the new catering brand
  • Collaborate with other interns in the 2017 summer class on an assigned, museum-wide project

 

Qualifications

The catering department position is ideal for students interested in hospitality or museum/public management with a strong interest in the event world and working with contracted partners. Please note that this position requires working some nights and weekends.

The successful candidate will have:

  • An interest in event/foodservice management and non-profit operations
  • Some experience in event operations/food service (having worked as a server would be acceptable)
  • Proficiency with computers, including being comfortable with data entry, internet searches, website editing, using email, and the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • The ability to self-start and work independently
  • 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 food a plus!

Length of Internship

June 12 – August 10, 2017

Work Schedule

This is a paid internship. Part-time (21 hours/week) or Full-time (35 hours/week) hours are available.

Special Notes

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

Marketing & Communications 

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 offers students with a strong interest in marketing, corporate communications, and/or public relations the opportunity to hone their professional skills at the nation’s premier living history museum and tourist destination.

The Marketing & Communications Intern will collaborate with the Director of Marketing & Communications and the Manager of Media Relations & Promotions on several key projects furthering the Museum’s educational mission including the Mayflower II restoration project. Guided by their supervisor, the intern will generate content for use in press releases, the Museum’s blog and social media as well as assisting with coordinating promotional activities for museum programs and special events. The intern will also have the opportunity to develop an independent integrated communications project forwarding the Museum’s educational mission as a portfolio item.

 

Responsibilities

  • Assist with development and distribution of media alerts and press releases; update media database
  • Develop blog content and contribute to social media strategy and execution, with a particular focus on the Mayflower II restoration project
  • Contribute to internal communications projects
  • Coordinate promotional activities, including planning and working with Graphic Design on packaging
  • Assist with special events and film location projects as they arise

 

Qualifications

  • Interest in marketing and public relations
  • Strong writing and critical thinking skills
  • Effective project management skills
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment essential and to work independently
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Curiosity, initiative, common sense, creativity, and flexibility
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products and social media platforms

Length of Internship

July 2017 - August 2017

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, Full-time (35 hours per week)

Salary Range

This is an unpaid internship. We encourage students to work with their university's career or student services office to learn about available internship stipends and other funding opportunities . Course credit is also available if needed. 

Special Notes

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

Historical Clothing & Textiles

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.

The Historical Clothing & Textiles intern will learn, practice, and apply the steps involved in reproducing period clothing for a living history museum. To do this, the intern will be completing an independent project: a full set of clothes to be worn by a Plimoth Plantation Living History Educator. 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 by assisting in daily operations.  This internship reports to the Manager of Historic Clothing & Textiles.

 

Responsibilities

  • Learn to construct 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 with care and maintenance of wardrobe issue for Living History Educators working across Plimoth Plantation sites;
  • Work cooperatively with department’s volunteers;
  • Collaborate with other interns in the 2017 summer class on an assigned, museum-wide project

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 a plus

 

Length of Internship

June 12 - August 10, 2017

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, Full Time (35 hr/week) . Semi-flexible work hours between 8:00am and 4:00pm. Occasional weekend or evening events required.

Salary Range

This is an unpaid internship. We encourage students to work with their university's career or student services office to learn about available internship stipends and other funding opportunities . Course credit is also available if needed. 

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 interns@plimoth.org. Please include the position title in the email subject line. 

 

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.