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.
“It was such a life changing experience for me. I had the opportunity to curate my first exhibit with a fellow intern… made lasting friendships, and learned so much about museums" - Amanda Morgida (Smith College)
"I think my internship at the mill was really what pushed that initial passion into full blown ecstasy. I couldn't wait to show up with my field guides and natural history notes and get back to exploring the area and identifying plants. This internship helped me prove to myself that this really was what I was put on earth to do…" - Ian Spellman (Bridgewater State University)
"My internship at Plimoth Plantation not only gave me international experience (I came over from the UK) but practice carrying out consultancy style ethnographic projects. I was able to directly apply the skills I had learnt through my Social Anthropology degree at the London School of Economics. It inspired me to begin searching for jobs in visitor analysis ... which I believe is a direct result of the responsibilities I was given, and lessons I learned at Plimoth Plantation." - Amelia Mulcahey (London School of Economics)
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.
Fall 2017 Internship Session: September 18 - November 9, 2017
Full-time (35 hours/week) and part-time (up to 28 hours/week) internships are available for the fall internship session. Unless otherwise noted, internship are unpaid. Academic credit is available for all internships. Please contact the Internship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions. Deadline for application in September 10, 2017. Click here to apply now!
Historical Horticulture Internship
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.
- Assist with daily maintenance of gardens in the 17th-century English Village;
- Engage and educate Museum guests about the plants and horticultural practices used historically by English colonists and Native Wampanoag communities;
- Develop plant database by digitizing assorted notes and research materials and photographing plants at various stages of development/cultivation
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!
Historical Clothing & Textiles Internship
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 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.
- 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;
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.
Archaeology Collections Internship
For 70 years, Plimoth Plantation has played key roles in the field of archaeological research and hosts one of the largest repositories of early colonial archaeological material in New England. Our collections are the basis for several foundational texts in historical archaeology and are regularly used for study, reproduction, and exhibition. The Archaeology Collections intern will play a key role in making theses collections accessible online for researchers, teachers and the Museum’s guests. The intern will help to catalogue our extensive collection of native and colonial archaeological artifacts while also assisting in developing programs and exhibits related to Massachusetts’s Archaeology Month (October). The intern will gain valuable experience working across departments with our Curator of Collections, Deputy Director of Media, Design & Collections, and Director of Wampanoag and Algonkian Performance, Research, & Interpretive Training.
The Archaeology Collection internship offers advanced undergraduate or graduate archaeology students experience cataloging and analyzing archaeological collections, helping with exhibit design, and developing public programs relating to archaeology. This includes cataloguing and photographing artifacts, and creating 3D images using Agisoft PhotoScan. The Archaeology Collections Intern will also assist with Archaeology Month programs and the development of a new archaeological exhibit in the Museum’s gallery.
- Works with the Curator and Director of Wampanoag and Algonkian Performance, Research, & Interpretive Training to digitally catalog and photograph archaeological artifacts from Native- and colonial-period sites.
- Assists with creating 3D renderings of selected objects.
- Works with the Curator and Museum Programs & School Services staff to develop and execute archaeology-related programs for Museum guests as part of Archaeology Month events. These programs will include working directly with the public (all ages and backgrounds).
- Works with the Curator and Deputy Director of Media, Design & Collections to develop and implement a new archaeology-related exhibit in the Museum’s gallery, as well as helps to plan events surrounding the exhibit’s opening.
Ideal candidate is a bright, self-motivated advanced undergraduate or graduate student with attention to detail and experience working with native and/or historical archaeological artifacts, either in a field school or laboratory setting. They should be open to exploring the intersection of technology and archaeology to make the Museum’s collections available online. Experience with collections software not required, but is preferred. Experience with formal or informal educational settings is a plus! The ability to work independently is crucial to the successful completion of this internship.
Institutional Writing Internship
At one of the nation’s premier living museums, providing powerful personal encounters with history takes many forms. The Institutional Writing Internship offers students with a demonstrated interest in history, public history, museum studies, English, writing, arts administration, marketing & media relations, or communications the opportunity to share Plimoth Plantation’s diverse and unique histories with all the Museum’s stakeholders.
The Institutional Writing Intern will work closely with the Media, Design & Collections Team assisting with a diverse array of writing and archival projects in support of the Museum’s educational mission. This may include proofing Plimoth Life Magazine, crafting mission-oriented and experiential social media content, and drafting new Teacher Kit Content Guides. The Institutional Writing & Archives intern will also assist with Plymouth Bay Arts Festival, which may include research and writing articles and blog posts, conducting interviews, and assisting with media coverage as well as day of event logistics.
- Assist with final proofing process for Plimoth Life Magazine
- Conduct preliminary research including interviews and fact-checking to draft social media and blog posts for a variety of museum events and programs, including Plymouth Bay Fall Arts Festival
- Draft Teacher Kit Content Guides with guidance from Deputy Director of Media, Design & Collections and Director of Museum Programs & School Services.
- Assist Lead Graphic Designer with general editing and proofing as well as researching and drafting content for upcoming Museum exhibits
The ideal candidate is a bright, self-motivated student with excellent writing skills and an interest in storytelling. He/She will be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and have some previous experience communicating with general audiences in a lively and conversational manner. The ability to work independently or in groups and work on a deadline is critical to the successful completion of this internship. An interest in Early New England history, anthropology, archaeology, oral history, material culture, museums, arts or non-profit administration a plus! Candidates should submit (3) writing samples that showcase their ability to write well in a wide variety of styles.
Internship Program Contact Information
Questions about the Plimoth Plantation Internship Program can be directed to Hilary Goodnow via email at email@example.com or by calling (508) 746-1622 ext 8287
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