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.
“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)
Fall 2018 internship session (September 10 - November 8, 2018)
To apply for the Internship Program at Plimoth Plantation, please submit an online application no later than August 1, 2018. Questions about the Plimoth Plantation Internship Program can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Full-time (35 hours/week) and part-time internships are available for the summer internship session. Unless otherwise noted, internship are unpaid. Academic credit is available for all internships.
The Plimoth Jacket™ Curatorial Internship
In 2009, Plimoth Plantation completed an ambitious project to re-create a woman's embroidered waistcoat of the early 1600s. These fashionable items of dress were popular in the first quarter of the 17th century for women of court, the nobility and those who had achieved a certain level of wealth. The Plimoth Jacket™ is based on two pieces in the collection from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England. While the originals were worked in unknown professional workshops during the Stuart period, the reproduction process has unlocked many secrets of their manufacture previously unknown to textile historians. For more information about the Plimoth Jacket, visit http://www.plimoth.org/jacket.
The Plimoth Jacket™ Curatorial intern will assist with the development of an innovative online exhibit which explores the history and creative processes behind The Plimoth Jacket™. Using the Museum’s archives, the intern will create a visual and written record of the The Plimoth Jacket™ to document information such as the inspiration for and manufacturing of individual embroidery and handmade embellishments. Based on this research, the intern will support Museum staff in conceptualizing the exhibit’s design and narrative arc, thereby gaining valuable experience working across departments with our Curator of Collections and Manager of Historical Clothing & Textiles.
- Photograph and create 3D renderings of The Plimoth Jacket™ and related items
- Scan and create finding aid for archival material associated with The Plimoth Jacket™
- Research the history, inspiration, and creative process behind The Plimoth Jacket™
- Create an oral history documenting first-hand experiences from stitchers who worked on The Plimoth Jacket™.
- Work with the Curator of Collections and Manager of Historical Clothing & Textiles to draft preliminary narrative text for an online exhibit.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated interest in fashion history, material culture, decorative arts or art history, anthropology, American history, oral history, museum studies, collections and/or archives management. They will be familiar with current historical research techniques, have excellent writing skills, and demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Apps, scanners, digital photography and other cataloguing tools. Familiarity with Agisoft Photoscan or other 3-D photogrametry software is a plus!
Part-time and Full-Time hours available, Monday-Friday 8am – 4pm. Some weekend or evening work may be required.
Public Programs Internship
Plimoth Plantation is looking for dynamic, team-oriented interns to assist with the planning and execution of public programs at one of the Nation’s premier living museums. This internship is ideal for students looking to engage regularly with Museum guests and experience first-hand how public programs are developed, planned, and executed in our unique museum setting.Plimoth Plantation offers a variety of public programs throughout the year, including special events, large festivals, holiday programs, our popular lunchtime lecture series, and the new Plimoth After Dark evening series. The Public Programs Intern will assist the Public Programs Manager and Director of Museum Programs & School Services with all aspects of program planning and facilitation including but not limited to attending planning meetings, preparing materials, assisting with day-of program needs, and participating in the program evaluation. Guided by the Internship Program Coordinator and the Public Programs Manager, the intern will also develop an original museum program for the 2018 season.
- Assist with development of content and resources for large-scale public programs including Plymouth Bay Arts Festival, Archaeology Month, and Plimoth in December.
- Participate in all aspects of facilitating public programs including materials preparation, working with a variety of museum audiences, and program evaluation
- Research, develop, prototype and evaluation an original Museum program
The ideal candidate will demonstrate an interest in engaging museum guests in new and innovative ways, as well as early American history, Native culture and history, anthropology, material culture, social studies, and/or museum education. The candidate will have excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills, the ability to take direction and work independently, a willingness to work as part of a team, and the physical ability to perform light-to-moderate lifting and work in small spaces, both indoors and outdoors. Some evening or weekend work may be required.
Historical Horticulture Internship
Historical Horticulture interns work alongside the Curator of Museum Gardens and Horticulture staff to gain an inside knowledge of how gardens and landscapes are planned, interpreted, and maintained in Plimoth Plantation’s unique Living History Exhibits. Interns will work alongside staff in the exhibits and behind the scenes to learn about 17th – century Native and Colonial plant species and gardening techniques and theories, as well as hone their 21st-century horticultural skills. Interns may also have the opportunity to participate in horticulture-related educational programs and special projects under the supervision of the Curator of Museum Gardens.
- Assist with daily maintenance of gardens in the Living History Exhibits including but not limited to planting, pruning, weeding, watering, organic fertilizing, propagating, plant identification, and historic and modern plant usage;
- Engage and educate Museum guests about the plants and horticultural practices used historically by English colonists and Native Wampanoag communities;
- Assist the Curator of Museum Gardens with horticulture-related educational programs and special projects.
The Historical Horticulture position is ideal for students who are studying horticulture, agriculture, botany, and/or public history. The successful candidate will have some experience in horticulture or a related field. A basic understanding of gardening techniques and terminology is preferred, but not required. Candidates should have a willingness to learn through participation and by asking questions to deepen understanding as well as an outgoing personality with good communication skills. Please note that this position requires working outdoors in a wide variety of weather conditions; the ability to climb, lift, carry, stoop, and stand for extended periods of time; and requires a degree of physical strength (lifting up to 50 lbs.). An interest in early colonial New England and/or historical horticulture a plus!
Native American Studies Internship
Since 1973, Plimoth Plantation has led the public history field with its groundbreaking Native American Studies program which combines thorough historical and cultural research with innovative programs onsite, online and in classrooms. Native American Studies Interns build an in-depth understanding of the Native experience c.1600-1692 by assisting with a wide-range of research projects and engaging with guests on the Living History sites. This includes working alongside staff on the Wampanoag Homesite to interpret Native cultures using the Museum’s extensive collection of original, reproduction and archaeological artifacts as well as reconstructed landscapes. They hone their research and writing skills, practice delivering interpretive programs to the visiting public, and experience the process of researching and developing guest-focused living history exhibits.
- Conduct research on the 17th - century Native experience under the direction of the Museum’s Director of Wampanoag and Algonkin Performance, Research and Interpretive Training
- Draft preliminary research summaries for use in developing new educational programs and staff training
- Engage and educate Museum guests about native history and life-ways in the Living History Exhibits
The Native American Studies intern should have a background or demonstrated interest in Native Studies, American history, colonial history, anthropology, material culture, and/or public history. The ability to work independently on focused projects and with our guests alongside Museum staff on the Living History sites is crucial to the successful completion of this internship. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills as well as be familiar with research and historical writing techniques and have demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Apps, Scanners, and other cataloguing tools. All interns work in many kinds of weather conditions.
My internship in Historic Clothing and Textiles allowed me to bring my education into a real world setting. The projects I worked on while in wardrobe enhanced the skills I gained at Dalhousie University. Additionally the experience I gained working in a wardrobe shop (repairs, laundry, pressing etc) contributed to my employment in the wardrobe department of Cirque du Soleil following the end of the internship. Plimoth Plantation was an excellent spring board for my future career and I am very thankful for having spent such a wonderful summer south of the border." -Melinda Moynihan (Dalhousie 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)
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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