College Internships

Online Application: for College Internships 2015-2016

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The New Bedford Whaling Museum college internship program will provide students who have expressed interest in a specific field of museum work an opportunity to deepen their understanding of that department’s function and contributions. Internship opportunities are designed to provide theoretical, methodological and practical training in the issues and problems of museum management and hands-on, professional work experiences. Students will work closely with various members of a given department to accomplish projects and contribute to the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s mission and goals. In addition to assisting with the advancement of departmental projects and goals, students may complete a project, paper or presentation.

2013 Interns with Robert Rocha

Several of the 2013 summer interns, with Science Director, Robert Rocha.

Dependent on availability - Departments for interns to work with include:

Accounting/Finance: Interns will serve as part of the Museum’s Finance team. They will be responsible for assigned aspects of the Museum’s financial database and source document management. They will assist in configuring stipends for all apprentices at the Museum, data entry, and mail distribution. They will also maintain the filing system for all accounts payable and receivable. Attention to detail, multi-tasking capabilities, and good communication skills are required.

Archives and Library: Interns working with the collections of the Research Library and its archives will be exposed to multiple levels of library management from working at the reception desk to the detailed cataloging of primary source materials. Projects include updating identification of archival collections, creating manuscript collection inventories, completing data entry, re-housing collections, assisting with exhibition research and many other simple and complex tasks. Interns will assist with the cataloging of general collections, rare books, government documents, serials, pamphlets, cartography, and ephemera, as well as many different types of manuscript materials. Foreign language skills are valuable in the library and a knowledge of American history, literature, maritime history and geography is also advantageous, yet none are required.
PLEASE NOTE: All internship slots in the Research Library have been filled for spring 2015. Internships not available summer 2015 due to Library moving to Johnny Cake Hill campus. Will resume internships in the fall.

Development: Interns will assist with tasks associated with the Museum’s membership program, annual fund, special events and marketing/PR. This would include assisting with the processing and distribution of membership cards and renewals, administering other solicitation mailings, database management, special event support, development of e-blasts and social media marketing, and general departmental administrative tasks as needed.

Education and Public Programs: Interns will assist with the implementation of educational programming for school, camp and other youth groups. They will also train as docents in order to interpret the museum’s collections for visitors. Other duties will include assisting with content research, development of family and community programs and volunteer management. Interns may be asked to assist with special events and offsite outreach programs as needed.

Exhibitions: Interns will work with the Curatorial staff, under the direction of the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, to develop and install exhibitions components. Depending on the project, interns will likely work across curatorial disciplines (including the library, photo archive, conservation, and registration) to research objects and exhibit scripts, write label drafts, update the collections database when necessary, and learn object handling, preparation and installation techniques. Interns with skills in other areas such as graphic design, audio and video editing, animation development, fabrication of hands-on components, and other creative activities applicable to exhibits are highly desirable and encouraged to highlight these skills when applying for the internship.

Digital Initatives: Interns will work with and under the direction of the Director of Digital Initiatives on projects that provide the opportunity to learn about digital media, photographic history, and web design and management. Interns help to organize, catalogue, digitize, and improve the accessibility of the Museum's holdings. The Photography and Digital Archives include images, documents, movies, sound recordings and websites. Tasks may include but are not limited to: identifying and conserving photographs, creating and maintaining databases and digital archive records, producing photography, video, and audio content, assisting in the creation of web-exhibits and interactives.

Registrar: Interns will work with the Registrar to document and process new acquisitions and loans to and from the collection. The interns will learn proper nomenclature for cataloguing museum collections, how to use the collections database, and the filing systems for paper records. Interns will also learn proper object handling and storage of museum objects. Tasks may include but are not limited to: exhibition preparation and installation, processing and rehousing of collections, filing and data entry, as well as administrative tasks as necessary.

Application Process and Period of Work

Interested candidates should complete the online application by following the link provided and submit a letter of interest along with a current resume to Christina Turner, Director of Apprentices and Interns, prior to the semester in which they want to intern. Qualified candidates will interview with a member of the Education Department and a member of the department the intern wishes to work with. Successful candidates will work one semester with the opportunity to apply for additional semesters.

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in college, graduate school or trade school and must have a high school diploma or GED. Internship positions are typically unpaid. Applicants are encouraged to apply for course credit and/or stipends through their respective schools.


Last Modified: January 7, 2016