Apprentices at the 2018 New Bedford Whaling Museum Gala.


The Museum offers a variety of learning, research, and career development opportunities to students, scholars and educators. Please read below for more information on opportunities for students and scholars at the Museum.

High School Apprenticeship Program

A nationally recognized program for New Bedford students in grades 10-12.

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Phoebe Magee
Manager of Young Adult Programs
(508) 997-0046 x187


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A 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award winner, the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s High School Apprenticeship Program provides low-income, academically motivated students with access to resources and experiences that deepen community engagement, promote personal and professional development, and cultivate college and career success.

The Apprenticeship Program enrolls students who are entering the tenth grade and who live in New Bedford. Apprentices learn about whales and whale biology, the history of their city and the stories of the countless people whose culture, language, and accomplishments are exhibited throughout the Museum. Students then connect their learning at the Museum to real-world experiences, visiting cultural sites, planning and hosting events and serving as Museum ambassadors. At the same time, the program helps Apprentices prepare for their futures. Apprentices visit college campuses, listen to career speakers, go on career shadows, and receive support through the college application and financial aid process.

Students who are accepted into the Apprenticeship Program attend a 6-week summer program and a school-year program that runs from October – June each year. The Apprenticeship is a three-year commitment and apprentices are paid a stipend throughout their time in the program.

What do Apprentices say about the program?

Use the audio player below to hear what students have to say about their time in the Whaling Museum's Apprenticeship program.