Apprenticeships & Internships - New Bedford Whaling Museum
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

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is recruiting current 9th grade students for our paid 3-year High School Apprenticeship Program. We are looking for curious, motivated students interested in learning and working at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

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Application Process

  • Application forms must be completed by using the digital form or paper forms available at the Museum's front desk.
  • Completed forms and a copy of your most recent report card can be submitted to: Phoebe Magee, Manager of Young Adult Programs at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
  • Potential candidates will be invited to the Museum for an interview.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of April 4, 2022.


To be eligible for the Apprenticeship Program, applicants must be New Bedford residents who are currently enrolled in the 9th grade, in good academic standing, and meet income levels as defined in the application. As part of the application process, Apprentices will submit a signed Income Verification Form as required by our funders.


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

Manager of Young Adult Programs, Phoebe Magee, is happy to schedule a virtual or in-person info session for your classroom. Interested students can also sign up to visit the Museum, or meet with a Program Manager.

Please do not hesitate to contact Phoebe with any questions: or (508) 997-0046 x187.

A 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award winner, the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s High School Apprenticeship Program provides high school students in New Bedford 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 3-year commitment and apprentices are paid a stipend throughout their time in the program.

Does this sound like you? We invite future Apprentices to watch the video below to learn more.

Support the Apprenticeship Program

Help the Whaling Museum provide local students with access to these resources and valuable experiences. Your donation in any amount is appreciated.