Museum Interns

Interns and staff member Mary K. Bercaw Edwards embarking on a whaleboat row

Spend your summer on the banks of the beautiful Mystic River as you learn more about museums and the maritime world.

We are seeking a select group of upper-level undergraduates and graduate students who are curious about museum work and passionate about sharing maritime history with the world. See how the academic subjects you’ve studied in school get translated into public history at the nation’s fourth largest history museum. You’ll go behind-the-scenes at this and other top New England museums through weekly field trips. A weekly discussion seminar, assigned readings, and presentations by Mystic Seaport leaders will introduce you to museum theory and current best practices. Two days each week (including one weekend day) will be spent as an exhibit interpreter, bringing what you’ve learned to a broad public audience. You’ll also spend two days each week working closely with museum staff on a research project contributing to future exhibits, programs, activities, and events.

College or graduate credit is available through Trinity College or the University of Connecticut. This is a full-time internship that pays a small stipend to cover living expenses. On-site housing may be available for a fee.

Minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Mystic Seaport is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Feedback from Mystic Seaport Interns

Erica, a summer 2011 intern

Erica, a summer 2011 intern

“This summer changed us all in lasting and meaningful ways. Yes, we learned about museum theory and gained valuable practical experience. More importantly, we met countless wonderful people and made memories that we will treasure forever.” – 2011 Interns Alex, Maggie, Katharine, Erica, Amber, and Claire

“I had a wonderful time and learned so much. The program is well-structured and offers opportunities to explore many different museum careers and pathways.” – 2012 Intern Lynda

“Not only were field trips fun; they also exposed us to themes in the museum field. Thoughtful discussions following the field trips enhanced our understanding of pressing issues facing cultural institutions across the country.” – 2011 Interns Claire, Amber, Erika, Katharine, Maggie, and Alex

“Loved them! I think they’re an invaluable part of the internship, and I really enjoyed them.” – 2012 Intern Becca on interpretation day

“Overall, I thought this internship was amazing.” – 2012 Intern Liz

“It was a great experience and it really helped build my CV concerning interacting with the public, interpreting exhibits, and judging the success of exhibit design.” – 2012 Intern Morgan