Offered mid-June through late August

Museum Interns

Summer 2013 interns and Museum staff member Mary K. Bercaw Edwards embarking on a whaleboat row and sail.

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

We are seeking a select group of upper-level undergraduates and graduate students who are passionate about history and curious about museum work. See how the academic history you’ve studied in school is translated into public history at the nation’s fourth largest history museum. One to two days each week will be spent working closely with museum staff on a specific project or research topic. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at a variety of museums through weekly off-site 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.

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. On-site housing may also be available.

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