Internships at Mystic Seaport

 

Summer 2018

Mystic Seaport offers two distinct internship programs for summer 2018: the Museum Studies Internship, and the Pre-professional Internship. The Museum Studies Internship is geared toward upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students who are interested in exploring the museum field. The Pre-professional Internship is a focused program that allows graduate-level students to gain concentrated experience in the field. Applicants can apply for both programs; however one program will likely be a better fit, given the applicant’s academic experience and interests.

Mystic Seaport Pre-professional Summer Internship Program
June 4 – August 10, 2018

Spend a summer on the Connecticut shore immersed in innovative museum programs, exhibition R&D, and visitor studies!

Mystic Seaport, the nation’s leading maritime museum, recently opened an award-winning dramatic new building with a 5,000-square-foot exhibition hall and adjoining outdoor performance quad. We are seeking graduate-level students with experience working or volunteering in the museum field to join us in exploring the full potential of this new facility.

The Pre-professional Summer Internship, funded by The Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts, provides participants with the opportunity to apply museum theory while gaining practical and marketable skills, in areas including exhibition research and development, strategic planning, “placemaking”/community building, and audience evaluation. Interns will work collaboratively with leadership staff and other museum colleagues. Individual goals and organizational objectives will be established collaboratively at the start of the internship. Full-time intern positions will focus on one of three areas: public programs and performances, exhibition development and research, and audience participation and evaluation.

In addition to individual projects, there will be opportunities for site visits to other New England museums and seminar-style discussions with staff and interns. At the close of the season each intern will complete a final report summarizing the work accomplished, and deliver a presentation to key stakeholders.

We are seeking a diverse group of applicants. Qualifications include completion of some graduate-level museum studies coursework, experience working or volunteering in the field, demonstrated success in self-directed learning, or related content expertise. Other applicable skills include experience in communications, marketing, social media, or subject matter expertise.

Credit may be available through your home campus. This is a full-time internship that provides on-site housing and pays a small stipend to cover living expenses.

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

To Apply

Submit a completed application form, a cover letter, two professional or academic letters of recommendation, and a resume (or CV) to the address below. Priority will be given to applications received by March 2, 2018. Applications submitted after that date will be considered as space allows. Video conference interviews with finalists will be conducted in March and offers made by mid-April.

Completed application packets can be emailed to Arlene Marcionette at arlene.marcionette@mysticseaport.org or sent by post to:

Arlene Marcionette
Public Programs Project Manager
Mystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Avenue
P.O. Box 6000
Mystic, CT 06355-0990

2018 Pre-professional Internship Application


Mystic Seaport Museum Studies Summer Internship Program
June 4 – August 17, 2018

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 diverse 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 are translated into public history at one of the nation’s leading history museums. You’ll go behind-the-scenes at this and other top New England museums through 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 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 may be available through your home campus. This is a full-time internship that pays a small stipend to cover living expenses. A unique onsite housing situation is available.

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

To Apply

Submit a completed application form, a cover letter, two professional letters of recommendation, and a resume (or CV) to the address below. Priority will be given to applications received by February 9, 2018. Applications submitted after that date will be considered as space allows. Video conference interviews with finalists will be conducted in early March and offers made by late March.

Completed application packets can be emailed to Barbara Jarnagin at Barbara.jarnagin@mysticseaport.org or sent by post to:

Barbara Jarnagin
ATTN: Museum Studies Internship Program
Education Department
Mystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Avenue
P.O. Box 6000
Mystic, CT 06355-0990

2018 Museum Studies Internship Application Form 


Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp Internship

June 4-Aug. 24, 2018

Mystic Seaport is seeking paid college interns to work with our Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp. The Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp is entering its 69th year of fostering youth development through maritime training. In this unique residential sailing program, campers sleep aboard the historic sailing ship Joseph Conrad, learn to sail a dinghy, and acquire traditional maritime skills.

The program is seeking highly motivated college interns to serve as shipboard Watch Leaders and environmental educators for the summer 2018 season. The time commitment is June 4-Aug. 24. The program is ideal for candidates with an interest in teaching, outdoor education, sailing education, maritime history, or museum studies, and is a great resume builder!

More information: Conrad Camp College Internship 2018

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references to kate.ainsworth@mysticseaport.org. Preferred candidate review begins March 15.