Internships

The Nantucket Historical Association’s internship program allows a dynamic group of students with varied interests, strengths, and goals to immerse themselves in an outstanding educational and professional environment. Interns learn and work directly with professionals in a team-based, collaborative environment.

Internships and Semester-Long Learning

In addition to the long-established and very successful summer intern program, the NHA is now adding semester-long learning internships to our education programs. This initiative is important because it gives preference to students coming on island from Labor Day through Memorial Day, rather than during the congested summer months when accommodations are hard to come by. The objective is to identify meaningful work that matches students’ interests and passions that then creates a force-multiplier effect.  Please be aware of the application deadlines for internships to which you are applying.

On-island and class-based learning with select colleges is building strong momentum. Students and faculty from Boston University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the New York School of Interior Design, Princeton University, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute have signed on thus far in 2018. Browse the NHA Internships and Collaboration Opportunities (PDF) for our latest projects of interest.

Amy Durbin
Manager of Education
Nantucket Historical Association
PO Box 1016
Nantucket, MA 02554
adurbin@nha.org

  • Archives

    The Nantucket Historical Association’s Research Library is offering two paid archives internships during summer 2019.

    Working closely with the NHA’s archivist, the Archives Interns will be exposed to all aspects of archives management and gain hands-on experience working with manuscript, photographic, and audiovisual collections. They will conduct specific processing and cataloging projects, document and refine existing procedures, and complete digitization of manuscript materials. The interns will also participate in the Research Library’s reference desk schedule and respond to remote research queries. Based on the interns’ interests, they may also develop collections-focused posts for social media, plan and propose outreach projects, or contribute to ongoing collections assessment work.

    Internships are full-time for ten-to-twelve weeks. Compensation includes a $2,500 stipend, housing and commuter pass.

    Requirements:

    Requirements: Enrollment in or graduation from an ALA-accredited master’s program; completed coursework in archival theory and practice or relevant experience with archival materials; solid time management skills; familiarity with descriptive standards and metadata schemas; excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to work independently, to seek clarification, and to offer suggestions when needed. Physical requirements include the ability to lift up to 40 lbs.

    Important Dates

    Please send a cover letter that includes a description of how this internship aligns with your career goals, a resume, and two references (names and contact information) to Amy Durbin adurbin@nha.org or c/o Nantucket Historical Association, PO Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554. Deadline for applications is February 3.

  • Development/Events

    Check back for a fall development internship announcement.

  • Education/Interpretation

    Under the supervision of the Manager of Education, the education and public programs interns will be exposed to understanding the needs of museum visitors, best practices of working with multi-generational audiences, and the design, implementation, and evaluation of an education and/or public program.

    There are three focus areas during the summer.

    • Interpretation, this includes facilitating tours for visitors at the NHA’s historic sites, with a project to compile a comprehensive guide for a specific site that provides sources for information.
    • Education, whereby the interns will lead and evaluate family programs at multiple sites to broaden connections between the past and present.
    • Family & Public Programs at the Whaling Museum, which include pop-up gallery activities and working with families in our Discovery Room.

    All interns will spend time at each of our historic sites and will work evening/weekend events as needed.

    Requirements:

    • Pursuing a degree in History, Art History, Education, English, Communications, or Museum Studies
    • Attention to detail with good organization skills
    • Ability to communicate effectively, with general public and staff
    • Exhibit positive, helpful, and team-oriented attitude
    • Ability to work independently or with a team to ensure projects through from start to finish
    • Excellent computer skills, specifically with Microsoft Office

    Please indicate which area of focus (Interpretation, Education at Sites, Family & Public Programs) in which you are most interested.

    Important Dates

    The internship begins the first Monday in June 2019.  Internships last a minimum of 10 weeks, but those interested in a longer internship should indicate that in their cover letter.  Ideally we would like a couple of interns to be available through Labor Day, and if possible, Columbus Day weekend.  Housing is provided and a stipend of $2500 – $3500 depending on the length of the internship.

    Please send a cover letter that includes a description of how this internship aligns with your career goals, a resume, and two references (names and contact information) to Amy Durbin adurbin@nha.org or c/o Nantucket Historical Association, PO Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554. Deadline for applications is February 3.

The mission of the Nantucket Historical Association is to tell the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.

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