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.

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.

The Nantucket Historical Association’s Research Library is offering two, paid, archival processing internships during the fall of 2018.

Under the supervision of the Chief Archivist, the Archives Interns will be exposed to multiple levels of archives management and gain hands-on experience working with manuscript and photographic collections. They will conduct specific processing projects; will document and refine existing procedures; and will contribute to the development of new policies in the archives. Processing projects will include rehousing, arranging, and describing archival collections as part of and in preparation for a larger digitization effort.

The interns will also participate in the Research Library’s reference desk schedule, respond to remote research queries, and develop collections-focused posts for social media. A knowledge of American history, literature, maritime history, or geography is advantageous, yet not required.

Required: 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.

Housing is provided, plus a stipend of $2,500 for a ten-to-thirteen week internship. Dates are flexible depending on the availability of the intern.

Please send resume, letter of interest, and contact information for three references to Deadline for applications is July 31, 2018, or until filled.

Rebecca Miller
Assistant to the Executive Director
Nantucket Historical Association
PO Box 1016
Nantucket, MA 02554

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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