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 spring 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 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.

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. A knowledge of American history, literature, maritime history, or geography is advantageous, yet not required.

Internships are full-time for sixteen weeks from January 14, 2019, to May 3, 2019, with the possibility of an extension through May 31, 2019. A $3,000 stipend is available for the sixteen-week internship. Housing and a commuter pass are provided.
Please send a cover letter that includes a description of how this internship aligns with your career goals, a resume, and two references to Deadline for applications is November 18.

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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