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 summer intern program, the NHA now offers 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, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, adn Kean University have all worked on projects that have been incorporated into aspects of the NHA.

Mary Lacoursiere
The Peter M. and Bonnie J. Sacerdote Chair of Education and Community Relations
Nantucket Historical Association
PO Box 1016
Nantucket, MA 02554

  • Archives

    The Nantucket Historical Association’s Research Library is offering two archives internships during spring 2022. Individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities are encouraged to apply for these internships.

    Working closely with the Assistant Archivist, the archives intern participates in all aspects of archives management and gains hands-on experience working with manuscript and photographic collections. They conduct specific processing projects and assist with collection development activities. The intern also participates in all stages of the digitization workflow, including selection of materials, image capture, and metadata creation. Based on the intern’s interests, they may also plan and propose outreach projects, contribute to ongoing collections assessment work, or catalog print materials. They perform other duties as assigned.

    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 with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines; excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to work independently, to seek clarification, and to offer suggestions when needed.

    Skills/Knowledge desired: familiarity with DACS and MPLP methodology; strong organizational skills and an attention to detail; comfortable with learning new technology and problem solving.

    Please send a cover letter with a description of how this internship aligns with your career goals, a resume, and two references to Deadline for applications is October 29.

    The internship is sixteen weeks with a January 10 start date, though there is some room for flexibility. Interns work 37.5 hours per week, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Compensation is $15 per hour. Shared intern housing is available, and interns are eligible for a public transit commuter pass.

  • Development/Events

    The Summer 2021 internship application period has ended. Please check back in early December for information on the 2022 internship program. Thank you!

  • Education/Interpretation

    The Summer 2021 internship application period has ended. Please check back in early December for information on the 2022 internship program. Thank you!

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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