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, and 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

  • Collections & Research
    Collections Management Interns

    The Nantucket Historical Association’s Collections Center is offering two graduate-level internships in collections management. Individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities are encouraged to apply.

    Reporting to the Director of Collections & Research Services and with day-to-day direction from the Collections Manager, interns gain hands-on experience with collections management and object storage. The interns first learn artifact processing procedures, including cataloging using the collection’s management database, object photography, and appropriate object housing. Once they are comfortable with these processes, interns focus on inventorying, cataloging, and relocating targeted collections groups. They create original catalog records and update object locations as needed, in consultation with the Collections Manager. They note conservation priorities, document workflows, and compile cataloging statistics.

    Requirements: Enrollment in or graduation from an accredited master’s program; completed coursework in collections management and practice or relevant experience with museum collections

    Skills/Knowledge desired: Familiar with collections management databases; highly organized; attention to detail; 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; strong research skills.

    The collections management internship is twenty weeks with a Tuesday, January 17, start date, though there is some room for flexibility. Interns work 37.5 hours per week, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m; they are paid $15 per hour on a bi-weekly basis, with shared intern housing and a public transit commuter pass included.

    Please send a cover letter and a description of how this internship aligns with your career goals, a resume, and two references to Deadline for applications is Sunday, November 13.

  • Education/Interpretation

    The Summer 2022 internship application period has ended. Please check back for information on the 2023 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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