Mystic Seaport Museum is seeking applicants for the 2024 New England Black and Indigenous Maritime Histories Summer Internship. This interdisciplinary internship engages with BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color) maritime histories and contemporary communities through academic exploration and hands-on practice in public engagement, curation, and community conversations. The program benefits students with interest in museum careers as well as students who aspire to positions of leadership in community and responsibility in other fields such as education, business, government, and more.
Twice a week, interns will join the interpretation team for the Museum’s new exhibit, Entwined: Freedom, Sovereignty, and the Sea. Opening in Spring 2024, Entwined re-weaves a narrative of Indigenous and African-descended maritime cultures whose histories are forever interwoven in the stories of freedom, sovereignty and the sea. Interns will act as interpreters in Entwined, facilitating visitor conversations and educational experiences in the gallery, as well as develop skills in public engagement and historical interpretation.
Museum Collections + Curation
Interns will also join the Museum’s Collections and Research team one and half days a week to work on collections management, research, or curatorial projects. Through these projects, interns will be able to directly work with historic and contemporary Belongings and collections, as well as develop skills in collections care and management, object handling, curatorial research and project development, and archival work.
Interns will participate in a weekly museum studies course, exploring museum theory, procedures, and ethics. This course, led by Mystic Seaport Museum Senior Curator of Maritime Social Histories and Director of the Frank C. Munson Institue of American Maritime Studies Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes, will engage interns in readings and discussion on critical topics in the field of public humanities. As part of this course, interns will participate in weekly field seminars to regional museums, archives, and cultural institutions to speak with practitioners and scholars around New England. Interns will also engage with the 2024 Munson Institute Fellows on field seminars and in the classroom, learning with and from each other throughout the summer.
There are four internships available for Summer 2024. The summer internship period will run for 10 weeks from June 3 – August 9, 2024. Interns should expect to work onsite at Mystic Seaport Museum from 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. Some weekend/evening work may be required on a limited basis.
Applications are due February 16, 2024. Please include in your application:
- Application Essay (Max 700 words). Why do you want to participate in the BIPOC Maritime Histories Summer Internship? What makes you a strong candidate for this internship? How does this internship relate to your personal, academic, or professional goals? Please upload this essay under 'Upload Additional Files' in the application portal.
- Names and Contact Information for 2 References
- This internship is open to college graduates, entry-level museum professionals, graduate students, and upper-level undergraduates in good standing in any academic field. A career interest in museum work is not a criterion for admission.
- Experience with - or interest in - interacting with members of the public in formal and informal settings
- Demonstrated interest in researching, interpreting, or working with historic and contemporary BIPOC communities, stories, and Belongings
- Academic or professional experience in the humanities, social sciences, or education fields
- Strong interpersonal skills