Emerging Professional Internships (2 positions) at Penobscot Marine Museum

12 Dec 2019 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Penobscot Marine Museum seeks two full-time museum interns for summer 2020. These are general museum internships providing hands-on work experience in the daily operations of a medium-sized museum. Interns will actively participate in multiple departments including visitor’s services, education, curatorial, marketing, and photo archives. This is an excellent opportunity for a student who would like to learn more about the variety of jobs available in the museum field and also can be tailored for a more specific experience. About 40% of the internship will be public programming and the remaining 60% will be spent on other projects. These internships will include professional development field trips to four other Maine museums.

Internship Duties:

  • Lead daily public programming 3 days a week
  • Attend daily front line staff meetings
  • Assist with or lead 4 one-day children’s camps
  • Contribute to PMM’s Facebook and Instagram accounts
  • Assist with special events which could include helping to plan, market, set-up for, and/or staff activities during the speaker series, special event weekends, holidays, and the biannual gala
  • Complete a short-term curatorial project such as cataloguing, numbering, and rehousing new acquisitions or identifying objects and writing interpretive labels for the 2021 exhibit
  • Complete a short-term photo archives project such as scanning and cataloguing a selection of the Kosti Ruohomaa Collection
  • In the second half of the internship, complete a larger project in the department of the intern’s choosing
  • Open and close the Savage Education Center
  • Staff the PMM outreach booth during local festivals

Internship Length and Dates:

  • 8 weeks
  • June 17 - August 11, 2020 (some flexibility if needed)
  • July 4 th is a work day
  • Work some nights and every other Saturday
  • Usually scheduled 35-40 hours/week


  • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an undergraduate program or graduate program in museum studies, history, public history, archival studies, library science with concentration in archives and special collections, education, material culture, or related field
  • Coursework in history and/or education
  • Interest in museums and/or maritime history
  • Experience working with children
  • Experience working with the public
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and social media
  • Familiarity with PastPerfect a plus, training available
  • Must be willing to work some weekends


  • $4,100 stipend paid in biweekly installments
  • PMM will provide assistance locating housing, if desired. On-site housing may be available.

Review of applicants will begin January 31st , 2020 and will continue until the positions are filled. Please submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcripts (official or unofficial) and one letter of recommendation to Jeana Ganskop at jganskop@pmm-maine.org.

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