The Castine Historical Society invites applications from graduate-level students enrolled in museum studies, history, public history, or archival studies programs. The internship commitment is 35 hours/week for eight weeks starting between June 22 and July 2.
Castine is a small, coastal village that is home to the Maine Maritime Academy and a year-round population of 1,400 people which nearly doubles in the summer. Located on a peninsula where the Penobscot and Bagaduce Rivers meet on the Maine coast, the location has long been Native American traditional land. Europeans built trading posts in the early 1600s and political claims to the region remained contentious from that time through the War of 1812.
The Historical Society occupies two iconic buildings on Castine’s town common and is a 501(c)(3) membership organization with a paid staff of three and an active volunteer Board of Directors. The intern will participate in daily operations, attending staff and Board meetings as well as educational and fundraising events. The program includes learning Castine area history and providing village walking tours along with local volunteer guides.
The primary internship project this year is digitizing, preserving, and cataloging historic photographs. Training and tasks, supervised by the Historical Society’s professional curator, provide practical experience such as scanning to archives specifications and writing item-level descriptions using PastPerfect museum software. Applications are due Tuesday, March 24. To view the full internship description and application instructions, visit castinehistoricalsociety.org or contact Paige Lilly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.