2021 Museum Education/Interpretation Internship: Penobscot Marine Museum

22 Dec 2020 6:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport Maine seeks a full-time education/interpretation intern for summer 2021. This internship will provide hands-on work experience in the daily operations of a medium-sized museum. The intern will actively participate in the Museum’s front line. This internship will include professional development field trips to four other Maine museums (in-person or online) and participation in an intern cohort.

Internship Duties:

  • Lead 45-minute guided walking tours
  • Monitor visitors and welcome guests
  • Research, write, and pilot a new guided walking tour
  • Assist with programming (in-person and/or online)
  • Submit articles for e-news
  • Conduct evaluations with visitors
  • Contribute posts and videos to social media
  • Attend weekly intern meetings and intern field trips to other museums

Internship Length and Dates:

  • 8 weeks
  • June 16 - August 10, 2021 (some flexibility if needed)
  • July 4th is a work day
  • Work some nights and weekends
  • 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, 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, Gmail, Facebook, Zoom, YouTube, and Instagram
  • Familiarity with PastPerfect a plus, training available


  • $4,100 stipend paid in biweekly installments
  • PMM will provide on-site housing for a small fee

Review of applicants will begin February 15th, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcripts (official or unofficial) and one letter of recommendation as .pdfs to Jeana Ganskop at jganskop@pmm-maine.org.

This internship description is based on the expectation that the 2021 season will be based on a hybrid model where PMM either offers guided walking tours of the campus or some of the exhibits are open for self-guided tours and programming is offered both online and in-person. All museum access and programming will be dynamic and will react to changes in the pandemic and the associated guidelines issued by the state and this internship will adapt accordingly. This is a guaranteed, grant-funded internship.

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