June 3 – August 16, 2019

Spend your summer on the banks of the beautiful Mystic River as you learn more about museums and the maritime world.

Join a diverse group of upper-level undergraduates and graduate students who are curious about museum work and passionate about sharing maritime history with the world. See how the academic subjects you have studied in school translate into public history at one of the nation’s leading history museums. You will have the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at this and other top New England museums during weekly field trips. Discussion seminars, assigned readings, and presentations by Mystic Seaport Museum leaders will introduce you to museum theory and current best practices. Practical experience will consist of working two days a week on the Museum grounds as an exhibit interpreter, bringing what you have learned to a broad public audience. You will also spend two days each week working closely with museum staff on an individual research project that will contribute to future exhibits, programs, activities, and events. In order to maximize your experience, each intern will have a unique schedule that includes at least one weekend day working on-grounds and two days off each week (which may be nonconsecutive).

College or graduate credit may be available through your home campus. This is a full-time internship that pays a small stipend to cover living expenses. An onsite housing option is available. Six interns will be selected.

Minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Mystic Seaport Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to apply:

The application for this internship consists of three sections: Section 1: Internship Description and Instructions, Section 2: Application, and Section 3: Upload Additional Materials (this includes your cover letter, resume, and TWO letters of recommendation.)

Please use the online application form (link on the right side of this page: https://www.mysticseaport.org/about/internships-at-mystic-seaport/ ). If you are unable to use the online application, you may submit your application (see link to download above, right) through email or snail mail. If you prefer email/snail mail, please send completed application materials to:

Barbara Jarnagin – Mystic Seaport Museum Education
75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
[email protected]

Applications for the 2019 program are due by February 1. Those selected for interviews will be contacted later in February. Internship selections for the six spots will be made by early March.

If you have any problems submitting your online application, or uploading materials, please contact Krystal Rose [email protected]

About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.”

The Museum’s grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship still in existence.