The Martha's Vineyard Museum has a well developed summer intern program, in place since 1993. In 2015, the MVM will offer 6 internship opportunities for the summer program. Internships are available in the curatorial, oral history, development, marketing/events, education, and research/writing, departments.
Interns enjoy a variety of museum experiences, including exhibits, programs, special events, interaction with visitors, and working with a professional staff. Hours and schedules are to be arranged with individual interns and departments, however, each intern is required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week and can work as many as 40 hours. These internships are unpaid, however, credit may be accrued depending on each intern's individual school policy. With the experience gained at the MVM, many of the previous interns have gone on to careers in the fields of library science, historic preservation, public history, and museum studies. Energetic, self-motivated, flexible individuals who are independent, creative, and willing to be team players will best fit these positions.
Duties and Duration of the Internship
Along with the tasks assigned by their supervisor, interns will be asked to participate in several organizational events and perform a number of organizational duties.
- Attend all Intern meetings.
- Assist Staff in two major events, the Opening Reception and Evening of Discovery.
- Share responsibilities in Museum Shop (as necessary).
- Assist in maintaining public spaces (as necessary).
- Assist with visitor services at the Edgartown Lighthouse (as necessary).
Internships will commence on June 1, 2015. All interns are asked to work as late into August as possible (with possible preference given to those who are able to work more hours weekly and can work through Labor Day).
The MVM does not assume responsibility for making housing arrangements for the summer interns. It is the responsibility of each intern to secure housing. The MVM recommends prospective interns examine the MV Chamber of Commerce website for housing information.
A background in history or museum studies is preferred but not required; a strong interest in museums, education, or archives is necessary. A high degree of responsibility and the ability to work professionally with the public are essential. Excellent organizational skills are necessary. Experience with Microsoft Office is preferred. Each of the six internship positions requires the intern to have the capacity to work independently.
To be considered for a summer internship position, you must submit a complete application package to the MVM by February 27, 2015.
A completed application package includes:
- Martha's Vineyard Museum Intern Information Sheet
- Cover Letter
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- A One Page Writing Sample (Note: some positions request a longer writing sample). This can be any writing done for a college class, job, internship, etc. You do not need to create a new writing sample for the purpose of this application/internship.
Upon receiving the application packet, MVM staff will send an email acknowledgement. A telephone interview will be necessary for the finalists. To obtain an Intern Information Sheet, simply download and print it here. Please email the completed application packet to the Martha's Vineyard Museum Internship Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to:
Martha's Vineyard Museum
Attn: Internship Committee
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539