Old Sturbridge Village is now accepting applications for college internships. These internships are excellent opportunities for undergraduate or graduate students interested in American history focusing on the 1830s, the Industrial Revolution, and agricultural history, as well as museum education or administration.

All interns will have the opportunity to use the research library, spend time in our collections, and observe different levels of management.

“What a wonderful experience it was! I still think about what it was like to be in costume all week, to become familiar with the recipes in The American Frugal Housewife, and to milk cows in front of visitors…

I think about how many people I must have spoken to over the summer, and how the number and diversity of visitors made every day a new opportunity for me to grow in living history. I also think about the group trips and breakfasts the interns had, and how kind everyone at the museum was to us. 

I wanted to let you know what an impact this internship has made on me and my museum studies. Thank you for allowing me to experience Old Sturbridge Village for a summer. I definitely won’t forget it!”

-Abigail P. (Summer 2018 Intern, Interpretation)


“…A huge part [that] I loved about the internship is that is so personalized and flexible to meet your needs and interests and the staff really do want you to have fun and succeed…the program is designed so you grow a lot and meet so many incredible people.”

-Lindsey (Summer 2018 Intern, Museum Education)

General Information

Moir Intern Scholarship

The Moir Internship is funded through the Moir Education Endowment, which was created to honor the Village’s former chairman Bruce D. Moir for his service to the museum. The internships are designed to provide a rich and rigorous summer experience for two college students who have demonstrated an interest in the study of American History – possibly with the intent to enter the field professionally – while assisting the Village in its efforts to fulfill its mission.

The Stephen M. Brewer Intern Scholarship

The Stephen M. Brewer Internship is funded through the Tri Community Chamber of Commerce, and was created to honor Senator Brewer for his service to the community. The internship is designed to provide a rich and rigorous summer experience for a college student, from Senator Brewer’s district, who has demonstrated an interest in the study of American History, Museum Studies or Education – possibly with the intent to enter the field professionally – while assisting the Village in its efforts to fulfill its mission.

Towns included in Senator Brewer’s District are Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Barre, Brimfield, Brookfield, Charlton, East Brookfield, Hardwick, Holland, Hubbardston, Monson New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oakham, Palmer, Paxton, Petersham, Phillipston, Rutland, Spencer, Sturbridge, Templeton, Wales, Ware, Warren, West Brookfield, and Winchendon.

 

Application Process

Download a College Intern Application

Questions: Call Kim Adams at 508-347-0302 or email us.

Application deadlines:

Available Internships:

Garden Internship (Program Internship)

Department:

Garden

Responsibilities:

The Gardens Intern will work one-on-one with the Coordinator of Horticulture and the Garden Interpretation team to gain an inside knowledge of how public garden spaces are planned, interpreted, maintained, and presented to the public in a large museum setting.  Interns will have the opportunity to work as a part of the Garden Interpretation team, both in-costume and behind the scenes, and to learn about heirloom vegetables and ornamental plants, historic gardening techniques, and how historic research is presented to the public on a large scale.  The Gardens Intern will also have the option of working on a directed garden research project or within a historic household, under the supervision of the Coordinator of Horticulture.

All interns will first undergo historical training of the museum’s time period, training in the assigned area of interpretation, and training in customer service. All interns will be mentored by OSV interpretation staff at all times. Interns working in interpretation will be costumed by the OSV costume department.

Please check with your school to see if you’re eligible for academic credit. Summer interns receive a stipend of $1,500. Candidates for internships are chosen on the basis of a written application and an in-person or phone interview.

Hours:

The internship is available during the 12-week summer session. The work day is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the museum is open Wednesday – Sunday (administrative departments operate Monday-Friday only); work schedules vary by department.

Research, Collections & Exhibits Curatorial Internship

Department:

Collections and Research Library

Summary & Responsibilities:

Old Sturbridge Village seeks a college student or recent graduate interested in gaining direct hands-on experience in the care and management of historic collections, manuscripts, and archives.  The intern will work closely with the curatorial and library staff on a variety of projects which may include: inventory and cataloging, preventive conservation, pest management, digitization, archival processing, rehousing of archival materials, developing finding aids for manuscript and research assistance.

Orientation to the museum and specific training to complete the tasks will be provided.

In return for meeting these requirements, the intern will receive $1,500. The selection process will be competitive, with preference given to students or recent graduates with previous experience in museum studies coursework and/or working with historic objects and/or exhibits.  Interested applicants must submit a written application and are interviewed by phone, Skype, or in person.

Hours:

The internship is available during the 12-week summer session. The work day is from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Historical Interpretation Internship (Program Internship)

Department:

Museum Program

Responsibilities:

At Old Sturbridge Village, a Historical Interpreter engages and educates our audience.  S/he uses historic clothing, structures, plants, animals, and landscape as well as the tools and techniques of early trades, agriculture, horticulture and domestic crafts to make meaningful connections with the present.  Historical Interpreters help visitors gain insights into their modern world and a better understanding of it by conveying aspects of its origins in early 19th century rural New England.

Depending on the museum’s needs, college interns will have the opportunity to work in various trades and occupations, including: Farming, Dairying, Blacksmithing, Gardening, Hearth Cooking, Shoe Making, Sewing, Pottery, portraying a school keeper and more.

All interns will be provided general training in the museum’s time period and in the area(s) to which they’ll be assigned as well as in visitor engagement and customer service.

Please check with your school to see if you’re eligible for academic credit. Summer interns receive a stipend of $1,500. Candidates for internships are chosen on the basis of a written application and an in-person or phone interview.

Hours:

The internship is available during the 12-week summer session, May 29 to August 18, 2019. The work day is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the museum is open Wednesday – Sunday.

Museum Education Internship (Program Internship)

Department:

Museum Education

Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Director of Education and Coordinator of Museum Education, student interns assist with daily operations, program research and development, and summer program activities including administrative duties, Discovery Adventures camps, and other Museum Education programs. Interns’ duties will be designed around their experience, education, and interests, but first and foremost, based on the Museum Education department’s needs.

Interns will be responsible for the interactive learning experience of children ages 6-17. Interns must be adept at a variety of teaching techniques that are applicable in relating the everyday life of 19th-century New Englanders in a historical museum setting. Interns will be trained to lead youth group inquiry-based historical site tours, group discussions, participatory activities, role playing, and simple craft workshops working in a cooperative teaching environment with fellow teachers.

Requirements:

Successful completion of two years in an undergraduate program with a core concentration in Education, History, Art History, or related field. Must be comfortable and enthusiastic about working directly with children; 1 to 3 years work experience in either a camp, childcare, or educational setting. A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Candidates for internships are chosen on the basis of a written application and an in-person or phone interview. Housing may be available for a fee, however transportation is not provided. Contact the OSV Internship Coordinator for more information.

Hours:

The internship is available during the 12-week summer session. The work day is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the museum is open to the public Wednesday – Sunday while administrative departments operate Monday-Friday only.  Schedules will be established with the intern’s supervisor.

Please check with your school to see if you’re eligible for academic credit. Only summer internships receive a stipend.

Sustainable Agriculture Internship (Program Internship)

Department:

Museum Program

Responsibilities:

Old Sturbridge Village seeks a college student or recent graduate interested in gaining direct hands-on experience with an educational agriculture program. The intern will work under the supervision of the museum’s Coordinator of Agriculture to develop new and expand existing programs. The scope of work will include sustainable agriculture, heritage breed animals, heirloom apple trees, and heirloom vegetables. The interns’ duties will be designed around their experience, education, and interests, but first and foremost, based on the Museum Program department’s needs. Orientation to the museum and specific training to complete the tasks will be provided. The intern will have the opportunity to experience the workings of New England’s largest outdoor history museum.

Please check with your school to see if you’re eligible for academic credit. Summer interns receive a stipend of $1,500. The selection process will be competitive, with preference given to students or recent graduates with previous experience with sustainable agriculture programs. Candidates for internships are chosen on the basis of a written application and an in-person or phone interview.

Hours:

The internship is available during the 12-week summer session. The work day is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the museum is open Wednesday – Sunday (administrative departments operate Monday-Friday only); work schedules vary by department.

Development Internship (Administrative Internship)

Department:

Development

Responsibilities:

The Development Intern will work closely with the Development staff and participate in all fund-raising efforts. They will assist in the following areas: research potential corporate and foundation donors, help maintain Development records and help with data projects in Altru (fundraising software), assist with mailings and marketing for development events and corporate membership program. The ideal candidate will be well-organized, attentive to detail and experienced in MS Word and Excel. This is an exceptional opportunity to learn important skills that will translate into many business-related careers.

Please check with your school to see if you’re eligible for academic credit. Summer interns receive a stipend of $1,500.  Candidates for internships are chosen on the basis of a written application and an in-person or phone interview.

Hours:

The internship is available during the 12-week summer session. The work day is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the museum is open Wednesday – Sunday (administrative departments operate Monday-Friday only); work schedules vary by department.

Marketing Internship (Administrative Internship)

Department:

Marketing and Public Relations

Responsibilities:

The Marketing Intern will work closely with the Marketing Director to promote Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) through paid advertising, public relations, social media and OSV publications. As a result, the Marketing Intern will gain an understanding of the strategic planning and implementation of each facet of the Village’s marketing and public relations program. Specific tasks will include researching and updating media lists, drafting press materials and social media posts, participating in team strategy and brainstorm sessions, tracking media coverage and tabulating news clips, monitoring and analyzing social media traffic, and other duties to be assigned.

Candidate Responsibilities:

Please check with your school to see if you’re eligible for academic credit. Summer interns receive a stipend of $1,500. Candidates for internships are chosen on the basis of a written application and an in-person or phone interview.

Hours:

The internship is available during the 12-week summer session. However, a flexible work schedule can be arranged during general office hours – Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Special Events Internship (Administrative Internship)

Department:

Museum Program

Responsibilities:

The Special Events Intern will work one-on-one with the Director of Special Events to get an inside knowledge of how major special events are developed, planned, and executed in a large museum setting. They will work as part of the museum team to learn the important role that special events play in the overall museum experience. They will assist the Director with all aspects of the special events, including attending meetings to plan the event, both internally with museum staff and externally with outside consultants and vendors, preparing materials, completing paperwork, and working as part of the production team.  After the event has taken place, the intern will assist in the evaluation process.

Please check with your school to see if you’re eligible for academic credit. This is an unpaid internship. Summer interns receive a stipend of $1,500. Candidates for internships are chosen on the basis of a written application and an in-person or phone interview.

Hours:

The internship is available during the 12-week summer session. The work day is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the museum is open Wednesday – Sunday (administrative departments operate Monday-Friday only); work schedules vary by department.