At Old Sturbridge Village, interpretation is the process of communicating important elements of the historical period recreated by the museum, and often includes demonstrating skills that would have been common in the early nineteenth century. Interns working in interpretation will be costumed by the OSV Costume Department.
Interns will work in interpretative areas that accurately reflect the roles men and women would have played in the 1830s. For example, men will work in agriculture, including working with animals, and they will work in certain crafts, such as tin-making, pottery, blacksmithing, printing, and shoemaking, among others. Women will work in areas such as households, gardening, textiles, school, dye, bookbinding, and hearthside cooking.
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.
Internship available year-round: fall semester, spring semester, and summer. 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.