Interested in a Museum career? Looking to acquire practical Museum-career experience? Be a part of New England’s largest outdoor History Museum! Old Sturbridge Village has a long tradition of offering hands-on learning experiences through its College Internships and yearlong Fellowships. Both programs aim to provide candidates with practical knowledge and job experience in the Museum field throughout the many departments at Old Sturbridge Village.

Old Sturbridge Village does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, national origin, language spoken, marital status, sexual orientation, special needs or disability.

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

“My favorite part of the internship is being able to learn alongside such a talented group of people and feel like I am a valuable part of the team”  – Sam, 2022 Summer Intern
 
“I love how tired I am at the end of the day, but that it’s a very content exhaustion. I feel like I’ve really worked hard and accomplished a lot by the end of the day! I also have made some wonderful friends through the program that I love spending time with after work” – Lauren, 2022 Summer Intern

“…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, 2018 Summer Intern

General Information

Application Process

Download a College Intern Application

Questions: Email interns@osv.org

Application deadlines:

Available Internships:

Research, Collections & Exhibits Curatorial Internship

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 care of objects, exhibit installation, pest management, digitization, archival processing, public programming, writing and publishing opportunities, 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 $2,000. 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, zoom, or in person.

Hours:

The internship is available during the 10-week summer session. The work day is from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Garden Internship (Program Internship)

Old Sturbridge Village is seeking a Garden Intern to work in OSV’s Horticulture program. As a living history site dedicated to the history of early 19th-century rural New England, a major component of OSV’s mission is its commitment to showing horticulture and the importance of gardens in 19th-century life. Working as a historic gardener will entail using all aspects of the Museum’s multiple gardens as educational tools to make meaningful connections with our visitors.

19th-century gardening includes bed preparation, sowing seed, thinning, pest management, weeding, watering, harvesting, and seed saving (of both vegetables and flowers). This will involve working in costume using 19th-century techniques.

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 $2,000. Interested applicants must submit a written application and are interviewed by phone, Zoom, or in person.

Hours:

The internship is available during the 10-week summer session. The work day is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the museum is open Wednesday – Sunday

Historical Interpretation Internship (Program Internship)

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 $2,000. Interested applicants must submit a written application and are interviewed by phone, Zoom, or in person.

Hours:

The internship is available during the 10-week summer session. The work day is from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and the museum is open Wednesday – Sunday

Museum Education Internship (Program Internship)

Under the supervision of the Director of Education and Coordinator of Museum Education, student interns assist with daily operations, program research and development, assist with Old Sturbridge Academy-related classroom programs, 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.

Interested applicants must submit a written application and are interviewed by phone, Skype, or in person. 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 10-week summer session. The work day is from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, 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. Summer interns receive a stipend of $2,000. Interested applicants must submit a written application and are interviewed by phone, Zoom, or in person.

Historical Clothing Internship

Old Sturbridge Village seeks a college student or recent graduate interested in gaining direct hands-on experience in the creation, research, and maintenance of clothing for the museum’s costume historians.  The intern will work closely with staff in the Historical Clothing office on a variety of projects assisting members of the costume shop office in their daily activities in producing costumes for living history staff which may include inventory management, cleaning, repairs and alterations, creation of new garments, research of historical styles, and/or projects relevant to the intern’s interests.

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

In return for meeting these requirements, the intern will receive $2,000. Preference will be given to students or recent graduates with previous experience in fashion history or costume construction coursework and/or working with historical garments.  Interested applicants must submit a written application and are interviewed by phone, zoom, or in person.

Interpretation: Agriculture Internship (Program Internship)

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.

Hours:

The internship is available during the 10-week summer session. The 40 hour/week work schedule varies based on needs at the farm. The museum is open Wednesday – Sunday (administrative departments operate Monday-Friday only); work schedules vary by department and research days are available.

DEAI Internship (Administrative Internship) | Deadline is March 21st!

Be the Change: History-Making Internship

Be a part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access work happening at Old Sturbridge Village, Old Sturbridge Academy and Coggeshall Farm Museum in Rhode Island! Apply now. Two positions available. BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Deaf, Blind and students with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates would be fluent in both Spanish and English or American Sign Language.

Candidates will participate in the development of DEIA training materials and activities to engage OSV, OSA and Coggeshall Farms staff, board members and students on related topics. Candidates will serve as advisors to the DEIA Director and give feedback on proposed public programs and other materials, as well as assist in various HR projects.

One candidate will coordinate the activities of the DEIA Community Advisory Committee while the other candidate will coordinate the activities of the DEIA Accessibility Advisory Committee.

They will also translate materials for OSV/OSA as part of the DEIA department and serve as an interpreter for the community and staff events. Candidates will also engage in activities to increase their own cultural competencies.

Please check with your school to see if you are eligible for academic credit. Summer interns receive a stipend of $2,000. Interested applicants must submit a written application and are interviewed by phone, Zoom, or in person.

Hours:

The internship is available during the 10-week summer session. The work day is from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and the museum is open Wednesday – Sunday (administrative departments typically operate Monday-Friday); work schedules vary by department. The Development Intern must be available to work weekend donor events.

Development Internship (Administrative Internship)

The Development Intern will work closely with the Development staff and participate in all fund-raising efforts. They may assist in the following areas: provide assistance with donor-related events, which include the Annual President’s Award, the Cornerstone Cocktail Party, planning for the Ken Burns Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Federalists’ Dinner; write an article to be published in the Visitor Magazine; 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 membership program.

The ideal candidate will be well-organized, have strong writing skills, 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 are eligible for academic credit. Summer interns receive a stipend of $2,000. Interested applicants must submit a written application and are interviewed by phone, Zoom, or in person.

Hours:

The internship is available during the 10-week summer session. The work day is from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and the museum is open Wednesday – Sunday (administrative departments typically operate Monday-Friday); work schedules vary by department. The Development Intern must be available to work weekend donor events.

Marketing Internship (Administrative Internship)

The Graphic Design intern will work closely with the Communications (Marketing) staff to produce and support advertising, marketing, and programming materials for the Village, including print and digital ads, web assets, social media content, signage, retail products, and event collateral such as invitations.

The ideal candidate will be have hands-on experience working Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, be ready to work in a fast-paced environment that requires creative thinking, be well-organized, have a strong attention to detail and experience in producing for print and web. This is an exceptional opportunity to learn important skills that will translate into many Graphic Design-related careers.

Please check with your school to see if you are eligible for academic credit. Summer interns receive a stipend of $2,000. Interested applicants must submit a written application and are interviewed by phone, Zoom, or in person.

Hours:

The internship is available during the 10-week summer session. The work day is from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and the museum is open Wednesday – Sunday (administrative departments typically operate Monday-Friday); work schedules vary by department. The Development Intern must be available to work weekend donor events.

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Old Sturbridge Village offers yearlong Fellowships to those who would like an in-depth opportunity to learn more about living history museums. As a living history site dedicated to the history of early 19th century rural New England, a major component of OSV’s mission is keeping traditional skills alive. Fellows will focus on a specific area working with an expert/mentor, areas include: Trades, Crafts, Households, Agriculture, Horticulture, and Costume Study & Production. Learn more here.

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