Each year, thanks to the generous support of our donors and grantors, the Village welcomes early-career professionals from around the country to our yearlong fellowship program. Regardless of focus, all fellows get 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.

This yearlong immersive program will allow fellows to join a dedicated, passionate team of museum professionals delivering a range of educational programming to over 250,000 visitors a year. These positions are stipend and housing is provided as a part of the compensation.

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.

Please see below for current openings! 

Ddora Costume Fellow

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is seeking a full-time fellow to work and study under the leadership of OSV’s historical clothing department for 12 months, starting in March 2024. 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 costumed third-person interpretation. OSV’s historical clothing department is responsible for fitting, constructing, and maintaining the period-appropriate costumes for more than 250 staff and volunteers. In addition to working with the historical clothing department, the fellow will consult with OSV’s curatorial staff and have access to a significant collection of more than 6,000 historic garments for study and documentation.

This fellowship is generously funded by The Ddora Foundation, a foundation that seeks to benefit endeavors in the fine and applied arts, cultural preservation, and education.

Interpretation – Historical Clothing Department

Focus Area:

Costume Study and Fabrication

The Ddora Costume Fellowship will focus on two main elements of historical clothing: examining original 19th-century garments as they compare to existing historical costume office patterns and the reproduction of garments worn by interpreters while balancing the resources of a non-profit living history museum.


Working alongside museum professionals, this fellowship will allow for hands-on learning and mentorship in costume study and fabrication. The Ddora Costume Fellow will be provided general training in the museum’s historical period as well as in visitor engagement and customer service. This fellowship will be overseen by the Coordinator of Interns and Fellows with mentorship provided by the Coordinator of Historical Clothing. Additional mentorship will be provided by OSV Collections and Research staff and other Historical Clothing Office staff.

Preference will be given to applicants with hand and machine sewing experience and/or completed coursework related to historical clothing.

Hours, Stipend & Application:

The workday is normally from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the Historical Clothing Office is usually open Monday – Friday; summer hours may differ and limited weekend availability for special programs is expected. The fellow will receive a stipend of $15,500. Stipends are based on a 40-hour a week and will be prorated if shorter hours or season are agreed upon. The position includes housing available at no cost (a housing deposit is required). No health or medical benefits are included.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference to [email protected].  Please put “Ddora Costume Fellowship” and your last name in the subject line.



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