The Woods Hole Historical Museum is a lively small museum with changing exhibits and diverse programs appealing to people with wide interests.
Founded as an adjunct to the Woods Hole Library "to establish and preserve a collection of objects and materials of cultural, historical, and artistic value," it has grown to a campus of several buildings housing exhibit, workshop, and archival space, as well as becoming an active publisher of works of local and historical interest. Admission is free.
In the summer of 2013 the Woods Hole Historical Museum will have an internship available for a college or older high school student. The intern will assist the volunteer docents in the daily operation of the Museum galleries, small boat museum, and Yale workshop. The major part of the job will be interpreting the exhibits to the public.
The intern may also have responsibilities in the Archives assisting the archivist and learning methods of preservation and access. There will be additional projects, as fit within the individual's time, interests, and abilities and the Museum's needs. These may vary as widely as boat restoration, tending the Museum shop, creating data bases of archival information, and perhaps even weeding!
The hours that interns will be required to be at the Museum are from 9:45 AM to 4:15 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays. This year, the hours will be split between two interns (morning shift 9:45am - 1pm; afternoon 1pm - 4:15pm). Applicants should have an interest in history and museums, a willingness to learn and help, and take pleasure in interacting with the public. The interns must be friendly and responsible, and comfortable with older people.
Valued attributes of qualifying interns include the ability to: pitch in and help in varied circumstances; operate intelligently, responsibly and independently; and maintain a sense of humor. Preference will be given to people who can work through the months of July and August.
If you are interested in applying for the internship, print out and fill out the form here
and send it back to the Museum by mail to
Woods Hole Historical Museum
P.O. Box 185
Woods Hole, MA 02543
The Museum is a private, nonprofit organization under the umbrella of the Woods Hole Library
, funded by membership fees, fund-raising events, and grants obtained for special projects.