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Summer 2016 Internship Program

Buchanan/Burnham Internships

Paid, Full-Time Internships for college seniors, graduate students, & recent graduates

Application deadline: March 1, 2016

Join a team of students, scholars, and museum professionals studying and promoting the diverse and dynamic history of Newport, Rhode Island.  Once a leading colonial seaport engaged in worldwide trade, Newport is a well-preserved and thriving historic community.  Interns lead downtown walking tours and programs inside four historic sites: the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House (ca. 1697), the Great Friends Meeting House (1699), the Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House (1730), and the Newport Colony House (1739).  Interns have access to the Newport Historical Society’s internationally important manuscript and artifact collections.  Intensive training is provided.

Museum & Library Studies Interns devote approximately half their time to tour guiding, ongoing training, and participation in the daily operations of the Newport Historical Society.  The remainder of their time is devoted to one or more individual projects. These projects may contribute towards any of the following ongoing NHS initiatives:

  • Programs, tours and exhibits related to Newport’s role in the American Revolution.
  • Re-housing, inventorying and cataloging artifact, photograph and manuscript collections

35 hrs/wk, 5/31/16 – 8/12/16; $3,000 stipend; 3 positions available.

The Post-Graduate Fellow In Historical Interpretation is open to a graduate student (or a recent MA or PhD recipient) with significant tour guiding experience and familiarity with the early history and material culture of New England (experience working with collections and/or American Revolution studies a plus).  The Fellow devotes half of the fellowship to supervising, coordinating and leading public tours; helping supervise the other interns’ projects; planning; supervising guide enrichment; and participation in the daily operations of the Newport Historical Society.  The remaining time is devoted to an individual public history project that supports current NHS initiatives. The Fellow is responsible for offering a public program related to his or her project or research.

35 hrs/wk, 5/23/16 – 8/12/16 (negotiable); $4,800 stipend; 1 position available.

Current undergraduate seniors, graduate students, and 2015 & 2016 college & university grads with a background in collections, library or American History, particularly Revolutionary Era studies. The Newport Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. The facilities of the NHS are not universally handicapped accessible; applicants with accessibility questions should contact the NHS for more information.

Including application instructions, click here or contact Ingrid Peters (ipeters@newporthistory.org or call 401-846-0813).