Historic Deerfield, Inc. is dedicated to the heritage and preservation of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and the Connecticut River Valley. Founded in 1952, Historic Deerfield is an outdoor museum that interprets the history and culture of early New England and the Connecticut River Valley. Visitors can tour twelve carefully preserved antique houses dating from 1730 to 1850, and explore world-class collections of regional furniture, silver, textiles, and other decorative arts on display in the authentic period houses and in the Flynt Center of Early New England Life, a state-of-the-art museum facility featuring exhibitions and a visible storage area. Our research library, the Henry N. Flynt Library, includes more than 21,000 volumes (reference works, microfilm and newspapers) on the history and material culture of the region.
Mission statement: Historic Deerfield opens doors to new perspectives that inspire people to seek a deeper understanding of themselves, their communities, and the world.
INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION: Historic Deerfield, Inc., in Deerfield, Massachusetts, offers a limited number of volunteer internships for undergraduates and graduate students interested in gaining practical professional experience in a museum setting. Internships are typically focused within a specific department and are designed around department needs and a student’s educational background and work experience. Historic Deerfield internships are individually structured learning experiences.
Possible work assignments include: Interpretive Programs, Exhibitions, Museum Education, Marketing and Communications, Development, Curatorial, Collections Management, Museum Visual Services and more.
PERIOD OF INTERNSHIP/EMPLOYMENT: All semesters. Ranges between 4 - 12 weeks in length averaging 10-15 hours per week.
PAY TYPE: Unpaid
OPPORTUNITY TYPE: Internship
JOB STATUS: Part-time (10-15 hours per week)
LOCATION: Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, Massachusetts
APPLICATION DUE DATE: Rolling; Historic Deerfield accepts interns throughout the calendar year based upon staff availability and student interest.
REQUIRED DEGREE: Historic Deerfield encourages applications from undergraduate and graduate students. No degree is required but internship applicants must have completed at least one year in an accredited degree program before applying.
CONTACT: Barbara A. Mathews, Public Historian
Historic Deerfield, Inc.
HOW TO APPLY: Before requesting an interview, email Barbara Mathews (see Contact, above) your resume accompanied by a cover letter or paragraph of interest. Be sure to include your academic interests as well as the type of internship (Education/Interpretation? Collections/Curatorial? Archives? Marketing? etc.) you seek.