Museum Assistant Internship, Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, Hadley, MA

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum is a unique historical resource in Hadley, Massachusetts. Its significance goes beyond the well-preserved eighteenth-century architecture of the house itself: the house was continuously occupied by a single family from its construction in 1752 until the death of Dr. James Lincoln Huntington, the museum’s founder. The house contains the family’s belongings accumulated and preserved over 300 years. The family also left a rich collection of personal letters, diaries and account books, photographs and other material.

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Family Papers are now housed at Amherst College Archives and Special Collections. The house was the heart of the large farmstead known as “Forty Acres” that included over 600 acres stretching from the banks of the Connecticut River to the top of Mount Warner, in North Hadley. Today, the house is surrounded by over 350 acres of protected farmland land, forest, and river frontage retaining its original rural setting. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located on the National Tri-State Connecticut River Scenic Farm Byway.

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION: The Museum Assistant's primary responsibility will be to give daily tours of the museum and to maintain museum interiors. The intern will also assist the director with programming special events which include a folk traditions series, colonial teas, special tours, community events, and art exhibits. In addition to tours, tasks will include media, clerical, curatorial, archival assistance and caring for the historic gardens and grounds. Two positions available.


  • Excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Interest in museums and history
  • Driver's license, and preferably a car


  • Strong presentation skills
  • Historical knowledge
  • Computer experience including web and database maintenance, MS Word, MS Publisher, Lotus Approach, good typing skills


  • Experience or interest in small history museums
  • Ability to work independently and as a team
  • Highly motivated and self‑directed
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work well with the public of all ages

  • Historic interpretation and preservation
  • Educational tour and exhibit development
  • American, family and women's history
  • Archival processing
  • Writing and journalism
  • Historic gardens

PERIOD OF INTERNSHIP/EMPLOYMENT: May 1 through Labor Day (Sept 2) and Sept 3 through October 20

PAY TYPE: Possible small stipend from museum and available for University credit.


JOB STATUS: Part-time. Saturday through Wednesday. Position #1) 30 hours per week, May through September 2nd. Position #2) 20 hours per week 1:00 pm 4:30 pm, September through October 15th.

LOCATION: Porter‑Phelps‑Huntington Foundation, Inc., 130 River Drive, Hadley, MA 01035



CONTACT: Susan J. Lisk, Executive Director,

HOW TO APPLY: Send resume, letter of interest, and include a telephone number to Susan J. Lisk, Executive Director,