Martha's Vineyard Museum

PO Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539

Date Posted:
January 08, 2019




Martha's Vineyard Museum Summer Internships

In 2019, the MVM will offer four fellowship opportunities for the summer program. Internships are available in the curatorial, marketing/events, advancement, and education departments. Interns enjoy a variety of museum experiences, including being involved with exhibits, programs, special events, interaction with visitors, and working with a professional staff. Schedules are to be arranged with individual interns and departments, and each department has their own requirements. These fellowships offer a stipend for the summer, which is based on the number of hours the intern is expected to work. With the experience gained at the MVM, many of the previous interns have gone on to careers in the fields of library science, historic preservation, public history, non-profit management, and museum studies. Energetic, self-motivated, flexible individuals who are independent, creative, and willing to be team players will best fit these positions.
Education Intern
  • This energetic intern will work closely with museum educators to help design and deliver programs for school-aged children, their families, and teachers. In June, projects will include teaching museum education curriculum in schools and at the Museum with special emphasis on end-of-year projects. In July and August, the intern will help supervise a new pilot program for Discovery Days, an artist-in-residence based summer experience for children that takes full advantage of our beautiful new location. Photo documentation and helping to develop metrics (qualitative and quantitative) as well as materials management, will be an important component of a successful pilot. Experience and interest in working with children is a must, as are excellent people skills when communicating with parents and caregivers. Organization in a fast paced environment is critical. The intern should be a creative problem solver and be very comfortable with arts, crafts, and age appropriate design. Leadership experience with classroom management is a plus.

  • The education internship is a part-time internship requiring at least 20 hours per week.

Marketing and Special Events Intern
  • This intern will assist in the development of marketing materials and support promotion for the Museum's summer events and programs. The candidate will participate in the planning, execution, and follow up of the various events held throughout the summer including fundraising galas, donor events, film screenings, exhibit openings, lectures, author talks, etc. Organization and the ability to juggle multiple projects at once is a must. The candidate must possess excellent verbal communications skills and be comfortable in social situations. Good writing skills are also necessary and familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign a plus. Flexible hours with the ability to work evenings required. Sense of humor necessary.

  • The marketing and events internship is a full-time internship requiring 40 hours per week.

Curatorial Intern
  • This intern will work with exhibitions, programming, collections management, and oral history staff to experience a broad range of curatorial responsibilities including database work, object research, cataloging procedures, photography, label writing, object handing, collection care, and gallery installation.

  • The curatorial internship is a part-time internship requiring at least 20 hours per week. This internship will be awarded a $2,000 stipend.

Advancement Intern
  • This intern will work closely with the Advancement Team and gain valuable knowledge of all aspects of non-profit fundraising. As a key team player, the intern will:

    • Research prospects and draft solicitation materials for local businesses and key constituents
    • Analyze our Membership Program and make recommendations for future improvements
    • Assist with planning and logistics for fundraising and friend-raising events
    • Enter donations into online database, generating thank you letters - while also editing and cleaning up donor profiles
    • Other assistance and general office support, as needed
  • Candidates must be both collaborative and willing to work independently, optimistic, detail-oriented and highly organized. Excellent communication and analytic skills are vital to this role.
  • The advancement internship is full-time requiring 40 hours per week, with some nights and weekends required.

A strong interest in museums, non-profits, education, or archives is necessary. A high degree of responsibility and the ability to work professionally with the public are essential. Excellent organizational skills are necessary. Experience with Microsoft Office is required. Each of the four internship positions requires the intern to have the capacity to work independently.
How To Apply:

To be considered for a summer internship position, you must submit a complete application package to the MVM by February 15, 2019.

A completed application package includes:

  • Martha's Vineyard Museum Intern Information Sheet
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • A One Page Writing Sample. This can be any writing done for a college class, job, internship, etc. You do not need to create a new writing sample for the purpose of this application/internship.

Upon receiving the application packet, MVM staff will send an email acknowledgement. A telephone interview will be necessary for the finalists. To obtain an Intern Information Sheet, simply download and print it here. Please email the completed application packet to the Martha's Vineyard Museum Internship Committee, or mail it to:

Martha's Vineyard Museum
Attn: Internships
151 Lagoon Pond Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Apply by:
February 15, 2019
$2,000 - $4,000
About this Organization:
The Martha's Vineyard Museum preserves and interprets collections that engage and connect the public to the Island's history, art and culture.