Volunteer Opportunity: Museum Interpretation Internship @ Maine Maritime Museum 8-10 hrs/ wk summer ’19

Museum Interpretation Internship @ Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, ME

Maine Maritime Museum (MMM) seeks a motivated and dedicated Interpretation Intern for the summer 2019 season.

Maine Maritime Museum
MMM is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage and culture through gallery exhibits, an historic shipyard, educational programs, a research Library, and narrated excursions along area waterways. Founded in 1962, the Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River in Bath, “The City of Ships”, and provides a unique experience to visitors of all ages from around the world. Our collection features over 20,000 objects, including paintings, sculpture, maritime artifacts and ephemera.

The Opportunity
The Interpretation Intern will assist the Manager of Interpretation in facilitating in-gallery programming and developing/ implementing visitor feedback assessments. Responsibilities include assisting with the museum’s new family summer program, Seabase Delta: Aquanauts Academy. This immersive, hands-on program lets visitors of all ages explore diving history and technology through games and collaborative learning. Responsibilities will also include but are not limited to managing visitor feedback interviews and surveys and assisting with the daily operations of the Public Programs Department. The ideal candidate will have an interest in innovative museum interpretation and working with the public.

This internship is ideal for those wanting a hands-on experience in museum education and will serve as a comprehensive introduction to museum and non-profit operations. The intern will attend staff meetings, participate in program implementation and evaluation, and have the opportunity to meet and work with staff across all museum departments. Under the supervision of the Manager of Interpretation, the intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience assisting with and leading innovative and creative public programs. Over the course of the internship, the intern will build skills valued by employers, such as practical experience in museum education, program design and management, collaborative problem-solving, and effective communication.

A maritime knowledge or background is not required. The museum welcomes students with career interests in Museums, History, Public History, Art History, Education, Maritime Studies, Environmental Studies and Sciences, Communications, Non-Profits, and/or Tourism and Hospitality.

• Applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a college or university. Recent graduates are also invited to apply. (Course credit for internship is optional.)
• Time Commitment: 10 weeks (between June-August) for 8-12 hours a week
• This is a temporary and unpaid position.

Application Requirements
To apply, send resume and cover letter by May 1st, 2019 to Sarah Timm at timm@maritimeme.org.

Date Posted: 2/25/2019


Sarah Timm, Manager of Interpretation
Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530
(207) 443-1316 x 350