Internships at the Brick Store Museum are a great way to learn more about the world of museums. Museum interns get a chance to experience the variety of museum work, from education and collections, to exhibits and guest experience, to outreach and design. Internships are available throughout the year on a limited basis. These positions fill quickly, and vary according to current institutional needs.
High school students, recent graduates, or adults looking for museum experience, please scroll down to the bottom of this page for other opportunities.
Based on academic training, interests, and the availability of projects, intern projects focus on one of the following areas:
Education & Engagement
Collections & Digitization
Development & Administration
Internship Program: Summer 2021
The Brick Store Museum is located in historic Kennebunk, Maine. Founded in 1936 by American artist Edith Barry in an historic dry goods store, the Museum’s mission is to ignite personal connections to local history, art and culture. The Museum campus consists of five 19th-century buildings and garden/open spaces and is one of the few privately-funded museums in Maine to be open year-round.
The Brick Store Museum is able to offer two internship opportunities this summer:
- Full Internship: Generally 10 weeks at 10 hours per week (100 hours total). The intern is expected to work with staff on a variety of projects within the timeframe agreed at the start. In-person, on site. One position available in the Collections Department.
- Part-time Internship: Generally 10 weeks at 5 hours per week (50 hours). The intern is expected to complete 2 – 3 focused projects. One position available, remote or in-person. This position is available in the Education Department.
Projects may include the following (finalized after acceptance and discussion with the intern to determine mutually beneficial project):
- Cataloging the Museum collection using PastPerfect5 software and helping rehousing the collection under supervision of the staff.
- Researching and writing Collection Spotlight articles highlighting objects in the Museum’s collection for our weekly e-mail blasts and social media posts.
- Researching, creating and editing educational content for distance learning and education kits to be sent out to area schools.
Qualifications: Intern should be in the process of completing or recently completed his/her undergraduate or graduate degree in; history, education, museum studies, anthropology, archaeology or a related subject. Demonstrated success working in an online, virtual setting required. Intern should be a self-starter, detail oriented, able to work independently, and work remotely via computer with reliable access to the internet. Strong inter-personal skills and organizational skills a plus.
- Attendance at Check-ins: The intern will be supported through regular check-ins once a week via Zoom with museum staff members.
- Continued communication: When working remotely, please ensure that you are able to respond to email (main method of contact between weekly check-ins) in a timely manner.
- Completed projects: projects that you have completed during the summer internship for the Museum must be returned to the Museum staff within an agreed upon time schedule during the fall.
Stipends are supported by the Spofford Museum Advancement Fund. Interns who complete their work can expect a stipend at the end of their service.
Intended Time Frame
June 22nd – August (TBD) dependent on student’s school schedule.
Please email your resume and cover letter explaining how your skills and experience to date would support one or more of the projects described above and which internship interests you to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internships are incredibly important to both students and the Museum. Not only does working at a small museum help students develop their future careers in a variety of professions, but it allows the Museum to gain fresh perspectives on our work in the museum field.
Cultural sector internships are important to our communities. Unfortunately, they are rarely paid internships even at the largest of museums.
Click HERE to learn more about supporting the Museum, and the Stephen P. Spofford Museum Advancement Fund, which carves the path to our future, including the funding of student interns.
Are you a high school student, recently graduated, or adult looking for museum experience?