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 2023
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 cultures. The Museum campus consists of five 19th-century buildings and garden/open spaces and is one of only 21 documented museums in the country to be founded by a single woman.
Generally 8 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.
The Brick Store Museum is able to offer two internship opportunities this summer:
- Cataloging locations and updating condition reports for the Museum’s art collection, recently re-installed and re-organized on a new storage system, using PastPerfect5 software.
- Researching and writing Collection Spotlight articles highlighting objects in the Museum’s collection.
- Assist completion of the Museum’s virtual Shipbuilding Odyssey maritime history smartphone tour, using ARCGIS StoryMaps and primary documents in the Museum’s archives.
- Work with Museum Education Team to develop and carry-out in-gallery activities corresponding to exhibitions.
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.
Stipends ($1000) are supported by the Spofford Museum Advancement Fund. Interns who complete their work can expect a stipend at the end of their service.
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 Joyce Schnaars, Museum Educator, at [email protected]
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?
Visit our Employment and Volunteer pages to learn about more opportunities and experiences. Questions? Reach out to Jeannine McCoy, Community Engagement Coordinator, at [email protected]