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Posted: 05/15/2016

SS United States Conservancy

The SS United States Conservancy, a national nonprofit organization founded in 2004, is dedicated to protecting, revitalizing and promoting the historic ocean liner SS United States, the largest passenger ship ever built in America and current holder of the transatlantic speed record. "America's flagship" transported four US presidents, business moguls and movie stars, and tourists and immigrants and is one of the last great super liners from the golden age of trans-Atlantic travel. The SS United States Conservancy purchased the SS United States in February of 2011, and earlier this year signed an option agreement with Crystal Cruises with the goal of returning the SS United States to seagoing service. The Conservancy is moving full speed ahead on its goals of building its permanent collection of archives, art, and artifacts from the SS United States and planning a permanent land-based visitor's center and exhibition celebrating the "Big U" as well as broader themes of design, innovation, and maritime history.

Preservation and Outreach Intern
Internship Opportunity
Philadelphia, PA
Open Until
Until Filled

The Preservation and Outreach intern will work with Conservancy staff to scan historic documents and photographs and will assist in the expansion of a passenger and crew database, culling information from the Conservancys archive of passenger lists and other documents from the SS United States.  Additionally, the intern will help devise and implement fundraising and outreach strategies for an oral history initiative. Other responsibilities include researching key ship-preservation projects and some administrative duties such as copying, assembling, mailing, and data entry into the constituent database under the supervision of outreach staff.



Preferred Location: Philadelphia. Will consider other locations.



  • Ability to work effectively in a small office environment or remotely, with a personal computer available for use.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills are essential, and for the Communications and Outreach intern position, social media skills and savvy are also crucial.
  • Preference will be given to candidates pursuing a bachelors or masters degree in marketing, communications, historic preservation or museum studies.


Commitment:  10-15 hours per week. (This internship can be combined with other part-time work or internship opportunities.) 

Remuneration: Expenses and modest stipend.

Start Date and Duration:  Negotiable.

How to apply
These positions offer excellent opportunities for professional and personal development with practical, hands-on experience and mentoring. Each position can be sculpted to some degree based on the interests and abilities of the candidate. To apply, please send resume and cover letter to positions@ssusc.org. No phone calls please. Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to respond to each individual applicant. Qualified candidates will be contacted by one of our staff members to arrange a phone interview.

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