The Castine Historical Society annually offers an paid internship opportunity for a graduate student enrolled in a museum studies, public history, archival science or related Master's degree or Ph.D. program.
The Castine area, a beautiful and historically significant town on the coast of Maine, saw millennia of use by Native Americans before European contact and changed hands repeatedly from the outset of the colonial period through the War of 1812. The peninsulas development in the nineteenth and twentieth century represents a microcosm of American commercial and cultural history.
The Society occupies two historic buildings on Castines town common and is a 501(c)(3) membership organization with a paid staff of three and an active volunteer Board of Directors.
The internship is full time (35 hours per week) for 10 weeks in the summer of 2018 with a stipend of $2,800. This internship is designed to provide a graduate level student with service to the history field while he/she gains experience with professional staff in a local history setting. Program goals, central to the Societys mission, include guiding history walking tours and assisting with collections management. Another component is research and planning for a major exhibition titled Risky Business: Castine Shipping 1820-1870, an interactive exhibit about Castine-built ships transporting cargo around the world. In addition, the intern will be included in the regular, day-to-day activities of the Castine Historical Society.