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General Internship


  • To introduce high school and college students to a profession choice in the humanities by participating in multifaceted, meaningful, and energetic museum work.

  • To learn about historic preservation, by working with the collections and buildings of the museum’s properties, and the history of Southampton using available reference material.


Background Interests

Student should have had classes or an interest in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • History

  • Education

  • Art History

  • Studio Arts

  • Graphic Arts

  • Museum Studies

  • Communication

  • Historic Preservation

  • Humanities

Museum Activities

Students will be assigned to one or more of the following based on their talents and interests. Internships will provide the student with the opportunity to develop practical skills in a museum environment, to introduce the student to a diversity of museum professionals, to receive routine and instructive feedback on their work, and to learn how curators, cataloguers, and collections managers are involved in the process of developing an exhibition.


Collections Assistant

Catalogue museum objects and enter data into PastPerfect, the museum’s collections management software. Track incoming acquisitions and participate in inventory of our large object collection.


Curatorial Assistant

Under the supervision of the Museum Staff, the Curatorial Intern will assist with coordinating current and future exhibitions. Assist in developing and mounting exhibitions. Learn standard museum practices for preserving museum objects.



Conduct tours of museum buildings while keeping aware of security problems. Learn about and serve as source of specialized information on the Rogers Mansion, Halsey House, and the history of Southampton to museum visitors and students using the collection, buildings, and available reference material. 


Public Relations

Greet and welcome museum visitors upon their arrival. Answer telephones and inquires from visitors about the museum’s programs, membership, and the museum’s properties. Create promotional materials and distribute to local business and organizations.


Education Assistant

Assist the Education Committee in conducting school programs and workshops. Aid in the development of new programs for children, families, and adults.


Administration Assistant

Assist in general office duties including mailings, computer data entry, filing, etc.


Required skills

  • Interest in American history

  • Team worker comfortable working with a variety of people

  • Be comfortable speaking to large and small groups of people of all ages

  • Friendly and cheerful personality

  • Deal skillfully with a diversity of visitors under a variety of circumstances

  • Physically fit to climb stairs, lift moderately heavy boxes, give tours out-of-doors, and conduct maintenance duties




  • Weekly hours are dependent on the Intern's wants and needs and the Museum Staff's (suggested times are 3 days a week from 10am to 4pm)

  • Select Saturdays will be mandatory throughout the Summer

  • Only unpaid Internships are available

  • Immediate supervisor is the Director of Education

  • Summer Internships are available June to September

  • Other times of the year are possible depending on scheduling of prospective interns and museum staff


How to Apply

Please send a resume and a cover letter stating your interest and skills to our Assistant Director Connor Flanagan at Please indicate which internship(s) you have an interest in.

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