2023 Historical Society Archives and Public History Internship
The Castine Historical Society offers a graduate level internship for students enrolled in master’s degree or Ph.D. programs in museum studies, history, public history, or archival studies. The internship contract is for eight weeks at 35 hours/week, and is compensated with a $3,000 stipend. The start date is flexible between June 20 and July 5, 2023.
Castine is a small, coastal village that is home to the Maine Maritime Academy and a year- round population of 1,400 people which nearly doubles in the summer. It is part of the unceded territory of the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy tribes, located where the Penobscot and Bagaduce Rivers meet on the Maine coast. Europeans built trading posts in the early 1600s and political claims to the peninsula and its deep, secure harbor remained contentious from that time through the War of 1812. Development in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries represents a microcosm of American commercial and cultural history.
The Historical Society occupies two historic buildings on Castine’s town common and is a 501(c)(3) membership organization with a paid staff of three and an active volunteer Board of Directors. Changing and permanent exhibits are hosted in the 1859 Abbott Schoolhouse. In 2015, the Society completed construction of a climate-controlled, fireproof storage facility, research center, and administrative offices located next door in its restored c. 1850 Grindle House.
This internship is designed to give graduate students an opportunity to gain experience with professional staff in a local history setting. In addition to the projects outlined below, the intern will participate in the day-to-day activities of the Castine Historical Society, attending staff and Board meetings as well as programs and fundraising events. No previous experience in these areas is needed. The Historical Society’s Collections Manager works with the student to structure the internship to meet requirements for academic credit as needed. While the internship will take place mostly on weekdays, some weekend hours are required.
The Historical Society will provide the intern with information on rental options for housing.
The Historical Society’s collections are at the core of its mission and programs, and include archives, photographs, artworks, and objects. Archival records comprise the largest part of the collections. The intern will be mainly responsible for physically processing archival collections and creating associated finding aids. Depending on interest, there is also an option to undertake a photo digitization project. Additionally, the intern will create and curate a small exhibition of materials at the local Witherle Memorial Library, based on the collection(s) they have worked with.
Walking Tour Program
The Castine Historical Society also provides free public tours of Castine history and private tours by appointment. The intern will join a small group of volunteers who give these tours. Resources and time to study Castine’s history are built into the first week of the internship. As well, the intern will shadow a volunteer guide and practice his/her tour before being the guide.
A Successful Candidate Will:
Be currently enrolled in a history, museum, or archives related graduate program
Show sincere interest in documenting and sharing local history
Demonstrate proven attention to detail
Possess social skills for working with staff and volunteers
Work well independently and as part of a team
Display professional behavior and a customer service attitude
Send the following materials by Thursday, April 20, 2023, to Jules Thomson via email at email@example.com (please include the word “internship” in the subject line) or by post to Castine Historical Society, P.O. Box 238, Castine, Maine 04421.
Cover letter describing your
Need for the experience offered by this internship
Course of study including internship requirements
Availability (start date is flexible between June 20 and July 5)
Résumé summarizing work experience and education
Letter of support from a faculty member in your graduate program
Names and contact information for two references from previous work or volunteer experiences.
Interviews will be conducted virtually via Zoom.
The Castine Historical Society is committed to fostering equity and inclusion in the public history and information science fields. We strongly encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.
The Castine Historical Society, located in the Abbott School and Samuel P. Grindle House on the town common, is a 501(c)3 organization that serves as a window into Castine’s extraordinary past. Our permanent and summer exhibitions, lectures, house and garden tours and historic reenactments would not occur without the energy and dedication of our many volunteers and members.
Although officially founded in 1966, previous incarnations of the organization have been recorded as early as 1865. Sharing a common desire to document Castine history, all of these organizations have been a part of creating the mission and vision of the Castine Historical Society as it exists today.
Our collections include a wide variety of photographs, documents, artifacts, maps, essays, research notes, books, publications and paintings documenting the historical development of Castine and the surrounding area. The collections are available to the public for research throughout the year.
The Castine Historical Society Collections Committee welcomes the donation of artifacts, historical records and memorabilia related to Castine and the surrounding area in support of our mission to illuminate the rich history of the Castine and Bagaduce River area.