The Museum’s internships enable qualified candidates to learn about the Museum as well as the way the Museum operates. Interns take part in hands-on projects and work directly with Museum professionals.

Marketing and Communications Intern: Fall 2016

Work Location:  Marketing and Communications Department, The Mariners’ Museum and Park

Job Description: The Mariners’ Museum is seeking a Marketing & Communications intern to assist with a variety of job duties in the department. The intern will learn how to use the public relationships databases Cision and MailChimp, and will attend Museum related events as a Museum representative.


  • Office-based tasks, including day-to-day operations within the Marketing Department
  • Manage online calendar of events listings
  • Archive news coverage electronically and physically
  • Manage brochure distribution to travel leads and information centers
  • Build community contact lists as needed
  • Write for and help edit the Ahoy! Magazine
  • Assist with festival outreach and at special events
  • Assist with promotions to market museum events and exhibitions
  • Other duties as assigned, may include cross-departmental opportunities

Hours per Semester:  120 hours total, 10-20 hours per week. Must be available for some evening and weekend job duties.

Intern Stipend:  $250 upon internship completion.

Appropriate Educational Requirement: Some college studies 

Required Skills: Valid driver’s license. Interest in marketing, communications, public relation and special events; attention to detail; experience with Word and PC based computer programs; flexible.

Photographic Services Intern

Department: Photographic Services

Division: Collections

Salary: $250 stipend upon completion-must be receiving college credit for internship in order to be eligible for stipend.


The Photographic Services Intern will assist and provide operational support to the Photographic Services Department and will produce quality digital images from photographs, transparencies and original materials and provide support photographing special events.


  • Scan and/or photograph film negatives and positives, transparencies, photographs and original materials from museum collections
  • Color and contrast correct images to match originals
  • Assist photography staff in studio, on location and during special events
  • Properly identify and file negatives, transparencies, and photographs
  • Digitally “clean” images to prepare for reproduction utilizing Photoshop CC
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced, production based environment and meet deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficiency in using Apple Mac computers and Epson, or comparable, scanning and printing hardware and software
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC and Bridge
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office and PC computers
  • Competency in using Canon Digital SLR cameras

Experience and Background:

  • Currently enrolled at a college, institute or university in a photography program or related field
  • Demonstrated interest in pursuing a degree/certificate in photography

USS Monitor Center Research Internship

Work Location: USS Monitor Center, The Mariners’ Museum and Park*

Start date: Flexible; January 16 preferred. Internships will last one semester.

Hours Expected: 120 per semester; some weekend and holiday hours may be required.

Stipend: $250 per semester; upon internship completion.

Job Description:

As an intern with the USS Monitor Center, you will receive supervision and instruction from renowned Historian and Director of the USS Monitor Center, John V. Quarstein, and you will become part of the Monitor team. USS Monitor Center is home to the Batten Conservation Complex, one of the largest maritime archaeological metals conservation projects in the world. The team is charged with preserving, displaying, and educating visitors about this “cheesebox on a raft” and its role in technological changes during the Civil War and its impact on the world’s navies since. A successful intern will interact and work with the Center’s conservation and administration staff to complete their job duties.

The Research Intern will be responsible for: conducting research for the publication of a book, producing one article for publication on a related history topic to be published in the Museum’s newsletter, Ahoy!; and assisting in the planning and implementation of tours of the USS Monitor Center. To effectively produce and publish the former, the intern will need to research and obtain primary and secondary sources and maintain a database to catalogue these resources. The intern will also be responsible for learning how to give a tour of the Monitor Center to the public and assisting the staff with tours. This internship will provide the successful applicant with experience and acknowledgment in the museum field and the projects in which the intern is are actively involved.

Primary Duties:

  • Research assigned topics
  • Create and manage a catalog of resources researched
  • Write one article for publication, on an approved related topic, for publication in Ahoy!
  • Assist with tours

* This is not a conservation internship; however the Intern will work within a lab environment where chemicals are used on a regular basis.

Education Intern

Work Location:  Education Department

Job Description: The Mariners’ Museum is seeking an education intern to assist with the following duties, which includes but are not limited to:

  • Assist with school group programming, including hands-on activities and leading general museum tours in the museum and/or through video conferencing
  • Research historical and scientific topics relevant to new and existing programs
  • Work with Manager of Student Programs to develop lesson plans, pre- and post- activities and other online resources for teachers, students and the general public
  • Work with the Manager of Visitor Engagement to develop and present gallery specific tours, programming and other related activities
  • Assist with activities for special events such as Battle of Hampton Roads weekend and exhibit openings

Start Date: Flexible on specific date

Intern Stipend: $250 upon completion of internship

Hours: Flexible; some evenings, weekend or special event work may be required

Appropriate Educational Requirement: Some college studies

Required Skills: Interest in history, science, education, museum studies or other related fields of study

Direct Supervisor: Manager, Student Programs

To apply:

Contact Beth Heaton,

For more information contact: 

Beth Heaton
Manager of Volunteers, Docents and Interns
(757) 591-7712