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.

Please contact Beth Heaton, Volunteer & Intern Manager, with questions at

Interpretation and Community Outreach Internship (Unpaid)

Work Location: Interpretation Department

Job Description:

Interpretation Department is responsible for connecting visitors to the museum’s collection through storytelling, programs and exhibitions. The Mariners’ Museum is seeking interns to assist the Interpretation department in providing an engaging and innovating experience for teachers, scouts, families and the general public.

Duties can include but are not limited to:

  • Research Program Development
  • Creating educational resources for teacher professional development
  • Working with groups of various ages and abilities
  • Work with the Manager, Visitor Engagement and Manager, Interpretation and Community Outreach to present museum and gallery specific tours and programs
  • Assist with other general museum programming such as Handling History, workshops and gallery openings
  • Staff education stations such as the LEGOS and Spice tables
  • Assist with activities for special events such as Gallery Crawl and Celebrate the Park

Expected Project Duration: Indefinite

Start Date: Flexible

Hours: Flexible

Appropriate Educational Requirement: High School or college such as Museum studies, Education, History and/or other related fields

Required Skills: Attention to detail; can work independently, comfortable talking to and interacting with people; eagerness to learn

Direct Supervisor: Manager, Interpretation and Community Outreach

Library/Archival Internship

Title: Internship Archives Negatives Processing

Supervisor: Beth Heaton

Hours: 15-20 hours per week

Total hours: 120 (approx)

Pay: $250 Stipdend

Description: Sleeving, numbering and housing negatives

Contact Beth Heaton
Volunteer and Internship Program Manager
(757) 591-7712

School Group Tour Leader Internship

Work Location: Education Department

Description: The Education Department is responsible for providing SOL (standards of learning) based programs for K-12 students. These programs feature hands-on, project-based learning and cover a wide range of history and STEM-focused subjects. Most student programs are paired with a tour of the Museum. The intern in this position will provided guided tours of the Museum for K-12 students. He/she will also have the opportunity to assist with all K-12 programs.

Expected Project Duration: September 2019 – May 2020

Start Date: Flexible

Hours: Must be available approximately 10 hours per week, between the hours of 8:00am – 1:00pm Monday through Friday.

Appropriate Educational Requirement: High School or College courses on Museum Studies, Education, History, or other related fields preferred. Or experience working with students in a museum or educational setting.

Required Skills: Good communication skills and comfortable talking in front of large groups.

Direct Supervisor: Manager, Education Department