News Feature

Originally published in Compass, March 13, 2014
Castine Historical Society offers internship

The Castine Historical Society is offering an internship opportunity for a graduate student enrolled in a museum studies, public history, archival science or related master’s degree or doctorate program. The internship is full time (35 hours per week) for 10 weeks in the spring or summer of 2014 with a small stipend. CHS will work with the student to structure the internship to meet requirements for academic credit as needed, according to a news release from CHS.

The Castine area, one of the most beautiful and historically interesting towns 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 peninsula’s development in the 19th and 20th centuries represents a microcosm of American commercial and cultural history. As its mission states, the Castine Historical Society “seeks to engage residents and visitors of all ages in the exploration and stewardship of Castine’s diverse historical resources.”

The intern will work as a member of a professional team on two projects central to the CHS mission. The majority of the time will concentrate on an inventory and preservation storage effort in preparation for moving the CHS collections to a new archival facility. With training and supervision provided by the curator, the intern will work with PastPerfect museum software and archival storage materials to complete this detail-intensive project. The intern also will be given the opportunity to design and produce audio recordings for self-guided walking tours of Castine’s historic district. This public history project may include working with volunteers to offer guided walking tours.

Applications are due by March 31. To view the full internship description and application instructions, visit or contact CHS Curator Paige Lilly via email at