Summer 2022 | Monday, June 6 through Friday, August 12, 2022

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Spend your summer on the banks of the beautiful Mystic River as you learn more about museums and the maritime world. The summer internship program at Mystic Seaport Museum is for college students interested in pursuing a career in museum studies, museum education, anthropology, public humanities, maritime studies, or other related fields including Native American, African, or African American Studies. 

The summer youth intern program is part of a multi-year initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation called Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty and Freedom.   This project will explore and reinterpret histories of New England to students, scholars, and a national public, challenging prevailing narratives about the region as founded on principles of liberty and justice for all. 

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University, Mystic Seaport Museum, and Williams College will use maritime history as a basis for studying the relationship between European colonization, dispossession of Native American land, and racial slavery.  Interns will have the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at this and other institutions who are partners on the Mellon grant. 

Discussion seminars, readings, and staff presentations will introduce interns to the work of telling the story of New England maritime history more inclusively.  Interns will work two days per week at Mystic Seaport Museum or partner institutions, and complete an individual research project related to the topic of the Mellon grant.  Interns will be engaged with the programming five days per week and have two days off each week. This is a full-time internship that pays a stipend with free onsite housing. 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation to  In your cover letter please include any related coursework and experience, and indicate if you have a specific area of interest such as Museum Education, African American studies, etc. 


Mystic Seaport Museum is committed to growing and recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the world around us and allows them to better serve our visitors, staff and volunteers. In keeping with this commitment, Mystic Seaport Museum is pleased to partner with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to offer unique opportunities such as this one for students of diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, including but not limited to those who self-identify as a member of one or more of the following groups: Hispanic or Latino; Black or African American; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; Two or More Races; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or other LGBTQ+ identification; Disabled Veteran, Recently Separated Veteran (last three years), Active Duty Wartime or Campaign Badge Veteran, Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran (within the meaning of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended); or an Individual with a Disability (within the meaning of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended).   

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