Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Internships
The Museum's internship program is an integral part of its educational activities. Internships provide students with the opportunity to gain training in their specific area of expertise as well as an overview of Museum practices and policies. Individuals currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program are invited to apply.
- thorough orientation to Museum policies and procedures
- work on a particular project for which each intern or group of interns has responsibility
- departmental responsibilities
- exposure to the entire Museum through attendance at staff meetings, rotation through the institution, or opportunities to shadow key staff
- programs or other formal learning opportunities
- weekly Teaching Labs dealing museum studies issues
- modest weekly stipend
- housing may be available
2012 CBMM Internships
Intern applications are due no later than Friday, February 24, 2012. Positions begin Monday, June 4th. Please see announcement below for job specifics, requirements and application and housing information.
Director of the Kerr Center for Chesapeake Studies
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Navy Point, P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Museum Interns: Where are they now?
Many recall internships fondly, as the pinnacle of their college education. Forced out into the “real world,” a good internship will test your mettle and put into practice everything you’ve spent the last few years learning. A quality internship will set you up to enter the workforce with a little bit of experience under your belt and, if you’re lucky, some connections to help you along.
Administered by the Breene M. Kerr Center for Chesapeake Studies (CCS), a CBMM internship is an innovative ten-week program in research and hands-on museum practice. Students are given the opportunity to learn from seasoned experts who monitor, observe, and guide their professional development.
Regular seminars introduce interns to other departments as well as the best practices of a variety of museums and educational organizations.
The Museum’s program stands out because interns interact with different audiences, provide various visitor experiences, are able to attend professional staff meetings, and have the opportunity to meet and network with diverse museum professionals. Internships are a great way to gain practical experience, with projects completed in research, collections, folklore, and education at the Museum.
For more information, contact CCS Director Robert Forloney at 410-745-4959 or email@example.com.
Education Intern, 2011
Hometown: Riverton, NJ
When Washington College junior Paige Martin applied to become an education intern, she had already garnered plenty of experience inside a classroom, but wanted more experience teaching outside of a classroom.
“I was actually able to pick up a live blue crab and show kids the differences between a male and a female,” recalls Martin. “That is something you
would rarely find inside the classroom and it gave me a new perspective
Martin worked on a variety of projects assisting the Kids Club instructor with
daily lessons for the half-day summer
camp, creating drop-in activities for families visiting the Museum, and running educational activities at major summer events. Martin’s biggest project was to create family learning bags for the Welcome Center. “My internship here changed my view of the typical museum and I think it does the same for every visitor,” says Martin.
Now a Washington College senior, Martin is majoring in human development with a certification in elementary education. She is student-teaching in a 3rd grade classroom, and just taught her first lesson about the Chesapeake Bay.
Curatorial Intern, 1999
Hometown: West Chester, PA
After completing an assistantship at the University of Delaware’s Center for Historical Architecture & Design for his master’s degree in history/museum studies, Ken Hickman joined the Museum as a curatorial intern.
Hickman was tasked with conducting a historical survey of the Museum’s three administration buildings––the Eagle, Dodson, and Higgins houses––prior to their restoration. The surveys included detailed research regarding ownership of the properties, construction of the houses, and their evolution through time. Hickman also created measured drawings of each structure for the archives.
“The staff really took a personal interest in our activities both during and after work hours. Everyone was willing to include interns in whatever activities were taking place. The personal connections I made at the museum continue to serve me to this day.”
Since 2006, Hickman has served as the director of the Penn State University’s All-Sports Museum (where he majored in history and political science, graduating in 1998). After his Museum internship and prior to returning to Penn State, Hickman was the curator and development director at the USS Constellation in Baltimore and the curator at the American Merchant Marine Museum in Kings Point, NY.
Education Intern, 2010
Hometown: Lockport, NY
While fellow classmates were wading through mounds of paperwork during their summer internships, Jill Ferris was co-leading Kids Club, coordinating volunteers for the Chesapeake Folk Festival, and leading school and camp tours. At the time, she was working toward her master’s degree in history museum studies in the Cooperstown, NY graduate program. While at the Museum, Ferris designed a preschool scavenger hunt and family learning map, and designed two interpretive panels for features in the front of the administration offices.
“I loved that I was able to do meaningful work as an intern and use my experience to address some of the Museum’s needs,” recalls Ferris.
She adds that the Museum was a perfect place to put her training into practice and allowed her to work on teaching skills and develop confidence in front of audiences. Through connections with the Museum, she joined St. Michaels’ Wednesday Night Race committee and the Museum’s Edmee S. log canoe crew. Ferris currently teaches 8th grade social studies at Matapeake Middle School in Stevensville, MD.
Curatorial Intern, 2010
Hometown: Hubbardston, MA
After finishing his bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Massachusetts, Jonathan Olly interned at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts, and as a sailing apprentice on the sloop Clearwater in Poughkeepsie, NY, before applying to the Museum. During his Museum apprenticeship, Olly wrote articles for the Museum’s quarterly publication, photographed artifacts and manuscripts, and helped to pack up and transport the Burgess Collection.
“There’s no expectation of needing to know a lot about the Chesapeake or boats, you’re not tied to any one project, and you’ll come away with a better understanding of how to tell stories with objects,” says Olly.
“There were lots of small experiences to see what various Museum jobs entailed, whether a curator, registrar, exhibit designer, or shipwright. I would definitely recommend this experience to others. Museums that provide intern housing and a stipend are rare, and those with a quality internship program are rarer still,” he adds. Olly, now a graduate student in American studies at Brown University in Rhode Island, is writing a dissertation that examines how various groups re-imagined New England’s maritime history in the 20th century for tourism and commerce.
Education/Folklife Intern, 2007
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Megan Anderson interned at the Museum before her last semester at Michigan State University, working on a variety of projects for both the education and folklife departments. Anderson created a training program for volunteer interpreters on “Marshes: The Disappearing Edens,” exhibit. She coordinated and expanded the Chesapeake People program, youth and family programs, and assisted with the Kids Club summer camp. In addition, Anderson wrote the interpretation for the Edna E. Lockwood.
“I learned so much from my internship supervisor––invaluable lessons not only about education and learning, but also on time management, managing expectations, and working through internal politics.”
Anderson adds that her responsibilities and experiences as an intern set her apart from other recent college graduates when applying for jobs––in particular her experience of creating a volunteer training curriculum, which helped her to land her first full-time job. Anderson is a training project coordinator at St. Augustine College in Chicago’s Institute for Workforce Education’s Center for Non-Profit Effectiveness where she conducts outreach to non-profits, creating customized training programs to help them run more efficiently.
Education Intern, 2007
Hometown: Denton, MD
Having just graduated from Washington College with a biology degree, Kim Kraeer was eager to gain some hands-on experience.
In addition to helping with Kids Club during her internship, Kraeer helped to develop and implement a new curriculum for ecology cruises aboard the Museum’s replica buyboat, Mister Jim. “My internship gave me great teaching experience––developing content and presenting it, as well as training docents,” says Kraeer.
She enjoyed her time at the Museum so much, she returned to take part in a grant-funded program aide position for several months. “The Museum really made a point to give us projects that matched our own particular interests and strengths,” she adds.
Kraeer went on to graduate from American University with a master’s degree in biology, where she was able to use the teaching experience she acquired at the Museum to teach undergraduate biology. Now, Kraeer is a marine mammal assistant trainer at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, where she works specifically with the dolphins, in all aspects of their care and training, including show presentations for the public.
Folklife Intern, 2009
Hometown: Hamden, CT
As a PhD candidate at the University of Hawai‘i (UH), Michelle Zacks wrote her dissertation on the environmental history of the mullet fishery of southwest Florida. She wanted experience at a maritime museum, and CBMM was her first choice.
Zacks was the folklife intern for the first annual Chesapeake Folk Festival, and very involved in much of the original planning for the scope and shape of the event. Zacks conducted research and field work on women involved in the work and home life of Chesapeake watermen, on pound net fishing, and on other types of net fishing. She helped to coordinate logistics, plan and build festival exhibits, and write text panels and program text.
“CBMM’s internship offers the experience of dealing with real-life constraints, in terms of budgets, deadlines, and logistics. It gave me a deep appreciation for the necessary compromises you have to make in order to translate your grand dreams and ideas into real programs,” says Zacks.
Zacks is almost finished with her dissertation for UH and is currently working part-time as the Museum’s folklorist, focusing on interviews with captains and crew of Chesapeake tugs and barges for the upcoming Tug exhibit, in addition to planning the Folk Festival for July 28.
Folklife Intern, 2011
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
As a folklife intern this past summer, Julie Broadbent helped plan the Chesapeake Folk Festival in July, with duties ranging from inviting participants, to helping design the program and assisting with other educational components of the event.
“Besides learning how to pick a crab, I learned how crucial events, like the Chesapeake Folk Festival, are connecting local communities to the Museum,” comments Broadbent. “I met a waterman from Rock Hall who invited me to go pound net fishing. This was the major leagues of fishing––my singular blue gill fish was outmatched when 300 pounds of rockfish, catfish, and perch were harvested in less than three hours.”
Broadbent is currently completing her master’s degree in history museum studies
in the Cooperstown, NY, graduate program and is writing her thesis on Eastern Shore women in the seafood industry. “As I enter the museum field, the relationship-building and communication skills I learned at CBMM are proving invaluable,” she adds.
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot St.
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663
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