Egan Maritime Institute

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Egan Maritime Institute


Nantucket, Massachusetts

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Emily McLean '20

Organization Description
The mission of Egan Maritime Institute is to inspire the appreciation and preservation of Nantucket's maritime culture and sea-faring legacy. We own the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum which is open for the summer season. We actively research  stories of local lifesavers and local ship wrecks. Our docents train to learn the exhibit information and carry out tours each day. Egan Maritime also runs a summer Surfboat program for children ages 9-13. The children get to sail and row on board an authentic lifesaving vessel. We also support maritime education classes in our public and private schools.  Our intern would learn the stories at the museum and they would add a young persons perspective of our history and tell the stories in their own style. We have a wide range of ages among our docents from 22-80+. We wish to make history relevant and accessible to all ages.

Internship Description
Our intern last year focused on the museum and trained to become a docent and led tours of the museum. She also helped in the research and provided the narrative in some areas for our newly formed walking tours. We also offered to our intern, because she had experience sailing, and rowing, to join our  summer surfboat program on certain days. This would be offered again to the right person  next year if there were an interest.  We have a diverse board of directors that our intern would get to interact with. We are open to teaching and sharing any aspect of a busy not-for-profit management to our intern.   I also believe we have much to learn from our intern, it is a nice opportunity to have a young person working with us learning as well as being part of  a team and sharing of ideas.

Internship Qualifications

  • Great communication skills.
  • Enjoys working with the public.
  • Honest.
  • Punctual.
  • Has a love of history.
  • Storytelling.
  • Adventurous.
  • Enjoys getting along with diverse age groups.
  • Outgoing and friendly.

Expected Start Time
9:30 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
June - August

Internship Length
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
It is possible that we might be able to provide housing. I will not know until closer to next summer. Nantucket is a seasonal place and housing can be quite expensive. However, hundreds of students come to the island to work every summer and there is a strong network of students always looking for roommates.

Typically all training and docent work would be done during the museum hours of business. There would be opportunities to join our staff and museum members at events in the evenings.

Evaluation Excerpt

I learned a great deal about making history come alive and be engaging for all different people.  As an aspiring history professor, I’m excited to apply what I’ve picked up to future classes.
—Emily McLean '20

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


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Student Program