Nantucket Historical Association

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Nantucket Historical Association


Nantucket, Massachusetts

Weekly Stipend
$250 (housing is included in internship)

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Abbie Minard '20

Organization Description
Mission: The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) tells the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.

Nantucket Historical Association tells the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.Experience Nantucket’s rich history through exhibitions and galleries at the Whaling Museum and Hadwen House and explore historic island landmarks with our knowledgeable guides on one of our signature walking tours.

The NHA's internship program allows a dynamic group of students with varied interests, strengths, and goals to immerse themselves in an outstanding educational and professional environment. Interns learn and work directly with professionals in a team-based, collaborative environment.

NHA interns work on individual projects and also day-to-day tasks that help further the organization's strategic goals.

Internship Description

The position of Collections Assessment intern specializes in the production and execution of activities and/or materials for the Nantucket Historical Association and will specifically conduct a hidden collections assessment, providing consistent, comparable summary descriptions of archival collections, including unprocessed collections. “Hidden collections” are materials that cannot be found in the online catalog, may only be found under a collective title, or are un- or under-processed collections. The intern will compile collections information from NHA collection records, existing database records, and from the materials themselves. The information would then be used to create collection-level finding aids, and would also assist in the establishment of future processing priorities.

Internship Qualifications
Applicants should possess the following qualifications:

  • Expected degree or significant coursework in history, art, archaeology, museum studies, or related fields
  • Demonstrated interest in museums, history, arts management, and/or humanities
  • Strong writing, research, organizational, interpersonal, communication and computer skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in groups
  • Careful attention to detail and the ability to offer suggestions when needed
  • Positive attitude

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
6/4/19 - 8/10/19

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
There should not be any prep work outside of the regular work schedule. All NHA interns undergo an orientation period the first two weeks of their internship.

**Housing is included in internship

Evaluation Excerpt

It was clear that the organization aims to bring the community together through shared history and emphasize Nantucket's legacy as an atypically socially progressive setting, with regard to the rights of women and African-Americans. -- Abbie Minard '20

Applications for Summer 2020 will open in November 2019. 


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program


Make sure to read the eligibility criteria and requirements prior to submitting an application. Here