Nantucket Historical Association

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

The NHA is steward of an artifact collection of more than 30,000 objects, including complete skeletons of a 40-foot finback and a 46-foot sperm whale. The NHA’s Research Library is a special collections repository of primary resources focusing on Nantucket history and houses more than 1,000 linear feet of archival materials and more than 8,000 volumes related to Nantucket’s history.

The Whaling Museum, which received national accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2007, is the NHA’s state-of-the-art flagship venue and serves as the center of a campus that includes nineteen historic properties and sites.

The association has more than 3,000 members and serves growing audiences of year-round and seasonal residents and visitors to the island from throughout the country and the world. The association hosted Princeton interns in summers 2018, 2019, and 2021. The students were hard-working young professionals with an interest in history. They contributed to their projects enthusiastically, and the association hopes to benefit from that level of enthusiasm and professionalism again in the future.


Nantucket, MA

Internship Description

The Collections & Research Services Intern will be exposed to all aspects of cultural heritage work in a research environment, including hands-on experience working with archival and museum collections. Projects may include assisting with new acquisitions, including creating accession records and collection control files; working with staff to process new manuscript and photographic collections; digitization of manuscript materials; and assisting with ongoing artifact collections management.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format

June 6 - August 12

9:00am 5:00pm Yes Yes - provided In person

Housing Information

Housing is provided free of charge to the intern.

Internship Qualifications

  • Expected degree or significant coursework in history, art, archaeology, museum studies, or related fields
  • Interest in a career in libraries, museums, or archives
  • Some experience using primary source materials
  • Solid time management skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to offer suggestions when needed

Writing Sample Required?