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Internships at the Abbe Museum

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Project parameters are subject to change. Internships are available as time and resources permit. Additionally, a small number of students are accepted each year to complete Independent Study or Service Learning Projects in cooperation with their High School, College or University.

Collections Department

Collections Management

Interns will learn and carry out basic collections management activities. Tasks include cataloguing and inventory work, digital imaging projects and library and archives collections management. Basic computer skills are required, and any background in anthropology, archaeology, Native American art history or photography is a plus.


Exhibition Research

Interns will learn and carry out basic archival/library research on future exhibition topics. An expected product might be an annotated bibliography of research on objects. Some experience in conducting research is necessary. A background in anthropology, archaeology, Native American art history or photography is a plus.


Development Department

Photo Files

Interns will create and maintain a system of organizing photographs, slides and digital images for public relations and publications. Tasks include computer work, such as scanning and organizing digital images. Good organizational skills are essential. A background in photography and/or computer scanning is helpful, but not required.



Interns will research opportunities for marketing the museum to our many different public constituencies, including but not limited to groups, bus tours and cruise ship passengers; recommend marketing projects; and implement projects as directed. Tasks will also include distributing promotional materials on a regular basis to businesses and information centers. A background in marketing or public relations is a plus.


Programming/Education Department

For both positions listed below, a background in Native American history, archaeology, anthropology, education, childhood development and/or curriculum development is a plus. Strong written and verbal communication is required.

School Programming/Education

Interns will research and assist in developing K-12 school program curricula, including pre- and post-visit classroom activities, classroom teacher guides, museum instructor guides and teacher resource information. Tasks include but are not limited to conducting research on artifacts, developing curricula that incorporate Maine Learning Results and leading school program visits.


Family Programming/Education

Interns will research and develop self-guided visitor and docent-led activities that enhance visitor experiences. These activities might include touchable, interpretive "discovery carts" or museum exploration/scavenger hunts. Tasks include but are not limited to conducting research on artifacts, developing educational goals for each activity and researching and developing evaluation tools for programs and activities.


Exhibition Department

Exhibit Development and Design

Interns will work on a variety of assignments within exhibit development including design preparation, maintenance and exhibit evaluation. Sample projects might include developing and designing a temporary exhibit; preparing and designing graphics for an exhibition, poster series or publication; or developing, designing and producing a multi-media module for an exhibition or for the worldwide web. A background in one or more of the following disciplines is necessary: 3-D or graphic design, digital imaging and computer graphics. Strong visual, verbal and written communication skills are required. Coursework in anthropology, archaeology, Native American studies, museum studies or education is a plus.


Please contact Julia Clark, Director of Collections & Interpretation, for additional information about internships at or (207) 288-3519.



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