Park Collections (Museum) Intern
Boston National Historic Park, MA


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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, Boston National Historical Park (BOST) is seeking ONE Preserve Park Collection (Museum) Intern interested in dedicating 10 weeks in support of National Park Service. The appointed intern will be working with the park Museum Curator and also get an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the collections both on exhibit and in collection storage. Collections include historical and archeological objects as well as archives that document the sites that the park administers. The majority of the museum collections at the park embrace over 200 years of history. It is an exciting chance for the Intern to glimpse just what is involved in managing a collection of over 400,000 items that is so rich in industrial history, urban archaeology and archives that include textual records, photographs and architectural drawings.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in history preservation and museum collections. They will have a chance to expand horizons of cultural resource knowledge and experience. Engagement in this work will provide the participant with valuable experience performing some of the fundamental work involved in administering a museum program

Start Date: June 6, 2016

End Date: August 13, 2016.

Duration: A 10 week commitment is required

Location: Boston National Historic Park Charlestown, Massachusetts

The Boston National Historical Park is an association of sites that showcase Boston’s role in the American Revolution. It was designated a national park on October 1, 1974.

Project Partner Website: For more information regardingBoston National Park, or the National Park Service, please visit For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation: $400/week, $640 relocation bonus

Housing: The Park will provide housing at no cost to the intern at the park dormitory which is located in the park headquarters building.

Position Description: The Intern responsibilities are to positively identify museum objects and archives. The appointed Intern also checks object locations, accession paperwork, object and archival condition, and record findings on NPS collection inventory forms. This work is done with the museum curator, which involves getting around to numerous storage locations and museum exhibit areas. In addition, through the work of the inventory, the storage environments of objects or archives are often improved with the interns help. A major initiative of the park’s museum program this year is records and archival management. The Intern and the curator will identify a group of materials for the Intern to address in order to improve the archival situation.

  • In order to provide the Intern with an introduction to the range of historic preservation/cultural resources work at the site and also to careers beyond the immediate work environment, some local travel would be involved.
  • The applicant would be able to tap into the professional network of the park curator as well as other professionals on the park Cultural Resources staff.

Mentoring: Mentoring will be provided by the museum curator. They have over 10 years experience mentoring Interns and students at National Parks and National Historic Parks. The curator also team-teaches an annual National Park Service Archives Practicum usually held in the spring.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a college level education and possess effective oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, and sustained focus for long stretches of time. The successful applicant will have the ability to record inventory results on a pre-established form and understand that working in a museum environment means working with fragile things. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the Position Description. We are seeking a determined, detail-oriented person who is looking for experience working with the National Park Service.


  • Internship is available to US Citizens or permanent residents only.
  • Intern must be between the age of 18 and 33
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record, (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • A personal vehicle is recommended
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check.
  • Deep interest in history, natural resources, anthropology, environmental studies, conservation or closely related topic
  • Strong interest in pursuing a career within the museum field
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:
This position has been filled.

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position can close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Katy Dalrymple, at (385) 249-7215 or

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