American and New England Studies


American StudiesThe internship course is designed in cooperation with a variety of cultural institutions in New England. The internship is limited to those students with exceptional records in the program who are pursuing a concentration in either the 36 hour track, or in Public Culture and History. In general, students must have taken at least 15 hours of course work before entering into an internship agreement.

Internships are meant to improve or introduce students to various skills necessary to the running and operating of museums and other venues of "public" culture and history; to improve overall student knowledge concerning the function, place and politics of cultural institutions in contemporary society; and to hone critical skills. Internships are not to be confused with docent positions, clerical work, or other kinds of volunteer labor.

Previous students have interned at the following New England museums and cultural institutions, among others:

  • Maine Historical Society
  • Victoria Mansion
  • Farnsworth Art Museum
  • Monhegan Island
  • Strawbery Banke Museum
  • Greater Portland Landmarks
  • Portland Observatory
  • Portland Museum of Art
  • Portland Trails
  • Freeport Historical Society
  • Abbe Museum
  • Bethel Historical Society
  • Bridgton Historical Society
  • The Davistown Museum
  • Fifth Maine Regiment Museum
  • Gibson House
  • General Henry Knox Museum
  • Maine Humanities Council
  • Maine Maritime Museum
  • Maine State Museum
  • Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage
  • Museums of Old York
  • National Park Service
  • Washburn-Norlands Living History Center
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Pejepscot Historical Society
  • Portland Harbor Museum
  • Rufus Porter Museum
  • Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village
  • South Portland Historical Society
  • Union Historical Society
  • USM Art Galleries
  • Windsor Historical Society